1978 VW Super Beetle 1303 LS ConvertibleSOLD
Registered and delivered by the beginning of August, this top of the range VW Super Beetle 1303 LS Convertible was made available to its first owner just in time to catch the last of the summer weather.
Painted in the timeless colour of Kolibri Green, a dark metallic green whose name translates to ‘Hummingbird’, and trimmed in Parchment leatherette this Beetle must have surely been the perfect small convertible for the Peak District area in which it resided. Making it all the more ideal would have been the as standard front disc brakes, MacPherson strut suspension and Luxury options afforded to the bill-topping LS examples.
Mr Beeley, the Beetle’s first owner with documentation bearing his name dating back to February 1979, clearly treasured his Volkswagen and it seems he sought very little reason to expose it to the elements unnecessarily. Invoices and a trail of MOT certificates show that, over his approximated 20 year ownership, Mr Beeley drove the Beetle barely 7,000 miles and had preserved it perfectly with no restoration work required at all. The Beetle shared garage space with an exceptional Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS which Hairpin acquired from Mr Beeley’s son several years ago.
From the hands of one extraordinarily careful owner, the Beetle passed to those of renowned specialist Luke Theochari in September 1998. Theochari is the co-founder of Terry’s Beetle Service and owner of the original Porsche-engined Herbie film car from the 1969 box office smash The Love Bug. Needless to say our Beetle was in esteemed company!
In December 2004 the Beetle passed to a Mr Christopher Wesbury, no doubt as an early Christmas present, and still it hadn’t even clocked 11,000 miles from new.
In Summer 2015, I purchased the Beetle from a Cornish collector and enjoyed using it during a months break in St Mawes. The following year Hairpin sold the car to the current collection.
A recent and sensitive recommission has seen to the essential replacement of perishables, such as hoses, and a tune of the engine to ensure that all runs as you’d expect from these characteristically bulletproof Volkswagens.
As it stands today, with just 13,841 miles from new and as a stunningly preserved survivor, this 1303 LS Karmann Convertible must surely be the very best of its kind in the UK and is undoubtedly a landmark reference of originality for all of its kind that remain.