The Beetle finds its final stage of development in the 1303 model – apart from a clamping strip for the bonnet seal, not a single screw or sheet metal corresponds to the first Beetle.
In the course of its history, the Cabriolet is always adapted to the development of the saloon: All changes to the technology and bodywork are also found in the Cabriolet, and on the engine side, the most powerful performance level is regularly used. The 1303 LS Cabriolet produced 50 hp from 1,600 cc, the curved, forward-drawn windscreen and the padded dashboard were answers to the increased safety requirements, especially in the USA.
When sales of the saloon ceased in Germany in 1975, production figures soared – to a total of around 160,000 units.
On 10 January 1980, an era finally comes to an end with the last VW Beetle 1303 Cabriolet to roll off the production line: after a total of 331,847 Cabriolets and 31 years of production, the Beetle says goodbye to the open-top version.
The “1303” designation refers to the top-of-the-line model in the Beetle lineup that came with a larger, curved windshield, a new dashboard, and improved passenger and luggage space. The Cabriolet version was a convertible model that allowed for open-air driving.
The 1303 models are often favored among collectors due to their modernized features and design enhancements over the earlier models. They feature a 1.6L air-cooled flat-four engine that was known for its reliability, although it’s not particularly powerful by today’s standards.
Some of the key features of the 1303 Cabriolet include:
- Convertible top: One of the key attractions of the 1303 Cabriolet is its soft-top roof, which can be folded down for open-air driving.
- Air-cooled engine: Like all Beetles, the 1303 has a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine.
- Refined suspension: The 1303 models feature a McPherson strut front suspension instead of the earlier models’ torsion bar setup. This gives them improved handling and ride quality compared to earlier Beetles.
- Increased safety: The 1303 models have an enlarged, curved windshield that provides better visibility. They also have a new dashboard with safety padding, an energy-absorbing steering column, and a more robust body structure.
This 1303 was delivered new and registered with the first owner on 18 June 1979. It was painted in the rare color gold metallic VWL 97 H. It was bought by a Farmer in Hessen as a present to his wife. Shortly after she passed away and the Car was stored in their Barn. It was than found by the current owner in 2014 with only 35675 km on the clock. It was only used from time to time which results in the low km of 39480 today. The time capsule still wears its first paint with only little signs of usage.
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