Certainly during the late 40's, there were several hundred VWs in the UK.
How many of these early
imports survive? Hard to say, but I can give you specifics on a few cars...
Rod Sleigh's '46 was imported in 1949
One of Richard Cotton's old '47s was imported in 1950 (whereabouts unknown now, but I saw it a few years ago)
Kev Maddock's '47 has been here since 1947
Martin Southwell's was imported in '49
Derek Smith's old '47 (now in the US) was imported in '49
Paul Norman's old '47 (also now in the US) was imported into the UK in '47
Brian Screaton's old '47 was brought into the country in '49
etc etc etc... I could go on, but I won't. As for 'late model' splits (49 and later), there were loads and loads imported to the UK, either on temporary registration licences or permenantly by British servicemen.
In answer to your question 'how many VWs exist in the UK that have been here since the days when split-windows were still being built?' I estimate 20+.
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47 Beetle, 56 UK Karmann Cabriolet, 56 UK Beetle, 57 UK Type 2, 59 UK Beetle, 66 UK Fastback.