Lot 236 - 1958 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet by Karmann
|Odometer reading||90,200 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £27,000|
One of the 20th century's most iconic automobiles, the Volkswagen 'Beetle' transcended its origins as the German 'People's Car,' going on to become an all-time best-seller and cult classic. Originally conceived by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, the Volkswagen inspired great loyalty and enthusiasm based on its practicality, reliability, adaptability and affordability. The Beetle was simple to build with an air cooled engine eliminating the whole water cooling system of pumps, pipes, hoses and radiators as well as reducing the risk of freezing in cold northern winters.
It was in 1948 that Wilhelm Karmann first bought a VW Beetle sedan and converted it into a four-seater convertible. The Beetle Cabriolet began production in 1949 by Karmann in Osnabrück, after being successfully presented at VW in Wolfsburg. The Cabriolet was more than a Beetle with a folding top. To compensate for the strength lost in removing the roof; sills were reinforced with welded U-channel rails, a transverse beam was fitted below the front edge of the rear seat cushion, and the side cowl-panels below the instrument panel were double-wall. In addition, the lower corners of the door apertures had welded-in curved gussets. The doors had secondary alignment wedges at the B-pillar, all in all producing a ridged chassis for the little convertible.
This 1958 original righthand drive example is in fabulous condition and presented in gleaming white with a contrasting burgundy hood. This Beetle has undergone a full restoration at the hands of the current vendor who purchased the car in 2011. The bare metal restoration included new sills, floor pans and heater channels, together with new wiring throughout.
The vendor's dream was to enjoy this car on lazy summer days driving to the coast with the family. He confirms that the car ‘drives brilliantly’ and is rust free having been wax oiled at the time of restoration.
This Beetle Cabriolet boasts the uprated 1641cc engine which enables the driver to comfortably keep up with modern day traffic, compared to the 1200cc original engine. Accompanying the car is an excellent history file including photos of the restoration process. Early examples of the righthand drive Karmann Beetle convertible are rare. In its current condition, this is an extremely desirable example which is aching to be loved and enjoyed for many years to come.
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