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#21 Posted : 02 February 2010 06:18:01(UTC)
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Very interesting thread.....BigGrin
Going slightly OT for a minute though, the talk of the first 1953 'batch' of 945 officially imported vehicles interests me as my own oval was delivered to VW Motors London in Sept of that year.
Does anyone have any info on how VW Motors actually sold these UK cars back in '53?
I'd always imagined the cars being sold in drips and drabs throughout '53, with the March cars being sold and then replaced by the April-built cars etc and so on.....
If this wasn't the case were the cars sold by the dealers to special order or were they all available to UK customers ex-stock?

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#22 Posted : 02 February 2010 09:48:23(UTC)
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Ovalbug wrote:
Very interesting thread.....BigGrin
Going slightly OT for a minute though, the talk of the first 1953 'batch' of 945 officially imported vehicles interests me as my own oval was delivered to VW Motors London in Sept of that year.
Does anyone have any info on how VW Motors actually sold these UK cars back in '53?
I'd always imagined the cars being sold in drips and drabs throughout '53, with the March cars being sold and then replaced by the April-built cars etc and so on.....
If this wasn't the case were the cars sold by the dealers to special order or were they all available to UK customers ex-stock?

Wink


I believe that Colbourne Baber, VW dealers in Guildford, Surrey (still there) were among the first official VW dealers in 1953. They started reconditioning and selling used VWs bought over by ex-servicemen in the late '40s, LHD of course Wink


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#23 Posted : 21 January 2011 19:09:20(UTC)
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Here's a very interesting photo; this is MRT 308 being unloaded onto UK soil at Dover, April 1952 – a new right-hand-drive Volkswagen.ThumpUp

So, VW Great Britain, this pre-dates your first batch of right-handers in 1953.Raspberry
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#24 Posted : 21 January 2011 19:34:02(UTC)
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Here's a very interesting photo; this is MRT 308 being unloaded onto UK soil at Dover, April 1952 – a new right-hand-drive Volkswagen.ThumpUp

So, VW Great Britain, this pre-dates your first batch of right-handers in 1953.Raspberry


Great pic John. Where did you get it from?
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#25 Posted : 21 January 2011 19:40:21(UTC)
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A worker within the VW factory in 1952 a Rudolf Mez, retired to Canada back in 1979. I managed to trace him, he was a great guy and sent me everything he had and knew about MRT, including some fascinating photos.Beer

See my post about him on the lower part of page 1.
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#26 Posted : 08 February 2011 19:03:13(UTC)
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Here's a real treat. MRT 308, brand new in the UK and just registered, seen here with the proud new owners (April 1952).Cool
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#27 Posted : 08 February 2011 21:24:03(UTC)
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Great picCool
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#28 Posted : 08 February 2011 21:58:27(UTC)
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yes, great pic. Do you know where it was taken? Would have been great to take the car back there and set the scene up again.

I love that sort of provenance with a car - early photos are a real treasure!

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#29 Posted : 09 February 2011 09:52:02(UTC)
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Great picCool

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yes, great pic. Do you know where it was taken? Would have been great to take the car back there and set the scene up again.

I love that sort of provenance with a car - early photos are a real treasure!

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Walberswick, Suffolk, Mike. MRT is a bit like having our own VW38. I used to show that car everywhere, always very popular.

I'd love to have it back. Be nice for it to be back on the scene.Cool
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#30 Posted : 09 February 2011 18:06:23(UTC)
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I'd love to have it back.



Is it still with Fred?Contact him,you just never know.
Thats who owned my old cabrio,and he sold that.
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Is it still with Fred?Contact him,you just never know.
Thats who owned my old cabrio,and he sold that.

Email just gone off to him George…

I'm having my house valued tomorrow, and the Tatra has gone in the 'Motoring Expand and Fart' Unsure

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#32 Posted : 09 February 2011 18:27:39(UTC)
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Email just gone off to him George…

I'm having my house valued tomorrow, and the Tatra has gone in the 'Motoring Expand and Fart' Unsure



I see,so you really meant.....
I wish i could have it back at the price i sold it........Er!OKBored
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#33 Posted : 09 February 2011 18:35:09(UTC)
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I see,so you really meant.....
I wish i could have it back at the price i sold it........Er!OKBored

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Be nice, wouldn't get an Oval project for that today.
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#34 Posted : 09 February 2011 22:06:20(UTC)
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Indeed, buy it back. Wink
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Indeed, buy it back. Wink


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Indeed, buy it back. Wink

The email went, the house is up for sale and I'm awaiting his reply…RollEyes

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The email went, the house is up for sale and I'm awaiting his reply…RollEyes




What's Fred's e-mail add John,if he's selling cars,i'll have his Heb.
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What's Fred's e-mail add John,if he's selling cars,i'll have his Heb.
Steady Rob,i was firstWink

Doesn't he have a KdF Wagen too, George.Sneaky
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Doesn't he have a KdF Wagen too, George.Sneaky



Yep
And a Kuble and a swimm.
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Yep
And a Kuble and a swimm.

Mmm… a serious player here.Unsure
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