1957 VW Karman Ghia (project car)

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Technical specifications

Model:Karmann Ghia
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Interior Color:NA
Engine:4 cylinder
Trim:2 door coupe
Number of Cylinders:4
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Details on the car. . .
- It is a California 1957 VW Ghia with a clean title.- Matching numbers on Body and Pan.
- It looks like quite some time ago that the Original (LowLight) front end was changed out to a 60's style due to a fender bender. It is only the outer skin portion of the front clip as it retains all the 1957 metal inside the front trunk and the inner fender wells. The repair was welded all along the inside lip of where the front trunk seal lays.
- The nose is straight and clean even from looking on the inside.
- The inner front and rear fender wells look to be in good shape.
- The car has all the glass (front, rear, rear quarters and door glass).
- There is some rust on the bottom of the front fenders, along the outer rocker skins and in the rear lower quarters (where the rear bumper wraps around to the sides).
- There is a small quarter size rust hole under the front hood by the gas tank passenger side.
- The heater channels and door sills appear to be solid all around. There is some surface rust but they are not soft in the least.
- The engine compartment metal is solid except for the passenger side battery tray, which is typical on all Ghia's at some point in their life.
- Doors are solid along with fully functional internal mechanisms.
- Has the Original uncut dash without gas gauge hole and radio blank off plate.
- Has the Original year correct steering wheel.
- All the interior color is in Original "Toucan Black" with a patina.
- It has the very early heater controls (1956), which is a knob on each side of the dash compared to the later 2 levers on the driver side (1957 and up).
- The car is fairly straight. There is a dent in the passenger rear quarter by the tail light and in the drivers front fender just behind and below the headlight.
- The engine and gearbox looks to be updated. It looks like a 40hp engine with a split-case gearbox. The engine spins and the gearbox does shift. I have paperwork from a previous owner that shows the engine being rebuilt in the mid to late 1980's (1986-1988). The last time is looks to be registered for the road is 1991 in California.
- The pans should be replaced or patched (rear pans for sure and some of the passenger front pan).
- Since it has been off the road for some time I'm sure all the mechanicals, linkages, brakes, suspension, etc. . . need to be gone over.- Electrically it looks like the car is still 6 volts.
* Mileage listed in the Description above is not exact.
Parts that I know are missing and may or may not be a big deal to some prospective buyers.
- passenger side front fender badge
- rear deck lid script
- interior visors
- headliner (it does come with the metal bows which holds up the fabric portion of the headliner)
- side exterior trim (12 pieces)
- chrome front windshield trim
- door sill plates
- nose badge
- rear (back seat) interior cards
- needs window seals- there will be other misc. weather stripping and seals that will need to be replaced just based on the age of the car
Parts off the car that are included in the sale.
- front, rear and side quarter windows (the door glass is still installed)
- Original hubcaps (4).
- complete headlight assemblies
- partial taillight assemblies (one lens is broke, the other is missing and one trim is cracked)
- interior door cards
- rear seat (bottom and back)
- front seats (need be reupholstered)
- rear license plate light housing
- front and rear blade bumpers (rear has some toe hooks installed)
- misc. nuts and bolts from parts removed
PLEASE click on my PhotoBucket link to get a detailed look at the car: LowLight Registry
I have explained the condition of the car as completely as I can and along with the pictures I am hoping you can get a good assessment.
Please ask any questions you feel necessary in making an educated decision.
** Payment
- $200 PayPal deposit due at the time of Purchase (Accepted Offer or Buy It Now).
- Balance due in within 7 days of Purchase in the form of Cash (in person only) or Certified Cashiers Check.
*** I reserve the right to end this listing early as it is For Sale locally as well.
I will help with the loading of the car with the Buyer or Transport company.
Buyer arranges all shipping and communication.

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