Champagne Cab: 1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible – Sold?

by | Sep 2022 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

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October 6, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

In 1977, Volkswagen launched Champagne Edition models of its cars as a spring sales promotion.  That first year, the 1977 Champagne Edition Beetle convertible came in triple white that VW labeled Champagne Edition I models.  In 1978, when Volkswagen marketed their Champagne Edition II models, the Beetle Edition came with a white interior and top. However,  consumers now had their choice of blue, red, or Alpine White for their 1978 Champagne Edition II Beetle convertible.  By 1978, Volkswagen was only importing its convertible version of the venerable Beetle to America, 1,100 of which were Champagne editions.

The seller of this 1978 Volkswagen Champagne Edition Beetle convertible, originally listed in September 2022 on Craigslist in St. Petersburg, Florida (Tampa), reports their Cabriolet is an all-original, numbers-matching survivor that has been garaged for the past forty years.

Once offered for $25,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the seller’s ask is well above the current one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for 1978 Beetle Convertibles.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the truck featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is six thousand dollars above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $19,000.

By the mid-1970s, increasing safety and emissions regulations were beginning to take their toll on the air-cooled Type I designed during the 1930s. In 1975, the 1600 cc engine in Japanese and North American markets received Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, rather than the D-Jetronic system formerly used in the VW Type 3 and Type 4. The injected engine received a new muffler and in California a catalytic converter. This necessitated a bulge in the rear apron under the rear bumper and replaced the distinctive twin “pea shooter” tailpipes with a single offset pipe, making injected models identifiable at a glance. Five Mile Per Hour bumper-equipped North American models retained fender-top front indicators and the “Fuel Injection” badge replaced the classic “Volkswagen” script on the engine lid of all North American Beetles.

By 1978, the Super Beetle convertible was the only Beetle model available in North America and 1,100 of these were a new Champagne 2nd Edition, available in blue or red metallic paint with a white leatherette interior. Features included the 4.5 in (110 mm) wide-styled steel sport wheels, AM/FM radio, analog quartz clock, padded deluxe steering wheel, and rosewood-grain instrument panel trim.

The Hagerty Insurance YouTube Channel features this video buyer’s guide on what to look for when buying a vintage VW Beetle:

Based on the seller’s brief description and the pictures provided, this 1978 Volkswagen Beetle convertible Champagne Edition convertible appears to be a nice survivor-quality example with its original fuel injection system in place.  You’ll have to interview the seller a bit more to confirm whether they have the receipts of how their Beetle has been maintained over the years.

Here’s the seller’s brief description:

“Champagne edition, fuel injected antique in excellent condition. All numbers match as original parts. It has been kept in a Garage for the past 40 years.

Show or go: What would you do with this 1978 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Survivor?  Please comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Steve

    Probably the nicest topless Bug I’ve seen, but I’m not sure it’s $25,000 nice.

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