That depends on your point of view. For my money, the provenance of MRT 308 makes it worth more than a low milage one owner 49.
In monetary terms this happens all the time with certain antiques, even cars owned by famous people. The Lady Diana Spencer owned Range Rover is one good example.
If MRT really is the first Beetle "offically" built for the UK then in terms of UK VW history it's priceless!
The first 'official' imports were the batch of 945 units imported by VW GB in 1953.
Alas, MRT 308 was not part of that first batch, so although arriving here new – it being the first new RHD VW here has never been disputed – it was not an 'official' import. I guess that the first one of the 1953 945 VW GB batch to be loaded onto the dock would be the first 'official car', and probably an oval too, I think that official imports began in June 1953 the oval era.:o
MRT 308 was first registered on German plates prior to being driven over to England, so some fair 'delivery' miles on the clock.Rattletrap
has more provinence than MRT – the story is more fascinating – I've owned both cars, so know both very well, their history and documentation – and feel Rattletrap
clinches it 😎
As far as comparing these two cars with my '49, Rattletrap
is at the opposite end of the originality spectrum of my '49 – but it's the story that makes it a fascinating collector's piece. MRT is fairly original, much more so than Rattletrap – but not anywhere near to the '49. Rattletrap
may well even be worth more than the '49 to some collectors. I think I know which would be more of an attraction at a regular vintage car show or VW meet – Rattletrap
– people love a car with a story to tell:wink:
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Rattletrap – the Volkswagen Beetle that has covered an incredible mileage equivalent to over 35 times around the planet :omg:
Running nifty since 1950… the King of Volkswagens:beer: Why not make friends with this famous little VW – he's on facebook!