Lot 11

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1979 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

SOLD $28,600


$40,000 - $60,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Remarkably Original Example from Final Year of US Delivery
A Well-Preserved and Unmodified Cabriolet
14,000 Miles from New; Original Paint, Upholstery, Trim, and Tires
Striking and Highly Desirable Triple-Black Livery
Exceptional Documentation Includes Original Purchase and Warranty Paperwork

Technical Specs

1,585 CC Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
48 HP at 4,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
Front Disc and Rear Drum Hydraulic Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with MacPherson Struts
Independent Rear Suspension with Trailing Arms and Torsion Bars
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Without doubt, the Volkswagen Beetle was the most influential compact car to land on US soil after WWII. Officially known as the Type 1 Sedan, the Beetle evolved from Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s prewar KdF-Wagen, with the KdF representing Kraft durch Freude or “Strength through Joy.” Development was swift, with careful updates applied throughout its long production run. North American sales continued through 1979 and derivative models including the Transporter, Karmann-Ghia, Type 181 “Thing” and the Karmann-built Cabriolet.

The Beetle Cabriolet offered here was completed in September 1979, sold new in Michigan in March 1980, and has enjoyed single family care until just recently. Well-preserved and finished in exceptional “triple black” livery, the Beetle has traveled only an approximate 14,000 miles and appears virtually as-new throughout, with the paint, cabriolet top, and upholstery remaining excellent. In fact, the vehicle still rides on its factory-installed Continental white-striped tires and retains all body decals, with lines, hoses, wires, and rubber seals remaining in supple condition.

Complete with its unused spare-tire assembly, plus impressive documents including the original purchase and warranty paperwork, warranty card, certificate of title, and transfer of ownership, this 1979 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet offers a truly exciting opportunity to acquire and enjoy a highly original example from the model’s historic final year of US availability.