Champagne Edition: 1977 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible – $11,000

Dec 2019 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

By 1977, the only thing going for Volkswagen’s venerable 40 year old air-cooled Beetle was it remained one of only a few convertibles still available in the U.S. and triple white Champagne Editions such as the example available here on Craigslist in Westwood, New Jersey kept sales going.  The current caretaker is currently asking $11,000.  A look at the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Beetle priced $3,200 less than the #3 “Good” estimate of $14,200.  The private seller hints they are forced to sell their Beetle due to a move by December 20th, so chances are good you can negotiate a very favorable price.  If you are serious about buying this Beetle drop-top, you can start the conversation by e-mailing the seller here.

For 1977, Beetles received new front seats with separate head restraints. This was the final model year for the Beetle sedan in North America. VW offered Beetle convertibles in a “triple white” Champagne Edition in Alpine White with white top and interior with the padded deluxe steering wheel, tiger maple wood-grain dash trim and 4.5 in (110 mm) wide sport wheels. The example presented here is one of approximately 1,000 Champagne Editions produced.

With a 35 year old restoration of a solid California car combined with all paperwork included since new, it appears this Beetle has enjoyed a well cared-for life.  Not shown or described is the engine bay and any modifications made under hood, particularly to the original fuel injection system.  We’re also curious whether this California car originally came equipped with air conditioning and if so, whether it still is functional.  The only cosmetic item needing attention we can tell is a repadding of the front driver’s seat.  While not the fastest car by any stretch, the ability to drop the top on this Beetle cures a lot of sins on a nice sunny day.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Moving and have to sell this classic, I’m asking 11,000 need it sold by December 20th.

 Imported the car from California no rust, had a full restoration done in 85 by Volkswagen dealership in California. Have all original paperwork dating back to initial purchase.

Do you have a Beetle Convertible story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment

  1. Charlie keppler

    South Carolina but will be going home to Chicago to New Jersey to visit family early December. Would you be able to send me more information including engine and interior/exterior pictures. If Satisfied I could purchase site unseen before we get there.


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