One of the 20th Century’s truly great automobiles, the Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ spawned a host of derivatives, the longest enduring being the Cabriolet. A single prototype was built pre-war, but it was not until 1949 that production commenced, the bulk of which was entrusted to Karmann of Osnabruck whose four-seater Cabriolet appeared soon after the two-seater Hebmuller-built version.
Only Karmann’s would stand the test of time, outliving the saloon and remaining ever fashionable, an instantly recognisable motoring icon to this day. Mechanical changes to the Cabriolet kept pace with those of the saloon until the latter’s production began to wind down in the early 1970s.
This recently restored Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet has recently been professionally painted in its original colour, which we feel contrasts nicely with the black leather interior. Notably, the convertible roof was recently replaced; the new hood is said to fit very neatly. Showing a mere 85,000 recorded kilometres, according to the vendor the engine runs very nicely, and the transmission shifts very smoothly.
Every collection should include an iconic Beetle; this is a good example of a very desirable variant, and we are sure will provide its new owner with the true “Beetle experience”.