1955 Volkswagen Beetle
2dr Oval-Window Sedan
4-cyl. 1192cc/30hp 1bbl
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By 1955 Volkswagen had really arrived in the U.S., with sales jumping to 28,907 units. Volkswagen of America was founded on October 27, based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Meanwhile, the one-millionth Beetle came off the assembly line in Wolfsburg on August 5, and the year’s production totaled 279,986 cars, with 273,724 sedans and 6262 cabriolets.
The Beetle was now taken seriously by the U.S. press and Motor Trend magazine commented “For a lot of people, Volkswagen gives near sports car feel, comfort, high quality, economy and practical innovations.”
Prices rose again in 1955. Some reports indicate that the base sedan was discontinued in the U.S. and the color Jupiter Gray was only available on that model. The Deluxe sedan now cost $1595, the Sunroof Sedan was $1675, and the Cabriolet $2195.
Seven Sedan paint colors were available: Black (L41), Jupiter Gray (L225), Strato Silver (L227), Reed Green (L313), Jungle Green (L315), Polar Silver (L324) and Nile Beige (L370). These colors continued through July 1955. Cloth interiors were now Beige, Green, Gray or Rusty Red. Leatherette interiors were a combination of Light Beige and Red, Gray, Blue or Green. Headliners were Beige, Gray or Brown Beige and carpets could be Gray Beige, Gray Green, Gray Blue or Honey Brown, depending on body color.
Nine colors were available for Cabriolets from March to July 1955. They were Black (L41), Poppy Red (L54), Congo Green (L219), Iris Blue (L232), Almond Green (L316), Dolphin Gray (L320), Silver Granite (L322), Shetland Gray (L329) and Nile Beige (L370). Top colors were Light Gray, Beige Black, Light Green, Green, Dark Blue, and Brown. Cloth interiors were Brown, Gray, Beige, Gray Blue, Green and Rusty Red. Leatherette colors were Light Beige, Dark Red, Gray, Black, Green, Blue, Dark Green, and Dark Gray dependent on paint color, in various combinations. Carpets were Honey Brown, Gray, Green, Gray Beige and Red. Mats were Black.