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1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

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£16,430

  • Mileage6,543 on clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.5L
  • LocationHighgate

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1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

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Introduction

Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

An attractive and popular classic - it still makes a huge amount of sense over six decades later.

The key to Volkswagen's air-cooled success appears to be a fantastically simple and versatile floorpan. An approach to Ghia provided the legendary coachbuilder with a blank canvas to develop a compact hand-built 2+2 coupe, which quickly became the most imported car into the United States.

Powered by the durable, if somewhat leisurely paced series of air-cooled engines, the Karmann Ghia had an appeal all of its own and was perfectly suited for the era of the jet-age, if you preferred to jet in style rather than pace. It had the style of a low two-seater and the quality of a hand-crafted machine, yet with the compact size, thrifty running costs and reliability of an air-cooled Volkswagen.

This 1967 Californian sourced car is the earlier style 1500, with jewel-like details and slim bumpers which also offer the 12V electrical system and disc brakes, making it one the more sought after incarnations. Owned Anna since 2006, it has seen been stored and cared for by a reputable classic car specialist over the last three years, and comes with an MOT to February 2023.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Darren after meeting Anna the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

It's not a quick car, but who needs to go fast when it's this stylish!

Anna has a background in owning air-cooled VWs and was presented with this example as a wedding gift in 2006. It was used as her daily driver for a period, until the loss of her garage due to her acquisition of an electric car.

Anna has then since stored it at the Car Vault facility in Highgate, where it has also been part of the Classic Car Club which uses a points system to allow members to use and enjoy a classic. While well maintained and used over that period, Anna hasn't really had the time to drive it and her personal circumstances have meant that she now needs to sell the car.

Anna will be on hand to answer any questions about the car in the comments section below.

Anna
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Exterior

With no straight lines and hardly any body seams, the gorgeous styling is unmistakable.

Wheels and Tyres

The car is fitted with chrome punch disc style wheels which are in good shape with no significant road wear. A couple of the hubcaps show a few minor dents.

The Vredestein Sprint Classic tyres are all less than 4 years old and show a good level of tread.

Bodywork

The structure of the car is in remarkably good shape, with no issues observed on the sills, inner wings, jacking points or floorpan. The front luggage section and engine bay also look solid, with no reported issues with the suspension or bumper mounts.

Externally the car presents very well, with the panel flow and shut lines all of an even balance. There are no issues with the opening and shutting of the doors. The panel work is clean, with no evidence of dents although a handful of under paint blemishes are starting to appear around the lower sections of the off-side wings and minor impediments are observed around the rear near-side wheel arch.

Paint

The paint finish is of a very good standard with very little in terms of issues regarding colour match or coverage. It displays a smooth lustre throughout, with evidence that the car has seen long term indoor storage.

There are occasional chips and minor marks in places but not enough to distract.

The front of the car has been spared any significant paint chip damage.

Glass and Trim

The glass and seals are in very good shape, with no outstanding issues with the condition of the glass. The chrome trim, particularly the front and rear bumpers is in very good shape.

The car is believed to be fitted with the correct trim for a 1967 car, most of the elegant fittings are well placed, with some minor untidiness noted on the near side body trim.

Interior

Wonderfully elegant - the cabin has been retrimmed to a high standard.

Seats and Carpets

The cabin has been well finished, with the seats appearing to have seen the benefit of a retrim at some point. As a result, all of the coverings are in good condition, with the seats retaining a decent firmness.

The carpets are also likely to have been the subject of renewal, with no notable damage or dampness observed. Both luggage sections, up front and the space behind the rear seat are solid and carpeted.

Dashboard

In keeping with the exterior presentation of the car, it appears that the metal dashboard retains much of its originality, including its Motorola Sapphire XI radio.

The dials, controls and finishing are of a good standard, with very little in terms of damage and all are said to function. The door cards are in good shape, with no issues with the condition of the headlining.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is an aftermarket Moto-Lita bolt-on, which is in good shape.

The original gear knob is undamaged.

Mechanics

It's reputation for reliability and durability have not been diluted over the years - important aspects when considering a classic car.

Engine and Gearbox

The car has seen regular maintenance and attention, so it should be no surprise that it starts up with no issues at all.

As the engine idled, the fan belt remained tight. There was no evidence of oil leaks on the day, and upon a gentle blip of the accelerator, no blue smoke was observed.

The distinctive air-cooled engine chattered away, with no knocks or tapping sounds. The gearshift was as precise as expected for a car of this vintage, with no issues with gear selection or crunchy down-changes. The clutch appeared to have a decent biting point.

Suspension and Brakes

The original aspects of the car run through the running gear, with the car appearing to retain its original ride height. It cushions the London roads without any issues, with an absorbent ride with no knocking or thuds heard.

The car uses the front disc system which is fit for purpose with no issues with its stopping power.

The Drive

Its humble Beetle roots can never be hidden, but its virtues of durability, simple mechanicals and inexpensive running costs mean that a solid Karmann Ghia will be a worthwhile investment.

As the car tackled the London traffic, it was surprisingly at home in the slow grind and stop-start, which rather suits the slow driving style aided by exceptionally good visibility. The light and well-balanced controls do go some way into making the Karmann Ghia effortless to drive, once you master the nuances of its vintage.

Electrics and Other

The headlamps and lenses are in good shape, with no damage noted. The rubber rings around the front headlamps are loose, but otherwise in good shape.

The car has been converted to use 12V.

History and Paperwork

Maintained in-house by Car Vault, it has also seen the benefits of regular use.

Believed to have been a Californian import, it was brought into the UK in 1998. The owner has said it's not needed much in terms of work over the years other than minor mechanical parts and service items, most of which have been carried out courtesy of the Classic Car Club and Car Vault. Anna mentioned that she thinks the sills had some work actioned back in ~2009 before CCC/CV looked after the car. The car was also subjected to a diagnostic rolling road test in 2018 which confirms the car's current positive mechanical health.

The car recorded mileage of 71,167 in the 2017 MOT and then 2,288 in 2019.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 photocopy and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle. A new V5 document is on order and will be arriving shortly.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
08-02-2022 MOT 5,204
03-05-2019 MOT 2,288
04-04-2017 MOT 71,165
25-02-2016 MOT 71,117
25-02-2010 MOT 70,433
31-01-2009 MOT 69,913
07-02-2008 MOT 68,525
05-01-2007 MOT 65,762
01-12-2005 MOT 62,698
Key Details
  • ModelKarmann Ghia
  • TransmissionManual
  • Build Year1967
  • UK Reg. Date01-04-1998
  • CC1493
  • Mileage6,543 not correct - on clock
  • HistorySome
  • ColourSilver
  • Interior ColourRed
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #147829732
  • Engine #0248776
  • MOTYes Exp. 07-02-2023
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes - Clear
  • Former Keepers3 UK
  • Tyre BrandVredestein Sprint Classic
  • Tyre Age2018
  • LHD or RHDLHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned16 years
  • Key FeatureCondition
  • Auction ID426074







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Gerard01
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Gerard01

Hi Anna, When was it last spray painted and does heat make it to the windshield what’s the condition of the frunk behind the carpet, thanks

barraldo1
Member
barraldo1

Hello Anna
Is there any written documentation about the broken Speedo cable what was the actual mileage when Speedo broke
I am a collector hence this vIP for me
To understand clearly
If car is under 100k miles or not

barraldo1
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barraldo1

Hello Anna
can you kindly advise why mileage was 71k in 2017 now is circa3K
hear soon
kind regards

barraldo1
Member
barraldo1

Hello Anna
Many thanks for your reply
So your current mileage is actually 107000
Having done around 37000 miles since 2017

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