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 charming later 1978 model Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet was delivered to its first European owner in 1978. Approximately 9 years ago the Beetle benefitted from a restoration and mechanical rebuild, and we understand is now in “sublime” working and driving order.
Finished in black with a black interior, tinted glass, a white convertible roof, and fitted with a stylish set of Empi wheels, this is a very attractive example of a really cool little summer cruising classic!