’68 Karmann Ghia Convertible
Body: Left-hand drive Karmann Ghia Cabriolet
Interior: Factory brown vinyl
Suspension: Stock VW torsion bar front and rear
Brakes: 4-bolt discs and drums
Wheel and tyres: Stock factory steels and hub caps
In a market currently obsessed with vintage Porsches, and where prices have gone through the roof, it’s bonkers that so few have cottoned on to the Karmann Ghia.
Take a minute to think about it. For half the price (and then some) of a Karmann-built 912, you can have an exquisite Italian design, hand-built German bodywork (from the same Karmann factory) and easy to maintain and cheap to replace VW running gear.
You also get an air of exclusivity that belies the price tag, as most people outside the Volkswagen scene have no clue what they are, only that they’re a thing of beauty.
The only air-cooled VW more desirable than a Karmann Coupe, is a Karmann Convertible, like this ’68 example.
Like the vast majority that still survive, it was originally shipped out to California. It came to these shores some 15 years ago and was restored by the well-respected VW specialist Jon Abbot.
Since then, it’s been in the hands of one, careful lady owner. She has recently decided to part with it and so it found its way to the Type 2 Detectives workshop. The body work is in exceptional condition with just some minor paint blemishes. It will have a thorough mechanical overhaul and a fresh MOT for the new owner and it’s good to roll again.
All of the hard to find and expensive pieces of trim are present and correct, you’d be hard-pressed to find another in such fine fettle.
You couldn’t restore one to this condition for this money.