Striped Sleeper: 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia – Sold!

Apr 2020 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Despite Volkswagen’s timeless ’71 Karmann Ghia coupe looking the part when new, its 160cc Beetle drivetrain wasn’t exactly sports car worthy from the factory.  As a result, a cottage industry of air-cooled VW high-performance engine builders continues to flourish.  A fine example is this Karmann Ghia street machine equipped with an extensively modified 2,180cc engine listed on Craigslist in Franklin, New Jersey for $19,000 or best offer.  A check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his heavily modified Ghia priced $1,100 below the current #2 “Excellent” estimate of $20,600 for a stock example.  

While we love the current caretaker’s detailed description of their Karmann Ghia and all of the details about the heavily modified engine, the video posted by a car show attendee is what really shows the car off.  (Note: the narrator incorrectly states the car is a 1969 however the seller assures us that the car is in fact a ’71(:

Overall, this Karmann Ghia comes across as a quality build throughout in a great color that we would love to add to our garage.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“2180cc Thick Wall Stroker – Built by Chico Performance Racing – 92mm Stroker & Full Flowed – CB 82mm Chevy journal forged Crank – CB 5.4 I-Beams – CPR TM-20 Camshaft 42 – Norris Racing Lifters – Straight Cut aluminum Cam Gear – 13lb Flywheel – Gene Berg Racing chromoly Gland Nut torque to 600lbs – 26mm Oil Pump modified for Full Flow – 8mm chromoly Head Studs – Kennedy 1700lbs Stage 1 kit w/ Daikin Disc – Compression Ratio 8.75:1 – A-1 Sidewinder exhaust system w/ stainless steel MagnaFlow style muffler – Weber 44 IDF Carbs w/ Velocity Stacks _ 75AMP Alternator, Stainless Steel Bumpers (NOT Chrome, won’t rust!), new headliner, new door inserts/cards, new dash, new PPG winshield (PPG glass is thicker than most of new replacement glass) and many, many other items…. The Seats, Instrument Cluster (Speedo, Clock and Gas Gauge), E-brake handle are original. Passenger side window is etched on the outside. Can view more photos at and look for it under “Classifieds.” UPDATED/REDUCED PRICE: Was: $22K Now: Asking $19,000 O.B.O. Make an Offer! Disclaimer: Car is not in MINT condition and has some minor defects as it was restored in 2013 but is still in REALLY GREAT condition. Runs and drives great. Very FAST. Hate to see it go but I have “Too Many Toys.” You can also see it on Youtube at one of the local cars shows. It’s not my video and I don’t know the person who made it either but I found it online. He mistakenly says it’s a 1969 but I assure you it’s a 1971. LOL! You can add this extension to view it there… /watch?v=rZzuJDPMJEE

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