2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible vs. 1979 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible: A Comparison
Something unusual, and wonderful, happened at the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible First Drive event in Malibu, CA last week. Alongside the fleet of turbodiesel, turbocharged, and just plain five-cylinder drop-top Beetles that Volkswagen had brought along for us to sample on the canyon roads that carve through the region, there were also a trio of 30 year-old Bugs tagging along for the ride.
That's right - two 1979 Volkswagen Beetle convertibles and a 1980 Volkswagen Beetle convertible had been broken out of the Volkswagen Classic collection to give us the chance to see just how far the design of the iconic car has come over the past three decades. It was a rare chance to pilot generationally-distanced Beetles back to back, and I want to give you a little bit of a taste of just how dramatically different the old and new Beetle Convertibles truly are.