As the value of all Beetles, especially early Karmann Cabriolet Beetles, have crept up over the years, so has the appeal and financial incentive of keeping the original engine with your classic Beetle increased too. All VW Karmann Cabriolets built before August 1960 (engine no. 3.912.904) came with either a 25hp Beetle Cabriolet engine or a 30 horsepower Beetle Convertible engine (easily identified by having a generator stand that is part of the crankcase, not bolted on), so naturally we stock a range of parts specifically for the 25 and 30 hp Beetle Convertible engines.
Whether it's a 25hp VW Beetle Cabrio oil strainer gasket you are looking for, Karmann Cabriolet 30 horsepower engine rebuild parts or upgraded and performance 30bhp VW Beetle Convertible engine components for improved reliability or power, Heritage Parts Centre have what you are looking for.
Our extensive range of 25-30hp VW Karmann Cabriolet engine parts includes some of the best 30hp Beetle Convertible engine tuning parts on the market today.
So if you’re looking for a 30hp VW Cabriolet big bore barrel and piston kit, a high performance 25-30hp VW Beetle Convertible engine camshaft, a 25hp Karmann Beetle sports exhaust or the ultimate 30 horse twin port cylinder head and carburettor kit then you’ve come to the right place.
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IMPORTANT: please check your engine number before ordering any 30hp Beetle Cabriolet engine spares. Many early Beetle soft tops and VW Karmann Cabriolet Beetles no longer have their original engines, so using your car's production year or log book as a guide is not advisable. If you are at all unsure, our sales staff are always happy to help.
There are certain model years along the Beetles’ timeline which heralded major changes, 1953 was probably the first of these. March 10th 1953 saw the last split window Beetle produced, alongside it on the production line was the first of the oval windows. The new rear window design was 23% larger than the previous. There has been debate as to why VW used the split window design in the first place, with people speculating that it was for strength reasons amongst others, whereas it was simply because it was cheaper to produce two smaller pieces of glass than it was to produce one larger one.
On July 3rd 1953, the 500,000th Beetle rolled off the production line, and VW’s employees were given a 2.5m Deutschmark bonus to split between them, a decent sized bonus at the time. 68,784 export models were produced, and VW’s domestic market share was 42.5%. Daily production was 673. Volkswagen de Brasil SA was formed in 1953, with a view to making CKD (Complete Knock Down) kits. In December the 250,000th visitor (since the war) walked through the doors of the Wolfsburg factory. 1953 also marked the introduction of the “oil-bath” type air filter.