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1957 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

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1957 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Marvelous condition with full show quality correct restoration, paint and mechanicals
Beautiful early variant LowlightKarmann Ghia
Volkswagens original halo car
Trout Blue exterior with light and dark blue interior with white trim
1192 cc flat fourcylinder engine
Fourspeed manual transmission
Hydraulic Front and Rear Drum Brakes
Original sixvolt electrical system
Wide whitewall tires
Torsion bar suspension with stabilizer bars
Sapphire I AM radio
Very tidy undercarriage


The Lowlight is a very rare and early variant of the VW Karmann Ghia, built between 1955 and 1959 and recognizable at the little extra taillights and the little air inlets at the front. MotoeXotica Classic Cars is pleased to present this rarely seen 1957 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia that is finished in very sought after Trout Blue exterior.

With a seating position lower than that of a standard Beetle, Ghias were nicknamed Lowlights. The Type 14 debuted at the October 1953 Paris Auto Show as a styling concept created for Ghia by stylistLuigi Segre.

This VW is equipped with an aircooled 1192cc flat fourcylinder engine (#1304869) with a single Solex 28 PICT Carburetorbacked by a fourspeed manual transmission. The engine bay is nicely detailed and the car is still powered by an original sixvolt electrical system. This Ghias ride is steadied by independent torsionbar suspension on all four wheels and stabilizer bars and hydraulic Front and Rear Drum Brakes.

The exterior is painted in Trout Blue and accented by beautiful wide whitewall tires, VW moon wheel covers, chrome bumpers, moldings, emblems and center caps all of which are in excellent condition. The cars windows are clear, crackfree and pristine. All of the body panels are solid and straight and are gorgeous.

Fitted with a Sapphire I AM radio, the interior is finished in blue and white on the door panels, with dark and light blue sporty front contoured bucket seats that are adjustable to give the driver full stretch and a rear bench seat that folds down for more space. Theres a white, twospoke steering wheel for the driver and the Trout Blue metal instrument panel, complete with passenger grab bar, looks new. Theres also a wire utility basket between the front buckets with dual cupholders and space for small item storage.

In the early 1950s, Volkswagen was producing itseconomy car, the Type 1 (Beetle). With an increase in postwar standards of living, executives at Volkswagen proposed adding ahalo carto its model range, contracting with German coachbuilder Karmann for its manufacture. Karmann, in turn, contracted the Italian firm Ghia, who adapted styling themes previously explored forChryslerandStudebakerto a Beetlefloorpanwidened by 12inches.

In contrast to the Beetle's machinewelded body with bolton fenders, the Karmann Ghia's body panels werebuttwelded, handshaped, and smoothed withEnglish pewterin a timeconsuming process commensurate with higherend manufacturers, resulting in the Karmann Ghia's higher price.

The design and prototype were well received by Volkswagen executives, and in August 1955the first Type 14 was manufactured inOsnabrck, Germany. Public reaction to the Type 14 exceeded expectations and very few nice examples exist today.

The Type 14 was marketed as a practical and stylish2+2rather than as a truesports car. As they shared engines, the Type 14's engine displacement grew concurrently with the Type 1 (Beetle), ultimately arriving at a displacement of 1584cc, producing 60horsepower. In August 1957, Volkswagen introduced aconvertibleversion of the Karmann Ghia.

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 71,811 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, exempt mileage title. GET OUT AND DRIVE


VIN: 1472693
EIN: 1304869

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