Several Karmann Ghias are still kicking around my area in various states of care. One looks like it’s been daily driven since the early 70s, missing a few pieces of trim but still perfectly functional with no noticeable rust. One is almost entirely patina, like a rat rod but not trying so hard. The last is the rarest to see but still out there, perfectly clean, curvaceous, and complete.
Today’s beautiful Castilian Yellow example is on the latter end of the spectrum thanks to covering just under 50k miles in 47 years. The tan and chrome suit these cars well, and it’s hard to believe that the original paint can shine like this. The interior similarly looks perfectly vintage but hardly used. The wooden luggage rack is a cute look, but not for everyone. Ghias are beautiful and desirable cars, headturners for even the uninitiated and easy to maintain and modify thanks to their Beetle roots. If you’re collecting with an eye on resale value, a low-mileage original is the way to go.
Click for details: 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia on Hemmings Classifieds
Model: Karmann Ghia
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 48,341 mi
1967 VW Karmann Ghia—A great, hard to find, original Karmann Ghia showing only 48,341 miles. Finished in Castilian Yellow with flawless Black interior. Overall, the paint is excellent. It has perfect original floors. Mechanically, it starts easily and drives out effortlessly. It has some great extras including package tray, working Blaupunkt radio, and wood roof rack. It also comes with its original Owner’s Handbook and Sales Literature. Most popular year to buy.
Cars are only original once, and even a restored example would have a hard time approaching this condition. If the next owner can take care to maintain this car and use it on nice days for a period of time, this Ghia’s attractiveness will only grow as the rest rust away or are airbagged to the pavement. High teens seems reasonable for the mileage, collectability, and ability to say “nope, it’s all original!”