1964 `B` Volkswagen Beetle 1500 Saloon "HERBERT"

1964 `B` Volkswagen Beetle 1500 Saloon "HERBERT"

  • A fully restored early RHD Beetle in "RAT" look
Colour: Sea Blue/Cream/Rust

    Starting life with a piddling 40 PS 1200 engine, This now has the much improved and 54 PS 1500 engine fitted and it is in rude health having had a comprehensive rebuild around 1200 Miles ago.

    Never an engine to set the world alight, this Characterful Flat 4 has the Charasmatic and unmistakable sound of the rasping and whistling exhausts.

    The engine has no end float (to those in the know this means it is in fantastic condition) This engine is topped off with a panel filter so the little motor can breathe a bit better. 


    A bit like going out on a date with a 60 year old woman and finding out she has the body of a 20 year old, This Beetle is not what it seems, look under the arches and you will see unsullied and immaculate Sea Blue Paint as this little Car was treated to a 15 year Body off restoration by a VW Mechanic who wanted the car to look exactly how it does. All the floorpans are arrow straight with no rust and plenty of underbody protection so underneath he is like new.

    The top is something to savour, When we got it the intention was to paint it and get the top to look like underneath but this would be missing the point of this car, It has been made to look weathered but it is not rusty. It has been ankor waxed so the rain etc just runs off the paintwork and because it is built with REAL metal 3 times the thickness of modern cars, he will last for years and years.

    We think he looks just fine in the rat look with the weathered stars on the bonnet and roof. Incidentally the Kids have named him "HERBERT" a spin off of Herbie.

    Herbert...If he was your school mate , he`d be the cool guy in the class, the type who does surfing and skateboarding and isnt bothered by the way he looks or what other people think. He is comfortable in his own skin

    The guy who built it said he built Herbert with the intention of it lasting another 25 years even used in the the winter months. We have never used Herbert in bad weather, You know, just like you wouldn`t send your grandfather to the shops in the snow.


    Like stepping back into a 1960`s movie Herbert`s interior has all the period charm and style that no modern car can replicate.

    With freshly refurbished seats in cream leather the seats are so comfortable and springy and are as new with no wear or marks.

    The carpet is something to savour, The guy who built Herbert was a genius as he has used brand new Astro Turf finished in blue for the carpet, This works perfectly and is easy to keep clean and looks fantastic in a "What the hell is this but it looks great" kind of way. 

    The Period Blaupunkt radio is all there and the steering wheel is about the thickness of a bic biro pen but nice and weathered. 

    The switches all work and are laid out in a way that the VW engineers must have played the lets pin the tail on a donkey whilst blindfolded kind of way when working out where they go.

    Overall the interior is immaculate, has that beautiful old car smell, and is brimming with character.


    Driving Herbert is like watching one of those old movies where you see them driving the car and moving the steering wheel from side to side but the car does not move an inch. It is like that in real life.

    Once on a bit of lock though, you can FEEL the road. If you were to run over an Ants leg then i`m sure you would feel it through the steering wheel there is so much infortmation being passed to you from the un assisted steering.

    The ride quality is terrible as you bounce up and down but yet you are supremely comfortable in those wonderful seats. 

    The gearbox is fantastic, and stands up to anything made today, the difference is that a modern car will feel like moving a joystick on a playstation as it does it for you, Herbert feels like you have turned the key in a well oiled and mechanical lock. it is satisfying in a way you cannot explain.

    Performance is well shall we say the wrong word to use. Herbert will gather speed and get to each and every speed limit but he isn`t an olympic sprinter, The drivers of younger models will overtake him and say get of my way with a serious or miserable face whilst the driver of Herbert just gets to were they need to be , reliably and in comfort each and every time but most importantly with a huge grin on their face. In this car the Journey is the destination!


    As per over 40 year old Classic Car rules this car is Tax Exempt and therefore is free every year. This year from May it is also MOT exempt.

    With classic car values going up and insurance at less than £100 per year , there is actually such a thing as FREE motoring and here it is!


    This has 4 matching and nearly new tyres on standard 15" VW steel wheels and matching genuine VW dome hub caps

    Tyre Tread

    Front drivers = 6mm

    Front passenger = 6mm

    Rear Drivers = 6mm

    Rear Passenger = 6mm 



    A great big smile everytime you come into contact with this infectious little car


    Some photos of the rebuild, He has never been in an accident but Herbert would probably be able to tell you countless tales over the last 52 years but he really would rather you admired him for the fine fettle he is in now.


    Herbert would like to compare himself to other German, rear engined boxer powered cars but this is where the comparison stops.

    The designer of the 911 also designed Herbert...... But lets just say he didnt design his brakes.

    Herbert does stop, and has had all new brakes, linings , hoses etc. but he hasnt the stopping power of a modern car. The saving grace is he isnt going as fast as one either so he stops just fine for his given ability. 


    The Volkswagen Beetle – officially the Volkswagen Type 1, informally in Germany the Käfer (German, "beetle") and in parts of the English-speaking world the Bug – is a two-door, five-passenger[11][12], rear-engine economy car that was manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003.[13]

    The need for a people's car ("Volkswagen" in German), its concept and its functional objectives, was formulated by the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for his country's new road network. Lead engineer Ferdinand Porsche and his team took until 1938 to finalise the design. The influence on Porsche's design of other contemporary cars, such as the Tatra V570, and the work of Josef Ganz remains a subject of dispute.[14] The result was the first Volkswagen, and one of the first rear-engined cars since the Brass Era. With 21,529,464 produced,[15] the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made.

    Although designed in the 1930s, the Beetle was only produced in significant numbers from 1945 on (mass production had been put on hold during the Second World War) when the model was internally designated the Volkswagen Type 1, and marketed simply as the Volkswagen (or "People's Car"). Later models were designated Volkswagen 1200, 1300, 1500, 1302 or 1303, the former three indicating engine displacement, the latter two derived from the type number. The model became widely known in its home country as the Käfer (German for "beetle") and was later marketed as such in Germany,[4] and as the Volkswagen in other countries. For example, in France it was known as the Coccinelle (French for ladybug).[1][2]

    The original 25 hp Beetle was designed for a top speed around 100 km/h (62 mph), which would be a viable speed on the Reichsautobahn system. As Autobahn speeds increased in the postwar years, its output was boosted to 36, then 40 hp, the configuration that lasted through 1966 and became the "classic" Volkswagen motor. The Beetle ultimately gave rise to variants, including the Karmann Ghia, Type 2 and external coach builders. The Beetle marked a significant trend, led by Volkswagen, Fiat, and Renault, whereby the rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout increased from 2.6 percent of continental Western Europe's car production in 1946 to 26.6 percent in 1956.[16] The 1948 Citroën 2CV and other European models marked a later trend to front-wheel drive in the European small-car market, a trend that would come to dominate that market. In 1974, Volkswagen's own front-wheel drive Golf model succeeded the Beetle. In 1994, Volkswagen unveiled the Concept One, a "retro"-themed concept car with a resemblance to the original Beetle, and in 1998 introduced the "New Beetle", built on the contemporary Golf platform with styling recalling the original Type 1. It remained in production through 2010, being succeeded in 2011 by the more aggressively styled Beetle (A5), which was also more reminiscent of the original Beetle.