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1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible

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  • Mileage~58,732
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.5L
  • LocationEssex


1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible

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Dom Ginn
Professsional Consigner

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

Built by Volkswagen, the Karmann Ghia was styled by the famous Ghia Italian design house, one of the most influential Italian vehicle designers, and the German coach-building house, Karmann. The Type 14 Karmann Ghia (1956-1974) was initially available as a coupé with the convertible, such as the model seen in the listing, coming a year later. With public reaction to the Type 14 exceeding expectations, more than 10,000 were sold in its first production year. The car combined the chassis and mechanical elements of the Type 1 and Type 3 VW Beetle with hand-shaped and built bodywork, resulting in a time-consuming process usually practiced by higher-end manufacturers.

This car comes to market from ~14 year ownership, where around 6 years ago, the vendor decided to start restoration of the vehicle. Unfortunately the restoration contractors closed their business during the pandemic, and so the project halted with the car needing re-assembly. This right hand drive convertible presents as an interesting proposition for a home restorer to re-assemble and enjoy, or for a new owner to commission finishing of the project.

This listing was written from information supplied by Dom after meeting Angela the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

There's just something about the style of the Karmann that I adore, beautiful lines and lovely 70's styling.

Angela has owned the car for ~14 years, buying it at auction as a restoration project, and nicknaming the car "Tallulah". She decided to start the restoration of the car around 6 years ago, to bring the car back to its former glory.

Sadly the restoration company closed during the pandemic, and so the car is unfinished with much of the work having been completed as can be seen, "I'm sad to see it go as I can see such great potential with it, I want it to go to a home where someone can really care for it and get it back up and running fully". Angela will be happy to answer any questions about the car in the comments section below.

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With its captivating curves and unmistakable charm, this car will be turning heads wherever it goes when finished.

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with 15" steel wheels on all corners, these have been painted in cream white. The condition shows a few marks on the wheels, particularly on the rear offside. The centre caps are in good condition across all four wheels.

Regarding the tyres, the tread and condition are good on the front Mabor General M5 GT examples. The rear tyres consist of a mix of Firestone F-560 and Mabor General M5 GT, also showing a good amount of tread. Take a closer look at the exterior gallery section for a detailed view of the wheels and tyres on the car.


The bodywork on this car is in great condition having been restored. The body was sandblasted, and rust was cut out with new metal welded in, before the car was primed for painting. You can see some in progress pictures of this in the "History and Paperwork" gallery. The front luggage section and engine bay look solid as expected, with gaps and shut lines looking good. The panel work is clean, with no evidence of dents and no observed issues on the sills or inner wings. Please note that the bonnet is not latched closed in the pictures, as some adjustment is required to enable it to operate with ease.

We have provided more detailed observations through our high-resolution images and videos, so please take the time to review all the media files for a detailed view of what’s on offer and to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


The red metallic paint finish really stands out, especially contrasted against the cream and chrome of the rest of the exterior. The finish is good, having been resprayed as part of the restoration. The car was yellow when Angela purchased it as pictured, but the restorer did comment that it appears as if it was red earlier in its life. The car has been stored under cover, which has kept the majority of the paintwork in good condition with a nice lustre in the light. We noted on the passenger side that the paint showed a few minor marks when highlighted in the sun.

Again, we have taken high-resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves. The images are taken from different angles to present the car as you would see it if you were standing there. Please take the time to fully assess these high-resolution images and videos of the car to form your own opinion about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The glass looks good around the car and is in line with the age and mileage, appearing free from major chips, cracks, or delamination. The chrome trim overall looks good, although it could benefit from some light restorative work to bring back its former glory.

The convertible roof frame was fixed as part of the restoration, but not completed. The inner section comes with the sale, but the car is requiring the outer section.

Take a look through the exterior gallery and review the video. We take you across all the areas of the car as if you were standing there yourself. This way, you can see in greater detail what a lovely-looking car the Karmann really is.


A re-trimmed interior, this Karmann Ghia is begging to be finished and enjoyed back on the road.

Seats and Carpets

The seats have seen the benefit of a re-trim and are finished to a high standard with additional red "Karmann Ghia" stitched into the headrests. All of the seat coverings are in excellent condition in both the front and back of the car, with the seats retaining good firmness, repaired internally where required.

All new grey fitted and red trimmed removable carpets, with no notable damage or dampness observed as you'd expect for a restored example.


The metal dashboard retains much of its originality, and has been finished in the same red paint as the bodywork.

The dials, controls and finishing are of a good standard, with very little concern in their presentation, we of course could not test they were working. The door cards have been renewed but are not fitted.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The gearstick and steering wheel show small signs of wear, also seen on the handbrake. The gaiter section appears to be in good condition.

We've captured high-resolution photos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the interior in our gallery section.


The 1.5L 4 cylinder is waiting to be re-assembled and back driving the car again.

Engine and Gearbox

As the car is being sold as part of an ongoing project, the engine and its components are supplied with the car, although these will not be fitted prior to the final sale. The block has been cleaned and re-assembled with crankshaft in place as part of the restoration. The original cylinder head had a crack and so a replacement comes with the car.

We could not of course verify the running condition of the engine and gearbox, with this being a project that requires finishing.

Suspension and Brakes

As part of the restoration, the steering and suspension were checked and said to be in good condition and so not replaced. A new brake pump comes with the car, and the brake lines were renewed as part of the work.

Due to the car not yet being ready for the road, we were unable to take the car for a road test and test the suspension or the brakes.

The Drive

Its humble roots can never be hidden, but the virtues of durability, simple mechanicals, and inexpensive running costs mean that a solid Karmann Ghia can be a very usable classic.

Electrics and Other

The headlamps and lenses look in good shape, with no damage noted. We were unable to test the electrical system due to the engine not being installed when we visited the car. As mentioned previously, the frame of the convertible roof has been restored, but the car does require an external hood.

History and Paperwork

Coming to market from ~14 year ownership, much of the hard work has been completed on this unfinished project, it presents as potentially a very interesting proposition for the right buyer.

The restoration on this car began ~6 years ago. Sadly the restoration company closed during the pandemic with the restoration unfinished but much of the hard work completed. You may note that the bonnet is slightly ajar in our photo's, this is due to the bonnet being slightly stiff when opening and closing this section during our visit. Angela will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the car in the comments below.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle. Please note, the seller has applied for a new V5 which is awaiting arrival.

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.

Key Details
  • ModelKarmann Ghia Convertible
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date08.04.1971
  • CC1,584
  • Mileage~58,732
  • ColourRed
  • Interior ColourWhite / Red
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #1412281894
  • Engine #AS106392
  • RestoredYes
  • Engine RebuildYes
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes - Clear
  • Former Keepers6
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandFirestone F-560 / Mabor General M5 GT
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Key FeatureHard work completed on unfinished project
  • Auction ID1811