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1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Cabriolet

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  • Restored to an exemplary standard with no expense spared - a true labour of love
  • New old stock or restored original parts used wherever possible
  • Beautifully present and offered in extraordinarily good condition
  • Well-documented restoration process with a vast collection of invoices and a photographic record

The Appeal

At the time of the Karmann Ghia’s launch in 1955, the noble art of coachbuilding had all but vanished, save for a few high-end grand tourers by the likes of Ferrari. The idea of a small coachbuilt Volkswagen, designed by one of Italy’s premier Carozzerias and based on the floor pan of the world’s most ubiquitous “people’s car” was novel and unique for its time.
This 1968 Karmann Ghia Cabriolet has undergone a superb restoration. The vendor adores this car and so ensured the work was carried out without regard to cost or time constraints. In short, everything had to be right - and it certainly is…
With hand-crafted bodywork smoothed over with English pewter, these cars are hard to restore properly, but this one looks sublime from every angle. The body went through copious prep stages before repainting and elsewhere, we’re informed that practically every component used is either a painstakingly restored original or a new old stock part.
The vendor reluctantly offers the car for sale citing that it’s so good, they’re a little afraid to drive it! For those seeking an exemplary Karmann Ghia, this looks a most worthy candidate.


The History and Paperwork

  • The vendor bought the car around ten years ago
  • Imported from the US in need of restoration
  • The car has been restored during the past decade, in between busy periods in the vendor’s life - not wishing to rush the work and take shortcuts
  • KMPH/KM speedometer/odometer sourced and reset to zero 
  • Accompanied by a substantial collection of invoices for professional work and acquiring parts
  • Collection of photographs showing the extent of the restoration process
  • Registered in Belgium


The Condition

  • The chassis/floor pan and bodywork were separated and blasted
  • A classic car welding specialist carried out all the structural repairs
  • It was then sent to a body shop to carry out the prep and paint
  • Anti-corrosion primer was applied, followed by a sealer coat, epoxy primer, block sanding, guide coat, paint and then a lacquer coat
  • No bubbling or blistering has since occurred to the paint over the last few years
  • The chassis has also been repainted and protected against corrosion
  • The bodywork is arrow-straight and free from any signs of corrosion
  • The panels appear to fit beautifully and the doors shut very nicely
  • The soft top frame was blasted, refinished, fitted with NOS wooden bearers and new canvas
  • Rechromed original bumpers
  • Euro-style H4 headlamps
  • Euro-style front seats with new foam/upholstery - (the vendor did not like the US-spec items)
  • New carpets


The Mechanics 

  • 1.5-litre air-cooled flat-four
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • All-new suspension, bushings, linkages and ancillaries
  • The engine and gearbox were rebuilt
  • The vendor advises that the gearbox was found to be in fine shape and so only needed synchros and new seals
  • A new wiring loom was fitted throughout the vehicle
  • Impeccably presented engine bay
  • The vendor informs us that it starts readily and runs well with no untoward noises
  • The Karmann Ghia is said to perform as originally intended and has been used sparingly since the completion of the restoration


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1968
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model F355
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 162 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1500
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Brugge
  • Location International
  • Country Belgium

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