Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

Without a doubt, the most influential compact car to land on U.S. soil was Volkswagen’s 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.

In many ways, the years 1958 to 1964 were perhaps the greatest in VW’s history. Growing success in the American market, trendsetting advertisements 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 agreed, describing the improved Beetle as “a car that breaks sharply with tradition, and does so with undeniable competence.” A multitude of improvements provided even greater comfort and convenience for 1965.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

40 bhp, 1,192 cc air-cooled, horizontally-opposed 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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