The Volkswagen Beetle, brainchild of the great Dr Porsche, had a slightly bizarre introduction as the Third Reich’s “people’s car” in 1938. It was to survive for another fifty years, being produced all over the world, and in the course of its life, it underwent over 70,000 changes and modifications. It was this constant development and attention to detail which allowed the Beetle to maintain its extraordinary reputation, which of course makes good examples, enjoyable and prudent collectors’ purchase today.
Most desirable of all the versions is the cabriolet, beautifully built by Karmann and a charming and desirable classic almost from its introduction. It is not difficult to understand why, either, since it had VW’s legendary build quality, finish, reliability and, unlike many cabriolets of its time, its hood did actually keep the rain out and the warmth in!
Finished in Tuscan Red with Dove Grey interior, this 1302 LS Cabriolet is a charming example of the more luxurious Super Beetle, with more power from its 1600cc engine and improved front disc brakes. It has definitely benefited from careful and sparing use, and close inspection reveals largely original paintwork and lovely correct interior. Every collection should include an iconic Beetle; this is an uncommon example of a very desirable variant and will provide its new owner with the true “Beetle experience”.