Left-hand drive,1980 Volkswagen 'Beetle' 1600 Cabriolet Chassis no. 1592038125 Engine no. XAJ040503
Lot 464
Left-hand drive, 1980 Volkswagen 'Beetle' 1600 Cabriolet
Registration no. HPY 933V Chassis no. 1592038125 Engine no. XAJ040503
£8,000 - 9,000
US$ 12,000 - 14,000

Lot Details
Left-hand drive,1980 Volkswagen 'Beetle' 1600 Cabriolet Chassis no. 1592038125 Engine no. XAJ040503 Left-hand drive,1980 Volkswagen 'Beetle' 1600 Cabriolet Chassis no. 1592038125 Engine no. XAJ040503 Left-hand drive,1980 Volkswagen 'Beetle' 1600 Cabriolet Chassis no. 1592038125 Engine no. XAJ040503 Left-hand drive,1980 Volkswagen 'Beetle' 1600 Cabriolet Chassis no. 1592038125 Engine no. XAJ040503
Left-hand drive
1980 Volkswagen 'Beetle' 1600 Cabriolet
Coachwork by Karmann

Registration no. HPY 933V
Chassis no. 1592038125
Engine no. XAJ040503

Footnotes

  • 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 Osnabrück, whose four-seater Cabriolet appeared soon after the two-seater Hebmüller-built version. Only the Karmann four-seater would stand the test of time, outliving the saloon by two years 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. Thus the Cabriolet gained the Super Beetle's McPherson strut front suspension, trailing arm rear suspension and more-bulbous bonnet for 1971, the effect of these long overdue suspension improvements being markedly superior handling. 1973 brought with it further styling changes in the form of a curved windscreen (and shortened bonnet), recessed dashboard and altered rear wings with enlarged light clusters. In this specification the Cabriolet continued to be built at Osnabrück until January 1980, two years after German production of the saloon had ended.

    This left-hand drive 'triple white' (body, interior, hood) Beetle Cabriolet was restored in 2006 and is described by the private vendor as in generally very good condition. We are advised that the original fuel injection system has been removed (the engine is now on twin carburettors) and that the air conditioning system is non-functioning (possibly removed). Offered with restoration invoices, MoT to February 2014 and Swansea V5 document, 'HPY 933V' represents an opportunity to acquire an iconic Volkswagen Beetle in its most desirable Cabriolet form. The original fuel injection system is included in the sale.
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