Water-Resistant: 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia – Sold!
Karmann Ghias remains one of our favorite cars of all time, especially convertible versions such as this latest red-over-black example just posted on Craigslist in Fair Lawn, New Jersey where the current careatker is asking $18,000. A check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Ghia priced $1,100 above the current #3 “Good” estimate of $16,900.
During its eighteen production-run from 1956 through 1974, Volkswagen’s Type 14 or Karmann Ghia remained largely unchanged, save for minor updates needed to meet changing safety requirements over that time. For 1970, larger taillights integrated the reversing lights and larger wrap-around turn signals to help improve side visibility of the car to other drivers. The stylish design by Ghia in Italy never really needed to change as it was and remains a timeless design to this day. 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.
Our first impression of this Karmann Ghia is its a very nicely and lovingly restored example. It’s clear from the frunk pictures provided this Karmann Ghia likely benefitted from a complete disassembly prior to receiving what appears to be an excellent repaint. Even more, pictures provided illustrate the restorer’s liberal use of POR-15 on both sides of the pan to encapsulate any existing surface rust as well as prevent future problems. The custom black seats with red piping to match the exterior is a nice touch combined with the Fuchs-style wheels. Between the pictures provided and the seller’s description, this appears to be a well-sorted example that’s ready for top-down cruising weather. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Clean car very well maintained without problems, fully waterproofed inside and out with Pro15.
All works are documented with their respective invoices,The following have been the work that has been done in the last two years.
-New convertible top
-New gas tank sending unit
-New rubber seals on trunk, hood and doors
-New stainless steel body trim
-New fuel pump
-Five lug porsche wheels
-New original Bosch blue coil
-New air heater hose
-New complete seat upholstery
-New rear torsion bar covers
-New doors panels
-New checkered doors
-New horn boot
-New convertible top boot
-New Pertronix ignition kit
-New ignition switch
-New intake manifold
-New fresh air houses
-New fuel tank filler hose
-New German cloth braided breather hose
-New KYB front and rear gas shock absorbers
-New tie rod end inner right and left
-New steering damper
-New rod end left and right hand thread
-New steering coupler disc
-New sun visors
-New seal for nose emblem base
-New nose vent grill seals
-New rear door wedges right and left
-New flower bud-vase
-New hirschmann retractable antenna
-New Bosch Generator 12 Volt.
-New Bosch 12 Volt. voltage regulator“
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