El Cheapo: 1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14

To say that prices for the vintage Volkswagen Type 14 Karmann Ghia are all over the place is an understatement at best. People seem to ask anywhere from $5k to $25k for a basic running/driving example, and I can’t tell if it the cheap ones are total junk or the expensive ones are overpriced junk. Hagerty lists a surreal jump from $10k for a #4 fair example to $71k for a #1 concours perfect example. This is not the typical spread for a classic car, and it indicates some interesting market dynamics, particularly for a car produced in prodigious numbers like the Type 14. Anyway, today’s next example could probably be turned into a basic running driver by a few weekends of labor and is offered for a cheap price. Find this 1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia offered for $7000 in Novato, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1963 2 door sedan
fuel: gas
odometer: 15195
odometer rolled over
title status: clean
transmission: manual
Second owner of a 1963 Karmann Ghia. It was a daily driver. Had just rebuilt the engine and tranny before we parked it 15 years ago. We started it up and it runs, but tranny now leaks. 1600cc, with sump, stick shift.

sorry I see this car everyday and I forget things: passenger door won’t open, rear lid won’t latch. The nose, above headlights and around window are ‘bondo’d’. The battery won’t hold a charge- but car runs after it’s ‘jumped.’ Have original chrome for around the windows. Registered currently as non-op.

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