1978 Volkswagon Super Beertle Convertible

1978 Volkswagen Beetle - Classic

Make: Volkswagen
Model: Beetle - Classic
Type: Convertible
Year: 1978
Mileage: 85600
VIN: 1582002367
Color: White
Cylinders: 4
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clean
Item location: Plymouth, Michigan, United States

Description for Volkswagen Beetle - Classic 1978

This VW was found in a semi-truck trailer in October, 2018, where it had been stored since 1998. A previous owner started to do a restoration on the Beetle, it has been re-painted white (originally blue), the top and interior were apparently replaced, but the interior was for a 1970-72 VW Beetle. It had replacement floor pans installed, but they were of the 1970-72 style, and used the wrong front seats. Also, a 1978 Super Beetle has a "fuel injected" motor. The previous owner replaced it with a 1974 carbureted motor.

When I purchased the Super Beetle, I did the following repairs to complete the restoration and make the Bug road worthy and safe: (It kept me busy all winter and spring)

Parts replaced

Gas tank

Gas tank sending unit

Fuel line front to rear

Brake lines front to rear

Master cylinder

Wheel cylinders

Brake hardware

Brake shoes

Emergency brake cable.

New cylinder jugs/pistons ( I rebuilt the "top end").

Lapped the valves ( Installed adjustible push rod tubes, new seals and "o" rings))

Replaced the clutch pressure plate, disc, throw out bearing (changed fluid in transaxle)

Transmission mounts



Alt belt

Rebuilt the distributor (plugs, points condenser, rotor, cap )

Spark plug cables

Front strut cartridges.

Rear shocks

Tie rod ends



Correct floor pans (1978 style)

The VW had 85600 miles on it when I purchased it. After about 250 miles the odometer quit. I recently replaced the speedometer with one showing 50600 miles, but the odometer quit after 3 tenths of a mile. When installing the new floor pans, I found the lower heat channel plates were badly rusted where the floor vents would open into the front passenger compartment. I sealed them with expanding foam, and the new carpet covers where the vent used to be. ( The heat system is still hooked up, and heat enters through the rear floor vent openings ).

The only things not currently working are: Rear Window Defroster, Emergency Flashers, Windshield Washers Washer( bottle cap connection tube is broken).

The radio was missing, and I replaced it with a similar AM/FM unit. I included photos of a couple of cracks in the paint, and the wear area on the drivers seat cover. I believe the paint is enamel. I have receipts for the parts replaced.

The jack and tools are in the trunk along with a spare tire.

This Bug is a very nice driving VW, and great summer "driver".

Buyer is responsible for picking up the car. Balance Transfer for payment.