1969 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Chassis no. 159663083
1600cc flat four-cylinder
Four-speed manual transmission
Sought after Karmann Cabriolet
One careful lady owner (yes really!) for many years
Striking color combination
One of the most cherished and long-lived variations of the Volkswagen Beetle is the Cabriolet, which actually outlived the German sedan by three years. In 1949, soft-top versions of the Beetle were produced by two German coachbuilders, Hebmüller and Karmann. The Hebmüller was a two-seater with a long engine deck, produced only through 1952, when the company folded. Karmann, fated to have a long association with VW, also produced bodies and special models for Porsche, DKW, BMW, Ford of Germany and Opel. The name is perhaps best known for the Karmann Ghia coupes and convertibles, designed by the latter Italian concern, built as sporting Volkswagens from 1955 to 1974.
The Karmann cabriolets were four-seat models, which gave them a much wider audience, particularly in the United States where they sold well. The Karmann cabriolet generally mirrored the development of the Beetle during its life, both mechanically and in body features, although the top mechanism maintained its distinctive appearance. When folded the top did not disappear, but sat proudly on the rear deck, covered with a canvas boot.
When VW introduced the Super Beetle, with MacPherson strut front suspension and improved luggage space, in 1971, the Cabriolet adopted its characteristics, retaining them even when Super Beetle sedans were discontinued after 1974. Production continued alongside the standard Beetle, and carried on after 1977 when the German Beetle was discontinued. The last of more than 330,000 Karmann Beetle Cabriolets was produced on January 10, 1980.
Finished in the striking combination of orange with black upholstery, this is an exceptional example of a highly collectible Beetle variant and has clearly led a sheltered life.
With 78,453 miles reading on the clock at the time of cataloging, this Beetle enjoyed one former lady owner for many years and remains very much as it left the Osnabruck factory more than four decades ago. The paint and interior exhibit a lovely patina while the mechanicals have clearly been well maintained on this fine example of Volkswagen's ever-popular Beetle Cabriolet.