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 recognizable 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 1970’s.
This beautiful original Beetle Cabriolet, fitted with the more powerful 1500cc motor and front disc brakes, has recently enjoyed a very comprehensive restoration. The Beetle is finished in its original shade of Java Green paint, contrasted by a nicely re-trimmed interior in two-tone leather/cloth, with matching carpets.
VW Beetle Cabriolets make brilliant classic cars, hugely enjoyable to drive and very simple and fun to maintain, and this nicely restored example makes a wonderful proposition. The Beetle is supplied with Dutch registration papers.