1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe 4-Speed

Up for auction is this 1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe finished in Orange over a black leatherette interior.  Styled in Italy by Carrozzeria Ghia with bodywork hand-built in Germany by Karmann, the Karmann Ghia is an air-cooled rear-engine sports car based on Volkswagen’s Beetle.  This 1972 example was sold new from a VW dealer in Lynchburg, Virginia, and was recently acquired by the seller from the original owner’s family.  One of the most iconic automotive designs of its era, this nicely preserved Karmann Ghia is now being offered for auction by the seller out of Ohio while showing just under a reported 60k original miles on the odometer

This 1972 example is finished in an uncommon shade of Orange and is said to have been kept in a climate-controlled garage from new.  The paint is said to have been well-preserved with only a few minor touchups near the gas filler and front hood, additional images are provided in the photo gallery.  The floor pans are reported to be in good condition and the body panels are believed to be original.  For the 1972 model year, the Karmann Ghia was updated with larger taillights and a new squared-section rear bumper design.  This VW rides on factory 15” slotted wheels featuring chrome hubcaps and Classic All-Season tires sized 165/80.

The black leatherette interior is described as highly original apart from an aftermarket EMPI shifter.  Some signs of wear are noted on the upholstery and the headliner exhibits a few small tears.  A period Sapphire radio remains in place and the seller reports all gauges to be working properly.

This Volkswagen is powered by a rear-mounted 1600cc flat-four air-cooled engine paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox.  An upgraded Solex carburetor was installed in 1999 and the car is said to have been kept up to date on annual services.  The original dealer maintenance book is also said to accompany the sale showing stamps up until 1974 at 17k miles.

This sale will include the original owner's manual and a clean West Virginia title.  A true automotive icon, this beautifully presented Karmann Ghia is ready to be cherished and enjoyed by its next caretaker.

Auction Results

  • Highest Bid: $11,000
  • Auction End: 2021-06-21 19:35:10+00:00
  • Number of Bids: 14
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Comments (22)

  • ddespri 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $11,000

  • iriswilll 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $10,500

  • ddespri 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $9,000

  • CCCltd (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Final five minutes! Do not miss out on this great car. It will come with a full safety inspection from a VW mechanic.

  • iriswilll 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $8,250

  • ballengibson 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $7,500

  • CCCltd (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @PMason We do not have extensive services records on the car. With that said we do have the original owners manual with some of the services records dating back to the late 1970's. The manual also shows the VW dealership where the vehicle was originally purchased. If you have any other questions please let me know. - John

  • juvet 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $7,250

  • PMason (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Are there any service records available?

  • ballengibson 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $6,500

  • Gallery 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $6,250

  • ballengibson 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $5,500

  • EuropeanC 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $5,250

  • ballengibson 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $5,000

  • krinsky1965 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $3,500

  • CCCltd (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    This is an awesome, original Ghia. These are going up, up, up in value. We saw what happened with 356 values, we think Ghia's will follow suit. Questions, let us know. We buy and sell vintage VW's of all kind. Thanks!

  • ChewyBacca1974 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $3,250

  • Cward2 (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @CCCltd Thanks for the update.

  • CCCltd (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @Cward2 Thank you very much. It is a great example with a very cool color. The photos have been sent to the PCar team and should be uploaded shortly. The door sills and hinges are in great condition. There is some black trim tape on the top of the door below to window under the chrome strip you are seeing. Upon peeling a small section back the paint underneath looks perfectly fine and I am not certain why the previous owner added it but it is still on there. The nose appears structurally sounds though there has been a section replaced at some point in time. If you have any other questions please let me know. Thanks - John

  • Cward2 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $3,000

  • Cward2 (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    What a beautiful stock ghia. Couple picture requests. Close up of inside the nose panel where the horns are with the spare tire removed. Door sills and hinge areas. Underside of doors. close up of the tops of the doors where there is black paint on the tops (or am I seeing a shadow). Thanks

  • CCCltd (seller) 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Hi this John with Centralclassiccars.com take a look at this beautiful 1972 Karmann Ghia . This Karmann Ghia is all original and price values on Karmann Ghia’s are increasing as they are becoming harder and harder to find in good condition. If you have questions please let me know. Thank you

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1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe 4-Speed
Final bid: $11,000 This auction has ended.