In 1948, Wilhelm Karmann bought a standard Beetle and converted it into a four-seater convertible. After successfully presenting it at VW in Wolfsburg, Karmann began production of the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet in 1949. After a number of stylistic and technical alterations made to it, the last of 331,847 cabriolets came off the conveyor belt on 10th January 1980, bringing with it the end of an era. In 1971, alongside continued production of the standard Beetle, a variant which featured Macpherson strut front suspension and a re-designed front end was introduced which was officially known and marketed in Europe as the ‘VW 1302’ from 1971 to 1972, and ‘VW 1303’ from 1973 onwards.
This restored Karmann convertible finished in black and red and complemented by a new hood is in excellent condition throughout. A recent restoration consisted of a bare metal re-spray and the car was found out be in outstanding condition during this process. The interior was re-trimmed and carpets were fitted along with new chrome work, an engine tune up along with new wheel refurbishment and tyres. The car is offered with an MoT test certificate valid until December 2016, numerous bills and old MoT certificates to ascertain the correct mileage post and pre-new speedometer. This collectable example presents as new and is accompanied by a reassuring history and a well-documented restoration. Perfect for Summer motoring.