When this 1950 Split Window ragtop Beetle came up for sale in the US, Michael Ryan not only saw the unique value of owning an original splitter, but also the potential to indulge his penchant for period performance engines. Prior to this 50s Beetle, Michael had form owning rare classic cars, such as a genuine 35,000 km 1960 Karmann-Ghia, which in turn was sold to raise the funds for a disassembled, bargain priced original 1956 Porsche Speedster. There was little doubt, then, that Michael would add his own personal touches to this prized, show winning ragtop when it landed on OZ soil.


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