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1979 Volkswagen Beetle

Following 1977, the Volkswagen Beetle was only offered as a Convertible Sedan. Power was from a horizontally opposed, overhead-valve four-cylinder engine displacing 96.7 cubic-inches and mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.

The Volkswagen Beetle was the longest-running production car in history using the same basic platform and sold around the world. Produced from 1938 through 1980, around 21,529,464 examples were built. Most of them were sent to the United States during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The final year for the Beetle was 1980, of which all cars were all Cabriolets including 900 special edition versions. They were all triple black with styled steel sport wheels and whitewall tires. The interior featured twin map pockets, dual rear ashtrays, full carpeting, a passenger-side visor vanity mirror, and burled wood dashboard applique.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017

Related Reading : Volkswagen Beetle History

The Beetle is perhaps the best-selling car of all-time. Truly, a recognizable shape that has stood the test of time. The vehicle is still being produced in Mexico, continuing the long-time running record. Adolf Hitler was searching for a peoples car that was capable of transporting three children and two adults at speeds of sixty miles-per-hour. The car was to be inexpensive, costing the same....
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1979 Vehicle Profiles

1979 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 1592038002

The Beetle, officially known as the Type 1 Sedan, evolved from the pre-war KdF-Wagen, whose name is derived from the phrase 'Kraft durch Freude', which means 'Strength through Joy'. It was meant as a 'people's car', the Type 1 was created from ongo....[continue reading]

1979 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

1979 was the last year for the famous Volkswagen Beetle convertible and this example is an all-original car with less than 150 actual miles. It is powered by a 4-cylinder engine that displaces 1585cc and produces 48 horsepower. It rides on a wheelbas....[continue reading]

1979 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 1592032334
Engine Num: AJ 141332

Volkswagen produced several marketing efforts for their much-loved automotive icon, including 'Triple Black', 'Triple White' and 'Champagne.' The Super Beetle, which had superseded the classic 'Bug' in 1971, had modern McPherson strut/coil spring fro....[continue reading]

1979 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 1592035088

This Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible is a very low mileage example with just 903 miles on the odometer. It is unrestored and was built in the last year of world production for the German convertible Beetle. It is from a private Volkswagen museum ....[continue reading]

1979 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 1592041475

The Beetle would become one of the world's best-selling cars, assembled in dozens of countries, and a symbol of minimalist, unchanging design. The original Beetle gave way to the wider and longer Super Beetle in 1971. The front suspension was updated....[continue reading]

1979 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 1592038235

The early Volkswagen Beetle, officially known as the Type 1 Sedan, evolved from Dr. Ferdinand Porsche's prewar KdF-Wagen, with the KdF representing Kraft durch Freude or 'Strength through Joy.' Updates were applied throughout its long production run.....[continue reading]

1979 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Volkswagen produced 900 Special Edition Super Beetles and each example was painted in triple black with steel sport wheels and white wall tires. The interior was given twin map pockets, dual rear ashtrays, full carpeting, a passenger-side visor vanit....[continue reading]

1979 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 1592042795

This Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is an unrestored example with just 116 original miles. It is formerly part of a private Volkswagen Museum collection and was ordered with the absence of a radio. It has the optional clock, original tires, jack, and ....[continue reading]

1979 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

This 1979 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible is an original unrestored car with just 6,000 miles on its odometer. It was delivered new on February 21, 1980 at Gleaves Volkswagen in Ohio. It has the original date coded wheels and originals pare tire ....[continue reading]

1979 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 1592017777

The Super Beetle had a 94.5-inch wheelbase, 164.6-inch length, 53.9-inch width, 59.1-inch height and 2,059-pound weight. In the front was a strut independent suspension with coil springs while the rear setup featured swing axles with trailing arms an....[continue reading]

1979 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 1592036957

Volkswagen offered a number of special editions of the Beetle in 1979 in recognition of the final model year of the Karmann-built Beetle Convertible. The Super Beetle was introduced for 1971 and the convertible followed in 1975.....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 1592038002 
Convertible Sedan
 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 1592032334 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 1592035088 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 1592041475 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 1592038235 
Convertible Sedan
 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 1592042795 
Convertible Sedan
 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 1592017777 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 1592036957 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1979 Beetle
$5,700-$109,806
1979 Volkswagen Beetle Base Price : $5,700

Other 1979 Volkswagen Models
$4,220 - $44,840

Beetle

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
94.50 in.
4 cyl., 96.72 CID., 57.00hp
$1,840 - $2,250
94.50 in., 95.30 in.
4 cyl., 96.72 CID., 60.00hp
$1,840 - $2,750
1,284,928
94.50 in., 95.30 in.
4 cyl., 96.72 CID., 65.00hp
$1,845 - $2,400
94.50 in.
4 cyl., 96.72 CID., 46.00hp
$2,300 - $3,100
94.50 in.
4 cyl., 100.14 CID., 46.00hp
$2,624 - $3,500
94.50 in.
4 cyl., 96.70 CID., 48.00hp
$3,000 - $3,000
94.50 in.
4 cyl., 96.70 CID., 48.00hp
$3,000 - $3,560
94.50 in.
4 cyl., 96.70 CID., 48.00hp
$3,000 - $3,000
94.50 in.
4 cyl., 96.70 CID., 48.00hp
$5,700 - $5,700
94.50 in.
4 cyl., 96.70 CID., 48.00hp
$5,700 - $5,700

Industry Production

#1#2#3Volkswagen
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)103,479
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)77,009
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)974,140
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)981,471
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)1,064,534
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)129,779
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)1,177,106
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)1,123,575
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)1,061,940
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)268,751
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)955,355

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