Classic Volkswagen Beetles aren't hard to find, but finding one in virtually new condition is a rarity. You expect to find something like, say, a Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider in a pampered state because of its rarity, but not a Beetle, of which there were around 15 million produced. Somehow, this 1974 Beetle has only travelled 56 miles (90 kilometers) in its life, and soon it could be yours.
Silverstone Auctions at its Classic Race Aarhus auction in Denmark, which takes place May 28th and 29th. As the story goes, it was originally sold to an Italian man who only drove it a short distance to his church from 1974 to 1978, after which time it was parked in a barn. Amazingly, the pictures seen here were taken just after it was discovered.
Supposedly a coat of rust-proofing was applied when the car was first parked, which helped preserve its condition. It has since been the subject of a "light reconditioning," but is otherwise untouched, including the tires and engine oil. The Beetle also comes with the original manuals, window sticker, and still-wrapped toolkit.
Of course, any car, even one as humble as a Beetle, will be pricey in such pristine condition: Silverstone expects this one to sell for around $40,000-$45,000. A hefty sum, but this is the textbook definition of a time warp.