- Year (Vintage): 1977
- Mileage (miles): 18,770 miles
- Transmission: Manual
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Registration: Irish
- Full Name: Adrian
- Phone: 086 1721074
- County / State: Wexford
- Country: Ireland
- Subscriber to Irish Vintage Scene or Retro Classics magazines?: No
- Listed: April 25, 2017 1:16 pm
- Expires: 2 days, 13 hours
Introduced in 1949, the Karmann-built Beetle Cabriolets were an extraordinary 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 is a completely unrestored and unmolested rare right hand drive example. Delivered new in March 1977 in Bognor Regis, this car has been cherished and lovingly maintained by each of its owners.
With only 18,770 miles on the odometer, backed up by MoT certificates, this must be one of the lowest mileage, most original beetles available today. Mechanically, the engine and gearbox are the original units and a delight to operate without a squeak or rattle. The Ancona Blue paintwork is described as being in showroom condition as is the original pale sand beige hood and upholstery. The interior of the engine bay and luggage compartment are as clean as when the car was first purchased with impeccable chrome and fixings. The hood is a superb fit and operates smoothly and is supplied with the matching tonneau.
This beetle has been used primarily for shows and is kept in a heated garage never seeing the rain. This is a well known car in club circles and has even captured the coveted first prize at the Stanford Hall VW Cabrio Festival in 2007 scoring a spectacular 131 out of 140 possible points. The history file includes the VLC, old MoT certificates and correspondence from previous owners.
VW Beetle convertibles are extremely collectible and this low mileage, immaculate example is one not to be missed.