Lot 418 - 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
|Odometer reading||62,273 miles|
|Result||Sold - £8,400|
Launched in 1956, the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe was VW's attempt to raise its image at a time when the western world was emerging from a period of bleak post-war austerity into an era dominated by American show-biz glamour. Using the frumpy Adolf-era Beetle as their starting point, VW's executives contracted German coach builder Karmann to turn their ugly duckling into a swan. In an inspired move, Karmann turned to Italian styling house Ghia to inject some Latin brio into the project and an instant classic was born.
Basically a Beetle in a Hollywood party frock, the Karmann Ghia became a runaway success whose cool California styling made it a best-seller right up until 1974 when it was finally replaced by the Scirocco.
First registered in November 1971, this particular car has the later, more powerful 60bhp, 1.6 litre engine, which gives it a top speed of almost 100mph. The car has had only four recorded owners from new, the last of whom owned it from 1982 until his death last year. A professional mechanic, he always maintained the car himself and kept it garaged using it in dry weather only.
We are told that the car drives well and was his pride and joy. Currently supplied with an MoT test certificate valid until February 2015, it also comes with 21 old MoT certificates back to 1989 when the mileage was 45,648 (now 62,272). There is also a large quantity of spares with the car including front and rear windscreens, window and quarter-light glass, chrome windscreen strips, a full set of door rubbers and sundry parts.
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