Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

Without a doubt, the most influential compact car to land on U.S. soil was the Volkswagen Beetle, affectionately nicknamed the “Bug” by a smitten American public. Officially known as the Type 1 Sedan, the Beetle evolved from Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s prewar KdF-Wagen.

Conceived from the early experiments of Project 12 at the Porsche facility, engineers settled on a revolutionary rear-mounted engine layout and a simple yet effective platform chassis. The car underwent countless revisions, and 30 prototypes were built by 1935. Eventually, the Series 38 design embodied the Beetle, much as we know it today. Produced from 1938 through 2003, the Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle was remarkably similar in concept to the Ford Model T – an affordable “people’s car” of attractive design, economical operation and reliable construction.

In many ways, the years 1958 to 1964 were perhaps the greatest in VW’s history. Success in the American market, a trendsetting advertising campaign and the development of a worldwide distribution chain all contributed to the Beetle’s massive surge in popularity. During this period, the Beetle matured, becoming far more practical and user-friendly than before. Motor Trend editors and testers agreed, describing the improved Beetle as “a car that breaks sharply with tradition, and does so with undeniable competence.”

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

36 bhp (SAE), air-cooled, horizontally-opposed 1,192 cc four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with kingpins, transverse torsion bars and upper and lower trailing arms, rear swing axles with trailing arms and torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5".

Source: RM Auctions

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