Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Priceless' Irish Beetle with just 26 miles on the clock calls Castleisland home

The deluxe Beetle model in Mayo gold.
The deluxe Beetle model in Mayo gold.
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Last week's story on the discovery in Italy of a 42-year-old Volkswagen Beetle with just 90kms on the clock sparked a big response generally but from one well-known Irish dealer in particular.

"We've got one with just 26 miles (41.5km) on the clock," Denis Divane, Killarney Road, Castleisland, Co Kerry reminded us.

It is reckoned to be the only non-registered right-hand-drive version of the famous model. It was the last Beetle brought into Ireland. And the delivery docket is still on the window.

The pristine 1977 1,200cc DeLuxe model in Mayo gold (pictured) remains unregistered. Its sticker price was £2,800 when new. No one knows what it's worth today.

The Italian one, to be sold at auction in Denmark this week, is expected to fetch €40,000.

But the Divanes have no intention of selling their golden oldie. It's an institution in the garage; a talking point among visitors (Irish and foreign) and customers.

Some have tried to buy it. But as salesman John Vahey told us: "It will never be sold. You can't put a price on it now. "When you inherit something like this you feel it is not yours to sell."

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