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Lot 352: Volkswagen Karman Ghia

Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars, Coys (16 January 2010)

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was produced between 1955 and 1974, with some 360,000 coupes and over 80,000 cabriolets completed. What is certain is that it was the most beautiful car ever produced by the Beetle Meisters, what is unclear is exactly how the car was designed and conceived. Certainly the initial idea was sparked by Dr Wilhelm Karmann, who was building the Beetle cabriolet, suggested to Ghia that a beetle-based sports car could be made and presented to VW for their approval. Several people claim a stake in the cars concept, in addition to the obvious triumvirate of VW in Wolfsburg, Karmann in Osnabruck and Ghia in Turin. What is assured, however, is that this elegant design, considered by many to be way ahead of its time, holds a firm place in automotive design classics and the hearts and minds of many enthusiasts and collectors around the world. With few available at any one time, the Karmann Ghia, especially in this condition, is always worth garage space. Beautifully restored in correct historic VW metallic grey with chocolate trim and cream piping, this stunning example has had many thousands of pounds spent during its bare-metal rebuild, a complete photographic history of which accompanies the car. Originally imported from the United States of America, great care was taken in choosing this one, solid construction being a primary requirement. Supplied with a reconditioned 1600cc engine with twin carburettors and an MoT test certificate, the dreamy lines penned back in the 60's are just as fresh today.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars
Coys, London
Lot Number352
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating1
Registration numberCMT234G       
Chassis number149433743
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2