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1972 Volkswagen

Karmann Ghia Convertible


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Engine Size
1600 cc
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual

1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible

1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible

The Karmann-Ghia started off as a show car Virgil Exner designed for Chrysler, called the D'Elegance. Chrysler and the Italian coach builder and design house Ghia had a partnership in the 1950s, the result of which was a number of collaborative show and concept cars. One of these, designed in 1952 by Exner and built by Ghia, was known as the D'Elegance. Then came Volkswagen. VW had been mildly interested in a sportier version, of the Beetle, but hadn't been impressed with the ideas their longtime convertible-building partner, Karmann, had come up with. So, Karmann reached out to Ghia to see if they had any great ideas, and Ghia looked over to the corner of their workshop and saw the forlorn D'Elegance and said “Well, now that you mention it…” And the rest” as they say is history!

For consignment, a very nice example of the VW Karmann Ghia Convertible and 1 of just 2,909 built for 1972. All surfaces have been attended to and the engine bay is very clean with a new engine in 2009. A poor man's Porsche, that provides exactly the same amount of thrill when you get behind the wheel! This beauty has only 43,393 actual 3 owner miles.

The closest thing you can get to a Porsche 356, and actually handmade due to the body being made of entirely one piece. Yes, save for the doors, all panels were shaped then welded together then hand sanded down to the shape you see. This one is painted in Willow Green and the door gaps are straight, however the remainder of the car is just smooth curves. A dual 3 dimensional chrome spear pinstripe is on just above the rockers and adds a nice highlight, and even aligns with the bumpers for visual continuity. Nice chromed accenting with the bumpers, badging, small grille openings, and a dual lower trim strip, are all mirror like finished. Black surrounds for the windows and glass are excellent and all clear. A black canvas convertible top in very good condition complete with a glass rear window. It moves up and down flawlessly and manually. Steel drilled wheels are all around and are topped with VW badged moon caps. Schnell! Schnell!

The interior is just beautiful with an original dash setup, black dash front and a small black padded dash top is seen above, and is also very nice, no cracks or fading. Round chrome bezel edged gauges for the instrument cluster. Fronting this beautiful dash is a black plastic rimmed steering wheel with the Wolfsberg castle emblem in the center. A working Sapphire radio is in the center. Black vinyl high back bucket seats are upfront, and a flip up and down bench in the rear. These float in pristine black carpet and are framed by nice black vinyl covered simplistic door panels and rear side panels. A shout out to the (front) trunk liner which is also new and has the trunk looking spiffy.

As with any VW you need to pop the boot to see the power plant, so we did! Here we were met with a very well-done insertion of a new power plant in at 40,000 miles in 2009 at a cost of almost $4,000. It's a 4-cylinder air cooled engine. No corrosion or rust, not even much dust back here just clean all working with each other parts. A new 1-barrel carburetor is feeding the 4 cylinders, and power goes to a 4-speed manual transmission. A 3.76 rear axle ratio is noted for this drivetrain.

Still well intact with no rust is the unibody frame which uses the floorpans and central panel along with some steel tubing as the structure, and it is all solid. No rust just nicely painted black steel. Various under the engine parts are oil free, looking much like new. Independent suspension for the front, and independent rear suspension provides the ride and handling. Disc brakes are upfront, and drums are installed on the rear. Exhaust system is short but in sweet condition. The undercarriage was cleaned and coated with bedliner to insure the best in protection. The heat exchangers are in excellent condition.

TV ads of the day shows a Ghia speeding down beach stating the VW Karmann “This is the most economical sports car you can buy”, then in the end it tries to break through a paper barrier and fails, with the announcer saying” its just not the most powerful”. After a quick start, this proved to be true, although it has snappy acceleration for its size, shifts beautifully, and cruises fairly quietly. A low to the ground sports car feel is exhilarating and provides a positive experience overall.

A great example with a fine restoration holding up just beautifully. Comes with the tool kit, jack, car cover and the owner's manual. Shiny Willow Green paint, clean and well-functioning mechanicals, and an original configuration clean interior, a great example from 1972. Just ge·müt·lich·keit as they used to say…!

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