Evaluation: Stored for 28 years and then in 2015 received a thorough cosmetic restoration, new floor pans, overhauled suspension and brakes, and a rebuilt drivetrain with increased displacement for the original engine. Excellent paint, bodywork, and brightwork. The top fits tightly and has no creases or wrinkles. The engine and underbody are immaculate and the interior appears unused. An absolutely gorgeous Karmann Ghia with an over the top restoration.
Bottom Line: Gone are the days when Karmann Ghias were cheap entry-level classics no matter what the condition. This one sold for $50,925 on Bring a Trailer about a year ago. The price at Pebble Beach is significantly higher, but there are a lot of deep pockets at any Gooding auction, to whom an extra couple of bids on a Volkswagen make little difference.