1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
The Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia, a sporty coupe and convertible produced between 1955 and 1974, was a most unexpected vehicle from a company that had built its reputation on the purely functional Volkswagen Beetle. The Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia was an automobile in which style and driving fun took precedence. The sporty VW took its name from Karmann, the German firm that built the body, and Ghia, the Italian design house that came up with the styling.
For consignment the VW example of its foray into the sports car market. Known for the ubiquitous Beetle, this car entered VW into the sports car market, and this particular consignment is a true sports car. We can call this a true custom, with shaved bumpers, smoothed lines, a custom interior, and a 315hp dyno tested 2332cc engine, and plenty of other racing inspired modifications you will want to hear more about so read on..!
What appears to be a complete frame off restoration, all panels were carefully removed, and shaped to their original curves, then reassembled and these received a custom Tangerine Orange with a clear overcoat. The bumpers were left off and the gaps were left with laser tight tolerances. Slightly pointier front signal lights were added, all bezels highly polished, window surrounds blackened, and glass tinted. Finally, it is squared off on all corners with shiny 15 inch Eagle wheels wrapped in front by 165/80R15's and in back by 195/60R15's.
Not to be outdone by the exterior, a totally custom interior starting with the dash which has its front painted in the Tangerine, added in Classic Instruments, some signal and warning light indicators and a few under dash aftermarket gauges in a shiny panel. In the center is a black radio flush mounted into the orange. A black padded vinyl dash top is now installed, and a wood rimmed rally steering wheel is fronting this custom dash. Racing styled black cloth insert and shiny vinyl bolster bucket seats now are in front and for the rear a snazzy bench in more broadcloth and vinyl with some orange piping for some extra visuals. Door panels are custom with a gray burlap tweed covering and a smooth orange vinyl padded “V” pattern door pull and small arm bumper. Billet cranks with wood knobs and escutcheons are neatly mounted within this tweed field as well. More of the gray burlap tweed is used for the headliner, rear panels, and are highlighted by tangerine door sills. Beautiful gray peppered with black carpeting floods the floors and in front of the passengers are zig zag pattern tan and black berber floor mats. Shiny pedals are now installed, as well as shiny straight shaft wood knob topped shifter and custom the turned handbrake wood handle.
To the tune of $13,716 we feast our eyes on a beautiful high performance 2332cc VW engine now looking nothing like the original engine. It is a flat 4-cylinder turbo with wedge port heads, EFI, a T3/T4 hybrid turbo, and Gen 4 CB EFI controller. All polished and it has a water methanol injection system. This all tops out at 315hp on the dyno and a test drive will immediately confirm this. A 4- speed IRS manual transmission in a Rhino case is on back. Stainless steel exhaust and high performance fittings and hoses also grace this racy engine. All this work was performed by the talented folks at CB Performance in Farmersville California in 2012 and early 2013.
Pristine with no rust, just some extra floor pan and frame stiffeners. Drilled disc brake rotors are now on front and rear to provide the whoa. New IRS suspension sports Proma Star shock absorbers and adjustable independent coil over suspension all around. Just beautifully pulled off and a visual eye candy under here.
It fired right up and one can hear the performance ooze out of the melodious exhaust tones and feel the exhilaration when pressing the accelerator. It handles like it's on rails, and comes to a complete and quick stop with the drilled rotor disc brakes on all 4's. The interior is beautifully soothing and comfy and all functions were working to perfection.
Here we have a “no expense spared” custom performer in Karmann Ghia influenced design. A show car and a real go getter, all custom and near perfection paint, snappy interior, and the awesome engine which has plenty of HP's.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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