– Volkswagen Beetle 1303 convertible
– from the penultimate year of production, 1979
– originally delivered to the US
– 1.6 litre injection engine (L-Jettronic) with 35 kW (48 hp) and 4-speed manual gearbox
– unwarranted mileage of 44,400 mls
– yellow paintwork and brown leatherette interior
– black soft top
– leather steering wheel
– chrome bumpers
– “elephant foot” rear lights
When production of this convertible came to a close, its fans had tears in their eyes! Precious few other vehicles had found their way into the hearts of people the way the Beetle Convertible had – thanks to its timeless, cuddly shape and certainly also due to the fact that it had brought the convertible feeling to people far below the ranks of the “upper ten thousand” in the first place.
During the final years of the nearly 30-year production span, the open version of the VW Beetle became increasingly popular, and as the demand went up, so did the prices for well-kept used cars, which surpassed their retail prices almost right from the start. A car that had already become a classic during its construction period, after all it was produced with relatively marginal changes from 1949 to 1980.
All along, the convertible was always based on the most powerful and best-equipped version of the “creepy-crawly” of its time. A total of 330,281 open beetles were manufactured at Karmann in Osnabrück, right up to the final “Volkswagen 1303 Cabriolet” with an engine power of 37 kW (50 hp) as of 1972.