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Open Air Motoring on a Budget
The Model –When the original Volkswagen Beetle was developed in pre-WWII Germany, it was decided that a number of Cabriolets would be included in the mix. With a classic Mercedes inspired folding top, the flat-bottomed Beetle sedan’s chassis needed just a little tweaking to make it convertible ready. In the early 1950’s, VW experimented with a couple of different coachbuilders but eventually settled on Karmann as the supplier of the open Beetles. Over the course of its production, the little Beetle saw constant improvements striving to make a good thing better. During the previous season a revision to the folding top reduced the down-position bulk, a new “basket-weave” vinyl was released for the seats and a major benefit were the new swivel sunvisors. At $2,053 suggested retail for the basic convertible, just 7,848 were imported into the USA when new.
The Car – This bright yellow example has been used, but has also been well maintained under the rear engine cover, and given a few subtle upgrades to make the motoring experience of this pleasing little Beetle that much better. Mechanically, this car is reported run out quite well with the trademark exhaust noise. The interior is finished in black vinyl and accented with a black fabric folding top. Sitting on stock wheels painted black, they are adorned with a set of original VW moon-style hubcaps. These were basic cars when new, when even getting a fuel gauge was a step-up from the basic package, of which this car has. A modern stereo/CD system has been added with special speakers placed under the dash board. The seats appear to be a couple of years old, but are quite comfortable and ready for that Sunday cruise or weekend retreat. Reported to be an excellent driver, this convertible is not only delight to drive and own, but is sure to get plenty of “thumbs-up” approval from your fellow motorists.