While perusing ClassicCars.com for some window shopping to pass the day I came across a blue Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and did a double take. For the briefest of moments I thought it was the 1968 Karmann Ghia that Uma Thurman drove in Kill Bill 2 and Brad Pitt used in Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood. But alas, I was wrong. This wasn’t a Tarantino prop, but a highly modified VW that I wanted to learn more about.
“The body was removed and sandblasted down to bare metal on this 1966 Karmann Ghia custom roadster,” the listing states. “The body was sent to John Holloway (Holloway Cars) for a two-and-a-half-year body and paint restoration and was finished in Porsche Miami Blue. A 1962 Corvette fiberglass cover was modified and adapted with its original hinges to fit the rear seat area, giving it a Porsche speedster look.”
This VW is powered by an upgraded 2286cc four-cylinder engine with a pair of Italian Weber 40mm carburetors, and custom exhaust headers with new mufflers and tailpipes. The engine is paired with a custom four-speed manual transmission featuring a taller second and third gear, and a Freeway Flyer fourth gear.
It rides on a chassis with new pans and drop front spindles, and a set of KYB shock absorbers. Front and rear disc brakes were installed, and adapters were installed for the five-lug Porsche 15-inch wheels.
“The interior features a Race Mark steering wheel re-covered and stitched in black leather, a rear seat delete metal pan to create a spacious luggage compartment, German square-weave Charcoal Gray carpet with custom-made Coco Mats, and a pair of 1968 911 factory seats were completely rebuilt and installed,” the listing states.
The highly custom 1966 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is available for $39,900 and the dealer advises that it has 750 miles since the restoration.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.