53 stu
2009-10-30T22:49:04Z
Hi thought i'd introduce myself and my 53 :d

Picked this up last week, been stored in a barn for the last 9 years before being imported from Germany, before that it had stood since the early 90's in an underground garage. Came with original log book and was delivered on 28th September 1953.

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Just a few of the old stickers
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Some sort of commemorative badge (crappy pic sorry)
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Ragtop is ratty yet seemingly watertight
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Painted door handles
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53 stu
2009-10-30T22:54:46Z
When i first viewed it i thought it might be a 'Standard', so after a bit of research it would seem my hunch was right.

Had a little go at the hand painted silver paintwork just to see if my suspiscions would prove right, sure enough grey paint started to appear

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So after trying all sorts of thinners, graffiti remover etc oven cleaner and wire wool seemed to be a winner, with a little cutting with G3 and polish

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Just hope theres more original paint to be found :d
53 stu
2009-10-30T23:01:41Z
Seeing as im introducing myself this is my daily driver

A 71 SA import, one previous owner Clipper Deluxe
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And my 61 Bug ive had for about 18 years, use to be my daily
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:d
54 Gertie
2009-10-30T23:18:07Z
The stock police will tar and feather you for the lowered one's. :lol: :wink:

Nice find, seen it "on t'other side"
William
VW Stan
2009-10-31T16:34:42Z
Hi, welcome to pre67.
I saw your thread on restowagen too.
There are plenty of standard owners and fans on here if you need any info or help with this project.

What are you plans for your standard, keeping it stock?


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CNE789
2009-11-03T11:16:22Z
53 stu wrote:

When i first viewed it i thought it might be a 'Standard', so after a bit of research it would seem my hunch was right.

Had a little go at the hand painted silver paintwork just to see if my suspiscions would prove right, sure enough grey paint started to appear



Hi 53 stu,

Thanks for the introduction. What is your first name, please?

That ´53 is a great find, but as far as I can tell it is not a Standard model. ´53 Standards had painted bumpers, hubcaps and door handles, no chrome trim, three spoke steering wheel, etc. Or could yours be a Standard with posh features added later?

The chassis number should tell us more about how it left the factory.

Regards,
Hanno


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Hebster52
2009-11-03T11:52:42Z
The door window winder knobs looks like they are black. Also hard to tell but looks like the ventwindow pillars on the doors are painted and no chrome surrounding the doorwindows and the steeringcolumn is black.
Also the outer doorhandles are painted.

I would dare to say it is a genuine standard with deluxe parts added later. The steeringwheel is a late oval not an early oval batwing either so it is an add-on too..
48REME
2009-11-03T13:45:54Z
CNE789 wrote:


That ´53 is a great find, but as far as I can tell it is not a Standard model. ´53 Standards had painted bumpers, hubcaps and door handles, no chrome trim, three spoke steering wheel, etc. Or could yours be a Standard with posh features added later?



I think you will find, as has often been the case, that this car was updated to a deluxe model. The fact that the headlining is limited to the standard rectangular format and the painted door handles are a good sign of it being an original standard. Also, it looks like Jupiter grey lies dormant under all the silver:wink:
Standard split
2009-11-03T14:35:35Z
Hi 53 Stu.

You have a very interesting car there, as you of course realise :beer:

Like many Standards, previous owner(s) have added DeLuxe parts. Does your car still have cable brakes all-round and a non-synchromesh gear box :?:

Classic Standard model colour too, Jupiter Grey. Well worth restoring:wink:


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CNE789
2009-11-03T15:03:47Z
48REME wrote:

I think you will find, as has often been the case, that this car was updated to a deluxe model. The fact that the headlining is limited to the standard rectangular format and the painted door handles are a good sign of it being an original standard. Also, it looks like Jupiter grey lies dormant under all the silver:wink:


Indeed, like I said, "it could be a Standard with posh features added later". It indeed seems this is the case as the grey colour is a Standard-only colour only 1953. Q: is it perlgrau L21 or jupitergrau L225? I think Perlgrau is a lighter shade?

And like Hebster pointed out, the steering column is black, this is another indication, just like the headliner, etc., etc.

It is interesting to study these kinds of pictures as they tend to reveal new details everytime one looks at them. VW archeology!

Hanno

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48REME
2009-11-03T18:14:46Z
CNE789 wrote:


Q: is it perlgrau L21 or jupitergrau L225? I think Perlgrau is a lighter shade?


L225 Jupitergrau. Perlgrau disappeared with the split window. L225 went onto the Standards until 1963 or 1964.
53 stu
2009-11-05T22:27:02Z
cheers for the replies, yep as far as i can tell it is defo a Standard with a few deluxe pieces added here and there, for now the interior will get a clean and polish and i'll try to rectify any wrong or mismatched bits, the exterior will be getting Snowflake lights until i can find (afford) some heart shaped ones.

The decklid i'm not so sure what to do with at the mo as it has some original period stickers that are pretty cool :d

Thanks for your interest
53 stu
2009-11-05T22:29:06Z
CNE789 wrote:


It is interesting to study these kinds of pictures as they tend to reveal new details everytime one looks at them. VW archeology!

Hanno



Yep im loving that at the moment although i cant do much work on it until ive moved house as all my tools etc are packed away :roll: :d
53 stu
2009-11-05T22:31:50Z
CNE789 wrote:


What is your first name, please?



Stuart :d
Dakota
2009-11-05T23:19:41Z
Hi Stuart
whats the registration number of you red bug??
53 stu
2009-11-06T12:00:19Z
Dakota wrote:

Hi Stuart
whats the registration number of you red bug??



Why do you want to know that mate?
GKL 7
2009-11-06T16:17:13Z
Probably because he thinks 53Stu is the Stu that used to post here.
53 stu
2009-11-06T16:36:58Z
nah this is the first time ive been here
Dakota
2009-11-06T23:02:11Z
Hi Stuart
I wanted to know the Reg No of your red bug because years ago I rescued one from a breakers and it ended up registered FSV 393 or 393 FSV , I think, well it was 1985 or so when I rescued it and '88 when I sold it , so no odd nosey stuff going on just wondering if it was maybe my old bug, Bill.