The 'Marathon' Beetles were produced to celebrate the Beetles World Record production figure of 15,007,034 recorded on 17th February 1972. This 1300cc Beetle was subsequently called the World Champion, 'Weltmeister' in German, and was painted in a special 'Marathon' metallic paint, paint code: Silver Blue L96M. The car was fitted with unique silver and black sports wheels, made by Lemmerz, part number: 000 071 475B and had wheel nut caps and octagonal VW alloy hub covers. Black leatherette basket weave seat covers and rubber bumpers inserts completed the car.
This particular Beetle, registered 'WJO 444K', is a UK right-hand drive example that has undergone a sympathetic tidy-up between 2012 to 2015 and during that period the brightwork was re-chromed and rubbers replaced. The glass is original and the engine bay itself is in presentable condition.
Contained within the history file are a number of old MoTs and bills detailing expenditure and maintenance. Most of the servicing and repairs have been undertaken by respected VW specialist P.W. Euro parts, and the current MoT expires in October 2016. The gold medallion originally supplied with the car having the inscription "Der Weltmeister, Wolfsburg, Germany" is also present.
Approximately 1,000 right-hand drive 'Marathon Weltmeister Beetles' came to the UK, of which now only 160 appear on the Marathon register. With the odometer now reading 89,954 miles, this rare Beetle would be a great addition to any Volkswagen collection.