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Lot 459: Volkswagen 'Beetle' 1600 Cabriolet

Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Atomobilia, Bonhams (18 November 2009)

One of the 20th Century's truly great automobiles, the Volkswagen 'Beetle' lived down its origin as Hitler's 'people's car', going on to become an all-time best-seller and cult classic. By the time European production ceased in 1974 a staggering 21,000,000-plus Beetles of all types had been made. The 'Beetle' spawned a host of derivatives over the course of its life, the longest enduring being the Cabriolet. A single prototype was built pre-war but it was not until 1949 that production proper 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 and one ever popular with showbusiness celebrities. The excess of demand over supply for the Karmann-built Cabriolet model has led to a number of Beetle saloons being converted over the years, this right-hand drive example among them. Restored and converted around 1989, the car was purchased by the current owner at Brooks' inaugural Harrogate Sale in November 1999 (Lot 363). Finished in yellow with black hood and tan upholstery, it is described by the private vendor as in generally good condition and offered with service history, current MoT/tax, Swansea V5 and copies of old logbooks listing all previous owners.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Atomobilia
Bonhams, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
TypeCar
Lot Number459
Estimate£1200-£1500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1100
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1265
Year1972
Condition rating3
Registration numberEVY 900L
Mileage-
Chassis number1122402566
Engine numberAD339516
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2