Lot 216 - 1975 Volkswagen Beetle 1303S Convertible by Karmann
|Odometer reading||59,500 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
In 1948, Wilhelm Karmann bought a standard Beetle and converted it into a four-seater convertible. After successfully presenting it at VW in Wolfsburg, Karmann began production of the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet in 1949. After a number of stylistic and technical alterations made to it (corresponding to the many changes VW made to the Beetle throughout its history) the last of 331,847 cabriolets came off the conveyor belt on 10th January 1980, bringing with it the end of an era. In 1971, alongside continued production of the standard Beetle, a variant which featured MacPherson strut front suspension and a re-designed front end was introduced which was officially known and marketed in Europe as the 'VW 1302' from 1971 to 1972, and 'VW 1303' from 1973 onwards.
This rare righthand drive VW Beetle 1303S Convertible by Karmann was supplied new in Germany to an English army officer and remained in Europe until being imported to the UK by Major Kenneth McRae in 1984. The history file, which starts when the car came into the country, shows that it has covered about 81,500 miles, the speedo being replaced in 2001 and then again in 2007. The file also verifies that it has been fully maintained and was used sparingly since the late 1990s. This very original Beetle, finished in red with a recently replaced black roof and fitted with black interior, would benefit from light restoration but is ready to be used and enjoyed. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate (with no advisories) which expires in May 2016 and a file containing old MoTs, past registration documents and invoices going back to 1985. A rare opportunity to purchase a 'Super Beetle' convertible.
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