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1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Type 34 Coupe
Mecum Tulsa 2021
Friday, 11 June - Saturday, 12 June 2021
$14,850
Sale Price
No
Reserve
11 June 2021
Sold Date
F119.1
Lot Number
#3-
Visually maintained
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis No. 190729. Pacific Green with a white roof over green vinyl with cloth inserts. 1500, 4-speed, white steel wheels with hub caps, store brand all season tires, original Bendix Sapphire radio.

Evaluation: A rare Type 34 Karmann Ghia, but a little rough in spots. Tired chrome and the left front hub cap is pitted. Old respray with some masking errors at the taillights. A little dirty underneath and the doors stick out at the bottom. Grubby engine bay. Newer upholstery but the rest of the interior is original with aged door panels and switches as well as cloudy gauges. A neat, rare driver in good colors.

Bottom Line: The Type 34 Karmann Ghia was introduced in 1961, and unlike the Beetle-based original Karmann Ghia (aka the Type 14) it rides on VW’s Type 3 platform with different bodywork penned by Sergio Sartorelli at Ghia. It was never officially sold in the States, and although quite a few have made their way here, it’s still a much rarer sight than a standard Karmann Ghia and it’s a highly prized car among VW people. None of that seemed to matter much to the Tulsa bidders, however, because this price isn’t far off from what other, regular Type 14 Karmann Ghias in this condition bring these days. A bargain in our book.

by Andrew Newton
20 June 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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