Is there a more iconic car than the Volkswagen Beetle? The very definition of a car for all people, there is a Beetle in some form for everyone. Largely unchanged from its original launch, the Volkswagen engineers very much stuck to the notion of don’t fix what isn’t broken. The simplistic design and mechanics meant that naturally, the Beetle has seen untold successes, and for good reason.
This 1978, US spec Super Beetle screams of scenic road trips, Santa Monica and legendary surf culture. In its glorious yellow hue it turns heads and garners adoring looks from just about anyone. With the added benefits of air conditioning and a later factory fuel injection system, this cult classic is ready for endless miles of open top enjoyment at the hands of a new loving owner.
The History and Paperwork
First registered 05/08/1977
As US spec car it is understood to have originally gone to San Antonio in the United States
The Beetle spent most of its British life with the same and current owner, arriving on UK shores in October of 1990 before being acquired by the current owner just under a year later in August of 1991
Accompanied by a Volkswagen identification “birth certificate” from the VW AutoMuseum in Germany to solidify its heritage and origins
Also accompanied by an extensive folder of receipts and paperwork for servicing and parts bought to maintain the car under its current ownership
Current MOT valid with no advisories until September 2023
MOT records highlight very limited mileage amassed in recent years
V5 registration document also present with the vehicle
Comes with an official Volkswagen Super Beetle workshop service manual
Smartly presented, well preserved interior space
Black vinyl seating front and rear, in great order
US spec higher backed front seats for improved comfort
Black vinyl dash panel in good shape bar a small crack behind the gauge cluster
Clean matching black door panels with neat and simple door furniture
Current owner has added two 12v power sockets for added convenience in for the modern user
Smart collection of switchgear and upgraded radio head unit, all understood to be working
Front storage area in good form, with a bespoke wooden storage shelf made by the current owner to go above the spare wheel
Four spoke factory steering wheel still in great shape
Wonderful, utterly iconic styling, loved the world over
Instantly recognisable from any angle
Draped in a rather fitting bright yellow paint scheme
Paired with four eight spoke alloy wheels painted in a matching yellow hue
Paintwork is in good form but does show signs of usage with some minor age related marks and blemishes to be seen throughout the car
Chrome trim is in great shape overall, still exhibiting a wonderful shine
Factory Karmann convertible top still unlatches, opens and closes with ease
Convertible top presents well but there is a patch to the fabric on the rear passenger side section as highlighted in the accompanying photographic package
Comes with a black tonneau cover that can be put over the roof when folded down
Fitted with the desirable “Europa” style bumpers
Glass trim and badging are all of a great standard
Legendary flat four air cooled engine, revered across the globe
Simple, robust and easy to maintain from a mechanical perspective
Being a later US Spec car this comes with arguably far more dependant fuel injection
The owner advises two new heads were sourced from the US and fitted to the car under his ownership
Underside appears clean and solid
Advisory free MOT into September 2023 for mechanical peace of mind
Fires into life comfortably and easily, with a wonderful air cooled exhaust note
Backed by a wealth of enthusiast and parts support
The vendor reports a wonderful driving experience from the little Bug, having taken it on various road trips with the Beetle Cabrio club under their ownership
That iconic shape, that absolutely exquisite metallic paintwork, and that wonderful convertible top. Might this just be the perfect summer classic?
In the Volkswagen Beetle, one is getting a truly wonderful piece of engineering, in a genuinely usable yet stylish package. This smartly presented, rare US spec super Beetle is ready for a new owner to thoroughly enjoy over the next few months, perfect for some top down cruising, a classic car show or just a run about town, the peoples car is at home anywhere.
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1978 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Cabrio
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