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1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupe / 1472693 Vehicle Information

1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia photograph

1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia photograph

1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia photograph

1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia
Sold for $35,200 at 2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale.
Sold for $25,300 at 2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale.
During the early 1950s, Dr. Wilhelm Karmann was building the cabriolet variant of the Beetle when the submitted designs for a potential new coupe to Volkswagen. Volkswagen ultimately rejected these plans but Dr. Karmann remained undeterred. Next he approached Italy's Carrozzeria Ghia, whose proposals for a development of the Beetle had also been turned down. Together, they developed a new body and mounted it onto a Beetle chassis. The Ghia-crafted design study was sent to Karmann in late 1953 and Volkswagen boss Heinz Nordhoff was so impressed that the Karmann Ghia entered production in 1955 as Volkswagen's upmarket coupe. Production continued at Karmann's Osnabruck plant until 1974, with more than 364,000 coupes and cabriolet versions produced.

This example is an early 'low-light' model, so called because later versions saw the headlights relocated to a higher position to simplify production and to comply with new regulations. The original 'low-light' models had smaller front grilles, rounded front fenders, and squared taillights.

This example is finished in period-correct Trout Blue (L330) with blue interior trim and has been given a no-expense spared restoration. The work was completed in 2013 and included a mechanical rebuild of the engine, transaxle, suspension, steering, and brake systems. The entire vehicle was disassembled and all components were either replaced or restored as required. The car has been driven approximately 100 miles since work was completed.

The electrical system has been updated to a 12-volt system. It has the original Sapphire AM radio, and its original jack. Power is from a 1192cc flat four-cylinder engine fitted with a single Solex 28 PICT carburetor. There is a four-speed manual transaxle and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014


2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale

Sale Price :
USD $25,300

2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $45,000-USD $55,000 
Sale Price :
USD $35,200

1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN-GHIA
Chassis#: 1472693
Sold for USD$25,300
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia image  1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia image  
1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupe
Sold for USD$42,350
  2014 Auctions America : California
 
1957 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Chassis#: 1472693
Sold for USD$35,200
  2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale
1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia image  1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia image  
1957 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA 2 DOOR HARDTOP CUSTOM
Sold for USD$20,900
  2008 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2008
 

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