Call it a Cab: ’58 Volkswagen Karmann Cabriolet
It would be easy and perhaps a bit lazy to call today’s featured car a VW Beetle Convertible. You would know exactly what I meant if I said it. Just like you would know that the nickname Spare referred to Prince Harry. We need not go into the history of the enduring icon of the VW Beetle. Literally everyone (of a certain age) has a story that makes reference to “my Beetle” or “my friend’s Beetle”. Like most high volume cars, they were thought to be disposable when their life span had reached an end. They became donor parts cars, dune buggies or given a second life as a Speedster replica. But the drop top version never reached the volumes of either the sedan or the sunroof sedan. So they have become very collectible. Cabriolets were carefully made by the Karmann folks who also brought us the Karmann Ghia. The convertible top was a thing of beauty for what was essentially a small economy car. It was made of good, durable materials, had a thick sound absorbing lining and a glass rear window. It went down without drama although the bulk of it all rested just behind the rear seat piled up very high. We found this impressively original example with a reported 88,000 documented miles and an original interior. The listing has an inventory of what is original and what is new and the balance is definitely in the original column. The exterior and interior color is perfect and we think, so is the price at a fur ball under $20 grand. You will never find a collector car that has such great support and is as easy to fix as a Beetle. Click here to contact the seller.