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Key Information

Lot number
84
Sale Price
£12,433
Make & Model
VOLKSWAGEN Beetle Ultima
Registration
WX53EFK
Year
Colour
Engine Size
cc
Chassis No.
3VWS1A1BX4M904434
Engine No.
ACD466345
Documents
V5C, MOT Sept 2022, 14 old MOT's, Invoices.

Full Description

2003 Volkswagen Beetle Ultima

One of the last Beetles to be built in Mexico; owned by lifetime Beetle specialist and founder of The Mexican Brazilian Beetle Register, Howard Cheese of Ludlow; only showing 16,000 kilometres; left hand drive

When we say this is one of the last Beetles to be produced, we mean it – this Beetle is in fact number 21,528,736 of the 21,529,464 ever produced. The 1,600cc Ultima ‘Final’ Edicion Beetle was kept to a production of only 3,000 and supplied in only two colours, Harvest Moon Beige and Aquarius Blue, WX53 EFK being the latter of course.  
Many of the Beetling community will know the car and of course will know the owner; lifetime Beetle enthusiast, chairman and founder of the MBBR, Howard Cheese, who sadly passed away last year. Howard owned this car since purchasing it new in 2003 with only 141 delivery kilometres from Beetles (UK) Ltd in Gloucestershire who imported it from Mexico.  
Since purchasing the car, Howard kept an entire record of every turn of the wheel, having now covered just 16,030km in total. We understand that many enthusiasts consider this to be one of the best Ultima examples currently in the UK and those that knew Howard, will know how well he looked after his cars over the years. Put through an MOT almost every year of its life, it had its gearbox removed and re-conditioned in 2007 after only 6500 kilometers. A meticulous file of paperwork accompanies the car from the day it was purchased up until a week before this auction.

Presenting incredibly well on the original white wall tyres, this Beetle has been used specifically for local and national shows at Tatton Park, Stanford Hall etc and the occasional long run to Scotland and back. The log that Howard kept records every activity until 16,023 kilometres, when it was recently put through an MOT before being delivered to us. Not surprisingly, there were no advisories.

This left hand drive limited edition Beetle is a true collectors vehicle and not to be missed. Having belonged to Howard too, adds some important historical pedigree.

A fitting tribute about Howard Cheese from Kate Ellis, MBBR Magazine Editor: “Chairman and Founder of the Mexican Brazilian Beetle Register, Ludlovian and true Shropshire Lad, local historian and campaigner, churchwarden, and importantly, part of my Beetling family.’

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