The May Sale 2015

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1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Lot No.: 308

Registration: EKR 57K
Chassis Number: 1412534214
Engine Number: K0218578
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1600cc
Year of Manufacture: 1971
Sold for (£): 18,000

The Type 14 Karmann Ghia debuted at the October 1953, Paris Auto Show as a styling concept created for Ghia by Luigi Segre. The Type 14 was Volkswagen's proposed ‘halo' car contracting it's manufacture out to German coachbuilder Karmann. Karmann, in turn, chose to work hand in hand with the famous Italian styling house Ghia, who adapted styling themes previously explored for Chrysler and Studebaker to a Beetle floor pan widened by about 300mm.

This impressive 1971 example, was imported from the USA in 2013 by our vendor, as a solid and mostly complete car that had been taken off the road in 1985 by its first and, we are led to believe, only owner. Upon arrival on our shores the car was subject to a complete nut and bolt restoration by Greyhound Cars in Wolverhampton. The body was completely stripped and what little rust was found was attended to, before the car was repainted in the resplendent silver you see today.

A new engine was necessary and the decision was made to fit a new 1600cc unit to the car. At the same time the gearbox was refurbished and the two were eventually mated back together. Similarly the running gear was subject to a comprehensive refurbishment throughout to ensure that the car stops and handles as well as the day it left the factory.
Inside, the car has benefited from a complete professional retrim with new carpets throughout and a new dashboard proudly sporting a period radio and wood-rimmed steering wheel.

This smashing little car has covered only nominal mileage since its restoration and as such is now ready to be enjoyed by its new owner for many more miles to come.