Volkswagen's first collaboration with Karmann was to create a convertible version of the Beetle and put it into series production. The soft-top Bug was unveiled in 1949 and went into production straight away, although unusually conversion specialists Hebmiiller also offered a chopped Beetle for the first lour years. After that, the Karmann derivative was the only soft-top available and remained in production for over 30 years, undergoing the same mechanical changes and minor facelifts as the saloon car on which it was based. Such was I lie quality of Karmann's engineering that, with the roof raised, the Convertible wan actually quieter than the sedan on the road, although rear visibility was hampered by a small plastic window that was prone to discoloration over time. The Karmann Beetles all carried the coachbuilder's own badge rather than that of Volkswagen.
VW Beetle Cabrio Specifications
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