Low mileage 1967 Karmann Ghia Convertible Price: $16,950
Itís not very often that you come across a 1960s 60,845-original-mile Karmann Ghia convertible, especially one that hasnít been hacked up over the years or hasnít rusted into the ground by now. This Ď67 convertible has been maintained lovingly by the same family since new. The convertible was purchased new in 1968 by Dr. Blake of Longmeadow, Mass. and was used by him sparingly to drive to the local hospital over the years. When he passed away he left it to his wife who is now in her late 90s. She gifted it to her grandson who has now owned it for 10 years. When the grandson received the car he spent approximately $1,700 to make it roadworthy again. He drove it less than 1,000 miles in these last 10 years of ownership.
1967 was the first year for the 12-volt system, front disc brakes and 1500cc engine. This car includes many one-year-only parts such as front seats, armrests, window crank handles and dash switches, just to name a few.
This convertible still maintains its original factory 1500cc engine which may have never been removed from the car (it has only 60,845 original miles on it according to the previous owner). Unfortunately, there are very few service records that came with the purchase of the car to verify this, but if you take a knowledgeable look at this Ghiaís originality itís not difficult to believe this to be true.
This is a numbers-matching car which was most likely built late September, 1966 based on the VIN.
The Ghia was most likely painted 20-30 years ago, and the paint is showing signs of its age with dings, scratches and chips. The exterior repaint is a brighter red than the original cherry red. The front trunk and door sills still have the original factory cherry red paint.
The nose was lightly tapped years ago. This did not affect the inner fenders as theyíre straight and in very nice condition. They still have the factory original cherry red paint and there are no signs of damage.
This Ghia does have some small areas of rust in the lower front and rear fenders( not too bad) and the passenger side headlight bucket. The torsion covers aren't visible on the outside, but the backing plates are still visible on the inside fender area. It looks like the body guy skimmed over them not realizing they should be visible. The rockers are in good condition.
The battery tray is solid.
The Ghia was Ziebart-undercoated years ago. Ziebart-process plugs are visible in door sills and jambs.
The original floor pans are in good condition, but the undercoat is starting to flake off here.
The interior is original and in very good condition. It even has the four original rubber floor mats. The steering wheel is a vintage, real wood, Grant model. The dash-pad is a new replacement fiberglass one which has the same appearance as the original dash-pad
All of the gauges are original to the car and are in working order. The clock and radio work too!
The woodgrain dash face does have some cracks from age and at some point the woodgrain was removed from the glovebox door.
The vinyl top is in good condition along with the white pinpoint vinyl headliner and clear plastic window. There is a small section of the rear edge of the convertible top that has pulled away from the body.
The VW dealership installed the accessory Stewart Warner gas heater. Itís not currently hooked up so Iím not sure if it works, but it does look to be complete.
I recently had a top-notch VW restoration shop (House of Ghia) complete a list of repairs to make this Ghia roadworthy again as it had been in storage for almost 10 years. The repair work that was recently completed includes: new master cylinder and soft lines, new soft brake lines, fuel tank cleaned and new fuel tap and screen, new sending unit, new fuel lines , new Bosch starter, new battery, replace door check-straps, replace hood release cable and sleeve, repair back-up lights, oil change, adjust valves, new front hood seal, repair horns and new horn boot. There's probably a few things I'm missing from the list but these are the main things that were repaired or replaced.
I have a clear title in my name.
Please feel free to email me with any questions.