Bahia Red (code 13) exterior, black folding top and black leatherette (code 50)
1.6L flat fourcylinder engine with dual Solex onebarrel carburetors
Fourspeed manual transmission
If you want a classic Volkswagen but are not interested in a Beetle, come by MotoeXotica Classic Cars to check out an alternate version this 1972 VW Karmann Ghia Convertible. This particular example was made in May 1972 in Osnabrck, West Germany.
TheVolkswagen Karmann Ghiawas a sports car marketed in2+2coupe and convertible body styles. The Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of theBeetlewith styling byLuigi Segreof the Italiandesign house, Ghia, and handbuilt bodywork by the GermancoachbuilderKarmann.
Finished in Bahia Red (code 13), the cars paint and trim are in overall very good order with just a few blemishes visible upon close inspection. The vehicles windows are in very good shape, clear and crackfree, while the cars lights are also intact and hazefree. This twodoor coupe rolls on Kelly Metro tires, size 165R15, surrounding eightspoke aluminum wheels. Both tires and wheels look great.
The cars bodywork is solid and straight. The bumpers look great and fit well to the car. The trunk and engine bay are in good order and there is a metal luggage rack above the rear hood.
Under the hood is a tried and true flat fourcylinder engine with dual Solex onebarrel carburetors mated to a fourspeed manual transmission.
Inside, the black leatherette (code 50) interior is in overall good order. The bucket seats are in very good condition, the matching carpet looks good and the instrument panel with its padded top, is in overall very good condition with some blemishes visible. The factory fourspoke steering wheel looks good, as do the mirror glass panels and shift lever. The inner door panels look very good. Rounding out the interior is a Kenwood AM/FM stereo with cassette deck.
The Type 14 debuted at the October 1953 Paris Auto Show as a styling concept created for Ghia byLuigi Segre.
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, which adapted styling themes previously explored forChryslerandStudebakerto a Beetlefloorpanwidened by 12inches.Chrysler head stylist Virgil Exnerclaimed that the design was his, based on the 1953 Chrysler D'Elegance.
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 more than 10,000 copies were sold in the first year.
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.
In August 1957, Volkswagen introduced aconvertibleversion of the Karmann Ghia. Exterior changes in 1961 included wider and finned front grilles, taller and more rounded rear taillights and headlights relocated to a higher position with previous models and their lower headlight placement calledlowlights. The Italian designerSergio Sartorelli,designer of Type 34, oversaw the various restylings of Type 14.
In 1970, larger taillights integrated the reversing lights and larger wraparound turn signals. Still larger and wider taillights increased side visibility. In 1972, large squaresection bumpers replaced the smooth round originals.
American industrial designerWalter Dorwin Teagueincluded the Karmann Ghia in his list of the world's most beautifully designed products.
Competition to this Volkswagen in 1972 included Porsches 914.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 533 miles not believed to be actual. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE
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Exterior: Bahia Red
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