1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Cabriolet
Coachwork by Karmann-Design by Ghia
Chassis no. 1402956336
Engine no. H5474075
1,584cc OHV Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Solex Carburetor
60bhp at 4,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
Front Disc Rear Drum Brakes
*Beautifully presented Karmann Ghia Cabriolet
*Attractive Ghia design
*Coachbuilt Beetle by renowned Karmann Company
*Exciting color combination
*Great car for days at the beach
The Karmann Ghia
Recognized almost as readily as the legendary Beetle itself, and with a cult following all of its own, the Karmann Ghia was, in its maker's own words: 'A Volkswagen for people who can't stand the sight of a Volkswagen.' Hand built by Karmann at its Osnabrück coachbuilding works, VW's top-of-the-range model married a modified export Beetle floor-pan, running gear and engine/transmission package to stylish coachwork penned by Carrozzeria Ghia.
Launched in 1955 in 1,200cc form, the Karmann Ghia kept abreast of mainstream Beetle developments, gaining all-synchromesh transmission and progressively larger and more-powerful engines. A cabriolet appeared in 1957 and in 1959 the car's front end underwent a subtle restyle with raised headlamps and enlarged nose intakes.
Produced until 1974, the Karmann Ghia remains one of Ghia's most commercially successful designs.
The Motorcar Offered
This fine example of the Karmann Ghia benefits from the many improvements made to the model throughout the production run. Beautifully restored to a level rarely seen on a car in this price range, this Cabriolet is believed to have spent much of its life in California.
Acquired in the mid-2000s by Hoosier Hot Rods of Syracuse, Indiana, the car was judged at the time to be a solid example worthy of a proper restoration. This work commenced immediately; both mechanical and cosmetic aspects of the Karmann Ghia were attended to. When completed in 2007, the car was acquired by a noted Indiana-based collector of excellent sports cars. The Karmann Ghia would remain in this collection until 2012, being shown at local shows and car events.
Presented in beautifully restored condition, the Karmann Ghia has recently received further sorting and refurbishing work by a noted restoration shop in the Northeast US. Finished in a smart medium blue color and fitted with a nicely contrasting dark blue interior, this Karmann Ghia looks attractive and cheerful the style of a Ghia masterpiece combined with the reliability and robustness of the tried-and-true Beetle.