1955 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Sedan / 1 0906 325 Vehicle Information

1955 Volkswagen Beetle photograph

1955 Volkswagen Beetle photograph

1955 Volkswagen Beetle photograph

1955 Volkswagen Beetle photograph

1955 Volkswagen Beetle photograph

1955 Volkswagen Beetle photograph

1955 Volkswagen Beetle photograph

1955 Volkswagen Beetle photograph

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Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Karmann
Chassis #: 1 0906 325
Sold for $82,500 at 2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island.
Ferdinand Porsche conceived the Beetle in 1932 as a mass-produced, low-priced vehicle that was available and affordable for all Germans. This 'people's car' was just hitting its stride in 1955 when, by year-end, the Wolfsburg Works had produced a total of 279,988 cars in one year alone. By 1965, production achieved the million-car mark.

During World War II, the Fallersleben plant was partially destroyed. The Volkswagen project was offered to Henry Ford II, who felt the car wasn't 'worth a damn.' No one wanted the Volkswagen, partially due to the American public's strong anti-German sentiment. One man, however, did see promise in the company. A Dutchman brought the car to the United States and partnered with foreign car importer Max Hoffman, and helped fill America's demands for affordable transportation. By 1952, Volkswagen produced and sold over 100,000 of these little air-cooled cars. Model choices included the Standard, the Deluxe, the Deluxe with Sunshine Roof, the Type 2 Microbus, and the Cabriolet.

This vehicle is a 1955 Volkswagen Cabriolet that has been given a restoration. This was a heavily optioned car from the factory when new, and is finished in silvery blue Mittelblau metallic paintwork with original and proper fender skirts. The car rides on whitewall tires and there are chrome hubcaps and trim rings. Other features include twin fog lamps, illuminated semaphore turn indicators, the European 'Heart' tail lamps, and the City Arms (Wolfsburg crest) badge.

The interior features pale blue leather, translucent plastic sun visors, twin door panel pockets, an original Blaupunkt 'Frankfurt' pushbutton LMUK radio, and twin leather-upholstered bolster pillows to the rear. There is also a rare 'Deluxe Panel' dashboard clock, located in the center of the dash.

Mounted in the rear is a 72.74 cubic-inch air- and oil-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with a single Solex carburetor. There is a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014


2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$60,000-$80,000 
Sale Price :
$82,500

1955 Volkswagen Beetle Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
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  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
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  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
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  2017 Bonhams : The Zoute Sale
 
1955 Volkswagen Beetle
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Sold for $9,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
 
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Sold for $15,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1955 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
Chassis#: 10951386
Sold for $26,950
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1955 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
Sold for $21,000
  2016 McCormick's - Palm Springs # 60
 
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Sold for $21,000
  2016 McCormick's Auction # 60
 
1955 Volkswagen Beetle Rag Top
Chassis#: 10729933
Sold for $29,500
  2014 Mecum : Anaheim
 
1955 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet by Karmann
Chassis#: 1 0908 325
Sold for $82,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop Sunroof
Chassis#: 10729933
Sold for $24,500
  2012 Mecum - Anaheim, CA
 
1955 Volkswagen Beetle 2-Door
Sold for $15,500
  2010 Mecum Auctions - Monterey
 
1955 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE COUPE
Sold for $19,800
  2008 Barrett-Jackson - Las Vegas 2008
 
1955 Volkswagen Beatle Coupe
Chassis#: 10894853
Sold for $16,500
  2008 Russo and Steele - Scottsdale 2008
 
1955 Volkswagen Beetle
Sold for $20,350
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Volkswagen Beetle's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 Volkswagen Beetle 2020 Mecum : Glendale$16,000  
1955 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE COUPE15474542017 Premier Auction Group$20,000  
1955 Volkswagen Beetle 2016 Mecum Indianapolis$27,000  
1955 Volkswagen Beetle 2016 Carlisle Auctions : Spring Carlisle   
1955 Volkswagen Beetle109513862016 Leake Auction : Dallas Spring$25,000  
1955 Volkswagen Beetle Sedan 2011 Barrett JacksonLas Vegas   
1955 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE107568312010 Silver Auction Arizona in January$15,000  

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