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The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe was in production from 1955-1974 and combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 Beetle with styling by Luigi Segre of the one of Italy's most famous automobile design Company's, Carrozzeria Ghia and hand built bodywork by German coachbuilder Karmann. Ghia initially made lightweight aluminium bodied cars, having great success and fame with the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500, a car that won the 1929 Mille Miglia and many other bodies were built for Lanica and Fiat. During the 1950's and 1960's many firms worldwide were ordering Ghia designs, for example Volvo, Ford and VW. Production numbers by Ghia were always particularly low, giving their products even greater exclusivity than those of other Italian Coachbuilders. In 1970, shares in Ghia were sold to the Ford Motor Company and in 1973 the Ghia name became Ford's top trim level in its mainstream model range and the trend began in Europe but very soon spread worldwide.
The VW Karmann Ghia was a huge success and soon after launch, production doubled and ultimately became the most imported vehicle into the U.S. More than 445,000 Karmann Ghia's were produced in Germany, not including the Type 34 variant. Interestingly, Karmann Brazil produced 41,600 cars locally for South America between 1962 and 1975.
This very well presented example was imported from the U.S in 1998 and had just one UK owner until 2013 in Gloucestershire. The VW was covering low mileage annually and in 2013 was sold to the last owner in Lincolnshire. Since changing hands, in the region of £5500 has been spent on a full external re-paint, wheel re-furbishment and re-trim and as a result the VW presents beautifully. The car has a high quality paint finish and chrome work is bright and has nicely aged. The cream upholstery is stunning with excellent carpets, lovely seats and door cards.
VNP 693L has had some basic mechanical re-commissioning work and has been driven to us from Skegness, covering 100 faultless miles. The VW offers impressive performance from the 1.6 unit and the manual gearbox changes up and down the gears smoothly. The car is great fun to drive, feels correct on the road with excellent handling and braking. This is a very well presented, fun car to drive that is perfectly set up and ready to use and enjoy.