1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible
1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible Custom
- Built 1835cc 4 Cylinder Motor
- Two Dual Port Solex Carburetors
- Tri Mil Exhaust
- Four Speed Manual Transmission
- Custom Black and Blue leather interior
- JL Audio System
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“… the Karmann Ghia is VW's best car.” –Drivetribe, 2019
Setting aside the boyhood lust for this Ferrari or that Lamborghini, every true enthusiast knows the appeal of “driving a slow car fast.” The Drivetribe's Karmann Ghia featured review quoted above concluded: “VW went for a sports car that was not only beautiful, but it could almost always be driven to its limits. The only way today's cars will be able to be driven like that is on a track.”
A Bloomberg review in 2016 captured more of the Karmann Ghia's abundant charms: “The cars were special because they gave upper-middle-class drivers an option to drive something that looked much more expensive than it was—a singular option to drive real Italian design. They didn't change much over their run, which seems fitting because the positive public response upon their debut made them one of America's most-imported cars of all time.”
Offered here in deep blue metallic paint is a 1969 Karmann Ghia convertible that's been restored, completely refurbished, and tastefully upgraded in a number of respects, including its re-paint, interior refurbishment, and engine enhancements.
The car's re-paint was professionally executed and the results are obvious. The finish and shine is uniform and appealing to the eye across every body panel and looked at from every angle. Bumpers were removed front and back adding to the appreciation of the pure Italian design statement. The remaining chrome trim shows beautifully and the emblems stand out. Recently, a Jalopnik writer opined that the Karmann Ghia rear-deck badge is the most beautifully rendered automobile logo ever. This car's black fabric convertible top (operated manually) is in excellent condition and its color is a nice complement to the deep blue paint on the body.
Inside, the car's modifications stand out. The custom blue-and-black upholstery makes for an appealing retro-style statement. The door treatments are especially striking with speakers perfectly integrated. A bright red aftermarket steering wheel is mounted. The body-color-painted dash retains the simplicity of the original design enhanced with an Eclipse stereo head unit backed up by rear speakers hidden behind the small back seat, and backed up by an Infinity amplifier located out of sight in the front trunk.
The car's engine has been fully restored and treated to any number of chrome enhancements. Few VW engines ever looked this good. The extended dual exhaust pipes let onlookers know there's something special beneath the lid. The car's undercarriage is virtually rust-free, clean, and properly laid out. The extensive underbody panel is similarly free of damage or signs of abuse. With just under 57,000 miles on its odometer (under 1,200 miles per-year on average), it's pretty clear that prior owners have given this Karmann Ghia the care and attention it deserves.
The more than 170 high-definition photographs available at the Garage Kept Motors website faithfully present the car. In the same way, the short walk-around-and-startup video captures the engine note. Of course, the best way to assess the car is with a visit to our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom for an up-close look. We encourage prospective purchasers to make the trip, and we ask only that they call or email us in advance to arrange an appointment (or to ask us any questions). Doing so allows us to devote our full attention to them while they're here.
Bloomberg concluded their review with more high praise and reassurance for the prospective buyer: “If you do buy one, congratulations: The Karmann Ghia's air-cooled engine and basic components are easy and relatively inexpensive to maintain, repair, and replace. There is widespread club and modification support, if you want to hob-knob with like-minded folk.”