You must have ice in your veins if this summer scorcher hasn’t left you wishing you drove a convertible – with that in mind take a look at this uber cool Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet.
Finished in Diamond Silver with black interior, hood, and tonneau cover, this superb Beetle Cabriolet was supplied new in May 1978 via Parkhouse VW of Newbury.
Its first owner, Mr Donald Wheeler, treated it with the reverence it deserved using it sparingly and keeping it in his heated garage.
Rare factory-built right hand drive
It is one of very few factory-built right-hand drive Beetle Cabriolet models, and benefits from all the late-model improvements.
With coachwork by Karmann, the car is original and un-restored, the radio and alarm being the only non-standard modern additions.
In 1995, this Cabriolet was featured in VolksWorld magazine, its “as new” appearance and roughly 4,000 miles from new being confirmed by the editor.
In 1996 (at 4,490 miles) Mr Wheeler sold the car to Mr Graham Williams, who had added a further 4,500 miles to the total by 2010 when he offered it for sale at a UK auction.
The current vendor purchased the Beetle at that sale. Presented in generally excellent condition, the Beetle Cabriolet retains its original instruction book, service booklet and two sets of keys.
Mountain of paperwork for provenance of Beetle Cabriolet
There is also a comprehensive history file containing numerous bills, a V5C Registration Certificate, and a substantial quantity of MoTs.
The Beetle Cabriolet goes under the hammer at Bonhams’ sale of Collectors’ Motor Cars & Motorcycles and Automobilia at Beaulieu in Hampshire on Saturday, September 1.
The team at HIC are VW experts – synonymous with specialist VW Beetle insurance – and they reckon this beautiful Beetle Cabriolet is a snip valued, as it is, at between £25,000 and £30,000. The lucky lot to look out for is number 602.