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Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett : 1955

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MSRP Engine HP Manufactured
n/a 1192cc flat four 30.0 n/a

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Just when I thought I had seen every possible version of a Volkswagen Beetle, I stumbled on this gorgeous 1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett.


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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett.

The pictures do not do justice to this car. I can't believe it was this nice even when new. Even the turn signals on this car will take your breath away.

Volkswagen, not like many auto manufactueres, regularly made runing changes in design during the model year.

1955 represented a year where several significant changes wehere made "mid year" in transition to the 1956 models.

The semaphores (flag style turn signals) were replaced with the more traditional style turn signals, the bumper over-rides as provided on this car were added to the front and the rear bumpers, and twin tail pipe exhaust replaced the single tail pipe as provided on this model.

As you can see, this car has only one of the three major changes, the addition the addition of bumper over-rides, which partially block the tail lights. This was corrected in 1956 with larger tail lights moved up ion the fender.

This vehicle was built at the Karmann factory in Osnabruck, Germany.

Technical information.

• Chasis number: 1-0799163
• Original engine number: 0965518
• Engine: 1192cc, 30hp, flat four, air-cooled, overhead valves
• Transaxle: Crashbox 4-speed
• Turn Signals: Semaphores (flags)


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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett rear-voew mirror.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett tail light.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett door hinge.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett door handle.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett windshield wipers.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett closed semaphore turn signal and door handle.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett open semaphore turn signal and door handle.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett open semaphore turn signal.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett open semaphore turn signal.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett sun visor.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett rear-view mirror.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett gauge cluster.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett gauge cluster.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett steering wheel.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett steering wheel center Wolfsburg crest.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett interior.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett interior dash detail.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett interior.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett interior.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett interior.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett interior.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett gear shift.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett interior.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett interior.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett seatbelt with Wolfsburg crest.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett interior.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett interior door and window cranks.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett interior window and door handle.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett exterior emblem.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett exterior emblem.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett front hood Wolfsburg crest.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett front hood Wolfsburg crest.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett VW hood emblem.

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1955 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann Kabriolett turn signal.

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COMMENTS
Jon Brannan2888 days ago

Thank you Carlos and Cartype for showing my VW!

CT2888 days ago

Thanks to you Jon, the pictures do not do it justice.

MJ Brannan2888 days ago

Great pictures!!! Can't wait for the next refubished VW by Jon!

Bill Bowman2888 days ago

Jon, I love your Cabriolet, especially being a pre-'56! But what is the story on the interior kit (door panels, seat covers) which look like the 1964-ish era upholstery? Any plans to go back to the '55 style interior at some future date? Again, i've seen it in person and LOVE it! Just curious about the interior choice...

Hope to see it, and you again soon at an upcoming VW event!

Bill

Really really lovely bug !!!!

Ira Carle2217 days ago

I have a 1955 Karmann Kabriolett... Looking to restore it back to it's original state. Do you know where I can buy a pair of pop out trun signals?

Thanks Ira

Josh Combs1803 days ago

Hey Jon,
Beautiful bug, and excelent color choices. Could you tell me the name or code for the darker color? I would love to use it on a project car of mine, but I don't think I can match it by the picture and paint chips.

Thanks,
JOSH

LVWest778 days ago

I want that car!

Michele Barker127 days ago

Jon,
I love the color combination on your car! Could you tell me the names or paint codes for the two colors? I have a 1955 VW I would love to use it on.

Thank you,
Michele

James Soldner83 days ago

Jon I own a 1955 Karmann Kabriolett #10799162, mfg at the same time as your car ending in 63. Quite a coincident. I have made an effort to make my car as perfect as yours. I am close except for an interior hinged mirror ans a few other details. I drive mine nearly every week here in San Diego. Hope all is well. Jim

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