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Pick of the Day: 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

A work in progress VW

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“Rough around edges” or “a work in progress” is how a lot of us would describe our classic car. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You get the pride from doing your own work, you can restore how it you wish and it gives you a strong bond to a car.

It may sound bizarre to develop a stronger bond to project car, as opposed to buying a completed classic but, after spending plenty of time doing repairs on your project, you develop a connection with this inanimate object. This concept extends to my bowling balls: they have names and, after years of being in bowling leagues, we are quite close.

1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

The Pick of the Day is a 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Carnation, Washington. (Click the link to view the listing) “Our 73 Ghia is a Northern CA native and a true survivor,” the listing states. “The body is straight, with minimal rust present. Believed to have one repaint from new in correct original yellow color. The car is coming out of dry storage. It runs well off a gas dripped into carb, but as there may be old gas in tank, we have not put gas in tank and tried running car this way.”

Rebuilt 1,776cc four-cylinder engine
Rebuilt 1,776cc four-cylinder engine

It’s powered by a rebuilt 1,776cc four-cylinder engine with 90.5 pistons, and the engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission in a 1969 case supported by a 3.08 axle ratio.

This car would be perfect for new owner to go through the fuel and brake systems and then drive and enjoy it, or a great starting point for a restoration, renewing the paint and interior.

To be clear, this Volkswagen needs work. The pictures in the listing are very telling, with spots of rust, a large dent up front and an interior that needs a lot of love to return it to its former glory. The seller is asking $9,995 for this VW Karmann Ghia though, with vintage Volkswagens going up in price, this an opportunity to start an affordable project.

Yes, this Volkswagen Karmann Ghia needs quite a bit of love, but you will know this car better than buying a complete VW. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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David P. Castro
David P. Castro
David P. Castro is one of our lead writers. The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.

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