1975 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Convertible


  • Just 4 former keepers
  • Converted to right-hand-drive, and equipped with a 1600cc engine
  • Recently subject to considerable mechanical work, including rebuilt carburettors 
  • Offered in great condition for its age, with a fantastic interior

The Appeal

Standing as one of the most iconic vehicles ever produced, the VW Beetle is known across the globe for its characterful, classy and beautifully simplistic nature. All of the Beetle’s charm can be further enjoyed by the addition of a folding fabric hood, as exemplified brilliantly by this Karmann Convertible model. 
Although seemingly interesting enough in its original 1300cc form, this Beetle now boasts a much more impressive 1600cc unit, for greater power. This little VW is also rather unique in other ways, having been converted to right-hand-drive in 1989, and equipped with disc brakes, and inertia seatbelts. 
 Atop of its appealing specification, the vehicle also benefits from extensive maintenance over the years, and considerable recent expense courtesy of the current owner. Looking to ensure this peppy Beetle is in top shape, the current keeper has given the paintwork its share of much-welcomed detailing, overhauled a great deal of the vehicle’s mechanics, and has also retrimmed the interior. 
Now standing in great condition for its age, and with excellent mechanical health, this little Beetle presents a fantastic choice for those on the search for a fun weekend toy, or potential collection piece. 

The History and Paperwork

  • Imported to the UK in 1982
  • Converted to right-hand-drive in 1989
  • Now equipped with a 1600cc engine
  • Offered with just 4 former UK keepers
  • MOT & tax exempt
  • Boasts great history & documentation, including
  • Previous MOT certificates and tax discs
  • A selection of invoices detailing maintenance & upgrades
  • The current V5C document
  • Includes the original owner’s manuals, tool kit, and tonneau cover
  • More than ready to be enjoyed by the lucky new owner

The Interior

  • Showcases fantastic black upholstery, featuring;
  • New door cards
  • New carpeting
  • New seat covers
  • New rubber pedal covers
  • A new handbrake grip cover
  • Equipped with inertia seat belts, front and rear
  • Includes the original jack and spare wheel, within the frunk
  • Presented in fantastic condition for the age of the vehicle, now with only minor signs of use and light blemishes to note

The Exterior

  • Believed to retain original bodywork, with heavy gauge steel wings
  • Last repainted in 1987, now offering a great finish, benefiting from recent flat and polish treatment
  • Previously fitted with new chrome bumpers & mirrors in 2012
  • Equipped with a cream fabric folding soft top, which offers an excellent finish as a result of a recent steam clean
  • Features the original, refurbished Rostyle wheels, which present themselves in great condition, with plenty of Firestone tyre tread left to enjoy
  • Presented in great overall condition respective of age, with seemingly only small blemishes to note

The Mechanics

  • Fitted with a 1600cc engine for greater performance
  • Converted to right-hand-drive in 1989, recently receiving a new RHD firewall
  • Recently subject to a vast array of mechanical work and new components, including;
  • A full brake system overhaul
  • Freshly rebuilt carburettors
  • New ignition leads, spark plugs and air filters
  • A new Bosch 12V ignition coil
  • New alternator & v belt
  • A new fuel pump
  • Benefits from a recent engine bay detail
  • Runs & drives beautifully, with no known issues
  • Includes extensive paperwork covering servicing, maintenance & repairs
  • Ready to be enjoyed on the open road


This classy Volkswagen presents a fantastic opportunity to enjoy all of the Beetle’s charm, with a more powerful engine, refreshed mechanics, remedied aesthetics, and of course, the wind in your hair.
If you’re in the market for a thoroughly enjoyable weekend toy, this 1975 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Cabriolet deserves to be at the top of your list. 
 Notice to bidders

This item is sold on an ‘As is Where is’ basis. The condition of this item is the opinion of the seller and may differ from your own opinion. Photos and listing descriptions are for guidance purposes only. Car & Classic do not warrant listing accuracy. Full inspection is recommended. Viewings are at the seller’s discretion. Buyer is responsible for delivery and collection of any item purchased.

UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Car & Classic are run through an online HPI check. On the HPI report, this vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft. It is currently not covered by a finance agreement.

A non-refundable buyer’s deposit is payable on this item, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for the applicable percentage.

All bidding, buying and offers are subject to our Terms and Conditions.

Please see our FAQs here and our Terms & Conditions here

Vehicle specification
  • Year 1975
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 13,447 Miles
  • Engine size 1600cc
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Wapping
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom

The Gallery

The safest way to buy a classic car online

Car & Classic's secure payment system protects buyers and sellers. At the end of the auction, the winning bidder transfers payment into a third-party escrow account. Once the transfer of the vehicle is complete, both parties confirm they are happy with the sale and the money is released to the seller.
Safe, secure payment process

About Max Bids

The max bid process allows you to bid without any hassle.
Enter your maximum bid and we will then bid on your behalf to ensure you're the highest bidder - just enough to keep you in the lead and only up until your maximum.


C&C prevent auction snipers from bidding in the last seconds to win an auction.
Auctions are extended by 3-minutes if anyone bids within the last 2 minutes to allow other bidders to react and counter-bid.

Auto-bidding increments

  • If your maximum bid is equal to or below the reserve price, your maximum bid will be applied in full if you are the highest bidder.
  • If you are the highest bidder and place a maximum bid above the reserve, we will automatically put in the reserve as your first bid.
    • Once the reserve has been met, Car & Classic will make sure you are the highest bidder using only the bidding increments stated below.
    • We will keep you in the lead up until your maximum bid OR the increment closest to your maximum bid, providing your maximum bid is enough to cover the increment value.

Bid Amount Increment
£0 to £10,000 £100.00
£10,000 to £50,000 £250.00
£50,000 to £100,000 £500.00
£100,000+ £1000.00

Automatically outbid immediately

When you place a max bid and are outbid immediately that means that another bidder has placed a max bid limit which is higher than yours.
You can bid again and we will use our automatic bid system to try and get you as the highest bidder.

Matching max bids

When there are two max bids of the same value, the one placed first remains the lead bidder.

What are pre-bids?

A pre-bid means you’re able to place a bid before the official start of the auction.
You will be notified whether or not you are the highest bidder when the auction starts.

Problem with your bid

Bids are contractually binding. To help protect you, we have some rules in place if we think it's been mistyped. Please check and amend what you have entered.