Master technicians at Poole-based Breeze Volkswagen have recently restored a 1976 VW Beetle 1200 to its former glory and it’s set to be displayed in their Tower Park showroom.

The car, which will celebrate its 40th birthday next year, has covered 60,000 miles and has had two owners from new, who were neighbours. The documents which came with the vehicle include its original service record and handbook stamped by Volkswagen, old tax discs, MOT certificates, various bills and receipts. It even has the original bill of sale from when it was purchased new for £2,600.

Andy Garrett, used vehicle buyer at Breeze Volkswagen, said: “We were all very excited when we saw the car. It’s in remarkable condition with a fabulous heritage and was obviously cherished by its owners. It had been locked away in a garage for the last 14 years and structurally is in fabulous condition.”

“Its last owner sadly passed away and his son in law brought it to Breeze Volkswagen on a trailer as it hadn’t been started for many years. The brakes were seized on and all the old fuel and oils needed draining and replacing. Once the brake hoses were changed and the fuel tank was replaced along with many other serviceable items, it started with the first turn of the key.

Marion Barzilay, wife of Anthony Barzilay, the last owner, said: “My earliest memories of the car were hearing from the first owners about their wonderful European trips in it and showing us their detailed journal enjoying the Volkswagen lifestyle. The bright orange Beetle featured in many of their photos alongside popular tourist attractions. The car has been a big part of our lives, if only it could talk!”

The Beetle, some of the original documents and pictures of the first owners alongside the car, will be on display at the Tower Park showroom.