The phrases “rare” and Volkswagen Karmann Ghia don’t often do collectively. That is, until you’re trying on the greater, sharp-edged model often known as the Type 34 that was in-built comparatively restricted numbers and by no means formally imported by VW to the US.
Like the Karmann Ghia Type 14 – the acquainted sport mannequin primarily based on the Beetle chassis and air-cooled, flat-Four working gear – the Type 34 was designed by Carrozzeria Ghia of Milan and produced in VW’s Karmann meeting plant in Osnabrück, Germany.
But the Type 34 was a bigger, roomier mannequin constructed on the VW Type three chassis (assume fastback and squareback) and bigger-displacement engine. The look is just like the traditional Type 14 however totally different sufficient to make you scrunch up your eyes and say, “huh?”
The Pick of the Day is a 1966 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34, produced from 1961 by 1969 and identified within the UK as The Razor’s Edge because of its crisp character strains that stretch from nostril to tail.
“In Germany, the Type 34 is known as “Der GroBe Karmann” or “The Large Karmann” because of its roomier and extra luxurious options, in comparison with its better-known sibling, the Type 14,” in response to the Jackson, Mississippi, supplier promoting the VW on ClassicCars.com. “At the time, the Type 34 was the most expensive car in the Volkswagen lineup, costing as much as two Beetles.”
This plus-size Ghia seems to be a preserved unique coupe (they have been all coupes) with simply 34,942 miles displaying on its odometer, the vendor notes. The automobile nonetheless wears its Manila Yellow manufacturing facility paint, with its apparently unique 1,600cc, air-cooled boxer engine and 4-speed handbook transmission.
“This a true testament to an almost unheard of and rare Volkswagen,” the vendor says. “This vehicle does run and drive, as well as holds all of its original patina. Unrestored and never modified, it remains a living legend in the world of European nostalgia.”
So sure, this VW is kind of uncommon in each kind and situation. There have been simply 42,500 Type 34s produced from 1961-69, and it’s estimated that about 1,200 nonetheless exist worldwide, with about 400 of these within the US, the advert says, quoting Type 34 Registry information.
The asking worth appears affordable at $27,500, and the longer term proprietor can resolve whether or not to take pleasure in and drive it as-is, sustaining its originality, or restore it as a uncommon showpiece.
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