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Volkswagen 1200 Karmann Ghia — 1962

A Swedish-sold Karmann-Ghia with museum history now in a drivable and pleasant condition.

Nisse Brandt
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Ida Johansen
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"An early 60s Karmann-Ghia that has bided its time in museums."

175 000SEK
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"An early 60s Karmann-Ghia that has bided its time in museums."


The Karmann-Ghia was purchased brand new from Dieselprodukter in Norrköping in 1962 by a young 27-year-old woman. The car was her first and only vehicle. After about fifteen years, probably in 1979, the car was sold to a new owner. After having been driven in both Söderköping and Vimmerby, a car dealer in Borås purchased the car in 1984, which then ended up in a basement VW museum owned by the car dealer.

It is from here that one of the owners bought the car in 1993 and placed it in his VW museum in Pålsboda, outside Örebro. In 2018, the man closed his museum and auctioned off his car collection. At that time, the car had not been used for 33 years, since 1985. Since 2018, the car has been in Täby/Vallentuna and goes by the name "Leonard," and it underwent a thorough inspection by a professional car restorer at the time of purchase.

The brakes and sills were renovated. The engine was serviced, a new battery was installed, new sealing strips around doors and hatches were fitted, a new rubber bellows for the handbrake was added, and a better-used ashtray was purchased from an enthusiast in the USA. The seats were reupholstered while retaining the original upholstery. A new carpet for the interior was ordered from Germany and installed. The car received new tires with white sidewalls, and new bumpers were mounted both front and rear. The car passed its inspection with flying colors in November 2018 and has been roadworthy ever since.

Since then, the car has been sparingly driven on summer trips within Sweden and to nearby ice cream stands. The car's type certificate from 1962 has been preserved, and the first owner's name is still attached to the car in a small decal. In 2019, the circle was completed when the young woman who bought the car new in 1962, now an elderly lady, reunited with her first and only car. It was a cherished reunion that was documented, and she also shared a photo of herself as a young driver in the car.

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
    62281 km 
  • Kw / hp
    25 / 34 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
  • Interior finish
  • Colour


  • Mechanical condition:

    The engine starts easily and runs smoothly. It sounds like it should. No issues with shifting gears. The brakes grip evenly and smoothly.

  • Interior condition:

    Reupholstered seats that have kept their original fabrics in great condition. New floor mats and nice rubber mats. Nice door panels in good condition. Headliner in good condition, but there is some discoloration above windows and doors. Upholstery on the rear shelf slightly loose against the rear window.

  • Exterior condition:

    The exterior is in good operational condition. Older repainting in acceptable operational condition but there are some small blisters and cracks in the paint. Chrome works in good condition. New sealing strips on doors and hatches. Rubber strips around the front and rear windows slightly dry.

  • General condition:

    A nice and well-maintained Karmann-Ghia in a ready-to-drive condition. This car can bring joy to a new owner for many miles.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Itrafik 2018-10-18
Ursprungsbesiktning: 1962-01-01 (typbes)
Datum i trafik första gången: 1962-01-01
Senast godkända besiktning: 2018-11-26
Besiktningsbefriad: Ja
Skattebefriad: Ja
Körförbud: Nej
Antal ägare: 7

Facts about the model

Built by the specialty car manufacturer Karmann in Osnabrück on Volkswagen's chassis, with a body designed by the Italian design house Ghia, the elegant Karmann-Ghia was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955. When serial production began the following year, it didn't take long before they started working on the convertible version, which was introduced in 1957.

The Karmann-Ghia wasn't a high-performance sports car, as it shared its mechanics with the Type 1, the Beetle. However, it was a delightful and beautiful car for leisurely Sunday drives. In 1961, it received a facelift with a larger grille and headlights positioned higher. At the same time, it got larger taillights and wheel arches.

In 1970, the rear lights were made even larger, and in 1972, the slim original bumpers were replaced by the larger ones. In 1974, the model was discontinued in favor of the new Golf-based sports coupe, the Scirocco.

Location and viewing Information

Location: Vallentuna

For viewing the vehicle, contact the valuator/depot:

Nisse Brandt
+46 707 50 89 99

Pick up

Collection must take place before: 2023-10-12.

NOTE! Payment (deposit to our account) must be made within 5 days and before collection.

Auction information

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