<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498

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Lot 337¤
1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

Sold for US$ 11,000 inc. premium
1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
Chassis no. 158-567203
Engine no. 328498

1,585cc OHV Air-cooled Opposed 4-Cylinder Engine (Originally 1500cc)
Single Solex carburetor
50 bhp at 4,200rpm
3-Speed "Automatic Stickshift" Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
Front Disc, Rear Drum Brakes

*Fitted with VW's intriguing Automatic Stickshift
*Coachbuilt by Karmann
*Attractive color scheme
*Pioneer stereo system


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

One of the most popular automobiles ever produced, Volkswagen's iconic Type 1 Beetle sold in the millions, and one of the best-loved was the Cabriolet, built by Karmann of Osnabruck, which also built the svelte little Ghia-styled coupe. The Karmann cabriolet first appeared in 1949, and this quite popular model remained in production until 1980, with almost 332,000 units manufactured. With its fully-padded "baby-buggy" folding fabric top, Karmann Cabriolets allowed four occupants reasonably comfortable seating while soaking up the sun's rays. Cabriolets were more than simply Beetle sedans with their roof removed; Karmann heavily reinforced and strengthened the sills and lower cowling, and added a transverse brace to the floor pan. Cabriolets were generally better-finished than their coupe brethren, including such niceties as twin back-seat ashtrays, a vanity mirror on the passenger-side sunvisor, alloy stone guards on the rear fenders, and wheel trim rings.

This example, from 1968 - the first year that higher-mounted bumpers and a collapsible steering column were required for US sale - appears to have been repainted in its original red at some point in its life, but still presents nicely. The white upholstery, black door cards and black carpeting all appear to be original and in good shape, long with the white top.

One of 13,354 examples produced by Karmann in model year 1968, its original engine was replaced with one based on a 1600 case manufactured in Mexico in August of 1970. This little convertible was factory-equipped with the unique Volkswagen Automatic Stickshift, a three-speed manual gearbox that was operated by a vacuum-operated automatic clutch. This system was introduced on VW mid-year in 1968 and was available until 1976.

This VW has been dressed up a bit with accessory chrome grilles on the engine lid and an aftermarket Pioneer stereo. The odometer indicates about 50,000 miles at the time of cataloguing, but it is not known if this is the correct total. There is some visible wear and patina on the black plastic steering wheel and its Wolfsburg crested horn button. The car is said to be in running condition.

As there is a huge, world-wide support community for earlier Volkswagens, this little Beetle Cabriolet could serve as the starting point for an easy restoration to original specification, or just enjoyed as a summertime driver.

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<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
<b>1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 158-567203<br />Engine no. 328498
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