1950 Volkswagen Beetle 1100 Deluxe

1950 Volkswagen Beetle 1100 Deluxe

Heinz Nordhoff, the head of Volkswagen at the time, had always intended a cabriolet version of the Beetle to be produced. He did not feel that the best place to create the cabrio was at the factory but rather to outsource the work to talented coachbuilders. He turned to Wilhelm Karmann and his company's Osnabruck factory. They had been building custom bodies since the mid-18th century with their first creations being applied to carriages and wagons. In 1901 they created their first body for a car.

Karmann was given factory approval to produce the Cabriolet version of the Beetle, known as the Type 15. The first example was created in June of 1949 and was one of a thousand that was created for Volkswagen to satisfy their initial order. Within a short period of time, even more were ordered.

This 1950 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet was offered for sale at the 2006 Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca. It was offered without reserve and estimated to sell between $40,000-$50,000. It is equipped with a 1311-cc flat-four cylinder engine that can produce 25 horsepower. It has a four-speed manual gearbox with a dry-plate clutch and four-wheel drum brakes. It was constructed during the first year of official production and believed to have been built in July of 1950.

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