Our friends at Hemmings Motor News are reporting that an unrestored, all-original 1956 Volkswagen Beetle is scheduled to cross the auction block in Hershey, Pennsylvania, next month. Interestingly, the Beetle occupies the “V” spot in New Hampshire-based enthusiast John Moir’s A-to-Z collection of cars that represent each letter of the alphabet.
The Beetle was purchased new by Moir’s father in 1956 and almost exclusively used to run short errands. Moir Sr. occasionally loaned it to visiting family members who needed a car to get around while in town, but overall the Beetle appears to have been very sparingly driven in the first few years of its life.
Moir Sr. eventually passed the Beetle on to a number of family members including one of his sons and one of his grandsons. The car joined Moir Jr.’s growing collection after it became too worn out to drive on a regular basis.
RM states the Beetle is largely complete. There’s no mention of when the 36-horsepower 1.2-liter flat-four engine last ran but the pictures reveal it is complete and in one piece. While there is some surface rust and damage on the front apron and the rear passenger-side fender, the Beetle looks remarkably solid for an unrestored car that is coming up on its 60th birthday.
The Beetle is being offered with no reserve. RM Auctions estimates it will sell for anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000, a sum that converts to roughly €4,000 – €7,900 and £3,100 – £6,100. Stay tuned to Ran When Parked for a post-auction update.
Other highlights from RM’s Hersey sale include a 1962 Porsche 356 B, a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Convertible and a 1963 Studebaker Avanti.
Photos courtesy of RM Auctions.