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Lot 205: Volkswagen Karmann Beetle Cabrioet

Techno Classica, Coys (2 April 2011)

Introduced in 1949, the Karmann-built Beetle Cabriolets were an extraordinarily long-lived model and the last example left the Osnabruck factory in January 1980. During the '70s they benefited from many improvements, notably the fitting of McPherson front struts and a larger bonnet, allowing the deletion of the front torsion bar suspension and also significantly improving luggage capacity. They also received disc brakes, a steering rack and a fiercely efficient heater; curved windscreens and larger rear lights distinguish the exterior from earlier models. Of course, as with all VW machinery, all components, especially electrical, were built to last. The multi-layered soft top (including heated glass rear window), with superb open/close operation, is second to none. These cars date from the days when German car makers earned their reputation for exceptional quality. The cabriolet that we are offering today is a completely original, unrestored and unmolested left hand drive example and has only covered 3,250 miles or 5,230 kilometres from new. Delivered in October 1977 and finished in Mars red with a black leatherette interior, the owner informs us the car is like new. Supplied with a UK V5C document, UK MoT certificate valid until March next year and an owners handbook. This car is perhaps the ultimate Volkswagen Beetle convertible which are becoming extremely collectible with such a low mileage; this immaculate example is not to be missed.

Lot Details
Auction Techno Classica
Coys, Essen, Germany
TypeCar
Lot Number205
Estimate€20000-€25000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)€23570
Year1977
Condition rating0
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Mileage-
Chassis number1582020504
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