It was in 1948 that Wilhelm Karmann bought a VW Type 1 and converted it into a four-seater cabriolet. Thus was born the Beetle Cabriolet, which began production in 1949 at Karmann in Osnabrück.
The cabriolet was more than a hooded flap. To compensate for the stiffness lost by removing the roof, the sills were reinforced longitudinally and also in the transverse reinforcements were made to the bodywork. The lower corners of the door openings had welded curved reinforcements and the doors had secondary alignment rails on the B-pillar.
The hood uses an interior lining that hides the opening mechanism and transverse bars of its structure, with 25mm of insulation material. The rear window was made of tempered glass and, after 1968, it had an electric heater.
The Cabriolet was generally more equipped than the Closed Scraper. It had two rear ashtrays, pockets on both doors, a vanity mirror on the passenger side, rear gravel splash guards and, until 1969, chrome wheel embellishment rings. Many of these items were not available in other versions of Beetle until the introduction of the optional «L» package (Luxus) from 1970.
After a series of stylistic and technical changes made to the Karmann cabriolet, (corresponding to the many changes and changes introduced throughout the evolution of the model), the last of the 331,847 Cabriolet left the production line on 10 January 1980.
This 1303 S Cabriolet from 1978 features a beautiful combination of colors, tinted glass and special ATS wheels.
In excellent condition.
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