SOLD!  1960 European Karmann Kabriolett Convertible Beetle!

1960 European Karmann Kabriolett, Super Stylish Cal Cruiser!

This early Convertible Beetle has a healthy dose of attitude and timeless traditional California styling.  Radically lowered stance, chromed Porsche Fuchs style alloys, working original semaphores, CB Performance disc brakes/dropped spindle setup, and fresh and clean red interior.  Now is the time as Spring and Summer are the perfect seasons to drop the top and cruise the beach in this head turner.
Some of the many neat features include being a true European spec Convertible, extremely solid car with great bones throughout, accessory red tipped semaphore switch, hood lock, locking glove box, original convertible decklid, reproduction Albert swan neck mirrors, dual mount antenna, Sapphire radio, correct Karmann badge, accessory cheese grater exhaust trim, original convertible rear window, European symmetrically fluted headlight lenses, European chrome bumper blades with accessory rubber bumpers, gravel guards, and a rare accessory passengers side sunvisor. 
The body is very solid with great heater channels and sills.  The paint is a older driver class respray that is showing its age and I'd classify it as a "20 footer".  The issues I spotted include a small blistered spot on the lower door edge, the rear apron was replaced long ago with a newer style apron, the firewall was trimmed alongside the heater boxes on each side (a complete original firewall section comes with the car), the decklid is an original Convertible lid but the rain tray was removed, and the original flat hood has the typical kink crack near the prop.  Additionally the front door handles were changed out for the earlier icepick style handles.  The top frame is in good shape, retracts nicely and smoothly, and is very solid and clean.  The original chrome top latches are also nice and move freely as they should. 
The interior is fresh and clean with recent TMI door panels, seat covers, and a matching carpet kit having been installed.  The dash is in great shape and features both the correct locking hood system and locking glove box door latch.  The steering wheel was also replaced with a very nice original 1956-1959 unit.  The seats are very comfortable, the headliner is new, as is the heavy canvas top.
Mechanically this early Convertible features a good running 1600 single port engine and good working stock transaxle.  The suspension has been dramatically and properly lowered with a 6 inch narrowed front beam, CB Performance dropped spindles, adjusters, and a CB Performance front disc brake system for added stopping power.  The rear features Porsche pattern drilled drum brakes and has been dropped via turned spring plates.  The wheels are new reproduction Porsche Fuchs style with 4.5 inch fronts and 5.5 inch rears all wrapped in good quality 135 front and 195/60 rear tires with excellent tread.  The electrical system has additionally been converted to 12 volts for faster starts, brighter lights, and added reliability in general.  It's a great mechanical combination for power, reliability, and freeway worthiness. 
This is a rare early Convertible with a great look, just the right amount of tasteful period accessories, and its' ready for heavy duty cruising with the top down.  Thanks!


*Please note that this Kabriolett is located in North San Diego County, California.

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