Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupe Type-1

Overview
Produced: 1954-1974, 364401 produced. ((all coupes))
Types: Coupe,2 doors, 2+2 seats

The Karmann-Ghia was built in great numbers.  The majority were coupes.  The cars were built on unmodified Beetle running gear that were constantly improved.  The Karmann-Ghia convertible was launched two years after the coupe, in 1957.

The Karmann-Ghia appears to be a smaller version of the Chrysler d'Elegance concept car designed by Virgil Exner in 1953 but the head of Ghia, Luigi Segre, claims the honour. 

Buyers Guide VW Karman featured in Practical Classics April 2004 – available from our sister site Bookbase.  Click Here to view.

Source: Motorbase
Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
1192ccH4 OHVVW Flat 4 (Type I)77mm x 64mm
1285ccH4 OHVVW Flat 4 (Type I)78mm x 70mm
1493ccH4 OHVVW Flat 4 (Type I)83mm x 69mm
1584ccH4 OHVVW Flat 4 (Type I)85mm x 69mm
Drivetrain and Suspension
DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
WormIndependent/Torsion barIndependent/Torsion bar
Performance
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
77 mph34 bhp 1192cc engine
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
049 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 27 Nov 2013 £4800.00 -
043 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe H&H Sales Limited 24 Jul 2013 - £11200.00
036 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe H&H Sales Limited 24 Jul 2013 - £15594.00
353 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coys 15 Jun 2013 Not sold
376 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coys 15 Jun 2013 Not sold
147 Volkswagen Karman Ghia Coys 13 Apr 2013 - €8014.00
122 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coys 14 Jul 2012 - £10915.00
317 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible Bonhams & Butterfields 5 Jun 2011 $10500.00 $12285.00
'40 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 1600 Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 11 May 2011 £5400.00 -
702 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia RM Auctions 4 Mar 2011 $18150.00 -
147 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Barons 6 Dec 2010 £5500.00 -
306 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Convertible Bonhams 19 Apr 2010 £5000.00 £5750.00
352 Volkswagen Karman Ghia Coys 16 Jan 2010 Not sold
18 Volkswagen Type 2 Ambulance H&H Sales Limited 29 Oct 2009 - £11000.00
55 Volkswagen Type 2 H&H Sales Limited 16 Apr 2009 - £25850.00
209 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Convertible Coupe RM Auctions 14 Mar 2009 $13200.00 -
38 Volkswagen KARMANN GHIA BCA 2 Dec 2008 - £4840.00
860 1968 Volkswagen Type 26 Pickup Bonhams 27 Sep 2008 $10500.00 $12285.00
389 1974 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupe Bonhams 13 Sep 2008 £4600.00 £5290.00
036 1973 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA COUPE H&H Sales Limited 13 Sep 2006 £2800.00 -
153 1971 Volkswagon Karmann Ghia Type 2 Convertible Coys 27 Aug 2006 £2941.00 -
101 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coys 27 Aug 2006 Not sold
203 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coys 30 Apr 2006 - -
106 1971 Volkswagon Karmann Ghia Coupe Coys 20 Apr 2005 Not sold
31 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible Christies 19 Apr 2005 Not sold
32 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia BCA 6 Dec 2004 - £3905.00
610 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 1600 Cheffins 4 Dec 2004 Not sold
660 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupé Bonhams 11 Sep 2004 £4800.00 £5520.00
057 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe H&H Sales Limited 8 Jun 2004 £3500.00 -
108 Volkswagen 31L (1971) Barons 8 Mar 2003 €2100.00 -
205 Volkswagen Beach Buggy (1970) RTS Auctions Ltd 21 Apr 2002 Not sold
007 Volkswagen Coccinelle (1970) Poulain LeFur 9 Jul 2001 £24000.00 -
032 Volkswagen Variant 1600 Type S (1973) Barons 10 Oct 2000 - £1300.00
Unknown Volkswagen Variant (1973) Barons 5 Sep 2000 Not sold
071 Volkswagen Gazelle Special (1970) BCA 6 Dec 1999 - £3679.00
279a Volkswagen Porsche 914/4 (1974) Brooks 8 Aug 1998 - £9775.00
374A Volkswagen Beetle Saloon (1965) Brooks 21 Sep 1996 Not sold
009 Volkswagen Two Door Sedan (1959) Christies 7 Sep 1996 - $748.00
076 Volkswagen Wizard Roadster (1970) ADT 17 Jun 1996 Not sold
102 Volkswagen (1974) Sothebys 17 Jun 1995 - $1035.00
098 Volkswagen (1974) Sothebys 17 Jun 1995 - $1495.00
095 Volkswagen (1972) Sothebys 17 Jun 1995 - $3265.00
060 Volkswagen 1192 (1955) ADT 3 Oct 1994 Not sold
Books
ISBN Title Publisher Buy this book
0948207434 VW Karmann Ghia 1955-82 Brooklands Books
Magazine Articles
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Article Buying Guide - 1955-74 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
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Publication Classic Cars September 2010
Buying Guide - 1955-74 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia - This timeless classic has the advantage and disadvantage of being a Beetle beneath that pretty skin - but don't let that put you off.
Article Cradle To Grave - Changing Ghia - Karman Ghia
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Publication Practical Classics December 2002
Changing Ghia - Add a curvy coachbuilt body to the underpinnings of the world's most successful automobile and you've got a recipe for success. Nigel Boothman gets into the car, man.
Article Buyer's Datafile VW Karmann GHIA
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Publication Practical Classics November 1997
Buyer's Datafile VW Karmann GHIA.
Article Rich man's Beetle or poor man's Porsche?
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Publication Classic & Sports Car September 2011
Rich man's Beetle or poor man's Porsche? - It's air-cooled, rear-engined and German, but the Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia sits in the shadows behind its exalted siblings.  Martin port reckons that it deserves a place in the sun.
Article Top down and tail happy
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Publication Classics Monthly October 2005
Top down and tail happy - The Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia gave a touch of glamour to the people's car in Germany.  The Renault Floride did the same in France.  Mark Robinson takes a look at two stylish continental cabriolet cruisers that aren't quite as exotic as they look.
Article Buyer's Guide - VW Karmann Ghia
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Publication Classics June 2004
Buyer's Guide - VW Karmann Ghia - Our experts guide you through the minefield of finding the perfect classic.
Article St Emmo's fire
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Publication Classic & Sports Car February 2003
St Emmo's fire - This Porsche-powered silhouette Karmann Ghia was built in Brazil and raced by Fittipaldi: Malcolm McKay tries it. Karmann Ghia
Article Show stoppers
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Publication Classic & Sports Car October 2001
Show Stoppers -  Are the  Renault Caravelle, VW Karmann-Ghia and Volvo 1800S all front and no substance? Alastair Clements decides which plays the lead.
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