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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.