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My '71 Karmann Ghia Convertible
By Sheila Belsky, Bridgehampton, NY

My Karmann Ghia It was 1971. It was the "war of the Roses". We fought over, money, house, cars etc. I was determined to keep my 1969 Jaguar 2+2. It was British Racing Green. I loved it. So did my kids. By the way – I’m the wife in this saga. Hearing that I was determined to keep my car must have led you to think I must be "the guy". Wrong!!

I'm a car lover back to a VERY young age. I could recognize a Pontiac "Indian" emblem and knew the difference between an Olds 98 and an Olds 88. At 5 years old, I knew the least expensive GM car was the Chevy & the most expensive one was a "Caddy". I knew the difference between a Porsche 356 and a Volkswagen. At 21 I had bought and sold my 1958 Chevy Impala convertible. By the time I had gotten my 1969 dream Jaguar XKE 2+2 - there was no way I was going to lose it in a divorce.

Well - I was awarded my Jaguar. However, the happiness was not to last long. A few weeks after the divorce was final the Jaguar disappeared! Gone…nowhere to be found. After filing a stolen car report, and many days later, my Jag was located – in pieces. Someone had taken the trouble to dissect it. (Some ex-husbands are very bad losers.) It was "totaled". They said it was foolish to restore it. What did they know then??

So, Jaguar gone and with about $4000.00 in my hand (insurance settlement), I opted for a 1971 British Racing Green Karmann Ghia convertible. It cost $1900.00, and with the balance I packed up my two kids and headed for a trip to Spain for the summer. Oh, we flew of course. As the years passed, our reliable Ghia got us everywhere we went. Two kids, Muggsy our pug dog and furniture when we moved from one place to another. How did we do it? Crazy lady... huh?

Well, my kids are grown. They are 43 and 44 years old now. My Ghia is 41 and I still have her. She's been restored. So have I. We've both had face lifts. It's been a great relationship! Certainly better than the bad marriage that brought her into my life.

But maybe, just maybe, it's time to pass her on now.

Thinking about it…

And that's how I came to own a really great 1971 Karmann Ghia.

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