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1974 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet by Karmann

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Chassis No.

Chassis No.: 1542610161
Engine No.: AR087212
Documents: Bill of Sale Only
This car is offered without registration papers.

Dieses Auto wird ohne Zulassungspapiere angeboten.

Inspired by the design of the earliest ‘Split-Window’ Beetle, Wilhelm Karmann sought to give Volkswagen’s car a new look. The German coachbuilder and contract manufacturer acquired his own Beetle and—having converted it to a cabriolet—successfully presented it back to the Volkswagen board, striking a deal to manufacture a drop-top version of the car in Osnabrück from 1949. The convertible car compensated for its missing metal roof with significant restructuring to the underside of the body and chassis. By the end of Cabriolet production in 1980, more than 330,000 cars had been made by Karmann, even surviving the Wolfsburg-made Beetle by two years.

The example offered here was built in 1974 with a 1,285 cc flat-four engine. The Beetle was delivered new to the Treviso region of Italy, where it is believed to have remained until being acquired at auction by The Road and Track Collection in 2016. Upon buying the car, the Volkswagen presented in tired condition with ripped seats, a worn roof fabric, and jaded bodywork. While in the care of the consignor, the Beetle has been improved with a retrimmed interior, fitment of new roof fabric, and reconditioning of the metal panels. Selected invoices for this work are available to view in the history file.

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Chassis No.

Chassis No.: 1542610161
Engine No.: AR087212
Documents: Bill of Sale Only
This car is offered without registration papers.

Dieses Auto wird ohne Zulassungspapiere angeboten.

Inspired by the design of the earliest ‘Split-Window’ Beetle, Wilhelm Karmann sought to give Volkswagen’s car a new look. The German coachbuilder and contract manufacturer acquired his own Beetle and—having converted it to a cabriolet—successfully presented it back to the Volkswagen board, striking a deal to manufacture a drop-top version of the car in Osnabrück from 1949. The convertible car compensated for its missing metal roof with significant restructuring to the underside of the body and chassis. By the end of Cabriolet production in 1980, more than 330,000 cars had been made by Karmann, even surviving the Wolfsburg-made Beetle by two years.

The example offered here was built in 1974 with a 1,285 cc flat-four engine. The Beetle was delivered new to the Treviso region of Italy, where it is believed to have remained until being acquired at auction by The Road and Track Collection in 2016. Upon buying the car, the Volkswagen presented in tired condition with ripped seats, a worn roof fabric, and jaded bodywork. While in the care of the consignor, the Beetle has been improved with a retrimmed interior, fitment of new roof fabric, and reconditioning of the metal panels. Selected invoices for this work are available to view in the history file.

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