CLEAN AND SMOOTH RUNNING VW! 1500cc, 4 SPEED, FRONT DISC BRAKES, CORRECT COLORS
The VW Beetle was among the most versatile platforms in history, and this bright 1969 Karmann-Ghia is a great opportunity to own an icon. Who would have thought that a graceful, upscale 2-seater would be born from the utilitarian, functional Beetle? Yet here it is, and if recent trends are any indicator, these cars will lead the VW market into the future.
The bottom line is that the Karmann-Ghia looks like a million bucks, in pretty much every color on the planet. The graceful lines, the muscular curved rear fenders, and the slender pillars that make the roof almost look like it's floating are all masterstrokes of '60s design. This one has been freshened as needed, with a repaint several years ago that's starting to show its age. The Cherry Red color is original to the car and one of the less archetypal selections used on the Karmann-Ghia, but that's exactly why we love it. The sheetmetal is in good condition, with decent gaps and a surprising feeling of solidity for a car in this price range. The slender chrome bumpers are in nice shape, and all the unique trim pieces shine up well, making this a car that still draws appreciative stares wherever it goes.
The Ghia designers also did a great job disguising the Beetle's interior appointments, and the black leather seats look upscale and comfortable, and are really the focal point of the car. The seats are unblemished and comfortable, the door panels match perfectly, and the carpet is very plush and ties the cozy cabin together. The uber-clean black dash is lower than on a Beetle, featuring three gauge pods housing the speedometer, fuel gauge, and clock for a minimalist look we absolutely love. The rear seats are finished to the same high level, the rear deck adds some storage space, and if we had to list a demerit it would be the original headliner which shows some discoloration in spots, although a Saturday spent well would fix that right up. The original AM radio still looks great in the dash although it would need an upgrade if you want tunes, and the forward trunk is neatly finished with painted panels and a full-size spare tire that may even be the original.
Power comes from VW's erstwhile 1500 cc air-cooled flat four engine, and the sound is instantly recognizable. Performance is good in the lightweight Karmann-Ghia coupe, and it's refreshing to see an engine compartment that's almost entirely factory stock rather than hopped up with multiple carburetors and exotic exhaust systems. Look closely and you'll see details like the original air cleaner assembly, correct ignition components, and a factory generator mounted up top. Excellent maintenance means that everything is clean and tidy under the rear deck, and VW's reputation for reliability is earned the old-fashioned way: by being reliable. The 4-speed transmission shifts about as well as a VW can, and the brakes are firm and easy to modulate. Standard painted VW wheels with shiny hubcaps give it a sporty demeanor, and thanks to its light weight and modest size, those 165/80/15 radials deliver decent grip and a smooth ride.
VW fans are rightly proud of the Karmann-Ghia, and we see the market for these cars heating up. This one is very affordable as it is and with a bit of effort, could easily be taken to the next level. Call today!
- Vinyl Interior
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Front Disc Brakes
- AM Radio
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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