For Sale: 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

The Karmann-Ghia started off as a show car Virgil Exner designed for Chrysler, called the D'Elegance. Chrysler and the Italian coach builder and design house Ghia had a partnership in the 1950s, the result of which was a number of collaborative show and concept cars. One of these, designed in 1952 by Exner and built by Ghia, was known as the D'Elegance. Then came Volkswagen. VW had been mildly interested in a sportier version of the Beetle but hadn't been impressed with the ideas their longtime convertible-building partner, Karmann, had come up with. So, Karmann reached out to Ghia to see if they had any great ideas, and Ghia looked over to the corner of their workshop and saw the forlorn D'Elegance and said "Well, now that you mention it..."And the rest" as they say is history!

For consignment, purchased by our consignor in 2014 from the 3rd owner after 21 years of ownership and still retaining its Italian design spit shine, a 1969 Karmann Ghia. This sports car version from Volkswagen comes to our halls all buttoned up and running like a new car thanks to a 2017 engine rebuild. It looks the part as well bathed in pale yellow, and a very nice interior. VW at its best with the sports car genre ready for the taking, just fall in love, pay the price and turn the key...auf wiedersehen!

The closest thing you can get to a Porsche 356, and actually handmade due to the body being made of entirely one piece. Yes, save for the doors, all panels were shaped then welded together then hand sanded down to the shape you see. This one is painted in pale yellow, and the door gaps are straight, however we do note body filler and repairs in the lower sections all around with the worst being the lower rear quarters that are now showing bubbling, but the remainder of the car is just smooth curves. Nice chromed accenting with the bumpers, badging, small grille openings, and a dual lower trim strip, are all mirror like finished. Black and stainless surrounds for the windows and glass are excellent and all clear. Steel drilled wheels are all around and are topped with VW badged moon caps. Schnell! Schnell!

The interior is just beautiful with a touch of upscale design to add to the mystique. This is in the form of a brown carpet that floats the sporty but simple interior and meanders under the curved wood veneered walnut dash above. Speaking of the dash, the walnut dash front is just perfect, as are all the inserts gauges, knobs, lights, factory Sapphire AM radio and added Audiovox FM receiver mounted below. A small black padded dash top is seen above, and is also very nice, no cracks or fading. Fronting this beautiful dash is a black leatherette wrapped rim steering wheel with the Wolfsberg castle emblem in the center. Tan vinyl seats are in buckets upfront, and a bench in the rear and are framed by nice tan vinyl covered simplistic door panels and rear side panels with just a touch of wrinkling. A tight but lightly stained perforated vinyl headliner is seen above and is near perfection.

As with any VW you need to pop the boot to see the power plant, so we did! Here we were met with a rebuilt 1500cc 4-cylinder air cooled engine with an 85.5mm piston and cylinder kit along with new pushrod tubes, gaskets and bearings. No corrosion or rust, not even much dust back here just a light patina and all working with each other parts. A rebuilt 1-barrel Solex carburetor is feeding the 4 cylinders, and power goes to a 4-speed manual transmission A 3.76 rear axle ratio is noted for this drivetrain.

Still well intact with no rust is the unibody frame which uses the floor pans and central panel along with some steel tubing as the structure, and it is all solid. We do note some scale rust on the pinch weld of the rocker panels but all else is just perfectly patinaed black steel. Various under the engine parts are fairly clean and oil free; we note a stock style exhaust system with the left side having recently been replaced. Independent transverse torsion bars for the front, and independent semi trailing arms for the rear suspension provides the ride and handling. Disc brakes are upfront, and drums are installed on the rear with new brake hoses and wheel cylinders on the rear and a new master cylinder. We note a new fuel tank, fuel lines and brake lines also.

TV ads of the day shows a Ghia speeding down beach stating the VW Karmann "This is the most economical sports car you can buy", then in the end it tries to break through a paper barrier and fails, with the announcer saying "it's just not the most powerful" After a quick start, this proved to be true, although it has snappy acceleration for its size, shifts beautifully, and cruises fairly quietly. A low to the ground sports car feel is exhilarating and provides a positive experience overall. All is working for the controls, but we did note that the passengers window is hard to roll up and down.

A great example with a fine earlier restoration still holding up just beautifully. Shiny pale yellow paint, clean, a rebuilt engine, and well-functioning mechanicals, clean interior, a great example from 1969. Just ge m�t lich keit as they used to say!

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
  • Listing ID: CC-1633296
  • Price: $16,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1969
  • Make:Volkswagen
  • Model:Karmann Ghia
  • Exterior Color:Pale Yellow
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:66317
  • Stock Number:4307
  • VIN:149952378
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Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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