MRT is a great car and one of my all-time favourites, but that doesn't make it the first if there's clear evidence to prove otherwise :wink:
Rich Oakley wrote:
Well, look in the other thread and you can read Richard's certainly well-researched facts. Where is the proof to your claims by the way?:wink:
I'm probably in a better position than you to comment 😳
Standard split wrote:
It cant be, I know a 47/48 that was bought new here, the car has not been on the road for many years but is still around
I think I will have to eat some humble pie and possibly my hat too. The car in Ireland actually had a chassis number higher than MRTs. MRT is 332970, the 11D in Ireland was 333708. So it looks like John was right, MRT really is the earliest.Now where's my hat?
Is MRT 308 the car you had repainted,decided you didn't like the job so decided to have it repainted again,then had an arguement with the paint shop so left it out in the rain,bare.It is with Fred in N.Ireland now, isn't it.Story i heard he had to re-restore it.Yes, i remember seeing it at Stoneleigh,carrying a very shiny paint job.Must have changed your taste since then John.Rumour still has it, this is the No2 car.
'50 Karmann wrote:
Too keen to have the car in fact – they wanted to keep it.
WHAT!!!Got to here this....tell me more......what was their arguement for this way of thinking?
To me it could never be a match to the low mileage one-owner '49 – but MRT like Rattletrap has a fascinating history, although neither of them have originality to touch the '498)
Not an answer to the question but I can confirm seeing this car at the VW Convention at Stafford Showground, Staffordshire, England in 1971 and or 1972.Even back then the car was owned by an enthusiast who enjoyed presenting it for others to see. That same gentleman still frequents VW shows in the UK, maybe I will se him again at Stanford Hall 2010?Rod
That depends on your point of view. For my money, the provenance of MRT 308 makes it worth more than a low milage one owner 49. In monetary terms this happens all the time with certain antiques, even cars owned by famous people. The Lady Diana Spencer owned Range Rover is one good example.If MRT really is the first Beetle "offically" built for the UK then in terms of UK VW history it's priceless!
Agree totally John. Rattletrap has a provenance that is hard to beat by ANY Beetle. However, imagine finding the first official RHD Beetle registered in the UK - how fantastic that would be. I guess not much of a story but because of the significance it worth a fair amount to certain collectors, maybe even VAG UK. Wonder what it was and where it is? BTW - when was the first official RHD UK Type 2 imported? Anyone know?