DAVID BROWN

AS­SO­CIATE ED­I­TOR

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

‘Con­grat­u­la­tions, Mr Brown, you have won £20,000…’

Should that turn out to be any­thing other than an on­line fraud in­volv­ing the pres­i­dent of some dis­tant coun­try, it would not take me long to in­vest it in some­thing use­ful – that is, an­other car.

That sum would net me a very good Kar­mann Ghia coupe with a lit­tle bit to put aside to spend on keep­ing it in fifine con­di­tion. I’d also join the Kar­mann Ghia Own­ers Club (www.kgoc.org.uk), so that I could get in­volved in some of their ac­tiv­i­ties.

The mar­riage of the Ghia de­sign, Kar­mann body­work and Volk­swa­gen bee­tle un­der­pin­nings works well for me and is prob­a­bly the near­est thing to a sports car I’ve ever had han­ker­ings for. I’d pre­fer a tin top rather than a con­vert­ible.

For a spot-on rust-free low­light ver­sion I‘d need an­other £5k, but I’d hap­pily set­tle for one of the 1970s coupés with 1584cc en­gines. Even with the big­ger en­gines (the orig­i­nals could only muster 1192cc, giv­ing a top speed of 77mph), they were not as fast as their looks might sug­gest. Per­son­ally I don’t see that as a prob­lem and if my col­leagues go speed­ing by in their own mega dream ma­chines, I won’t mind be­cause I will be too busy en­joy­ing my Kar­mann Ghia.

Mind you, my luck is such that should a win­ning cheque ac­tu­ally pop through my let­ter­box, I’d get a pa­per cut when I picked it up!

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