1956 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

It seems these days the blueprint to own a classic car in good condition is to go to a big-headline auction and pay ever-increasing amounts to get the best and most unique example of a particularly popular run of car possible. Look at the 911 and E30 M3, though they’re not alone; the frenzy over prices has created its own “Hemi” moment as prices double on a year over year basis. Where does that leave enthusiasts? With plenty of options, thank you very much. If you want a classic Porsche like the 356 or early 911s but just can’t stomach the incredible bills associated with those cars, why not consider the early Karmann Ghia? Seriously, to someone who was uninitiated, if you took the badges off of each and swapped them around, it would be easy to believe that the 356 was a Volkswagen product and the Karmann Ghia was the Porsche – its sleek lines look, if anything, more sporty than the 356. Classicly styled, long and low and with that trademark flat-four soundtrack that drove several generations, the Karmann Ghia is one of the few classic German cars that is still quite affordable but will make you feel like a million dollars wherever you pull up – especially when presented in the condition of today’s 1956 example:

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1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia T34

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A rare bird amongst older Volkswagens, the Type 34 isn’t well known despite being one of the best looking products to come out of Wolfsburg. This is in part because the Type 34 was never officially offered in the U.S., but despite this hurdle a reported 400 out of the known remaining 2000 models reside here. With hints of some older Mercedes-Benz models and even the similarly rear-engined Corvair, the Type 34 was a very pretty – though very pricey – option that hoped to take Volkswagen to a new market. Today’s example has already undergone all of the hard work and merely waits for the next owner:

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Year: 1963
Model: Karmann Ghia Type 34
Engine: 1.5 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 43,500 mi
Price: $25,500 Buy It Now

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This Car is for Sale by Owner, No middle men Involved. Earlier listing with consignee did not work out so I am selling it directly. This car is in Tennessee and buyer can pick it up after full payment is made. This is a beautiful car and has never been shown after restoration. INTERIOR IS EXCELLENT. I believe that this is the absolute best restored T34 anywhere in the world. All chrome is triple plated. All guages works including clock, Missing bulbs for fog lights. Electrical SYSTEM has been thoroughly serviced. Mechanically this car is excellent.

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Light “Pacific Green” and white seem to be the go-to colors for older Volkswagens and look great on this car. The interior does look excellent, chrome is redone, and the car is reported to be mechanically sorted. Great, the hard work is out of the way! The photos don’t really seem to do the car justice but it does look good. Value? A bit hard to peg; top dollar on these Type 34s is $30,000 – but that car was sold in Europe where they’re more rare, and it was completely original. Hagerty pegs the value of a condition 1 show Karmann Ghia at about $20,000, but that’s the more common coupe rather than the rare Type 34. I would say this car is probably in between condition 1 and 2 and would guesstimate the value around $20,000 – but at that price, you’ve buying a car that someone has taken care of the major restoration headache. You can therefore be happy to drive to shows and meets in a car that few people know about and even fewer have ever seen; this is a special car, indeed!

-Carter

1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Probably like a lot of people out there, I have a neighbor with a Karmann Ghia sitting in his driveway, rotting away. It’s a sad sight that I walk past everyday. I’ve asked him what he’s doing with it and like many, he plans to rebuild it “someday.” All too often, though, “someday” never comes and these project cars change hands – the lucky ones eventually may be rebuilt and live to see another day, but many fade into a distant rusty memory. Occasionally, though, you find someone who’s “someday” has already come and gone and they’re looking to move on. Such is the case with today’s Karmann Ghia, a nicely resto-modded red example:

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Year: 1970
Model: Karmann Ghia Coupe
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: “1,000” mi
Price: $12,000 Buy it Now

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Up for sale is our very special 1970 Volkswagen (VW) Karmann Ghia. This car has a lot of sentimental value for my wife and me. It was the car we built and drove off on our wedding day. This car was completely rebuilt from the ground up. It had been in storage for over thirteen years and a few years back my uncle and I took on the task. Not only is it special because it was a family project completed by my wife, myself (Gulf-War Veteran), and it was also worked-on by my uncle who is a disabled mechanic (One missing arm). We are only the second family to have owned this car and it is solid. I have driven this car all over the state of Florida without any trouble whatsoever. Unfortunately due to rising medical bills and all other problems that come with life, we need to sell the car in order to maintain more important things.

Not long ago I had a new engine completed and installed. The new engine has less than 1,000 miles, and it does not leak a drop of oil, and it turns on without any trouble. If you have not noticed or are not familiar with these cars, notice that I have tried to keep the car looking as much as possible to earlier model Ghias. I have changed the large front turn signals to late 60’s model nipple turn signals. I have also omitted the large rear square reflectors and the dash has been redone. I took off the lower black padding and the wood grain sticker that used to surround the dashboard. All of the padding holes have been sealed and the dash painted the same body color.

While you are looking at these pictures keep in mind that we built this car to drive on a daily basis and enjoy it, not just keep it as a trailer queen. It does not have Air Conditioning (AC) but I did place a fan that resembles an AC unit and blows hard. Whatever minor flaws the car has are not very notable on it, so feel confident you are getting a good car. I will welcome any independent person to come look over the car. I have been around Karmann Ghias since 1986.

I will also provide you with all the pictures of the car before, during, and after the restoration as well as all the paperwork to document the maintenance and new parts to the car. Call or Text Marcos at 786-338-1679, just email me. I can also email you any additional pictures that you request. I will post all questions asked, so fell free to write and bid with confidence.

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While not the best driving car the world has seen, the Karmann Ghia offered boatloads of style at a budget price. It may not have been a sports car like its Porsche cousins, but if an alien landed in front of a Karmann Ghia parked next to a late 356, you’d have a hell of a time explaining why the Porsche is worth five to ten times what the Volkswagen is. Today’s model is a perfect example of how it’s much easier to buy a car that’s been restored than to try to do it yourself. Sure, you could buy a cheaper car and spend a bunch making it right, but unless you have a very different vision than what this car is, this is a better and cheaper way to get there quickly.

The seller not only has a great story to go with the car, but also shows genuine love and, at least in my mind, did all of the right things to make this Ghia stand out. It looks splendid in red with tan interior, and while it looks good enough to pop into a show I’m glad it’s a driver and can be used. Aside from changing the steering wheel, I’d like to know how many miles are on the chassis, although I doubt that would be a deal breaker. The seller undoubtedly has much more money into the car than the $12,000 asking price even without counting the sweat equity. Top it off with a set of stories that will captivate the crowd at the local car event when they ask where you got it, and you’ve got yourself a well bought classic.

-Carter

1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

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Years ago, when my mother was buying her first car, she had her heart set on a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. However, my grandfather thought it was too impractical and forced her hand into buying a Super Beetle instead. He still referred to the Beetle as a coffin on wheels, but this was coming from a man who ran a 1972 Ford LTD Country Squire as the family car. It was rather surprising that ten years later, my grandfather would buy a 1982 Honda Accord sedan. Perhaps it was the fuel economy that changed his mind, or it could have the monumental task of keeping this sucker in one lane along the elevated section of I-95 through Philadelphia. Imagine riding a unicycle through a china shop without knocking anything over…after bolting down about five gin and tonics.

Designed as a sports car with common sense in mind, the Karmann Ghia lived a long life from the late 1950s into the early 1970s. This Karmann Ghia for sale in Florida mirrors the color of the fruit the state is famous for and offers a lot of character for the collector on a budget.

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Year: 1971
Model: Karmann Ghia
Engine: 1.6 liter flat four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 19,598 mi
Price: $9,000 Buy It Now

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Take a close look at this Ghia and we think you will agree it has got to be one of the best. The wow factor begins with the stunning orange paint accented by the light sand leatherette interior. Extra clean all the way around. A well maintained Florida car belonging to the same family since new. Professionally maintained by a repair shop specializing in air-cooled VW’s. Not only does this beautiful little car look great, it runs great, too. The engine is the very dependable 1600 c.c. dual port. Transmission, four speed manual. The floor pans are solid and not needing any repair. Recently serviced including a new muffler and battery. The original radio does not work, however. Show or go, you are sure to smile about this special car.

We are currently taking offers at our showroom and may end the listing at any time. If you would like to make an offer on this car or any of our other cars please call (239)313-5408 so we can discuss it.

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While the seller states that the car has been owned by the same family since new, there is no mention of whether this car has had a partial or full restoration. It certainly looks almost too clean to be original, but such cars do exist. If this car is as good as it looks with no major mechanical defects, the price is fair, considering most Karmann Ghia coupes fetch between $7,000 and $12,000 in good condition.

-Paul

Convertible Week: 1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

When Beetle production started getting into full swing in the 1950s, Volkswagen sought a sportier product to expand their market reach. Commissioning Karroserie Karmann and the Italian styling house Ghia, the end result was the Karmann Ghia, a car with swoopy curves but simple Beetle mechanicals at its backside. The Karmann Ghia convertible debuted two years after its hardtop counterpart and was manufactured all the way up until 1974, when the Scirocco took its place. Development money well spent, then. This Karmann Ghia for sale in Georgia had one owner for 20 years and a repaint in its original color along with an engine rebuild.

Year: 1968
Model: Karmann Ghia convertible
Engine: 1.5 liter flat four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 90,798 mi
Price: $19,995 Buy It Now

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With the automotive industry in high gear in the 1950s, VW needed something more than a Beetle to bring upscale customers into their showrooms. The answer was the Karmann-Ghia, an international hybrid that combined VW engineering with Italian design, and it was a slam-dunk in terms of sales. This 1968 Karmann-Ghia convertible is a three-owner car hailing from California, and is one of the nicer examples we’ve seen.

The list of new equipment on this Karmann-Ghia is extensive, starting with a repaint in the original Lotus White. Despite their somewhat custom, hand-built nature, the Karmann-Ghias were as well-built as any VW of the period, with tightly fitted doors, surprisingly neat gaps, and excellent alignment throughout, all of which was preserved during the respray. There’s just enough chrome to remind you that this is a product of the 1950s, but also a European product, so it’s restrained, and more than $1600 was invested in refinishing the bumpers and exterior trim. The delicate chrome grilles up front add interest to the pointed nose, and slender bumpers wrap around the curvaceous fenders to offer better protection for the precious sheetmetal. Pencil-thin trim on the front fenders and along the rockers visually lengthens the car, and it’s quite easy to forget there’s a Beetle hiding underneath. This one also offers fresh lenses and gaskets, so even the details are crisp.

The interior will give you a better idea of this car’s upscale mission, and the entirely new upholstery makes it look like a far more expensive car. The door panels were replaced when the car was painted, and there’s a new black vinyl top (including header bows) overhead, and it’s all in fantastic condition. The Karmann-Ghia was wider than the Beetle, so it feels spacious inside despite the close-coupled body, and there’s no doubt that it has a very international feeling with the wooden dashboard and elegant VDO gauges. The 4-speed manual is a great travelling companion, endowing the car with agile performance that fits its looks, and even the back seat is acceptable for short trips with friends. An original Becker AM/FM stereo system fills the car with vintage sound when you’re out cruising, a perfect accompaniment to the flat-four’s staccato chirp.

That 1500cc air-cooled flat-four was fully rebuilt to stock specifications and assembled using factory parts, so it looks highly authentic and runs beautifully. The Karmann-Ghia’s wider body and flat deck allows unprecedented access to the engine bay, which is tidy and well-maintained throughout. New carburetors are fed by a fresh gas tank up front, the ignition system shows new parts, and the exhaust system was replaced during the refurbishment and wears polished tips. A clean chassis is the perfect platform for the convertible, and with new floor pans and upgraded suspension components, this one is ready to drive. New chrome wheels give it the perfect vintage touch (and wear modern 165R15 radials that definitely improve ride and handling.

In the same owner’s hands for more than 20 years, this car also includes receipts for much of the recent work, adding up to more than $12,000. This is a Ghia that’s ready to drive and enjoy. Call today!

Karmann Ghias are a bit of an obscure classic but have a strong following amongst the Volkswagen community. Almost $20,000 is strong money for one, as the best examples may reach into low to mid $20,000 territory. This one certainly looks like a minter and it might just bring the asking price to the right person, if, in fact, the pictures do it justice.

-Paul

No-Reserve 1965 VW Karmann Ghia for sale

Clean and curvaceous, the Karmann Ghia is one of the most attractive cars ever built. They range from beaters to show queens, but they always put a smile on my face when I pass one on the road. Today’s Ghia falls in between the extremes; it may not be very far away from show-worthy, but the few imperfections are what keep it reasonably-priced and daily-driver ready. What a gorgeous daily driver this would be!

The brief note from the seller:

THIS IS A TRUE NO RESERVE AUCTION!!!! Here is the Ultimate COMMUTER!!!

Engine recently rebuilt. 1835 cc Dual 40 Weber Carbs.

New professionaly installed salt and pepper carpet, seat upholstery & windshield.
Recent work on engine, receipts available. Character dings and dents for a 45 year old classic.
New professionally reinforced floor pans.

The interior and engine are nearly flawless, and I kind of like that the exterior is pretty but not perfect. Two-tone is the way to go in my opinion, and the colors here are just right. I had a girlfriend once who was big into vintage style, and this was her dream car. Funky but beautiful in a way only the 60s could provide, this Ghia is ideal for its combination of cleanliness but not obsessive perfection. If the auction can stay under $10k, this is a great deal for vintage beauty.

-NR

Museum-worthy Restored 1964 VW Karmann Ghia

It’s probably my life of modest means that attracts me to cars that provide a good value, allowing me a slightly more realistic daydream of ownership. Today’s Karmann Ghia is on the opposite end of the spectrum, a car that, while probably totally worth it, is seriously expensive thanks to a borderline-obsessive restoration just 2200 miles ago. It’s gorgeous inside and out, top to bottom, and the restorer apparently went to the greatest lengths to get every detail correct and perfect. It shows, and while I love me some function-over-form classic German cars, I certainly have respect for showroom-quality classics.

Exhaustively restored 1964 VW Karmann Ghia for sale on the Samba

Just look at that jaw-dropping undercarriage. It has a great description so I’ll leave it to the poster:

Offered is a 1964 Karmann Ghia, restored by veteran VW specialist, Brent Winman. Brent is the Chief Engine Builder at Raby’s Aircooled Technology and has been since 2000. Brent has unparalleled attention to detail and vast VW knowledge with over 30 years of experience. This Karmann Ghia illustrates his dedication to Volkswagen.

You will find cars sold at a cheaper price than this one, but you won’t find a Ghia with the attention to detail and correctness that this car has right down to the infinite details that took Brent years of research to complete.

I brought the body and floor pan back from California in 1998 and had planned to restore it myself, instead I sold the rust free project to Brent and he took the car to a level that simply cannot be put into words.

The car took over six years to restore to the state illustrated by the pictures and video posted in this ad. With only 2200 miles on the entire vehicle since restoration was complete back in 2003 this is virtually a new car, the interior still smells new and the car hasn’t sat outside for one night since being completed, nor has it seen a single rain drop.

Mechanically every nut, bolt and washer was removed. Instead of just replacing many of these fasteners with Chinese reproductions the original fasteners were blasted and reused, that same attention to detail and correctness can be found in every aspect of this car. The entire body chassis and subsystems were completely removed, restored and reassembled and nothing was left attached, this is a full ground up restoration.

The correct 1200cc engine is installed and is detailed right down to the original air filter assembly with the factory writing. The engine performs great and on a 550 mile trip to “Bug Jam” back in 2003 where the car was shot for a Hot VWs Feature it cruised easily at 75-80 MPH with exceptional fuel mileage as I followed Brent in my 912E.

The body of this vehicle is perfect, it has the slickest Gulf Blue paint that can be found and all work was done by Eddie Martin of Murphy North Carolina. The entire chassis was stripped and coated with POR-15 for durability, corrosion resistance and luster.

The car comes complete with the original key and a history that is very interesting. It was restored by a person who is more passionate for VWs than any other person I have met and the job was done with correctness and function. This vehicle is not a daily driver and should be considered a museum piece more than anything else. This Ghia has been restored to showroom condition.

Featured in the January 2005 issue of Hot VWs Magazine, this car has been recognized as one of the best examples of quality restoration in the country.

Totally awesome. I love the color and really appreciate that someone took the time to give this Ghia a rebirth. I can really see it sitting on a showroom floor just as the Beatles hit America. Would I pay $30k for it? No, but I’m not going to say it’s not worth it considering the time and love that went into making it perfect.

-NR