I think I will have to eat some humble pie and possibly my hat too. The car in Ireland actually had a chassis number higher than MRTs. MRT is 332970, the 11D in Ireland was 333708. So it looks like John was right, MRT really is the earliest.
Now where's my hat?
As said elsewhere, MRT's chassis number is 1-0325474.
The other car mentioned by Rich is actually chassis number 1-0338078 (built 26th March 1952 a few weeks after
MRT), it arrived on the 5th April 1952, two days before
MRT did. It was delivered to Sparrow and Co
, London. On the 6th April 1952 it was registered as LHV 763. What else comes to light here is that besides arriving before MRT, LHV 763 was supplied to a dealer as a new car. MRT was essentially a private import, driven to England and handed to a relative of the person importing it, for private use.
So although MRT has the lower chassis number, it perhaps was not the first VW built for the UK, but rather LHV 763 was. Remember Volkswagen
were building RHD Beetles - Type 11D.
Sadly, MRT may have lost its crown of UK glory. Sadly also, when LHV was discovered in a Lincolnshire hedge during the early 1980's, it was well rotten and subsequently scrapped after attempts to locate a buyer to restore it failed.:(
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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!