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dream car

This classic Volkswagen Beetle was made right here in Ireland

So much love for this Irish Bug.

IF I HAD the money I’d buy…

A car with such classic looks that it will never go out of style. A motor that started Beetle Mania years before any of the Beatles were even born. I’d go bananas and buy the one and only Volkswagen Beetle.

Why a Volkswagen Beetle?

The Volkswagen Beetle, or Bug as it is affectionately known, is such an icon of the automotive world that it has been the main star of six Hollywood movies. It is just loved the world over.

The Volkswagen Beetle was produced over more than seven decades, from 1946 until 2004. No other car has been made for so long and remained so similar in looks than this German icon – making it one of the best and biggest selling cars in the world.

What’s special about this particular one?

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This 1961 Volkswagen Beetle is special because it was made in Dublin and was the first Volkswagen model to be assembled outside of Germany. The cars arrived in parts in crates from Germany and were put together in a factory in Ballsbridge.

The colour and spec of this car is period correct and there aren’t many of these true Irish cars in existence. Now is your chance to own a bit of Irish automotive history.

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What does it look like in action?

Well, this early 1960s Volkswagen Beetle advert makes it look very desirable indeed.

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Who else drives one?

Supermodel Heidi Klum customised her Beetle with a hot pink paint job and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt drives a golden hot-rod Beetle.

It costs €8,250. What else could you get for the money?

Looking for another classic from the 1960s? For the same money you could have this 1968 Daimler Sovereign 420.

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Or, if you have your heart set on a characterful classic, for the same money you could have this cool Citroen 2CV.

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