This 1979 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible is an all-around great classic. It's a final-year convertible with a terrific story about a long-term first owner and an enthusiast being its second and only other owner. It even has an exceptional paperwork file, including the original window sticker. So it's a desirable classic even before you feel the wind-in-your-hair and hear the unmistakable hum of the air-cooled motor.
VW's Lemon Yellow is quite bright, and it just seems to set the right tone for a sunny-day drop-top. Not only is this the factory-correct color, but it also shows all the right signs of being the factory application. The story we're told on this one (and the paperwork backs this up) is that it was bought new in Ohio in the spring of 1980. There were no 1980 Beetle Convertibles by Karmann, and so the 1979 models stretched into the next year for people like the first owner. She likely wanted a fun car for the better weather. And she had many springs and summers with the car, but since the under 34k odometer is believed to represent the full mileage, it likely didn't get year-round use. The only other owner of this Beetle has been an enthusiast and collector. So it has been under good care all its life thus far. It's the kind of VW that wants to tell its story, and so many of the main pieces keep their original and matured style. But when you look at the pliable rubber seals, newer tires, and the fit of the clean black convertible top, you start to understand the full picture. It's a survivor-style classic that also makes sure it has the quality fundamentals for you to happily drive it around and tell its unique tale.
The black roof looks good against the yellow body, but the tan interior is particularly nice. It's a color we don't see too often, and so it adds extra distinction to an already distinct Beetle. The high-back bucket seats with headrests, grippy steering wheel with Wolfsburg crest at the center, and classic VDO gauge offer a purist driving experience that's great in a VW. Plus, the little details continue to work, like the horn, heat, and rear defogger. The smooth dash is a nice Super Beetle trait, and it shows off nice features like the smooth wood-like trim and optional Blaupunkt AM/FM radio that's still cranking out tunes. And the sale even comes with nice extras like trim panels to replace worn ones and a proper convertible boot.
The engine bay continues the stock and correct style. This 1600cc motor was the largest of the series. The twin-port fuel-injected example seen here was the final evolution of the Beetle. It fires up easily and idles nicely. So you get the best original-style power to pair with the sturdy and versatile four-speed manual transmission. In total, this package allows you to confidently get the most out of the motor. Add in the fully independent suspension and rack & pinion steering, and you get a nimble and connected driving experience that makes this such a fun classic.
The terrific paperwork file includes the original bill of sale, window sticker, owner's manual packet, title info, and maintenance records. This is a special car looking for its third owner in over 40 years. So if you're a true collector, call today!
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