Lot 302 - 1960 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
|Odometer reading||88,000 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £13,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,760|
Launched in 1956, the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupé 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 and 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.
This lovely righthand drive example has recently been imported from South Australia, where due to its location has enjoyed a rust free life, presented in malachite green with contrasting cloth interior this great little coupé is very well presented. Having driven many Karmann Ghia's, the vendor is keen to sing the praises of the upgraded Volkswagen 1.6 litre engine from a later Ghia with gearbox to match. Although originally a 1.2 litre unit, it is commonplace to upgrade to the later engine for practicality and the enjoyment of the driving experience. Coupled with a six to twelve volt battery conversion, we couldn't doubt that these modifications are somewhat sympathetic and necessary for the driver in all of us. Offered with a valid MoT test certificate until June 2015 and accompanied by an extensive bill for the engine upgrade and V5 registration document, this is a great opportunity to own a great example of these collectable and appreciating classics.
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