Purchasing A Car
As production for the type 34 ceased in 1969 and the type 14 ceased in 1974 it will mean that the car you are looking to buy will at least 49 or 44 years respectively at time of writing this in 2018.
The obvious benefit to owning a car of this age will be that it will be road tax exempt due to its historical vehicle classification, but the potential hazards are far reaching.
Fast forward a couple of decades, and the Karmann Ghia, like many other classics, has become a very desirable marque once again.
Prices for the cars in recent years have seen a dramatic rise, but that doesn’t always translate to every Karmann Ghia being worth a lot of money.
Modifications will also have a bearing on value as well as the potential market for resale. Whilst some high-end modifications can increase the value of a car, poor attempts can greatly reduce its value.
Another phrase banded about is ‘matching numbers cars’. This is simply the chassis number and engine numbers being original to the car when it left the factory. It is not unknown for a type 14 Body being bolted to a beetle chassis that has had wider floor pans grafted to the centre column, or a type 34 ending up on a type 3 floor pan, but these cases are extremely rare.
Check the doors for excessive uneven gaps caused by the extra stress from removing the roof will be evident. If you see a type 34 convertible for sale it will no-doubt be a converted coupe as only a handful of prototypes were made.
Whilst the running gear for the type 14 is the same as a beetle and the type 34’s follows the type three, the bodies are specific to each.
Unlike the beetle the Karmann Ghia’s panels weren’t pressed as on single panel but made up from several smaller panels. This means there are several potential weak spots that could be susceptible to corrosion.
Back to the beginning of this article and I’d like to reiterate how rewarding it is to own and drive a Karmann Ghia. As member the club we will give you as much help, support and advice to help you realise your dream of owning the right car for you.