1962 VW Karmann Ghia
LHD, 1600 Twin Port Motor, Twin Kadron 40’s, Very Solid Car!
Imported from California in 2010, this early 60’s Karmann Ghia is a very solid example. Light restoration and recommissioning work was carried out by Herbie Hospital in Leeds when the car first arrived in the UK. The car was then sold to a barrister in London before making its way to Norfolk where it has been cherished by an air-cooled VW enthusiast for the past four years. Having had the car up on the ramp for inspection it is remarkably solid throughout, with just a small area of corrosion in the rear section of the NS outer sill, a dent at the bottom of the OS rear quarter panel and some small rust bubble on the bottom of the drivers door. However the floors, heater channels and other usual trouble spots are all in really great shape. The paintwork, although stunning from a few feet, would require attention to really make the car perfect. There are imperfections in the paint and it seems the paint has reacted with the primer in areas leaving marks. This aside there is a certain charm about the car as it is, although certainly not concours. The rebuilt 1600 motor starts without hesitation and runs very well, with twin Kadron carbs, CB performance linkage and a hot cam it pulls very well. The car genuinely is a joy to drive, with the brakes pulling the car up nice and straight, steering feeling direct, gearbox absolutely fine and no nasty knocks or bangs. The car is sensibly lowered on an adjustable stock beam, giving a great look but not so much so that it becomes uncomfortable or awkward to drive, in fact the ride quality is very good. The interior benefits from having had a complete re-trim in recent years and looks fantastic, with some nice touches like the original period Blaupunkt stereo. Obviously MOT and Tax exempt. Overall this is a stunning early 60’s Karmann Ghia with huge amounts of character that could be enjoyed as it is or really taken to the next level without spending a fortune!