Declared by the industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague as one of the 100 best-designed products in the world, the 1958 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Convertible-Low Light combines the chassis and mechanicals of the Volkswagen Type 1 with the styling and finishings of the Italian automobile design firm Carrozzaria Ghia.
Comprised of entirely hand-built bodywork by the German coach-builder Karmann, it is equipped with a 1,192-cc air cooled, four-cylinder engine, finished in factory Bernina Blue Metallic paint and topped with a navy Haartz cloth manual convertible. The dark blue interior is elegantly appointed with bucket seating in navy leatherette with white piping trim, a Phillips AM radio and salt & pepper carpeting all presented in overall factory new original condition.
Certified with a “Concours level” restoration and rebuilt to museum show car quality by renowned Volkswagen restoration expert Doug Denlinger, the model is complete with jack, whitewall spare tire, tool roll, additional paint and custom car cover. The vehicle has remained in temperature-controlled storage since completion of its 2006 restorations, with all paint, chrome and brightwork remaining in excellent condition.
With only 1,325 models produced and one of very few to have been imported stateside, this highly sought after Low Light production is one of the finest examples extant and would make an exceptional addition to any collection. Billings Auction will be showcasing and auctioning this vehicle on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
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