Vehicle Description

Affordable, interesting, and reliable: you usually don't get all three in a vintage convertible, but this 1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is an Italian beauty wrapped around the loveable Beetle's drivetrain.


The Karmann Ghia has the appeal of graceful lines and muscular curved rear fenders that live in perfect harmony thanks to the legendary Ghia design house. The Italian styling was then put to metal by Karmann, so you get the same Teutonic build quality as the Beetle convertible. This one shows it off nicely with a newer application of the vivid green paint. So it has a good shine to show off tight curves. The slender chrome bumpers are in nice shape; the classic VW hubcaps still have a mirror-like presence; and all the unique trim pieces are in place. So that makes this a car that still grabs attention wherever it goes.


The tan folding top has a snug fit that makes the VW look good even on rainy days. But much as we like the car with the top up, it was truly built to be open to the world. And when you do, it reveals a matching tan interior that looks so good against the green paint. The high-back vinyl bucket seats present nicely, which tells you the car was never left out for extended time in the sun, and there's even a fold-sown rear seat for occasional use. The carpeting looks good, and there's even an upgraded wood-rimmed EMP sport steering wheel. The styling of the large VDO gauges and the feel of the gearshift should feel familiar to VW enthusiasts...it's just another reminder that this stylish convertible has some nearly indestructible components beneath the skin.


When you check out the engine bay out back, the 1600 cc air-cooled flat-four should be instantly recognizable to Beetle fans. It looks well maintained in this tidy engine bay. There are even some newer components, like the EMPI 34 carburetor. This largest VW motor from the series. It's not a speed demon, but when you combine it with the complete control of the four-speed manual transmission, it feels a bit nippy in the lightweight Ghia. It's a solid all-around driver, and you even get the convenience of front disc brakes. The experience behind the wheel is all smiles and, you'll get plenty of nostalgic looks as you cruise around in this Italian-designed drop-top.


The Karmann Ghia was born out of the idea of looking like a million bucks but getting to pay far less. Today on the vintage market, this well-presented example is ready to turn even more heads for a value price. That's why we know something this affordable will be leaving us quite soon. Call today!!!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1414145
  • Price:$26,995
  • Location:Mesa, Arizona
  • Year:1972
  • Make:Volkswagen
  • Model:Karmann Ghia
  • Exterior Color:Green
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:38181
  • Stock Number:1552-PHX
  • VIN:1422692165