The seller says this 1973 Karmann Ghia convertible will need a little tuning, as it has been sitting a short while. But that’s probably OK, as VW reliability is legendary—a Beetle was shown starting after 200 years in a cave in the Woody Allen movie “Sleeper,” and as he says in the film, “They really built these things, didn’t they?”
Mechanical parts are plentiful and cheap—after all, these cars are based on the VW Beetle, with the same rear-mounted air-cooled 4-cylinder engine. The original powerplant is still in place, and, according to the seller, it now sports a new carburetor and generator. Other fresh mechanical bits include brakes and tires.
The paint, convertible top, wheels, chrome bumpers, and interior are also said to be new. It’s not mentioned if the color is original, but it does resemble the Saturn Yellow available in 1973. The car shows well in the sunlight, and the seller makes no note of any blemishes or areas needing attention. But even though it looks decent in the photos posted, as always, getting an expert to do a pre-purchase inspection is a good idea before writing a check.
A total of 164 1965-74 Karmann Ghias have sold on eBay Motors in the last year, with good to excellent examples averaging $7k to $11k. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and fun summer driver, check out this one’s listing here.