RARE CHAMPAGNE BEETLE, BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED, 1600 CC FUELIE, 4-SPEED, FACTORY AC
With VW Beetles becoming legitimate collectors' items, you're seeing more and more quality Bugs coming out of hiding, cars just like this 1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle convertible. More than just thrifty transportation, this is a fun vintage ragtop with iconic status that's the equal of anything this side of a '57 Chevy, and it's been maintained to a level that belies its affordable price tag.
No, there weren't any Beetles in showrooms that looked this good in 1978. Thanks to a repaint a few years ago, it wears a glittering coat of Champagne Peach Metallic Red, which is definitely a luxurious-looking color on the rounded VW's body. The paint captures a depth and shimmer that looks expensive and takes the humble VW up a few notches in the desirability scale, and showing up in this one means attracting a crowd. Coming out of long-term ownership, you know it's had a good life and the owner reports that it has always been kept in a garage and not exposed to the elements. Super Beetles received some much-appreciated upgrades, including a curved windshield, longer wheelbase, and a revised front suspension that markedly improved ride and handling. As a result, if you're going to drive your VW, a Super Beetle is an outstanding choice. Add in some bright chrome bumpers, just a bit of stainless trim, the "Fuel Injection" badge on the engine cover, and you have one flashy Beetle.
Those bright white bucket seats have obviously been restored, along with the rest of the interior. The bright white and black interior is a great contrast to the copper-colored bodywork and is a pleasant place to be when the sun is shining. Door panels, side panels, and the rear seat were all covered so it looks very OEM, and with a set of contrasting black carpets, the interior has a very high-quality feel. The controls are all still stock, including the round speedometer and traditional 4-speed shifter, although the woodgrained shifter knob is a sporting touch. An AM/FM/CD stereo was installed, along with powerful speakers in custom kick panel enclosures, so you'll have exactly the right soundtrack to match your new Beetle. You'll also note under-dash A/C, which remains fully functional thanks to good old R12 refrigerant in the system. The white convertible top fits well and hides under a matching boot, and thanks to the repositioned spare tire of the Super Beetle, there's plenty of room in the fully upholstered trunk.
The 1600 cc flat-four shows signs of excellent maintenance, so any worries about reliability are unnecessary (it IS a VW after all). Everything in the engine bay has been tidied up and while it's not quite show-car perfect, it's clean and orderly with lots of new equipment. Fuel injection was a late addition to the Beetle, and while a lot of folks retrofit carburetors, a properly functioning injection system is reliable and easy to maintain. All the critical duct work remains intact and the exhaust system sounds right. One glance underneath will tell you all you need to know about how well-kept this car truly is, because everything is in very good condition with shiny floor pans, ultra-clean suspension pieces, and lots of new hardware. The final update is a set recent whitewall radials on the original steel wheels with trim rings.
This is a really nice Beetle convertible, ready to go. Do you really need to know more? Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Manual Convertible Top
- Air Conditioning
- Vinyl Interior
- Restoration Photos
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