1966 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA TYPE 34 COUPE – 66,737 MILES SHOWING
The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a sports car marketed in 2+2 coupe (1955–1974) and 2+2 convertible (1957–1974) body styles by Volkswagen. Internally designated the Type 14, the Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle) with styling by Italy’s Carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by German coachbuilding house Karmann.
For its final model year, the vestigial rear seat was discontinued for North American models, as it lacked provisions for seat belts; all Karmann Ghia’s for 1974 were marketed strictly as two-seaters. From 1962-1969, Volkswagen marketed the Type 34, based on the Type 3 platform, featuring angular bodywork and mechanicals from said platform.
Although the Type 34 was available in most countries, it was not offered officially in the U.S. – VW’s largest and most important export market – another reason for its low sales numbers. Many still made their way to the USA (most via Canada), and the USA has the largest number of known Type 34s left in the world (400 of the total 1,500 to 2,000 or so remaining).
Like its Type 14 brother, the Type 34 was styled by the Italian design studio Ghia. There are some similar styling influences, but the Type 14 Ghia looks very different from the Type 34. The chassis is also a major difference between the cars; the Type 14 shares its chassis with a Beetle (though with wider floorpans), whereas the Type 34 body is mounted on the unmodified Type 3 chassis and drive train (the same as in a 1500/1600 Notchback, Variant (Squareback) and Fastback) – all distinguished by the standard 1500 pancake engine that allowed a front and rear boot. The Type 34 is mechanically the same as other Type 3s.
All bodywork, interior, glass, bumpers, and most of the lenses are unique to the Type 34.
The Wilhelm Karmann factory assembly line which assembled the Type 34 also produced the VW-Porsche 914 (known as Porsche 914 in the USA), the Type 34’s replacement.
Presenting very well for it’s 55 years, a very rare VW model in Australia and deserves an enthusiastic new owner.
Powered by a 1.6 Litre 4 cylinder flat 4 engine, it produced when new 48Kw and 118Nm of power and torque, delivered to the rear wheels via a 4 speed manual gearbox, giving performance figures claimed at 0-100kph in 18 secs and a top speed near 145kph. Not a high speed machine, but a glamourous and classic German cruiser from the 60’s.
The Razor Edge Type 34 design was the last of the Karmann Ghia’s and it is rare to find one and especially in this condition. Subjected to a recent overhaul by Adelaide’s leading VW specialists, GHR Motors, it now sports four brand new original style wheels and new tyres to match.
Eminently eligible for Historic registration in most jurisdictions, this equates to minimal on road costs.
Available to admire on our state of the art showroom floor in Adelaide.
We can arrange transport door to door Australia wide.
Finance – our broker offers VERY competitive rates and prompt service.
We welcome the opportunity to consider your trade in.
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