This is one of my favorite cars ever, a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible. This cute, little 1971 VW Karmann Ghia is for sale. This Karmann Ghia starts up and runs and idles perfectly. This cute little Ghia has lived in a barn for the past 24 years! It is happy to be in my garage with other good VW company, but I already have a yellow Ghia Convertible so this one is up for sale.
I purchased this Ghia from Faribault, MN (about an hour South of the Twin Cities here). The date on the license plates was '87. I put new plates with 2012 on the car today—it has breathed a new breath of fresh air. It's now clean, it runs great, and it has current plates. It hasn't felt this fresh in years.
Even though the tabs read ’87 when I bought the car, the long-time owner said he took the car out every year to keep things fresh. When I looked at the car he admitted it had been 3 years since it had been driven. The barn was on a dirt road way out in the Minnesota prairie. It was a fun find. Convertible Karmann Ghias are definitely one of my favorite barn finds for a classic car.
Now this yellow Karmann Ghia is all cleaned up and ready for the new owner. I just washed the entire car inside and out. I put the carpet through the car wash sprayer and home drier (by the way I wouldn't recommend the ‘home dryer part’ if you have a nice dryer or a wife). I also just waxed the body. New chrome strips shine down both sides of the car, and the bumpers shine nicely. The bumpers are complete and in fairly good shape. It is very hard to find original bumper pieces on any earlier Karmann Ghia.
The windshield is new glass with new rubber and chrome strip. I cleaned up and painted the wheels, and the car proudly wears new shoes. I mean hub caps. It appears to have new tires too, but I didn't put those on. But they still have the nubbies on 'em.
1971 is a great year for the Karmann Ghia. The production run for the Ghia was a pretty long run. Production started in late 1955 and continued through 1974. 1971 is a two year only model. 1970 and 1971 were transition years to the bigger tail lights and single blade bumpers. The tail lights are unique to '70-'71 and the rear bumper is also correct for only these two years. But newer features such as a glass rear window with defrost are on this car. Glass rear windows started in mid-year 1969.
This car is super original. The odometer reads 05xxx so it probably has 105k on it. The interior is all original and the original trunk liner is still up front in the trunk. There is no spare tire but other than that and an air cleaner hose this is a complete, original Karmann Ghia convertible.
Only 1 about one of every 5 Karmann Ghias made were convertibles, and they do not come up for sale very often--I typically only get in one Karmann Ghia Convertible for sale per year. Here is this one for 2011! Call for more details Thanks for looking. If you're like me, you've always wanted a Karmann Ghia Convertible….–John Snell
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