Three New Retro Editions Pay Homage to Original VW Beetle Convertible

Earlier this year Volkswagen AG unveiled its 2013 Beetle convertible. Now, the German automaker has announced that it will launch three additional Beetle convertible models and that each one will feature 1950s, 1960s and 1970s-inspired styling to commemorate the first three decades of the original Beetle’s life. The new decade-themed models, along with the regular 2013 Beetle convertible, are expected to begin arriving in dealer showrooms this month.

The Beetle convertible 1950s edition features the same minimalist styling that made the original Beetle convertible so unique when compared with the over-the-top grilles and tailfins that dominated Detroit’s thinking during that time. The new retro 1950s Beetle will be powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine teamed to a six-speed automatic transmission. The interior is also appropriately understated, with a simple, all-black upholstery and trim. The model will be priced at just under $27,000.

Compared with the 1950s edition’s understated styling, Volkswagen’s 1960s edition Beetle convertible echoes that era’s more fanciful flair and features two-tone interior and denim blue exterior paint. The model will feature a 200-hp turbo and Volkswagen’s DSB automatic dual-clutch six-speed transmission, and will have a sticker price of just over $33,000.

The 1970s edition Beetle features 18-inch chrome wheels, Toffee Brown exterior paint and a tan interior with dark brown door trim and dash.  Other models, including the regular Beetle convertible, come with 17-inch wheels.  True ‘70s aficionados can crank out their disco classics on the Fender Premium audio system. The model also features a navigation system. Pricing will start at $29,390, which is a mere $100 more than the regular Beetle drop-top with the Fender sound and navigation system.

All 2013 Beetle convertible models (including the regular edition) are based on the new Jetta platform instead of the Golf, which makes them slightly larger than the 2012 model inside and out. All models will be powered by a 2.5-liter 170 hp engine that delivers 177 pound-feet of torque.

All Volkswagen Beetle models will be built at the automaker’s Puebla manufacturing facilities in Mexico.

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