It’s yellow convertible week at CC, and I have one too many. And since I have a lovely early sixties VW Cabriolet (un-yellow) in the can, this less desirable early seventies Super Beetle Cabrio gets nudged into the Outtake position. No hard feelings.
This was ’71 or ’72 presaged the end of the line for the Beetle Cabrio. According to wiki, it continued to be made by Karman until 1980, on the Super Beetle platform, which was discontinued for regular Beetles in 1976. But were they really imported into the US that late? Hmm.
The first Beetle Cabriolet was a hand built prototype built for and given to Adolf Hitler himself. A forty two year run, not bad for a car that was still attracting buyers to its cute looks and very solid construction. The VW top was a revelation to Americans who hadn’t been exposed to such a nicely padded and lined top. Never mind that one couldn’t see out the back when the top was open.