1972 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann


  • Over £5,000 spent on recent upgrades and maintenance
  • Stored in a dry garage for the last 5 years
  • Underside completely restored
  • Recent interior upgrade

The Appeal

The Beetle's characterful lines and austere mechanics have made it amongst the most legendary vehicles of all time - an easy, accessible car for a post-war world. While 'classy' may not be the immediate thing that comes to mind, this Karmann convertible is undeniably that. 

Boasting an impressive two-tone colour scheme, an attractive ivory leather cabin and such detailing as an attractive zodiac steering wheel, this 1978 Beetle goes beyond the car's usual station into a distinctive retro classic that's loaded with class and character. 

This Beetle has been meticulously maintained, with over £5,000 invested in rebuilding the engine, upgrading the steering, and overhauling the underside. The car has been stored in a dry garage for the past 5 years, keeping it in fine fettle, ready and waiting for its lucky new owner.

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History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1972
  • Arrived in the UK in 1978
  • The DVLA records 11 previous keepers
  • The last MOT in November 2022 had no advisories (expired)
  • Purchased 5 years ago by the present owners
  • Stored in a dry garage since purchase
  • Over £5,000 spent over the last 5 years on engine rebuild, steering upgrade, underside overhaul, interior redesign and general maintenance
  • Currently indicates 71,818 miles on a five-figure odometer

The Condition

  • The underside has been completely restored to a high standard
  • The bodywork is in fair to good condition with a few marks and blisters, however it's very solid
  • Attractive two-tone colour scheme with light wear and some spots of discolouration
  • Soft top is in good order
  • The interior has recently been upgraded and is in good condition
  • Attractive cream leatherwork with no sign of any rips or tears
  • We note the attractive St. Christopher horn button, which really completes the luxurious style
  • Period radio still in situ
  • Fitted with an oil gauge
  • All instruments are clear and legible
  • We understand everything to be working as it should

The Mechanics

  • 1,600cc H4 powerplant
  • Manual transmission with 4 forward and 1 reverse gears
  • The car is in reportedly in good overall mechanical condition
  • The steering has been upgraded and is now more responsive
  • We're informed it starts and drives with no fuss 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Beetle
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 71,818 Miles
  • Engine size 1600
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Rawtenstall
  • Location Lancashire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
8 bids from 5 bidders
  • lisa.be•••• £4,500 18/06/24
  • martinh•••• £4,000 17/06/24
  • dhiraj-•••• £3,600 17/06/24
  • martinh•••• £3,500 17/06/24
  • MrBAH1 £1,500 17/06/24
  • james-w•••• £1,350 17/06/24
  • MrBAH1 £1,250 17/06/24
  • dhiraj-•••• £1,000 17/06/24
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