We did not tested the engine. The chassis is also a major difference between the cars; the Type 14 shares its chassis with a Beetle (though with wider floorpans), whereas the Type 34 body is mounted on the unmodified Type 3 chassis and drive train (the same as in a 1500/1600 Notchback, Variant (Squareback) and Fastback) – all distinguished by the standard 1500 pancake engine that allowed a front and rear boot. You’ll notice it initially dies after being started in the exhaust … In August 1957, Volkswagen introduced a convertible version of the Karmann Ghia. A carpeted package shelf replaced the rear seat. Email alerts available. At the time Ghia employed Giorgetto Giugiaro, the famous Italian designer and he was set to work on the new Brazilian Karmann Ghia. For its final model year, the vestigial rear seat was discontinued for North American models, as it lacked provisions for seat belts; all Karmann Ghias for 1974 were marketed strictly as two-seaters. #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { [7] Ghia customized its platform, designed the initial prototype and in five months constructed the model. favorite this post Dec 8 ... 1970-1971 VW Karmann Ghia tail lights. } Pam was very helpfull in helping me get the a car I wanted And here’s his latest description where he decided to leave out the last sentence from above: “This 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia came into my possession about 2 years ago. I once saw a VW Beetle with a similar pop-riveted patch in the floor as you showed in the Squareback – the donor metal was a highway “Do Not Enter” sign, spray painted over (which turned out to be an appropriate metaphor to not buy the car). This Karmann Ghia Convertible model moved to Thousand Oaks, CA. Especially an older car. Shop millions of cars from over 21,000 dealers and find the perfect car. As you said and showed very well, *see it for yourself before buying*. All driving components are in working order. For sale Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible from 1970. BUT, floor pan rust is the Achille’s heel of all air-cooled VW cars. I purchased another car thru you. April 30th Update: When we first featured this ’70 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible, our hearts went out to the seller who admitted he was ripped off when he paid $13,000 for the car two years ago. Model Karmann Ghia. SIMILAR VEHICLES. A well-priced striking Volkswagen classic which is mechanically sound. Paint and undercoating can cover up almost anything, and even ‘detailed’ photos might not show telling things (like the door in the Squareback). Other 1972 - 1976 Volkswagen. They were under-rated for many years, but have taken off in value as people have come to appreciate them. Not only is this Ghia painted a much lighter shade of green than the original pictures showed, the photographs of the doors tell the real story. Gorgeous 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible. With a complete new … Body for body the 356 and Ghia are I feel are both well made hand built cars. Do you have a Karmann Ghia story you’d like to share? What has us more concerned is the ratty wiring in the frunk and we can’t believe some used foam around the engine cooling tins to set it back in place. We reproduced the part, then still being made by Volkswagen for their 1974 Karmann Ghia convertibles and made it for less money than the Karmann Ghia dealers were charging! Space 27: 1970 GMC C2500 3/4 Ton Wideside – Make An Offer! Luigi Segre was committed to expanding the international reputation of Carrozzeria Ghia. I spent several months partially restoring it. The listing doesn’t show much of the floor, but the pop rivets peaking out in one of the pics suggests to me that this car is going to need a lot of money put into the bottom before it’s right. In the past month I have done: new fuel pump, changed fuel lines, new tires, new battery, adjusted valves, oil change and a tune up. Only 17 were built. Space 29: 2005 Mercedes-Benz E500 Estate – Did Not Sell, Space 28: 1984 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz – Make An Offer. Aug 24, 2019. I bought the vehicle for $13,000 and found myself ripped off. June 1st Update: We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this car expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold. Public reaction to the Type 14 exceeded expectations, and more than 10,000 were sold in the first year. The stylish body was actually inspired by an early fifties concept car designed by Ghia in Italy for Chrysler. HOUSTON - NEW ARRIVAL. Before buying ANY air-cooled VW, I think a potential buyer needs to put the car on a lift, and carefully, thorough go over every inch of the bottom with a screwdriver or ice pick (gently of course! The ghia drives great, in fact I drove it for 75 miles last weekend in a vw cruise and it drove great! Most of the time, they just aren’t. This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330, April 30th Update:  When we first featured this ’70 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible, our hearts went out to the seller who admitted he was ripped off when he paid $13,000 for the car two years ago. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. 42,505 (plus 17 prototype convertibles) were manufactured from 1962-1969. [12] Peter Grist wrote in his 2007 Exner biography that when Exner in 1955 eventually saw the Karmann Ghia, which cribbed heavily from his Chrysler d'Elegance, "he was pleased with the outcome and glad that one of his designs had made it into large-scale production.”[13] Chris Voss, a stylist in Exner's office, reported in 1993, that Exner considered the Karmann Ghia the ultimate form of flattery. After over forty years our shop still makes VW Karmann Ghia convertible wood top bows ! 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible 14813, Belmont, Allegany County, NY It has the 1600 dual port engine, 4 speed manual transaxle, and runs and drives as good as it looks. Up for sale is a restored, last year of production, 1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible that has been enhanced in its appearance using Porsche inspired performance, styling and design elements. ~ Volkswagen Karmann Ghia ~ 6 More For Sale. Its clear the seller has learned their lesson and they just want to move at this point. margin-left: 0; Gateway Classic Cars of Scottsdale is proud to offer this 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible for sale on consignment. Posted Over 1 Month. $17,500. Year 1970 . NEW! Literally 18 inches of bondo filler over wads of newspaper, balls of wire mesh, and other garbage (it was one of the expensive lessons of my misspent teenage years). Volkswagen -karmann ghia convertible 1970italian designed, german built, convertible that was an icon to a decade. If you haven’t seen it before, the ’69 Squareback we featured last July from Mecum was another example, especially in the frunk. Good luck with the purchase! Not that way now?. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a classic italian designed german built convertible with the reliability ofvolkswagen. On a positive note, there is a disc brake upgrade and a vintage Hurst VW shifter among other goodies. For the USA model only, 1973 modifications mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) included energy-absorbing bumpers. The 356 was made to handle and go fast. The rare exception were cars that were as good as described. } "[16] In August 1955[3] the first Type 14 was manufactured in Osnabrück, Germany. Your email address will not be published. [14], After Volkswagen approved the design in November 1953, the Karmann Ghia debuted (at the 1955 Paris and Frankfurt[11] auto shows and at the Kasino Hotel in Westfalia, Germany, on July 14, 1955)[15] and went into production, first at Ghia[9] and then in Osnabrück — ultimately to reach a production over 445,000, running 19 years virtually unchanged.[3]. The Ghia was set up as a cruiser with an economic drive line. Well said, Analog Man! CarGurus User. This is why I just can’t bring myself to buy a car without seeing it in person. float: left; } It ‘looked’ like metal, but my finger easily went through much of the frame and floor (my friend was absolutely thrilled when I showed this to him). Volkswagen window crank. You must be generous with the throttle. [5], Segre and Virgil Exner became close professionally and personally, eventually traveling Europe together. A definitive individual attribution on Karmann Ghia's styling was never made. Volkswagen : Karmann Ghia Convertible 1970 vw volkswagen karmann ghia convertible modified unique. Comment below and let us know! border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; Relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide confirms the private seller has his currently non-running Ghia priced $200 less than the #4 ‘Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $8,700. 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible, As stated. The Karmann-Ghia started with beetle mechanicals and added a sporty coupe or convertible body. It is a restoration project with some work. in 1972. Karmann-Ghias are breathtakingly beautiful cars that are delightful to drive. I once drove a long way to see a Ford Falcon where WOOD was used to replace missing sections of the subframe (the seller cheerfully responded, “well, at least the wood won’t rust anymore!). These are the good ones, they fit 1968 to 1992 VW's listed below. Still larger and wider taillights increased side visibility. 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When we see a price decline like that, we wonder whether he discovered the underbody and pan is actually in worse shape than he thought upon purchase. As they shared engines, the Type 14's engine displacement grew concurrently with the Type 1 (Beetle), ultimately arriving at a displacement of 1584 cc, producing 61 PS (45 kW; 60 hp). The design and prototype were well received by Volkswagen executives, and the Type 14 debuted at the October 1953 Paris Auto Show as a styling concept "by Ghia. Gateway Classic Cars of Scottsdale is proud to offer this 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible for sale on consignment. Nobody minded it. Internally designated the Type 14, the Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle) with styling by Italy's Carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by German coachbuilding house Karmann. In 1972, large square-section bumpers replaced the smooth round originals, and tail lights were again enlarged. The Karmann Ghia’s last year of production was 1974, at which point it was replaced by the Volkswagen Rabbit in the U.S market. "[9] As the head of Ghia, Segre singularly directed the project through conception and prototyping, delivering a feasible project that Willhelm Karmann both wanted to and could practically build — the project Willhelm Karmann would in turn present to Volkswagen. The Karmann has an … The styling of the vehicle, however, integrated work by Segre as well as Mario Boano, Sergio Coggiola and Giovanni Savonuzzi — and at various times they each took credit for the design. The car is not running at the moment, but with a new battery, a new tank of gas, an oil change, and a carburetor overhaul, it will stat up and drive. There are some similar styling influences, but the Type 14 Ghia looks very different from the Type 34. The car is not running at the moment, but with a new battery and oil change, I can guarantee it will start right up. Karmann Ghia Convertible California Black Plates, RAG GHIA $0 (Los Angeles) pic hide this posting restore restore this posting. In 1970, larger taillights integrated the reversing lights and larger wrap-around turn signals. Finally Sold? Ghia studios in italy designed the body and it was hand-built by coach builders at karmann of germany. 18,119 TC models were produced during its production run from 1972 until 1975. I have have had a love affair with VW/Ghia all my 60 odd years on this earth. I have seen (and owned, learned the hard way) so many cars over the past 50 years that turned out to be not what they seemed. It was offered only in South America and was not exported off the continent. Better looks and similar performance to 356 Porsches plus less expensive parts makes them an appealing package. ), and every inch of the body with a magnet. margin: auto; Ghia 68-74. I once bought a VW Van where the lower 18 inches of most body panels was solid bondo. Caveat Emptor! Everything looks great in on-line photos, and there are so many listings that are very tempting. Until it was replaced by the VW-Porsche 914, it was the most expensive and luxurious passenger car VW manufactured in the 1960s — at the time costing twice as much as a Beetle in many markets. Columbus, OH ’74 Karmann-Ghia convertible, VIN 144272XXXX. Tail lights Euro-spec red and amber (1970–1971), In September 1961, Volkswagen introduced the VW 1500 Karmann Ghia,[20] or Type 34, based on its new Type 3 platform, featuring Volkswagen's new flat 1500cc engine design, and styling by Italian engineer Sergio Sartorelli. ~ 84,000 mis. Internally designated the Type 14, the Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle) with styling by Italy's Carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by German coachbuilding house Karmann. Volkswagen do Brasil produced 41,600 Type 34s in Brazil for South America between 1962 and 1975. Many still made their way to the USA (most via Canada), and the USA has the largest number of known Type 34s left in the world (400 of the total 1,500 to 2,000 or so remaining).[21]. There is a patch of rust in the corner of the driver door, along with some rust of the rocker panels. Like its Type 14 brother, the Type 34 was styled by the Italian design studio Ghia. $65. The result was the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia TC (Touring Coupé), internally known as the Type 145, which began production in 1972 and was produced until 1975.[22]. Givanni Savonuzzi was the engineer and designer who downsized the d’Elegance and made the Karmann Ghia out of it. Here’s the seller’s original description from one month ago: “This 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia came into my possession about 2 years ago. This fully restored automobile can be … The car has 46k original miles, but is showing 9k on the replace odometer. That was a great video and story about the VW Squareback! The first Karmann Ghia part we made was the wood Karmann Ghia convertible wood front bow. Condition: Used. It featured an electric clock, three luggage spaces, built-in fog lights, round tail lights, upper and lower dash pads, door pads, and long padded armrests. A friend once bought an early 60’s Mercedes. Your comments are always appreciated! Maybe that is why it broke?. Unfortunately, even though the seller is now looking for half of what he paid for this Ghia two years ago, you are likely better off looking at other alternatives such as this ’74 Karmann Ghia project car that while rough, does not hide any sins covered up by a prior caretaker. While the pictures don’t highlight it, check out the video of the fiberglass cloth used to cover rust in that spot. Find 16 used Volkswagen Karmann Ghia as low as $3,700 on Carsforsale.com®. Do to other life events, I have not driven the car in the past 18 months. [10] Segre in turn sent Exner the first production Karmann Ghia imported into the state of Michigan, in gratitude. I grew up with these cars back in the 60’s, and owned a bunch of them in the 70’s and 80’s. Due to other life events, I have not driven the car in the past 18 months. } The car is powered by a 1.6-liter flat-four that is paired with a three-speed Autostick transmission and features a black soft top, an … 1962 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 2 door coupe 1200cc engine 4-Speed Manual Transmission This Ghia has been recently restored with the bright red paint, classic upholstery, and beautiful chrome. The Type 14 was marketed as a practical and stylish 2+2 rather than as a true sports car. ), ‘molded’ it to the shape of the frame and floor, ‘glued’ it in place with something gooey, and sprayed a heavy layer of undercoating over everything. During its eighteen production run from 1956 through 1974, Volkswagen’s Type 14 or Karmann Ghia remained largely unchanged, save for minor revisions needed to meet changing safety requirements over that time. That’s what we felt when we came across this listing for a 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible on Craigslist in April 2020 in Darien, Connecticut where the current caretaker would like to get $8,500 but indicates he is open to negotiate or even trade for the right van or motorcycle. The styling offered more interior and cargo room than the original Karmann Ghia. Thank you for the link Rudy! Great experience. Glass back window is there. There are 28 classic Volkswagen Karmann Ghias for sale today on ClassicCars.com. It can save a lot of heartache and expense, like this seller is probably learning to his dismay and cost right now. When VW hired Ghia to design their new sporty car, the design house relied heavily on the Chrysler for inspiration. Dealer. An electrically operated sliding steel sunroof was optional in 1962, the second automobile model in the world to have this option. 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible Sold to the original owner July 1970 in New Jersey. Depending on what part of the country the car was in, back then the common knowledge was that in salty areas, a VW could get seriously rusty after only 5 years or so (which is why dry west coast ones were always sought after). Cheap Sleeper: 1994 Pontiac Formula LT1/6-Speed T-Top – Sold! text-align: center; #gallery-1 { #gallery-1 .gallery-item { Item Information. From 1962-1969, Volkswagen marketed the Type 34, based on the Type 3 platform, featuring angular bodywork and mechanicals from said platform. All bodywork, interior, glass, bumpers, and most of the lenses are unique to the Type 34. On the left side, note the rust bubbling through from underneath what appears to be liberal use of Bondo on the driver’s door. There are 5 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghias for sale today on ClassicCars.com. At the time, the limited pictures provided some clues, which we commented on below, this Ghia was lipstick on a pig. 1966 VW Karmann Ghia: 36800 Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:07 pm USA - Miami, Florida Seller: Buses n Bugs: 1969 VW Karmann Ghia: $52500 Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:06 pm USA - Miami, Florida Seller: Buses n Bugs: 1969 Red Ghia: 10300 Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:17 am USA - Saint Helena, California Map Seller: flashflood55 [WTB] WTB Karmann Ghia Coupe/Convertible: Cash [18] Due to model confusion with the Type 14 1500 introduced in 1967, the Type 34 was known variously as the "Der Große Karmann" ("the big Karmann") in Germany, "Razor Edge Ghia" in the United Kingdom, or "European Ghia" (or "Type 3 Ghia" among enthusiasts) in the United States. The lesson learned:  this is the latest example of why it’s imperative to look at a car you find on the web in person and better still, arrange to have a pre-purchase inspection by a competent pro completed before you negotiate a price to ensure you know what you’re getting into. The Italian designer Sergio Sartorelli,[18] designer of Type 34, oversaw the various restylings of Type 14. NOS Hella pair $160 (inl > Hesperia) pic hide this posting restore restore this posting. But the car’s lengthy production run, reliable underpinnings, and striking styling ensure the Karmann Ghia can be recognized in virtually every town in America. $23,995. ... Volkswagen: Body Type: Convertible: If you're looking for a solid car to restore, you've found one.Built 12/69. [5] According to Virgil Exner's son, Virgil M. Exner Jr., Giovanni Savonuzzi was tasked with scaling down the full-sized d’Elegance, replacing "the Chrysler’s egg-crate grille with a gentle, boat-like prow. [23] The car produced 65 hp (48 kW) at 4,600 rpm and had a top speed of 86 mph (138 km/h), compared to the 34 hp (25 kW) and 72 mph (116 km/h) top speed of the Type 14 Karmann Ghia. The Wilhelm Karmann factory assembly line which assembled the Type 34 also produced the VW-Porsche 914 (known as Porsche 914 in the USA), the Type 34's replacement. 4.4 (22) GuruHKGWV. Beetle, Super Beetle & convertible 68-79 front and rear. I am hoping to get around $8,500 for the car but am willing to negotiate. Jul 31, 2019. In 1990, Karmann introduced a Karmann Ghia-inspired concept car – the Karmann Coupe – at the Frankfurt Motor Show,[24] and in April 2013 Karmann Ghia do Brasil launched a competition for Brazilian students to design a modern interpretation of the classic Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupé, possibly leading to the development of a prototype. As an alternative to the Type 34 Karmann-Ghia coupé, which Volkswagen had introduced to Europe in 1961, Volkswagen do Brasil looked to Ghia in Turin for a reworked version of the Type 14 at the end of the 1960s. Time left: d. h. m. s. day. 1961 VW Type 34 Convertible prototype. Underneath, it was similar to the Type 14, although the platform of the Volkswagen Variant was used rather than that of the Volkswagen Beetle. 1974 VW Karmann Ghia Specs Model Options : Coupe, Convertible Chassis Numbers : 144 2000 001 through 144 2999 000 Engine : 1600cc (46 horse) Dual Port Front End : Ball Joint (Drum) Rear End : I.R.S. Floor pans can be replaced in their entirety and new metal can be welded into a body, but it’s neither easy nor cheap to do it right. More than 445,000[3] Karmann Ghias were produced in Germany over the car's production life, not including the Type 34 variant. The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a sports car marketed in 2+2 coupe (1955–1974) and 2+2 convertible (1957–1974) body styles by Volkswagen. More listings are added daily. Tampa, Florida. Shop millions of cars from over 21,000 dealers and find the perfect car. Award 40: 1965 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible Original Owner – Sold? It was wonderful.”[7], The precise styling responsibilities were not well-documented at the time, before the passing of the various designers,[5] further complicated by the overlapping work of the key players. Long noted for its exterior styling, the Karmann Ghia was designed with input from numerous individuals at Carrozzeria Ghia and was strongly influenced by Virgil Exner's work, though all of its designers passed without a definitive individual styling attribution. $16,900. The main difference was the engine: the Type 145 TC was fitted with the 1,584 cc flat-four air-cooled boxer unit from the Type 3 instead of the 1,192 cc unit of the Type 14. margin-top: 10px; Restored and survivor examples see bidder interest well beyond their original sale prices, and well modified examples are also sought after. It comes equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission, soft top, and front-wheel disc brakes. This Californian issued car has just run a mere 44.139 miles. The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a sports car marketed in 2+2 coupe (1955–1974) and 2+2 convertible (1957–1974) body styles by Volkswagen. Also, I am potentially willing to trade for a motorcycle or van.“. Three companies and numerous individuals came together in the history of the Karmann Ghia. More listings are added daily. Details about 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Solid 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible. 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