Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Baja Ghia: 1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

Everything Baja is cool right now -- you can find Baja 911s, Baja Mustangs, and Baja Beetles galore, but I can't say I've seen many Baja-Ghias in my time.  But I like it because it combines the basic rugged Volkswagen Beetle powertrain with a unique body that doesn't look like a pregnant ladybug. Find this 1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia offered for $6000 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1966 VW Baja Karman Ghia 
condition: excellent 
cylinders: 4 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
paint color: blue 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: convertible 
Very unique, very awesome VW Baja Karman Ghia. The body is a 1966 but it has a newer ('72?) engine. Very fun car to drive. Runs great! Moving to the midwest and so it won't be practical there. Has new brakes, steering box, rear tires, and BT stereo. $6000.00 OBO

See a better way to drive blue?


  1. Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads.

  2. This one is speaking to me. If it's fully sorted mechanically and has a good pan, the asking price is reasonable (maybe a tad high). Hopefully it's an original AZ car with no rust. The ad just doesn't show/tell enough. It looks like a fun toy for the sand and dirt. It would look perfect parked at the beach.

    There's plenty of fun to be had with it like it is. If you want to do anything more serious off road, you'd want to beef it up a bit with skid plates, brush guards, a real roll bar, etc. As it is now, it's a good starting point to go further without the guilt of cutting up a Ghia.

  3. is this a hardtop/sawzall convertible conversion?

  4. Not so sure about the rear suspension setting. Looks like it was raised to allow those wide tires, and that has really messed up the camber. I think I prefer my Karmann-Ghia set up as a canyon carver, rather than a canyon jumper.

  5. The Volkswagen 181 Thing and the Karman Ghia share the same pan, which is wider than the Type 1.
    Who knows, maybe this has portal axles.

  6. The rear body work doesn't look very well supported. Baja ghia doesn't work as well since the fenders are part of the body.

    This feels like $2500-3000 to me, but that's the 90s talking.


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