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1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

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1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Current Bid: $7,500 (USD) by: ErrorCooled

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Eagle, Idaho


73,115 (Mi)

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1915cc Flat 4


Private Party






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This 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a mildly modified example with a custom EMPI exhaust system, a reupholstered interior, a modern stereo, and Porsche Fuchs wheels. It is powered by a rebuilt 1915cc flat-4 paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. Since new the car has resided in the West was originally restored in California in 2013 and received additional work under current ownership in 2020. This Karmann Ghia was professionally repainted in Lexus Sunset Bronze and is offered with a clear Idaho title in the seller’s name. 

A professional Sunset Bronze respray was applied as part of the 2013 restoration, which also included bodywork and cosmetic refinishing of all exterior trim. Features consist of Euro-style bumpers with guards, chrome side-view mirrors, and a chrome luggage rack.

Aluminum 15” Porsche Fuchs wheels are wrapped in new 165/60 Continental tires up front and 185/60 rubber in the rear. 

The interior is trimmed in brown and tan with new vinyl over the bucket seats, custom carpet, refurbished door panels, and professionally tinted glass. The crack-free dash has wood grain accents, and modern upgrades include a Gene Berg short shifter and a retro-style modern stereo with Bluetooth, USB input, and auxiliary inputs wired to four new speakers.

Instrumentation is framed by a wood-rimmed steering wheel and consists of a 90-mph speedometer, a fuel gauge, and a tachometer to replace the analog clock.  The 5-digit mechanical odometer reads just over 73k miles, less than 3k of which have been added since the engine rebuild. The seller reports that the mileage is original, though unable to be verified.

The 1915cc flat-4 was rebuilt in 2014, rebuilt by a professional Ghia restorer in 2020, modified with an EMPI exhaust system, 55-amp alternator, and dual Dellorto carburetors. Work performed in 2020 included front beam, heat channel, steering rebuilds, replacement of the ball joints, tie rod ends, wheel bearings, and new brakes and brake lines. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a rebuilt 4-speed manual transmission.

Undercarriage photos can be see in the gallery.

The sale includes a car cover and documentation from the restoration. A walk-around and idle video is available for viewing below

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Comments & Questions

April 07, 2021
08:02 AM

It's the Lexus Sunset Bronze 4U3. Good eye in identifying the color. Pictures can't accurately show the deep pop of the color in sunlight..

April 07, 2021
07:53 AM

Stunning color!! A modern metallic brown is such a good color for showing off a sports car's curves! Is this Autumn Shimmer Pearl (4X2) or Sunset Bronze Mica (4U3)?

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