1974 VW Beetle with 56 miles on the clock up for sale

All second hand car buyers love to find a vehicle with low mileage, but this 1974 VW Beetle tops the lot.

Because this classic Beetle has just 56 miles on the clock.

The car, which still has its original engine and tyres, auctions at Silverstone Auctions on May 28 with a $43,500 estimate - double the cost of a top condition example from 1974.

That tells you everything you need to know about the importance collectors place on the attractions of "original condition" and low mileage.

An elderly Italian man bought the car new when he could no longer manage the walk to church. Four years of Sunday outings are all it has on the odometer.

"Unique is a word nearly always incorrectly used, but in the case of this 1974 Beetle, we think not," commented Silverstone Auctions.

"It's presented today after light recommissioning, having benefited from a good coating of Waxoyl.

"The original books and invoice are still intact along with its, presumably unwrapped, tool kit.

"A 'time warp' example of probably the most famous car in the world, hard to believe but it's true."

The car will feature at the Classic Race Aarhus Auction in Viby J, Denmark, where a one-off 1967 VW Karmann-Ghia will also tempt fans of the German marque. The striking-looking machine will appear with a $33,850 valuation.

Love cars? Check out this stunning piece of racing memorabilia you can buy at Paul Fraser Collectibles.

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