1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Sedan / 1582057934 Vehicle Information

1978 Volkswagen Beetle photograph

1978 Volkswagen Beetle photograph

1978 Volkswagen Beetle1978 Volkswagen Beetle
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 1582057934
Sold for $17,600 at 2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas.
The first two Type-60 prototypes, known as V1 (a sedan), and V2 (a convertible), were built in October of 1935. By 1937, a batch of 50 cars had accumulated 1.8 million miles or road tests. They had air-cooled engines to avoid the need to drain the radiators every night in the cold German winters. The horsepower output produced by the engine totaled 25. During its 55 years of production, a total of 21 million Beetles were built, with over 78,000 documented incremental changes made during its production.

In 1948, Wilhelm Karmann first bought a Volkswagen Beetle sedan and converted it into a four-seater Cabriolet. The conversion included reinforcing the sills with welded U-channel rails, fitting a transverse beam below the front edge of the rear seat cushion, and utilizing a double-wall for the side cowl-panels below the instrument panel. The convertible was shown to Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, and production began in 1949.

This particular example has all new painted surfaces, convertible top, and new chrome bumpers. The current caretaker acquired the Beetle from the original owner who bought it in the fall of 1978. The stock steel wheels and tires are new, along with new running boards. Power is from a 1585cc air-cooled, overhead valve, horizontally-opposed injected four-cylinder engine, offering 48 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox in the rear transaxle and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2018


2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas

Sale Price :
$17,600

2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$35,000-$45,000 
Lot was not sold

1978 Volkswagen Beetle Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1978 sales)
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Sold for $9,900
  2020 Mecum : Glendale
 
1978 Volkswagen Beetle - Last Edition
Chassis#: 1182007308
Sold for $21,500
  2020 Silverstone - Race Retro Classic & Competition Car Sale
 
1978 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1582009097
Sold for $15,400
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1978 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1582020589
Sold for $9,900
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Sold for $9,350
  2019 Mecum Portland
 
1978 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1582002025
Sold for $19,800
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible
Sold for $10,175
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle
Sold for $7,500
  2018 Leake - Dallas Fall 2018
 
1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle
Sold for $8,000
  2018 Leake - Dallas Fall 2018
 
1978 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1582057934
Sold for $17,600
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
1978 Volkswagen Beetle image  1978 Volkswagen Beetle image  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Chassis#: 1582017530
Sold for $9,900
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1978 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE CABRIOLET
Sold for $10,400
  2018 Coys - Blenheim Palace
 
1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible
Sold for $9,350
  2018 Mecum : Denver
 
1978 Volkswagen Beetle
Sold for $7,500
  2018 Carlisle Auction : Spring
 
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
Chassis#: 1582038848
Sold for $20,900
  2018 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1978 Volkswagen Beetle (Last Edition)
Chassis#: 1182007322
Sold for $17,776
  2018 Historics at Brooklands - Ascot Racecourse
 
1978 Volkswagen Beetle
Sold for $6,000
  2018 Leake Auction : Oklahoma City
 
1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle Cabriolet
Chassis#: 1582033513
Sold for $24,200
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale
 
1978 VOLKSWAGEN BUG CVTBLE
Sold for $26,250
  2017 McCormick's Auction # 63
 
1978 Volkswagen Beetle
Chassis#: 1582038436
Sold for $7,700
  2017 Carlisle Auctions : Fall Carlisle
1978 Volkswagen Beetle image  1978 Volkswagen Beetle image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1978 Volkswagen Beetle's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible 2019 Mecum : Las Vegas$13,000  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible15820104552018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible15820579342018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction $35,000$45,000
1978 Volkswagen Beetle 2018 Carlisle : Lakeland Winter Auction   
1978 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE15820022032018 GpK Auctions Atlantic City$8,000  
1978 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE CVTBLE 2017 McCormick's Auction # 63$6,740  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle15820022032017 Carlisle Auctions : Fall Carlisle   
1978 Volkswagen Beetle 2017 Russo & Steele : Newport Beach   
1978 Volkswagen Beetle 2017 Carlisle Auctions : Lakeland Winter   
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible15820214612017 Mecum : Los Angeles$9,000  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible15820214612017 Mecum : Los Angeles$7,000  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible15820272642017 Mecum : Los Angeles$12,000  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2017 Mecum : Kissimmee$22,000  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2016 Mecum : Kansas City$6,000  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible15820272642016 Mecum : Anaheim$15,000  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle 2016 GAA : October$13,000  
1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible 2016 Mecum : Harrisburg$9,000  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$6,000  
1978 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE CVTBLE 2015 McCormick's Auction # 59$6,900  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle 2015 Carlisle Auctions: Lakeland Fall Auction   
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible *WITHDRAWN* 2015 Historics at Brookland $6,000$8,000
1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible 2015 Leake Auctions Dallas, Tx$8,250  
1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible 2015 Leake Auctions Dallas, Tx$8,000  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle 2015 Carlisle Events : Zephyrhills Winter Auction   
1978 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE CVTBLE CHAMPAGNE EDIT 2015 McCormick's Palm Springs # 58$22,000  
1978 Volkswagen BEETLE CVTBLE 2015 McCormick's Palm Springs # 58$21,500  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$17,000  
1978 Volkswagen Beetle 2014 Carlisle Auctions : Zephyrhills Fall Auction   
1978 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE CONVERTIBLE 2014 Mecum Dallas$18,000  
1978 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2014 McCormick's Palm Springs # 56$5,750  

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