Lot 204 - 1959 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
|Odometer reading||53,623 miles|
|Estimate||£43,000 - £53,000|
- Early production right hand drive example
- The best example we have seen
- Desirable factory colour combination
- Extensive restoration by renowned specialists - ‘California Classics’
The Volkswagen 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. More than 445,000 Karmann Ghias were produced in Germany over the car's production life, not including the Type 34 variant. Volkswagen Brasil produced a further 41,600 Type 34s for the South American market between 1962 and 1975.
This original right hand drive example is offered in its correct colour combination of black coachwork over a red interior trim and is possibly the first example, in this specification, off the production line. Built on 29th December 1959, this Karmann Ghia was delivered new to South Africa. It was then imported to the UK on 1st August 1985 and has recently been treated to a comprehensive restoration undertaken by renowned specialists, California Classics. The history file that accompanies the car, includes invoices and photographs relating to the extensive restoration, old MoT records, the UK registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until April 2023. Recently, this very special Karmann Ghia was featured in a classic car magazine where the restoration process and history of the car were detailed. Having spent a fortune on the restoration, the vendor reports that it runs and drives very well indeed and is presented in excellent condition throughout. This rare right hand drive example is the best we have seen and would certainly enhance any classic car collection.
Interested parties should note that contrary to the catalogue description the correct chassis number, which is shown on the heritage certificate and registration document is 2791448.
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