1979 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
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For consignment, a 3 owner VW convertible from 1979. The original
owner held on to the car from new to 2010, then sold it with 20K
original miles on it to the second owner, who in turn sold it to
our current consigner and the car now has 54,207 original miles. It
also has consignor stated original paint, original top, and the
numbers matching engine which in 1979 was the last year for the
German produced air cooled version.
Our last year before the hiatus of the iconic Beetle which would
come back with similar traits but never like the classic. Remaining
mostly the same from the original design, save for the full rear
glass, and elephant footprint taillights, it may taint its curved
design, curved side fenders and even mini running boards. This
example is bathed in consignor stated original Diamond Silver
Metallic, and it is presenting very nicely. Gaps are good so you
could most likely drive it into a lake and it will still float.
Nice chrome trimmings all around, and a well padded convertible top
in black canvas on top. Steel VW wheels with no coverings are on
all 4 corners, and are wrapped by thin white sidewall rubber on all
All black, all vinyl, and all nice from door panels to seats, the
black is beautifully preserved with no marks or tears, just good
padded buckets upfront, and a bench in back. Black carpet covers
the floors underneath and look to the front and we have the black
padded dash with its single bump up where the gauge cluster is
housed. Just below is a strip of burl applique where the clock, and
various toggles as well as the radio is housed. Keep it simple
because it works, for 50 plus years!
Underneath the rear lid, is an air cooled 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
engine which has a fresh tune up, as well as the once over by an
air-cooled specialist. This engine has EFI, and a 4-speed
transmission on the back which is manual. and a 3.875 rear
Slight surface rust, and nicely patina for this undercarriage.
Solid floorpans and rockers, and 4-wheel disc brakes. Suspension is
McPherson struts upfront, and a semi trailing arm with a torsion
bar on the rear.
A quick starter, and off to the test track where it handled well,
had good strong acceleration, moved through the gears smoothly, and
exhibited straight bias free panic stopping. All functions were
working well, and the top goes up and down smoothly, albeit
If you have the bug for a bug, then this classic deserves a look.
Low miles, original paint and interior, and a German manufactured
air-cooled engine, it does not get any more classic than this!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.