1959 Volkswagen Ragtop Beetle Okrasa Powered
• This Beetle underwent an extensive pan-off restoration and features new-old stock, refurbished and new parts from Wolfsburg West
• Award winning Coral Red exterior and beige interior with German square-weave carpet, Mohair headliner
• Beige folding canvas sunroof
• A series 1.2L air-cooled, flat four-cylinder engine with dual-port Okrasa TS-1200 kit, bigger head, dual carburetors, matched intakes and an Abarth quad-pipe exhaust system
• Increases HP from 36 to around 48 with the Okrasa kit
• Four-speed manual transmission
• Whitewall American Classic tires, size 5.60R15 at all four corners
• Hella glass headlights, LED taillights and VDO gauges
• Stunning undercarriage, a must see!
Few Volkswagen Beetles have rolled through MotoeXotica Classic Cars prettier than this one. Finished in stunning Coral Red, this Beetle underwent a pan-off restoration and features new-old stock, refurbished and new parts from Wolfsburg West. The quality of the restoration is top notch and you will be hard pressed to find another in this condition! This Bug led a sheltered like hailing from Phoenix Arizona and is still sold on a Arizona title.
This gorgeous example was made during June 1959 in Wolfsburg, East Germany. Dressed in Coral Red paint, the car’s paint and trim are in overall excellent condition. As expected, the bodywork is straight and solid, the engine bay is extremely tidy, the trunk is in similar condition, the classic glass Hella headlights look fantastic and the chrome bumpers with bumper guards look brilliant. In back are LED taillights. The beige folding canvas sunroof’s condition mirrors the rest of this Bug’s exterior.
This Bug rolls on whitewall American Classic tires, size 5.60R15 at all four corners. Each tire is mounted on a steel wheel with a body-colored beauty ring and factory chrome wheel covers. The tires are newer while the wheels are in very excellent order.
As part of its restoration, this Bug has had its engine revamped. It features a dual-port Okrasa kit, a bigger head, dual carburetors, matched intakes and a quad-pipe Abarth exhaust system. The motor is linked to a four-speed manual transmission. The TS-1200 kit consisted of a pair of Okrasa high compression twin-port cylinder heads with twin port manifolds (VW only offered single port heads at that time), dual Solex 32PBIC carbs as used on early Porsche 356s, and carb linkages, balance pipes etc. Optional extras included a Fram oil filter which could be mounted on the fanhousing and Okrasa's own oil cooler which consisted of some coiled copper tubing which sat behind the fanhousing thereby being cooled by the air being sucked in. The new heads offered a compression ratio boost from 6.6 to 7.5:1.
In 1956, Martin Herzog started importing the Okrasa kits into the US for the American VW Parts company EMPI and they advertised that it would cut the 0-60 time by 12 seconds. They also stated that it increased the HP from 36 to around 48 with "No sign of overheating reported, even in desert"
Inside, the freshly restored beige interior with German square-weave carpet and Mohair headliner are all in excellent condition. The front buckets and rear bench are in overall very good order with some very minor blemishes on the driver’s side. The complementing carpeting and the Mohair headliner mirror the condition of the seats. A two-spoke, off-white steering wheel offers some contrast to the interior but the horn is inoperable. The Coral Red metal instrument panel has a VDO speedometer and fuel gauge and looks great while the inner door panels are in very good order. The floor-mounted shifter matches the steering wheel in color and condition.
Competition to this VW in 1959 included Chevrolet’s new-for-1960 Corvair, Nash’s Metropolitan and Rambler’s American.
While enlarging the rear window was a big Beetle change for 1958, changes for 1959 were under the skin – chassis reinforcements, clutch and fan belt improvements.
If you’re into classic Beetles, this could be the one for you. It wears a stunning paint shade, has more performance under the hood than usual with the power of Okrasa and benefits from that recent pan-off restoration. Old VWs always generate smiles and waves from passers-by. This would be a great car to take to a cruise night or car show; while there might be other VWs there, most would probably not be as old as this 60 year old time capsule!
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 9,562 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
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