1977 Volkswagen Convertible Champagne Edition
Excerpts from Actual Appraisal by Steve Cram
White exterior (original was Champagne-beige
metallic); black canvas top; white vinyl to seats and panels,
black to dashboard with wood appliqué interior.
129,000 miles (semi-documented), 20,000 miles on rebuilt engine.
VW guilt 1583 (96.6 CID) ohv air-cooled flat
4-cylinder engine/approximately 60 bhp gross; 4-speed manual
Using the traditional rating scale of 1 to 5 for
collector cars (1, mint/show/perfect; 2, very good; 3, good; 4,
fair; 5, poor/rough; 6 for unredeemable), this over-restored
collector car is in very high #2, very good condition. Stunning
restoration on a good original, complete with ultra-fine
overhauled correct replacement engine.
This is a fine physical specimen with zero rust
taken down to the nitty-gritty prior to high quality and rather
expensive white paint job that is better than original — very
durable and showable. Any body alterations were carefully
removed prior to paint job.
A superb replacement at considerable cost. The top
was superbly installed, no wrinkles or kink marks. Struts and
bows are all restored to excellent condition; top stacks and
erects correctly and is #1.
Also restored and done very well. Black/white
sheepskins to front seats for protection. Mats and dash in #1
shape, wood appliqué is a high #2. All instruments operate as
Very clean and detailed.
Clean and restored. Spare and tools
are in fine order. Body wiring is in superior order.
The muffler/exhaust system is in high #2
condition, tight and no noticeable leaks. Absolutely no
indications that this car had ever been in a serious accident.
A correct replacement engine has been
overhauled. The car started quickly and then warmed up
making just the right sounds that this unique mill does. The car
then tested out perfectly in all ranges. One of the better
"Beetles" the appraiser has driven in many years.
Transmission was very smooth in up and down shifting.
The Beetle convertible was introduced in 1953 with
great fanfare and has been steadily successful through the
years. The convertible conversion was done by the well-known
and respected body building company Karmann, of Osnabruck,
Germany. By the time this conversion was finished, the
convertible was a quieter and somewhat more reliable
automobile than the regular stock sedan. Improvements were
make to the engine displacement and horsepower making it
more satisfying to operate. More creature comforts were
added with time, even air conditioning. Production of the
Beetle convertible was ended in 1979, mostly due to the high
inflation costs and the weak US dollar. Introduction of the "New
Beetle" has stirred interest by collectors in the
This unit seems to have always been pampered and
driven very little. Inspection by the appraiser found no evidence
of any serious accidents. Overall, this is an over restored unit in