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Volkswagen uncovered the Beetleconvertible in a trio of unique "launch" colors that will go out ofproduction when 1,000 are produced.

The brand-new but not-uniqueversion of the Beetle ragtop hits showrooms in December, starting at$25,790. No limit on making that one.

The convertible stylingdiffers slightly from the hardtop Beetle and the folding top car sitsslightly lower. The top can be operated while the car is moving up to 30mph. Many convertibles lock out top movement if the car's underway.

Thetop drops in a quick 9.5 seconds and goes up in 11 seconds, VW says.Those times are about half what it often takes on other folding-topcars.

The three unique versions all have standard leatherinteriors rather than the normal VW leatherette (fancy vinyl). Theunique trio and the eras they are meant to represent:

  • 1950s: Black, tan interior, wheels with large chrome centers, 2.5-liter five-cylinder gasoline engine rated 170 horsepower, 177 pounds-feet of torque. $26,890.
  • 1960s: Denim blue, two-tone seats, 2-liter turbo four rated 200 hp and 207 lbs. ft. It's the only model that offers the turbo engine in a denim blue car. Price not given.
  • 1970s: Toffee brown, a color not otherwise available on the Beetle droptop, and 2-liter engine. Price not given.