Karmann Ghia Convertible
1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible
1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible
The first Karmann-Ghia was introduced in Europe in 1955 and arrived in America as a coupe in 1956. The convertible soon followed in 1958. It cost $300 to $400 more than the coupe, but was sportier to convertible-loving Americans, for whom it initially was built. The slick little car was sold through 1974. Sales totaled an impressive 387,975 cars. And it could have lasted several years longer, except that the Karmann coachworks of West Germany needed more space to build Volkswagen's new Scirocco coupe, which lacked the Karmann-Ghia's flair.
This is a two owner from new, purchased at Hershey Auto Mart in Hershey, PA 22 years ago car. It is in the early throes of a restoration, with some tack welded body panels and smaller repairs to remediate rust. A rebuilt engine comes with this car but is currently not installed but looks brand new! It will take some TLC, but for an individual who views this restoration game as a labor of love, step right up!
All metal was carefully sandblasted, and any areas left not sound were filled in or have a panel tack welded to them. There will be some considerable grinding to be done on these panels, but with some patience, skimming then sanding, it will be the curvaceous car that Pininfarina had in mind when the pen was put to paper. Currently there is a coating of epoxy primer to keep the rust away while the car undergoes other tasks. It's all there body wise just in need of some extra skills to smooth everything over. Plenty of extra parts are also with this purchase.
For this interior and starting at the dash which has nearly been completed, we see a nice application of quarter sawn and stained sycamore wood. It has suffered some cracking from the drying process but still presents well and offers a nice background for the original VW gauges. The steering wheel is also original and shows some pitting and dimpling on the shiny parts but has the original Wolfsberg castle badge in its center. A radio is installed, and the glove box lid has been left to eventually be a contrasting and most likely body matching metal paint. New floorboards have been installed and are now painted black but no carpeting as of yet. White vinyl low back bomber styled buckets are in, and are in need of a recovering, showing some of the padding under the cracked and material missing seats. In the back is a bench which will also need recovering and has some padding, but it looks somewhat uncomfortable! The convertible top is all dry rotted and the frame will need work, but it is now tucked in behind the rear bench. Doors are all metal with no panels covering them at this time. This is a great open palette as right now you can pick your color and material, so put your creative cap on and upholster away.
As the consigner states the engine is not currently installed within the confines of the car, however it is with this car and appears totally restored. A 1500cc engine it will be, and it is fed by a 1-barrel carburetor. When you open the rear deck lid, one can see the bell housing for the transmission which is a 4-speed manual transmission, not known what condition it is in.
In back, on the body panels it is a bit “rough and tumble” showing where the exterior repairs were performed, and some surface rust has invaded on these newer unprimed surfaces underneath. From the engine bay forward though, new floor pans, nicely painted black with no rust can be noted. Independent suspension which has not been restored (and may not need to be) is on all 4 corners, and disc brakes are upfront, and drums on the rear. Also noted are 15-inch wheels with brand new tires wrapping them still with the mold nipples all over them.
There will be some work to smooth over the exterior repaired surfaces, and the interior is currently an open palette limited only to your imagination. A project and it is obvious for the learned restorer what you will be up against, but it is certainly not a lost cause. A newly rebuilt engine will come along for the ride to your shop or garage or shade tree, and you can begin the transformation. A two-owner car from a desirable year due to the federally mandated crash bumpers soon to come, it's in its purest design form. We give you a classic VW sports car with an Italian design influence. I don't know whether to drink a stein of Hefeweizen or raise a glass of Montepulciano.. I know….. let's do both then go for a cruise and enjoy the fruits of your efforts.
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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