Lot 239 - 1970 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible by Karmann
|Sold - £12,040
- Fully rebuilt some time ago
- Original Karmann convertible
In 1948, Wilhelm Karmann bought a standard Beetle and converted it into a four-seater convertible. After successfully presenting it at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Karmann began production of the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet in 1949. After a number of stylistic and technical alterations made to it, 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. The VW Beetle has seduced many a first time buyer, collector and classic car enthusiast. And for obvious reasons; the parts network is comprehensive and inexpensive, the ability to convert the base model into many different variants was always available and the cost of the car itself presented a gateway into classic car ownership.
This lovely, right hand drive, 1970 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible by Karmann has been the subject to a full rebuild some time ago. This included fitting new chassis rails, floors, door skins and quarter panels. The engine was sent to a Volkswagen engine specialists who’s instruction was to rebuild the engine with the emphasis on making it as robust as possible, rather than high performance. It was rebored out to 1776cc, fitted with a lightened flywheel, external oil filter and oil cooler, twin Weber carburettors, electronic ignition and stainless steel exhaust system. At the same time the black interior was replaced, and the body colour changed from blue to orange. According to the vendor this Volkswagen Beetle has been rebuilt for reliability and is capable of maintaining good speeds on motorways. The 1970 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible by Karmann is a timeless classic that continues to capture the hearts of car enthusiasts around the world. Its unique design, simplicity, and reliability have made it one of the most beloved cars of all time.
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