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.