As the Volkswagen Beetle continues to go up in value, many examples are treated to ground-up restorations that sometimes include a number of questionable modifications. Each his own, but we were pretty happy to stumble upon a completely stock and unrestored early-1970s Beetle in a quiet and tourist-free part of Rome, Italy, a few weeks ago.
The registration number indicates that the Beetle has lived its entire life in Rome. It’s well preserved considering that it has spent over four decades in a crowded European city but the numerous dings and dents on both ends show that “parking” and “courtesy” do not go hand-in-hand in the Italian capital.
As a side note, turn signal repeaters have been mandatory for decades in Italy and automakers have sometimes found creative ways to add them to their cars. Renault, for example, fitted lozenge-shaped repeaters to the 4, and Volkswagen simply cut a hole through the Beetle’s fender-mounted turn signal bezel. Beetle parts are readily available just about anywhere in the world, but we’ve been told that the Italian-spec turn signals are very difficult to find.
Update: Thanks to our commenters for pointing out the correct year.