1969 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
1969 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
- Central Florida Car
- Toga White Paint Color
- 1500cc 4-Cylinder
- 4 Speed Manual Gearbox
- Multiple Trophy Winner
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“The Beetle is easily one of the most prominent classics out there.” -Domantis Magazine: “Beginner's Guide to VW Beetle Species”
The magazine writers went on to chronicle the developments made to the venerable Beetle that continued in the 1969 model: “In 1968, the Beetle underwent one of the major updates, receiving shorter engine and luggage lids, external fuel cap, 12V electrical system and, most notably, vertical headlights. The update came about as the car had to accommodate American style sealed-beam headlights to comply with the regulation. This body style is the longest produced one, these Bugs (continued to be) built in Mexico up until 2003, long after the more advanced versions were discontinued. Due to their high production numbers, you are most likely to see one of these Beetles on the road.”
The Beetle convertible offered here is a show-quality example—indeed, a multiple show-winner as the back-seat trophies included in the sale document—of the legendary 1969 Volkswagen. It is in every respect a standout automobile. The lovely shade of Toga white shows uniform gloss and finish across the entire body. Cabin glass and lighting lenses are clear and un-cracked; chrome—including on the VW-branded hub caps—is shiny and fresh-looking. All emblems and badges (including the manufacturer's body tag) are present and in their proper factory locations. The black fabric convertible top and cover make for an appealing combination evoking images of a Black Forest holiday adventure. Showing under 52,000 miles, the car has been very lightly used and extremely well-maintained over its half-century-plus lifetime.
Inside, the textured black-vinyl seat upholstery, black door panel trim, and black flooring (with rubber mats wearing “beetle” graphics in front)-- make for a classic Teutonic look. (The glove-box in body-color paint adds flair.) The steering wheel with its Wolfsburg-castle VW logo in the center frames the black dash perfectly. It showcases the vintage instrumentation and controls, both characteristically VW: simple and practical. That same design ethic continues in the Volkswagen-branded AM-FM radio that met every audio need back in 1969. Where American cars of that time celebrated chrome and excess, the Beetle was a minimalist's dream, a perfect blend of form and function, especially evident in the convertible model. The black fabric convertible top (and boot cover) on this example is free of any marks or damage, as indeed are all interior surfaces.
The 1500cc engine here has been beautifully maintained. Every mechanical aspect of the car is completely functional, including the 4-speed manual transmission, lighting, brakes, and manual convertible-top mechanism. One look in the engine compartment is all it takes to realize the care and attention to detail that went into its upkeep through the years. But every discriminating prospective owner will also want to inspect the undercarriage photographs and the images of the front trunk (frunk), all showing condition that can fairly be called “like-new.”
While the more than 145 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this Beetle convertible in detail, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
It won't take much imagining for the car's new owner to picture driving this classic Beetle droptop out of the dealership for the first time, maybe on an inaugural drive to the beach. It's 1969 all over again!