1974 VW Beetle 1303S - Karmann Cabriolet Replica
VW Beetle 1303S Karmann Cabriolet
Replica Karmann Convertible | 1974 | M Registered | 111,348 Miles | 1.6L Petrol | 4-Speed Manual | Kansas Beige with Black Leather
1,584cc air-cooled petrol engine. 4pd manual transmission. Folding convertible roof, roll down side windows. Radio/CD/MP3 stereo. 5x radial tyres on standard wheels. Front inertia seat belts and rear lap belts. Battery cut-off switch.
The ‘Bug’ is one of those cars that is instantly recognisable wherever you are in the world. Developed from the ruins of World War Two, it was developed as affordable motoring to the German masses, hence Volkswagen… ‘Peoples Car’. The Beetle evolved through various mechanical changes and facelifts - there were more than 70,000 identifiable modifications - and it provided a platform for other VW products including commercial vehicles and sporting derivatives such as those by Karmann-Ghia. It was this constant development and attention to quality which allowed the Beetle to be crowned as ‘The Best Selling’ car of all time, with production having raced past the 15 million mark.
This pretty example is a 1974 1303S model, that we believe has been rebuilt as a very good ‘Karmann’ cabriolet replica – The chassis number starts with *134, indicating that it is a Super Beetle floor pan. It has an excellent black folding roof which opens and closes fine, roll down rear windows, floor pan strengthening channels and the Karmann side badges.
Jumping in, the car fires up easily and drives very well, with good clutch and gearchange, and sharp brakes bringing it to a stop straight. The engine has been rebuilt at some stage, and it also has a new carburettor – this could do with some fine tuning since there is a slight ‘hesitation’ accelerating from idle. All the basic electrical systems work including lights, wipers and radio, although the wash wipe pump is missing its fluid bottle.
Externally, the car is tidy with only the odd scratch/mark here and there – the rear nearside wing has a parking dent in it which could be easily repaired. The doors open and shut okay but the door gaps are not aligned so may need looking at in the future. The chrome work is good and shines up nicely, so would not look out of place at a show! Underneath, the car has received new suspension bushes, and has a reasonably solid floor pan, although it could do with attention in some parts including the front subframe area and at the rear of the nearside strengthening channel/jacking point area.
All in all, we would say this little Beetle is in a tidy, running and driving condition; but could do with some tender loving care over the winter so it is in fine fettle for hood-down classic motoring come the spring of 2020! It is tax and MoT exempt, and does not come with a current MoT due to this, so please note this car is being sold under trade terms as spares or repairs – An ideal winter project.
This vehicle is being sold on commission on a trade basis suitable for spares or repairs only, so we cannot offer any warranty on this vehicle.