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1956 VW Oval Karmann Convertible   Price: $57K OBO
For sale is a 1956 convertible. Early verts are difficult to find in fair condition specially with its originality intact. I acquired the car in 2016. I was told that the first owner was a service man stationed in France and special ordered the car. It was driven in Europe and eventually made its way to the US east coast upon completion of his duty. The serviceman that brought it back from France didn’t like driving the small car with all the big American cars on the road and parked the car in his basement in 1962. It has never been back on the road until now. It stayed in the east coast until I bought it from the previous owner about 4 years ago. The car was very dry with minimal rust. It had seat covers to protect the OG seat fabric. The door panels are in excellent condition considering its age of 64 yrs!

The original plan was to do a full restoration with new parts. I was convinced considering the condition of the car that it would be better to do a preservation/restoration to give it justice it so deserves! The paint color could not be mapped to a proper paint code as listed in numerous VW archives/documentations. Thus, the glove box door inside paint was used to match to the original paint. The paint color is awesome!

The beam, transmission, and motor are all July 55 production, with the vin puts it in the first 2000 beetles for 1956. -1- vin, engine ser. Round voltage regulator, wire clip distributor. Other original items include the original sigla windshield, engine bay light cover inside of license plate light, cruiser pedal to name a few.

The front beam, transmission and motor are all July 1955 production and it is believed that these are original to the car as researched by hobby experts. A VW birth certificate was requested in 2011 (I lost the hard copy but have soft copy) by the previous owner stating that VW Museum could not confirm the engine number because there is no data entry. I sent an email and called the museum to further clarify. The museum confirmed that they don’t have a record of the engine. From what I understand this is common that the museum at times is missing records. Below is the exact quote from the email response from the museum;

“When the car was build the engine maybe was registered but we have no data about the engine.”

Below are the work details:

• Original door/rear panels and seat covers were cleaned and reconditioned. Seat covers were not removed.
• Original trims and chrome parts cleaned and reconditioned
• Original rear view mirror and visor assembly cleaned and reconditioned
• Original door handles cleaned and reconditioned. Installed new return spring on the outside passenger door handle
• Original right front passenger grab handle cleaned and reconditioned
• Original window winders, interior door handles and rear passenger ash tray cleaned and reconditioned
• Original taillights
• Original Hella headlight lens
• Original sigla front windshield glass that came with the car.
• Original wiring harness
• Original speedometer cleaned and reconditioned
• Original wiper assembly cleaned and reconditioned
• Sourced period correct rear window
• Sourced period correct gas tank with new fuel valve and nut
• Original engine cleaned, resealed and compression checked
• Original VW muffler, round regulator and wire clip distributor cleaned and reconditioned
• Original front beam cleaned with new pins as needed and reconditioned
• Original transmission resealed, exterior cleaned and reconditioned

• Original taillight housing restored and painted
• Original glove box door restored and painted
• Original front ashtray restored and painted
• Original 4 + 1 period correct wheels restored and painted
• Period correct right front bullet fender sourced, restored and painted
• Steering wheel restored with correct horn button
• Body pan off restoration and painted. Small corner section under driver side rear heater channel sealed.
• Original hood, engine lid and doors restored and painted

New parts:
• YOM 1956 yellow matching license plates
• 6V battery
• 6V horn
• 6V signal light flasher. No more intermittent blinks!
• 6V headlights
• Vacuum line from distributor to the carburetor received from Europe. Needs to be installed.
• Hub caps
• Replaced broken door panel clips and installed clip seals
• Driver side view mirror and pin
• Convertible top and wood bows
• Floor pans
• Front and rear bumpers
• Trunk liner and wiring cover
• Seals and rubbers
• Carpet
• Hand brake rubber boot cover
• Speedometer cable
• Battery strap. Modified to support a taller battery and to secure the cover.

Items not installed:
• Assist strap missing.
• Need a rear seat bottom kick panel. Need to source correct fabric which can be used for the assist strap
• Dome light needs to be installed.
• Convertible rear top and bottom trim.
• Top hook missing.
• Need to source convertible top cover. New snaps installed.

She’s a show quality level and ready for the next owner to enjoy as is and/or take the preservation/restoration to the next level. 200+ preservation/restoration photos available to serious buyers. Asking $57K OBO. Will assist in shipping at buyers expense.
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