Find Of The Week: 1968 Karmann Ghia

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At AED 105,000, you can have a 1968 Karmann Ghia in a fully restored condition. The Karmann Ghia was a very special car from VW during the 60s. When VW was looking for expanding their market post the success of the Beetle, the Ghia was what they landed on. Designed by the Italian design house Carrozzeria Ghia, and built by the convertible coachbuilder Karmann, the Karmann Ghia represents a very niche area of the sports car segment back then.

VW was not afraid to admit that this car was slow. Rather they owned it, and sold it as a vanity car, something that looked sporty, but was not very fast. The lack of creases due to the fenders and bumpers being one single piece, and the near-handbuilt manufacturing process of this car gives a very special place in many collectors’ hearts.

The Ghia is a looker from any angle

Here are some of the main things you should know:

  • Mileage: 96,700 km
  • Engine: 1,192cc flat-4 cylinder engine
  • Power: 40 HP @ 3,900 RPM
  • Torque: 88 Nm @ 2,400 RPM
  • Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
  • Weight: 830 kg (Curb weight)
The 1.2L flat 4 behind the Ghia’s 40 horsepower

This particular Karmann Ghia has been bought in the black colour and has been restored since. It has 96,700 km on the odo, and that’s about all the information we have from this seller.

Our Take

It’s a bit overpriced compared to the market value, but it seems to be in great condition

At an asking price of AED 105,000, the Ghia seems to be a little over the market median for this particular model. Moreover, this car has done nearly 100,000 kilometres, which is certainly not a very good thing for the car’s value, despite the type-1 engine in this car being pretty reliable.

However, this car looks absolutely menacing in black, and for the right person, this car is a must-have as, this car was never meant for the engine anyway, it really is the looks and styling that this car excels in. So, if you can get the price down a little bit, then you’d have a stunning car in your garage for sure!

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