There are a lot of bugs, but you won’t come across one like this. Moreover, he did not have a demanding life.
Since we find Beetles like mushrooms, it’s really hard to find one that is interesting and stands out from the crowd. You can now bring one of these back to your native Europe. The auction portal Bring a Trailer has an original police Beetle that defended the law in the early 1980s. He also appeared on the Jerry Seinfeld series and the Jay Leno show.
This piece was born in Mexico in 1979, from where it went straight into the hands of the Bavarian police in the region of Lower Franconia, where it served until 1986. Subsequently, it went unused to rest in a warehouse. As a result, it has remained in very good condition, aside from a dusting of corrosion on the bumper. 16 years ago Brouk indulged in a paint restoration and in 2000 a sensitive cosmetic renovation.
The mission to protect the law is visible at first glance and it is not just about the traditional white and green coloring. The doors are decorated with the emblem of the Bavarian police, the bow and stern bear the inscription “Polizei” and on the roof we find a beacon with megaphones and an antenna for the Telefunken on-board radio. Bosch sirens hang under the front bumper. The gray painted 15-inch steel wheels have new Vredestein Sprint Classic tires since November.
The door trims are also gray, although the seats wear brown cloth with vinyl side panels. They have a matching patina and one of the earlier drivers probably liked to light a cigarette based on the burnt hole. The center panel was occupied by the additional equipment switches. In the compartment in front of the passenger hovers the mentioned radio with an earpiece suspended under the dashboard.
From a technical point of view, Brouk is fine. It is powered by a 1.2-liter flat-four with a Solex H30/31 carburettor, typical of Mexican production since January 1978. The speedometer, rated up to 160 km/h, shows a run of just under 25,000 km on the odometer. The last two thousand were added by the previous owner, but the total mileage is unknown. Last January, the Beetle received new oil, alternator and battery. The service also included brake adjustment and circuit flushing.
The car comes with German historical documents, but has resided in Santa Monica, California since 2014. The real business jacket is the cherry on top. At the time of writing, the last bid amounted to CZK 520,000.