1979 VW Super Beetle Convertible - JUST OUT OF NEARLY 2 DECADES IN VW MUSEUM

Price: US $24,100.00 Item location: Boca Raton, Florida, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Beetle - Classic
  • SubModel: 21K ACTUAL MILES 100% ORIGINAL
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: Convertible 21K ACTUAL MILES - 100% ORIGINAL
  • Year: 1979
  • Mileage: 21,249
  • VIN: 1592041836
  • Color: Red
  • Engine size: 1.6L 1584CC 97Cu. In. H4 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 4 SPEED MANUAL
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1979 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic 21K ACTUAL MILES 100% ORIGINAL

1979 Volkswagen

Super Beetle Convertible

"Time Capsule Perfect - 21,249ActualMiles"

Title states "ACTUAL MILEAGE" From the world's best VWMuseum

Two owners from new! This Super Beetle has spent the last 2 decades in aVolkswagen Exclusive Climate Controlled Auto Museum."Showroom New!"

Exterior: Mars Red

Interior: Black

Convertible Top: Off White

Convertible Boot: Off White

Custom floor mats: Large image of the "Beetle bug" on the mats

Mileage: 21,249 ("Actual Mileage" Florida title)

Serial Number:1592041836

Engine:1.6L (1585cc) Fuel Injected(Runs "AS NEW"

Horsepower: 48

Transmission: 4/Speed manual Synchro-mesh(shifts perfect)

Radio:AM/FM Stereo

Convertible Top: Original in "AS NEW" condition

Interior: Original in "AS NEW" Condition


March 6th, 016

AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America)

1st Place Award


AACA Anual Show

Coral Gables, L

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Everything about this car reflects a vehicle that has spent almost the last two decades in a climate controlled museum and a car with very low actual mileage....EXCELLENT in every way...and we feel describing this car in "AS NEW" condition as an accurate description...PLEASE come and inspect the car for yourself or hire an expert to do so in your behalf.

Posted below are 104 LARGE format photos. I have tried very hard to photograph everything you'd want to see if you were inspecting the car in person. If you examine all the photos you'll have a VERY good idea of the incredible condition of this 100% original car. Nothing is hidden.

Paint:Original& hard to believe this car is 37 years old! Paint shine is so deep, t looks like you could 'dive in!'

The MARS RED is a very special & unique color!
Prior body work: NONE

Chrome & Trim: Original and "AS NEW"

Tires: Original and in EXCELLENT condition. If you let the air out of the tires, ou can smell what the world was like backin 1979!

Condition of Trunk: "AS NEW"

Condition of engine Compartment: "AS NEW"

I drove this car from Boca Raton on Friday a distance of approx 65 miles on the Florida Turnpike at 70mph.It was a spectacular Florida Sunshine day so naturally I dropped the top,cranked up the stereo and loved every mile. This car drives not just good, ut as a BRAND NEW VW Super Beetle!

I wassurprised how little wind comes into the car at 70mph with the top down. I have a late model Corvette Convertible whichhas a lot more wind hitting the driver & passenger than does this Super Beetle. I filled the tank up justbefore I left and the needle barely moved off of full after my 65 mile drive!These cars will average 33-35mpg at 70mph.

I really don't think there exists a better documented low mileage 1979 Super Beetle in the world at this priceor any other price for that matter!

Please pick up the phone and call us ASAP at

(954) 873-6495and we will give you the lowest possible "Buy it now" price.We will NOT respond to E-mail requests for this information...only to a live voicetelephonically.

This VW Convertible is for someone who wants and demands a Concours d'Elegance Example...in other words the "Best of the Best"

This car is priced to sell on Ebay so if you have always wanted one of the last of the VW Super Beetle convertible, ere is your opportunity, on't snooze!

1979 VW Super Beetle

This is the end-of-an-era Volkswagen convertible.

The predictability for these VW'S to continue to appreciate in value is a surebet!The best looking color available in 1979 was unquestionably "Mars Red."

Volkswagen fans recently learned that 2010 would be the last year of production for the current New Beetle Coupe and Convertible, fter a successful 12-year production run. Now, hile 12 years of the same basic car may be an eternity in modern times, t pales in comparison to the legendary longevity of the New Beetle's inspiration, ts namesake predecessor. The original Volkswagen was built in soft-top form from the late 1940s through 1979, nd the last '79 Super Beetle Convertibles were sold in America in 1980 for an impressive $6,800.

This MSRP was a far cry from the $2,249 price of just 10 years prior (and even farther from the 1970 Sedan's $1,839), nd it signified the increasingly collectible status of this formerly popularly priced automobile, hich at that point held the distinction of being the only small four-passenger convertible sold in the U.S. The Super Beetle Convertible was truly the end of a long line of rear-wheel-drive, ircooled, orizontally opposed four-cylinder Volkswagens, s the rest of the company's lineup had by now switched to water-cooled engines and front-wheel drive.

The Super Beetle dated back to 1971, nd was distinguished by its coil spring and MacPherson strut front suspension, hich allowed a flat spare tire placement and more luggage space under a taller front trunklid. In 1973, he Super Beetle received a taller, urved windshield backed by a modern-style padded dashboard, ide impact protection door bars and larger tail lamps. Electronically controlled Bosch Air Flow Control fuel injection raised the 1,585cc engine's horsepower to 48 in 1975, nd standard full carpeting, rear window defogger, ash woodgrain appliqué and two-coat metallic paint would give the soft-top a mini luxury-car feel. A series of paint and trim special editions were unveiled in the late 1970s--''Triple White,'' ''Champagne Edition'' and ''Epilog''--and the last Karmann-built soft-top bug rolled off the line on January 10, 980, hen headed straight into Volkswagen's AutoMuseum in Wolfsburg.

Volkswagen sold10,681 Super Beetle Convertibles in 1979, nd another 4,572in 1980, lthough those 1980 models were considered leftover 1979s to avoid the stricter emissions and safety regulations that affected titled as 1980 cars. Those special editions were highly desirable and served to feed the future-collectible fever, ut even the standard models were eagerly snapped up. It's no surprise that a number of these 1979 VW Convertibles were purchased and preserved with delivery mileage.

It's also not surprising to learnthat the Super Beetle Convertibleswith low"ACTUAL MILEAGE" titles, ontinue to command the highest prices. But what is surprising is how steady the average values for the last Super Beetle Convertibles have been in the past 25 years. While it's still possible to pick up a high mileage, ell-used '79-80 bug for about $5,000-$10,000,the Primoconditiondocumented actual mileage ones are the ones you want to have in your garage.If history is anything to go by, e don't foresee this changing much in the near future.....just a steady increase in values.

Here are just a few that have sold recently at collector car auctions. Note that these cars have titles that state"Mileage Exempt" Only a title that states "ACTUAL MILEAGE"can the seller legally say the car be offered for sale has documented actual mileage.It affirms that the Department of Motor Vehicles in that State has mileage records fromprevious Titles or Registrations that validate the title stating "Actual Mileage"

The VW in this auction is the "Real Deal" and we have posted a copy of the actual Florida title that states "ACTUAL MILEAGE" (A Title)

This car has only been driven an average of 600 miles a year and on displayfor almost the last two decades in an Air-conditioned VW Museum.

Recent sales of VW Super BeetleConvertibles

Sold for $44,000at 2015 Mecum.

This Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible is a very low mileageexample with just 903 miles on the odometer.However, he title reads "EXEMPT" and not "actual mileage"

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 collection and rides on its original Michelin tires. It has its tool kit,, adio delete option, ptional clock, nd convertible top boot. This car is painted in silver with a black interior and black top.


Sold for $50,600 at2014 Bonhams.

Volkswagen produced several marketing efforts for their much-loved automotive icon, ncluding 'Triple Black', Triple White' and 'Champagne.' The Super Beetle, hich had superseded the classic 'Bug' in 1971, ad modern McPherson strut/coil spring front suspension, ack-and-pinion steering, arger trunk, nd improved passenger amenities. The Super Beetle remained in production for a short time, nding in 1975 after even-more-stringent U.S. emissions regulations were introduced. Although the sedan models had been discontinued, he last Super Beetle Convertible would leave the Karmann factory in Osnabruck on January 10, 980. A few were sold in America as 1980 models, ut they were actually 1979s in all regards.
Karmann produced the convertible models for Volkswagen. They designed the folding top framework which featured heavily-padded top with glass rear window. It is believed that almost 11,000 Super Beetle convertibles were sold in 1979, ith an additional 4,500 sold in early 1980. As few as 1000 and as many as 2000 were 'Triple White' convertibles.
The original owner of this example is also the current owner. The interior features full carpeting and a wood-grained applique on the dashboard.The odometerindicates this VWhas been driven more than 60,000 miles.


1979 White Super Beetle Convertible sells for $44,000 at Barrettjackson


Register to View PriceNo ReserveScottsdale 2016
Original unrestored 1979 Super Beetle Convertible with 6,900 original miles.Mileage not certified on the title. Showroom condition, riginal paint, hite top with boot, hite interior, nrestored. 4-speed manual transmission.


Lot #619




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*Includes Buyer Commission

Beetle History

The Beetle is perhaps the best-selling car of all-time. Truly, recognizable shape that has stood the test of time. The vehicle is still being produced in Mexico, ontinuing the long-time running record.
Adolf Hitler was searching for a people's car that was capable of transporting three children and two adults at speeds of sixty miles-per-hour. The car was to be inexpensive, osting the same as a motorcycle. Ferdinand Porsche was commissioned to produce such a vehicle.
There are many theories as to where the designs originated from. Some believe Hitler designed the vehicle. Some theorize that it was Joseph Ganz's 1920 design that was the true inspiration for the Beetle design. Porsche had created designs for the Mercedes-Benz 170H, hich played into the design of the Beetle.
Inspiration for the Beetle had been drawn from the Tatra vehicles, ainly the T97, hat had been designed by Hans Ledwinka. Due to the similarities, atra launched a lawsuit which never really materialized due to Germany invading Czechoslovakia. The lawsuit was later re-opened after World War II and Volkswagen was forced to pay Tatra 3,000,000 Deutsche Marks. This left Volkswagen with little money for development of new Beetle models.
The Volkswagen Beetle first came on the scene in 1947, ut they were known by a different name. KdF, hort for Kraft durch Freude meaning 'power by joy', as designated to these small, as-friendly vehicles. In English, he name Beetle was used. In German, hey were known as Kafer, nd in French they were called Coccinelle.
These little bundles of joy featured mechanical drum brakes and a gearbox void of synchromesh.
In 1949 the Volkswagen logo was placed on the rims. The engine was expanded to 1131 cc and was capable of producing 25 horsepower. The models that were produced after October of 1949 could be started without a 'starting crank'.
Two convertible options were offered by Volkswagen in 1949. The two-seater design, esignated 14A, as penned by Josef Hebmuller. The four-seater Type 15 version was designed and produced by Karmann of Osnabruck. The four-seater was vastly more popular and stayed in production for 30 years.
The 14A was stylish and attractive, ith the major shortcoming being a fire that destroyed the factory where they were being produced. The two-seaters featured a rear deck nearly identical to the front hood. The strength of the car, ost by removing the roof, as amplified by a stronger windshield frame and dual Z-section girders located under the floor. In 1953, he last of the Hebmuller rolled off the assembly line, fter only 696 examples were produced.
In a time when practicality ruled over style, he four-seater cabriolet was king. The Karmann company had a long history of designing and building cars. In business since 1901, as familiar with assembly line production, enefits and features of different types of metals, nd the styles of multiple markets.
The mechanical, able-driven brakes were replaced with hydraulic brakes in 1950.
During the 1950's the Beetle saw exterior and interior improvements. 1951 saw the addition of arm-rests which were discontinued just a few months later. In 1952, nd-4th gears became synchronized. The dashboard was redesigned with a glove compartment. The rear of the Beetle was updated in 1953, eceiving a new single oval pane window in place of its original split rear window design. In 1955, he bumper was improved and electrical direction-indicators were installed. A second tail-pipe was added. The front seats became wider and could be moved to three different seat-back adjustable positions.
In 1956, he tires became tubeless. Near the end of '56, ide view mirrors became standard on all Beetle models.
In 1957 the front window was increased by 17 percent while the rear window received a 95 percent increase in size. A new dashboard, ear view mirror, adio, nd a speaker appeared. The turn signals would now turn-off automatically.
Up to this point, roller pedal had been used to initiate acceleration. This was the year that the gas pedal replaced the roller pedal.
In 1958, vory disc wheels were offered.
In 1960, n engine capable of producing 34 horsepower was offered. The speedometer was increased from 74 mph to 87 mph. A windshield-wiper washer system became available. The front directional light was changed from white to amber.
A gas gauge was added in July of 1961.
In 1963, he seats were changed from wool upholstery to synthetic. The VW emblem located on the hubcap was no longer painted. The safety of the vehicle was once-again enhanced with the enlargement directional lights.
There were minor changes in 1964. The windows did, owever, ecome larger.
In 1965, he front axle was improved. The ongoing saga of incremental improvements received another chapter - A defroster vent was added to the center of the dashboard.
The Beetle continued to be sold in the United States until 1978 with the convertible version was sold until early 1980. Sales continued in Europe until 1985. Developing countries, uch as Mexico, ave been developing the Beetle since 1964 and the vehicles have remained in production since that time

Please take the time to read all of the copy and look at every hi-definition photograph and watch all the videos....If you do, ou will probably have most of your questions answered and get a good sense of feeling just how nice this car is.

we're proud of our 16 years of 100% feedback(March of 2000 we sold our 1st vintage car on Ebay)and wespend many hours writing the descriptions of every car we offer exclusively on ebaymotors and spend many hours taking 100's of photographs and then selecting the best 75-100 pictures on every car.

This SuperBeetle Convertible is as good as it gets....It is for the collector who wants and demands the best of the best....they just don't come any better or any more documented than this!

This car is priced to sell on Ebay and is possibly thevery best Original documented low mileage 1979 Super Beetle being offered for sale anywhere.

It is UNDERPRICEDforthe current marketand can only appreciate in value if kept and maintained in it's current "AS NEW" condition.

I would urge you to call me ASAP at

(954) 873-6495and I will share with you our lowest possible price...we will NOT respond to e-mails requesting this information and will only share this with a live voice on the phone.

I drove this car all around Boca Ratonand then up to South Miami....I am hard pressed to remember when I've received as many honks, aves, humbs up and people actually stopping &getting out of their cars to take photos of this car.

I realize most would call this car a "Trailer Queen" I really don't like this name given to any vintage car that is restored to this #1 level...and to be blunt, e do not want to sell this car to anyone who is just puttingit inside a trailer and take it to car shows to win a "best of show" or 1st place award.

Remember, his car is NOT restored. It is ALL ORIGINAL! Nevertheless, t should be enjoyed and driven. If you want to take it to a car show that's a few hundred miles away...then PLEASE drive it toand from the show.Your smile will be as broad as mine was when I spent a couple hours driving it around South Florida on a gorgeous day.

I could talk about this incredible car for hours....but better than more details...please study every photo and then pick up the phone and call me at

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This car is currently resting comfortably inside the air conditioned eight car garage of a long-time friend. Hire an inspector or even better come in person. It is guaranteed to be a "NODISAPPOINTMENT" 37 year old PRISTINE very collectable VW Super Beetle Convertibleat it's finest.

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The car is for sale locally in South Floridaand we reserve the right to cancel this auction at any time before the end of the auction. We do not have a Buy It Now Price listed. If you wish to discuss the lowest acceptable price...PLEASE...DO NOT write us and say "What is your lowest price?"

Instead, all us at954-873-6495and we will be happy to discuss that with you.

The car will be made available for inspection by serious bidders throughout the auction. The car is garage keptin my pal's residential garage along with several of his otherphenomenalcars in South Miami,FL.

We are located halfway between Palm Beach International Airport and the Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale International Airport.

Bob M., friend since 1975, has aterrific car collection and is extremely knowledgeable. The car can be inspected at his residence and we can arrange to have this car picked up and shipped directly to you so you can start your own wonderful "Garage Memories" with one of the best '79 VW Super Beetles in the world.

Please e-mail us if you would like to see the car. If you prefer, e can arrange to have a qualified, ndependent, rofessional mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection for you (at your expense).


This1979VW Super Beetle convertibleturns heads &causes a sensation whereverit's driven!It is one magnificently restore, veryrare and very sweet ride!

Shipping: If you need help shipping this car in the U.S. or anywhere else in this world, will be happy to put you in direct contact with Mary Olson who has been our sole shipping person for not only us, ut for several of my friends who own car museums. She is honest, eliable, ependable and gives great personal service. She has arranged shipping for myself and several of my friends of more than 3000 cars over the past 10 years.She is incredible when it comes to transporting magnificent collectable & rare cars just like this!

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I asked Jerry while staying at his house in September of 1989, why do you now have over 1000 collectible cars?"

He replied with a slight grin and replied "Should I buy more?" We made a 10 car deal involving V-12 Ferrarison a breakfast napkin at the Dobbs House restaurant in the Houston Hobby Airport just before I boarded my flight back to Miami, lorida...and that was Jerry J...having fun and wheeling & dealing 24/7...anywhere and anytime!

Iconsider my self veryprivileged to be close friends with the late Jerry J. Moore fromHouston,Texas. Jerry was a Real Estate Mogul and one of the largest owners of shopping centers in the world.I really miss my pal and think of him often.

Jerry was also an avid car collector and amassed one of the largest and best vintage car collections on the Planet.

If Jerry told me once....he probably told me over 100 times......"In case you forgot...remember..."You will never see a Brinks truck at a funeral service or a Hearse with a luggage rack at a cemetery!"He believed that at best, ife is uncertain and thatone should enjoy desert 1st.

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They usually require a garage and not more than 2500-3000miles a year put on the car.

I recommend you only buy a car like this if you have a garage to keep it in.

I always try and look for major flaws and mention them and try to point them out when I see something. If you call me I will go over the car with you in great detail... inside and out.Ialways try and find some flaws in every car and mention anything that doesn't work. On this Super Beetle I couldn't find anything not working,but if we do, t will be addressed before we ship this car to the lucky new owner.

Your welcome to come in person to inspect this car for yourself...hire anyone you like to come on your behalf....bring your Experts and magnifying glasses........see if you can find anything really negative worth mentioning...we tried and couldn't find anything ...maybe you can?

We have tried diligently to find any MAJOR flaws in the paint, ody, nterior, echanical or electrical systems and have not been able to locate anything that we could list as a MAJOR problem in the description.

I truly believe there is NO such thing as a "PERFECT" old car or even a late model car that has been driven, E ARE NOT making such a claim,but this car comes close to perfection...ESPECIALLY when consider it is 37 Years Old !

1979 VW Super Beetle Convertible - 21K ACTUAL MILES

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On Mar-07-16 at 17:05:20 PST, eller added the following information:

Note, made a mistake in the 1st draft of the copy and corrected it..it should read...100% original and UNRESTORED....please disregard this statement in blue below which was left in error in the copy. It is incorrect and was not supposed to be included in the copy.
This1979VW Super Beetle convertibleturns heads &causes a sensation whereverit's driven!It is one magnificently restored