1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Type 34 Coupe
Mecum Tulsa 2021
Friday, 11 June - Saturday, 12 June 2021
Sale Price
11 June 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
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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