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VW BEETLE CONVERTIBLE

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OVERVIEW


It was 1948 when the first VW beetle sedan was converted into a 4-seater convertible by Wilhelm Karman. After its successful presentation to VW, the beetle cabriolet began production in 1949. The convertible was more than a Beetle with a folding top. To compensate for the strength lost in removing the roof, the sills were reinforced with welded U-channel rails, a transverse beam was fitted below the front edge of the rear seat cushion, and the side cowl-panels below the instrument panel were double-wall. The convertible was generally more lavishly equipped than the sedan with dual rear ashtrays, twin map pockets, a visor vanity mirror on the passenger side, rear stone shields, and through 1969, wheel trim rings. Many of these items did not become available on other Beetles until the advent of the optional “L” (Luxus) Package of 1970. After a number of stylistic and technical alterations of the modes through time, the last of 331,847 cabriolets came off the production line on 10 January 1980.

SPECS


YEAR
LENGTH/WIDTH/HEIGHT
ENGINE SIZE (CC)
CYLINDERS
POWER (HP)
BRAKES (Front/rear)
Weight
TOP SPEED
NUMBER OF SEATS
1977
409/155/155
1303
4
44
Drum/Drum
800
(km/h) 130
4
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