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Updated this week is this Olympic Blue over Black vinyl 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible you can find here on Craigslist in Beachwood, New Jersey that appears to be an unrestored 62k original mile example the private seller is currently asking $14,000 for. Relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide means it’s currently priced $600 less than the #3 “Good” level.
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. The stylish body was actually inspired by an early fifties concept car designed by Ghia in Italy for Chrysler. When VW hired Ghia to design their new sporty car, the design house relied heavily on the Chrysler for inspiration. The beautiful body was actually very complex to build, however, the costs of that were offset by relying on Beetle running gear to keep the car affordable.
The private seller does not provide much information other than to say it’s in original condition with rust-free floor pans and has been garaged for the past 30 years. We do note an in-dash aftermarket radio as the only noticeable modification. If you don’t know how to drive a manual transmission, you’ll be pleased to learn this Karmann Ghia features the rare semi-automatic transmission. While you still have to select gears, there is no clutch pedal to contend with. The downside is the torque-converter equipped transmission is even slower than a similar manual box. If your in-person inspection of this Ghia checks out, plan on leisurely drives with your new Ghia as you wave back at all your new admirers. Good luck with the purchase!
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