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1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible, fully restored


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Half a century ago, Karmann's coach-building expertise met the elegance of Ghia's Italian designers — their child was taken up by Volkswagen for production and stunned the world by its breath-taking curves and German reliability ...

... the result is an amazing head-turner, whose design and handling is as thrilling and full of touch as it was 40 years ago, when this specific car for the first time roamed the streets of Frankfurt, Germany.

This is a two-owner car.  The first owner took his prized possession along when he immigrated into the United States, where it has been ever since.  After an extensive frame-off restoration in Indiana, the Karmann Ghia was sold to sunny Florida, again to German owners.  The car is being meticulously maintained by the Wizards, renowned South Florida vintage-VW specialists.

With great regret, this car becomes available due to the dissolution of the owners' classic car collection, who move to a long-term assignment in East-Africa. 

This 1963 Karmann Ghia Convertible is fully roadworthy and completely reliable.  Be prepared to attract equal attention as a vintage Corvette or modern Viper.  It even beat the Blue Baron in the number of positive comments.

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You have the rare opportunity to own a completely rust-free as well as mechanically restored convertible of the desirable "middle years" (1959-1969) with round turnsignals and taillights.

Have a look at these gorgeous lights:

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During the restoration, the car received numerous new parts, including but not limited to:

  • Interior - Seat Covers, Door Panels & Carpet (TMI)
  • Convertible Top, Headliner & Pad (Convertible Specialties)
  • 1600ccm Engine - NOS (new-old-stock) VW factory rebuilt engine with 0 miles (engine still had wax seals and plastic covers on the openings)
  • 12V Conversion
  • Alternator
  • Distributor
  • Carburetor
  • Fuel Pump
  • Starter
  • Clutch & Pressure Plate
  • Brakes (wheel cyl, master cyl, shoes, hoses, lines)
  • Tires & Rims (Empi 5-spokes)
  • Paint - Corvette Torch Red Base-Coat/Clear-Coat

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Other details:

  • German model - has 'km' speedometer and mileage indicator, German radio, German glove-box sticker, German invoices and literature (including convertible top instruction pamphlet)
  • Original Floor-pans & Rockers
  • Floor-pans & Wheel-wells painted and protected with POR-15
  • Service Manuals and VW Literature included

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Condition:  The car is perfectly road-worthy, extremely sportive, and constantly attracts enthusiastic comments. Open points: 
Paint job & body-work with minor imperfections.  Radio not yet restored.  Clock restored by The Clock Works in Wisconsin, but inaccurate.  Windshield wipers restored with very rare originals, but windshield washer inop.