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.
The lovely example on offer here has been meticulously looked after by the current vendor who has owned the beetle for some time. Most recently, it has been the subject of a body refresh and the paintwork presents in excellent order, as does the interior and included in the sale is a sizeable history file with previous work that has been carried out. In good all-round condition, with a new hood, this charming example is ready for a new custodian for the coming summer months.