1977 Volkswagen Champagne Edition Super Beetle Convertible
This rare, triple-white 1977 Volkswagen Champagne Edition Super Beetle Convertible with ~36,000 miles is 1 of 1,000 sold by Volkswagen of America for the model year. There was just one available for each VW dealer and prospective dealer. These special-edition cabriolets were identified by the striking Alpine White exterior and Light Ivory (or light sand) colored top, complimented by the Cameo White leatherette interior. There was a gold stripe just above the running boards on each side of the body that was not re-applied when the car was restored and repainted in 2015-16. The 60-horsepower, fuel-injected 1,600-cc air-cooled flat-four engine is the most powerful offered new in a VW Beetle to that time, and the car rides on distinctive Lemmertz GT wheels.
The Super Beetle was introduced in 1971 and all Volkswagen
Beetle convertibles would be based on that model through the
end of production. The Super Beetle was essentially a major
chassis upgrade, with MacPherson struts replacing the torsion
bar suspension that other Beetles used. The change improved
ride and handling, tightened the turning circle, and yielded
a bit more trunk room. For 1973, the Super Beetle gained a
curved windshield and new dashboard. All ’73 Beetles and beyond
featured the new, large round taillights nicknamed “elephant
feet.” The last Super Beetle Convertible was produced in
This car became part of the Bill & Linda Lillie collection in 2023. It was purchased from Dennis Cambria who had owned it since the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction in June 2017. Prior ownership is not known, but it reportedly came from Maine and was restored in 2015-2016 in preparation for the 2017 Barrett-Jackson auction.
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