The Nicest Karmann Ghia on the Planet?

Karmann Ghia

Tom Cobb's 1968 Karmann Ghia convertible

This 1968 Karmann Ghia convertible may well be the nicest one on the planet.  Think it’s a near-perfect restoration?  Think again.

This VW is an all-original survivor that, almost astonishingly, spent its entire life in Indiana.  It has never been restored but has been extraordinarily maintained in its original, showroom condition since it was new, some 43 years ago.

Its current owner, Tom Cobb of Lafayette, Ind., has owned the car for about seven years and is the third owner.  He knew he was buying a nice car but didn’t realize how special it was until the party from whom he bought it brought over a folder full of documentation, some time after Tom made the purchase.  The folder contained every possible document associated with the car since it left the factory.

To this day, according to Cobb, the only items that have been replaced are the tires, the brake pads and fluids.  It has never been repainted, the upholstery and dash pad still look new and the engine compartment has nary a speck of oil or dust.

Spotless engine comparment

Cobb’s Karmann Ghia made an appearance at Bloomington Gold’s Survivor Car Show in St. Charles, Ill., last year and drove off with a ZZenith award, the highest prize available.  Cobb and his car, along with a handful of other past winners, were invited back for this year’s show so they could be featured in an on-site exhibit.

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