1978 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition


  • Good original condition
  • Full length sunroof
  • Last edition Beetle

The Appeal

To mark Volkswagen’s decision to cease European production in 1977 they chose to celebrate the occasion by producing 300 1978 model Beetles in Diamond Silver metallic, a unique colour for the final 300.

Available in limited numbers through their network of UK dealers, they are now a highly prized edition of the loveable VW Beetle.

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The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1978 
  • One of the last 300 made
  • Original owner’s manual
  • Good MOT history verifying mileage
  • V5 present
  • MOT expires August 2023
  • Spare wheel 
  • One key
  • MOT exempt

Since 2013 the car has covered very little mileage until being purchased by the current owner earlier this year, who drove it back from Sutton Coalfield to London with no problem at all.

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The Interior

  • Original Marine blue velour seats and interior
  • Full length Webasto sun roof
  • Good overall condition 
  • The door seals are perishing in places
  • Headlining needs re-glueing around the rear of the sunroof
  • The seller tells us that everything functions as it should with no issues 
  • Period radio/cassette player

The Exterior

  • Diamond Silver metallic paint
  • Paintwork presents well with some age related bumps and scrapes here and there
  • Nice straight bodywork with external trim, badges and lights all looking good
  • Good condition pressed steel wheels, hubcaps and tyres
  • New bumpers and chrome headlight surrounds
  • Slight paint bubbling evident on the bonnet

The Mechanics

  • 1200cc engine
  • 4-speed gearbox
  • Reconditioned engine fitted by specialist in 2006
  • Genuine mileage
  • Owner reports that it drives really nicely with only the fuel gauge failing to work intermittently

The Summary

The VW Beetles are as popular now as they ever were and enjoy a strong cult following amongst VW and classic car enthusiasts.

This last edition air-cooled VW Beetle is a great fun classic car to own and drive, with the rarity of the final 300 adding that extra intrigue and interest to this adorable and very collectable Beetle.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1978
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Beetle Final Edition
  • Colour Diamond Silver metallic
  • Odometer 113,392 Miles
  • Engine size 1192
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
13 bids from 7 bidders
  • DC7 £5,000 29/05/23
  • shk.aff•••• £3,950 29/05/23
  • supraca•••• £3,750 28/05/23
  • yaman20•••• £3,590 28/05/23
  • supraca•••• £3,300 28/05/23
  • yaman20•••• £3,000 28/05/23
  • supraca•••• £2,750 28/05/23
  • andrew-•••• £2,350 27/05/23
  • richard•••• £2,250 27/05/23
  • andrew-•••• £1,950 25/05/23

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