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Internally designated by Volkswagen as the “Type 14,” the 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 German standards of living. The new model was built on a widened version of the Type 1 Beetle platform and was produced from 1955 to 1974, with over 450,000 cars built in total, including Coupe and Cabriolet versions.
This 1963 Karmann Ghia was purchased by the consignor from a long-term owner in Newport Beach, California. Obviously loved by its previous owner, the Volkswagen is in remarkably well-preserved condition and features a striking color combination.
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 haven’t experienced the charms of a Karmann Ghia, this is an excellent opportunity.