1958 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Base Coupe
Sale Price
$90,000 - $120,000
Est. Range
18 August 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Recent restoration
Broad Arrow Auctions
Auction House
Chassis number 2011390. Bamboo and Deep Green over beige vinyl. 1192/30hp H-4, 4-speed, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, Bendix Sapphire 1 radio.

Evaluation: Desirable early low light model. Gorgeous fresh paint and chrome. Lightly scratched rear window frame and a deep track scratch on the left side window. Gorgeous interior and underbody. A beautiful car by any standards, even more so by Karmann Ghia standards. Then again, Karmann Ghias are getting rather expensive these days, enough that it makes some financial sense to give them this kind of Royal treatment.

Bottom line: It may look great and it may have achieved a record price, but this Ghia has some stories. It was listed on Bring a Trailer a year ago, but then withdrawn before the auction concluded thanks to numerous concerns from commenters and bidders. Namely, there were VIN/title inconsistencies and speculation that it was actually two Karmann Ghias mashed together during restoration. Then, it showed up at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale this year and sold for $68,200. And here a few months later it breaks six figures in Monterey. The buyer got a very pretty early Karmann Ghia right in the middle of Broad Arrow’s estimate range, but if everybody had done some research it likely wouldn’t have come anywhere close to this price.

by Eddy Eckart
30 August 2022
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  • Ron says:

    Yes, a Barrett-Jackson Karmann Ghia! Ghia’s have the wings! Not quite Batmobile wings but something is there that is missing from these modern day cars. Maybe this Ghia should have two titles because of it being two automobiles mashed together and that would explain the price. I still cant believe someone paid six figures for it in Monterey. I must admit that I haven’t considered Broad Arrow’s estimate range until now because I have been going with Hagerty’s numbers and others. Thank you for giving me another option to consider other than Scottsdale.

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