This 1969 VW Beetle Karmann convertible is one sharp representative of the revolutionary German model that rocked the automotive world when it first hit American shores. Featuring its original color both inside and out, it's looking great and running strong, and holds the promise of future miles of fun-filled open-air driving.
Clad in its original Yukon yellow, this is one very well-put together bug. The paint has a vital look to it, with a consistent color and smoothness all over, and it provides a great backdrop for the assembly of chrome it's wearing. Those finishing touches that really make a classic stand out are on display: the lengths of trim running the front and sides are fresh and show no evidence of exposure to the elements, both the front and back bumpers appear blemish free and all the rubber within view - the centers of the front and rear bumpers, the running boards and the seal surrounding the windshield - appear to have been fairly recently replaced, as have the running boards below. For protection from the elements, the manual convertible top raises into place and even features a clear glass window in back, and when lowered, it fits neatly under its boot. It's such an iconic car and has had such a prominent place in American culture - even though it hails from overseas - and it gives you a reassuring feeling to witness a specimen like this one, that's looking good and well-positioned for the future.
The black vinyl interior - also the original color - has been thoroughly refurbished and looks flat out awesome. Neither the front buckets, with their signature integrated headrests, nor the rear bench seat appear to have seen much use and the door panels on both sides sit flush and have a fresh appearance. Up front, the dash is clean and straight, sporting a trio of white faced gauges in a chrome insert to accompany the original speedometer - one of the only variations from stock - and the contrast between the yellow steel and black upholstery inside is eye-catching. Below runs an expanse of unblemished black carpeting, fittingly punctuated by a pair of ladybug floormats. An Alpine AM/FM/CD sits below the glove box to handle your audio needs as you hit the road, and when you do embark on your journeys, you'll have a surprising amount of luggage space in front, even with a full size spare sitting inside the compartment. You'll also find an anti-theft steering lock in the storage compartment to help keep this charming open-air classic in your possession.
While it may look like a museum piece, this VW is ready to drive as soon as you get it home. You'll find a 1776 cc engine sitting in the compartment in back - a step up from the original in terms of both displacement and power, and in very good form. With its unique design, the horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder teams with a 4-speed manual transmission that shifts smoothly and easily to form a very road-ready drivetrain. Disc brakes at all four corners provide fade-resistant stopping power as this very vital piece of automotive history hits the road on its 15” Spirit of America polished aluminum wheels, outfitted with Sportmaster GLT tires. A look at the undercarriage is genuinely reassuring, with its solid floorpans and straight frame rails.
It was a car that helped define a counterculture, and while you'll still find VW's modern take on the Beetle on the road, a sizable number of the classic models have fallen by the wayside, making this 1968 VW Beetle Karmann a welcome find. Call today!