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Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia

1963 Volkswagen Type 34 Ghia

Auction from Sports Exotic Car

Mecum usually focus the bulk of energy on the American high-performance car scene, but that doesn’t they don’t offer a smattering of relatively rare exotics or cheap buck compact thrills. In fact, a number of their import were scheduled to cross the on Thursday afternoon. Among the lots that crossed the on day one was this 1963 Volkswagen 34 Karmann Ghia, and it got plenty of during the preview hours.

Constructed on VW’s Type 3 its shapely body featured foglamps, which were not on any other Volkswagen at the time. on the lengthy list of standard were an electric clock, wipers, cigar lighter and a steering column, making one of their most expensive cars. An electric sliding was optional. Power came in the of the famed 1,500cc four-cylinder a single sidedraft carburetor. a compression ratio of 7.8:1, it was of producing 50hp.

What the Type 34 more appealing to the casual and hard-core VW enthusiasts is the that through its nine of production—from 1961-1969—not a single one was imported into the United It helps explain why this one attention. Furthermore, total the 6,719 constructed in 1963—was 42,505, all of which were in Osnabruck, Germany. This stop a few hundred or so from the U.S. from our neighbor to the According to the Type 34 Karmann Registry, it’s estimated anywhere from 1,500-2,000 are to exist, with as many as or more hidden from view across the world.

So how did this two-tone Karmann stack up? As near as we could it looked the part of an unmolested on the surface. Further examination that there were elements of a respray at some in its life—it was peppered with touch-ups—and the shine has since dulled by buffing and time. The interior, conversely, has held up through 38,340 miles of even the four-speed shift still exhibited finite Further, but somewhat minor, included some tired and a full set of wheels that use some fresh paint in the

Also, the seller stated the dual carburetors bolted to 1,500cc block came the factory, but literature states this was not the case until Perhaps best of all was the apparent of rust; good news for who might have considered a as non-mechanical parts are relatively to come by.


At the time of auction, a #3 example have traded hands at an of $10,000. Just a year average book value for a Type 34 such as this one was less; a further $1,000 at this time in 2005. certainly not worth investing the of your 401(k) in, but $12,000 for a rare car needing little while offering a lot of fun might be quite a deal, especially in the economic state.

Auction Notes

Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia

Auctioneer:

Location: Kissimmee, Florida

January 22, 2009

Lot Number: T88

Refurbished #3

Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia
Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia
Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia
Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia

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