1973,Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupé  Chassis no. 1432620024
Lot 85
Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupé
Sold for £7,666 (US$ 10,142) inc. premium

Lot Details
1973,Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupé  Chassis no. 1432620024 1973,Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupé  Chassis no. 1432620024 1973,Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupé  Chassis no. 1432620024 1973,Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupé  Chassis no. 1432620024 1973,Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupé  Chassis no. 1432620024
1973
Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupé
Registration no. JKH320L
Chassis no. 1432620024
*Desirable cult classic
*Imported from the USA
*Left-hand drive
*Fully restored in 2006

Footnotes

  • Recognised almost as readily as the immortal 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 works, VW's top-of-the-range coupé married a modified export Beetle floor pan, running gear and engine/transmission package to stylish coachwork designed by Carrozzeria Ghia's Luigi Segre. The concept first appeared at the Paris Auto Show of 1953 and entered production 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 as time progressed. A cabriolet appeared in 1957 and in 1959 the car's front end underwent a subtle re-style with raised headlamps and enlarged nose intakes. From 1967 the model was available with the 1,500cc engine, gaining the 1,584cc unit in 1970 and undergoing a front/rear-end styling makeover at the same time. The Karmann-Ghia was an immense success in the USA, where the majority of the circa 445,000 produced found homes. From 1961 there was another version on sale: the Type 34 '1500 Karmann-Ghia', a similarly styled, albeit larger, car on the Type 3 (Volkswagen 1500) chassis.

    This left-hand drive example was imported from the USA by Peter Ratcliffe of SVW Spares, and first registered in this country in 2005. The car has been fully restored, including a bare-metal re-spray, interior re-trim in black leather, and an engine rebuild and upgrade (to 1,650cc). Purchased by the current vendor in 2007, it was driven sparingly until the last MoT expired in 2008, since when it has been dry stored under cover and not used. Having seen little use since the restoration, the car remains in generally very good condition, although it will require re-commissioning and the customary safety checks before returning to the road. We are also advised that the bumpers need re-plating or replacing. Accompanying documentation consists of an HPI check sheet, three expired MoTs, and old/current V5C Registration Certificates.
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