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Lot 2

2018   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2018

1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

SOLD $37,400

Estimate

$35,000 - $45,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

5287401

Engine

7399971

Car Highlights

A Wonderful Example of the Iconic Karmann Ghia
History Includes Long-Term Ownership
Well-Preserved California Car
A Great Starter Classic
Italian Styling Coupled with German Reliability

Technical Specs

1,192 CC Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Solex Carburetor
34 HP at 3,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars
Rear Swing-Axle Suspension with Torsion Bars
Register to Bid

Internally designated by Volkswagen as the Type 14, the lovely Karmann Ghia was first shown as a concept at the 1953 Paris Auto Show. Penned by Ghia’s Luigi Segre, the Karmann-built coupe was meant to be a halo car for Volkswagen and followed the upward trend in postwar standards of living in Germany.

The new model was built on a widened version of the Type 1 Beetle platform. It was produced from 1955 to 1974, with more than 450,000 examples built, including coupe and cabriolet versions.

This stunning 1963 Karmann Ghia was purchased by a previous Los Angelesbased owner from a long-term steward in Newport Beach, California. Loved by all who have owned it, the Volkswagen is in remarkably well-preserved and original condition, and features a striking color combination. The odometer shows less than 37,000 miles, which could be original, based on the car’s cosmetic condition.

Far from being novelties, Karmann Ghias offer a stylish and unique driving experience with competent handling and stellar reliability. As a starter classic, the svelte Volkswagen has few peers, offers value in its category, and is being recognized as a true collectible. For those who have not experienced the charms of a Karmann Ghia, this is an excellent opportunity.