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Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

A VINTAGE 1950s Volkswagen Beetle owned by a pensioner will go under the hammer at an auction later this month.

The classic car, which has picked up a number of awards, is expected to fetch around £9,000 when it appears alongside a selection of rare art and antiques in the McTear's Collectables sale in Glasgow on September 29.

The 1953 Beetle, which is a 1200 Deluxe model, has been in the hands of 72-year-old Willie Black since 1966, the same year that VW gave it the Best Beetle in Britain accolade.

McTear's Auctioneers said the Beetle is in excellent condition, with Mr Black making "minor improvements" by repainting the car.

Mr Black, who lives in Strathaven, Lanarkshire, said: "The vehicle is in near mint condition and it always gets envious glances when I take it to car shows around the country.

"I have had great fun with it over the years but I'm 72 now and I think it's time for someone else to appreciate and enjoy it for a while."

Brian Clements, managing director at McTear's Auctioneers, said: "There is no doubt McTear's is more closely associated with fine paintings and collectable whisky than classic cars. However, the VW Beetle is one of the great design icons of the 20th Century and I think it is fair to say this pristine example is a work of art in its own right."

The McTear's Autumn Furniture, Asian Works of Art, Pictures, Clocks and Collectables sale will take place in Glasgow on Thursday September 29 at 6pm.

By By Karl Mansfield, Press Association