SOLD!  1956 Karmann Kabriolett Beetle, Beautifully Restored!

1956 Karmann Kabriolett Oval Convertible Beetle, Beautifully Restored!

Here's an excellent example of timeless styling, a very tastefully executed Oval window era Convertible Beetle.  This car underwent a comprehensive professional restoration a handful of years and very few miles back and still displays wonderfully as the many pics will show.  Rest assured, a great deal of care and money were spent to bring this early Karmann to this head turning and enjoyable condition.

Some of its cool features include having all of the correct early body components in excellent shape, fully rebuilt and detailed stock 1192cc 36hp engine and split case transaxle,  bullet turn signals, snowflake taillights, ice pick door handles, early accessory windshield washer squirter system, accessory exhaust "cheese grater", correct bias ply wide white wall tires, high quality canvas top wrapping a fully restored top assembly with paint detail and new wood bows, and much more.

The body of this 54 year old Convertible has survived very well and is finished in a very nice coat of black paint.  This was a professional job on a superb body that obviously was never abused or rotted as so many early Convertibles are.  I would classify the paint as extremely nice for an occasional driver and I've seen full show cars with paint not as well done as this.  We have found no evidence of existing rust in the body or the pan.  There are some small spots where a couple patches look to have been welded in at the lower front fender well area.  They are very clean and properly and professionally done.  All of the body components are correct including the flat tab hood, bullet fenders, convertible doors, H pattern apron, beautiful original convertible W decklid complete with rain catcher and drain tubes, correct original rear window assembly, etc.  The top was completely restored and functions smoothly and correctly and a original style top boot with matching red beading is also included.  The chrome was redone on the window frames and is very clean.  They detailed the pan and undersides of the fenders as well so this Convertible is sterile throughout.  All of the body and window seals were also replaced at the time of restoration and are still soft and supple.

The interior is fresh, clean, comfortable and finished in red leatherette.  While it is extremely respectable as it sits it could also be brought to the next level with a more faithful to original set of seat covers, door panels, and German square weave carpet kit such as what is offered from Lenny at West Coast Classics.  Nitpicky, yes, but worth the mention.  The original steering wheel was fully restored and is excellent as well and is topped off with a very nice original Wolfsburg crest horn button.  The dash is clean, uncut, and has the correct 80mph clear needle speedometer, radio block off plate, hard to find white knobbed dome light toggle switch, and chrome locking hood release.  The early top latches are in great shape and pivot effortlessly as well.  The often missing, hard to find, and expensive Oval Convertible rear view mirror is also present, in good shape,and is topped off with a rare set of NOS Convertible sun visors.  The mohair headliner is also in nice shape.  Inside the trunk is also very sterile with the correct early gas tank, a matching brand new bias ply white wall spare, very nice original early jack, hardboard wiring cover, and unmolested wiring.

Mechanically this 1956 has been completely gone through with a fully rebuilt and expertly detailed 1192cc 36hp engine, original first gear non-synchromesh split case transaxle, original 6 volt electrical system, and a completely rebuilt braking system just over a year ago.  The tires have excellent tread and are correct style and size 5.60-15 bias ply wide white walls mounted on stock original 15 inch smoothies which are correctly two toned in ivory and black and topped with chrome hubcaps with painted logos and polished stainless steel beauty rings.  It starts right up with the fully functioning manual choke, runs nicely, drives beautifully, and has made a handful of couple hundred plus mile trips up and down the California coast in the last few years without incident.

This early Karmann Kabriolett is a very desirable and appreciating classic that will certainly provide many miles of enjoyment for its new owner.


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*Please note that the car is located in the Gilbert/Phoenix, Arizona area.


Brendan Finn (858)366-2549

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