1971 Volk­swa­gen Karmann Ghia

New Zealand Classic Car - - Behind The Garage Door -

The team at Restora­tions Un­lim­ited in Whanganui have cer­tainly been busy restor­ing this Karmann Ghia.

The car ar­rived at their work­shop in Septem­ber 2014 in some­thing of a sad state and re­quir­ing a full restora­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, the dreaded tin worm had well and truly taken hold and, when the body was even­tu­ally re­moved from the floor­pan, a spe­cial frame needed to be con­structed in or­der to sup­port the Karmann-built body.

So far, the en­tire floor and, in fact, al­most all of the body has been re­placed with new, af­ter­mar­ket or spe­cially fab­ri­cated pan­els and work on the shell is near­ing com­ple­tion in prepa­ra­tion for paint­ing.

The VW’S en­gine has also been com­pletely re­built to orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tions along with the gear­box, steer­ing sys­tem and brakes. The dash as­sem­bly is cur­rently the fo­cus of at­ten­tion be­fore a com­plete new wiring loom, trim and in­te­rior is in­stalled.

The owner is still un­de­cided on the fi­nal colour scheme but rest as­sured, this Karmann Ghia is bound to be an eye-catch­ing ma­chine when com­pleted.

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