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This Incredible Brazilian VW America Never Got Is For Sale Here Right Now

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I get that everything is pretty miserable at the moment in the world, which makes me think that perhaps contemplating a lovely object will help soothe you, a bit. If that’s the case, then we’re in luck, as Bring A Trailer has a very lovely object to consider, a 1974 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia TC, a car that I think may be the loveliest air-cooled VW ever. These never made it out of Brazil officially, and as a result are absurdly rare here, so I expect this auction will bid up to a pretty hefty price. I think.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the Karmann-Ghia TC, it’s not unlikely that you may think it looks a bit like a hybrid of a Pinto and a Porsche 911. I kind of think that, but I also think, somehow, it really works.

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It differs from the better-known Type 1 Ghia pretty significantly, as it’s based on the Type 3 platform and drivetrain, though it’s not the same as the other Type 3 Ghia, the Type 34, just to keep things nice and confusing.

Like any respectable Type 3, it has the very compact pancake engine, in this case with twin carbs and making 65 horsepower from its 1584cc, crammed down low under the rear hatch floor, meaning you’ve got luggage room front and rear.

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This one on BaT is looks so achingly wonderful in it vapor-gray color; it seems it had a restoration in Brazil a while back before making its way to Texas, and while it’s in excellent condition, it’s not nearly so perfect that you couldn’t, say, buy it and gleefully daily drive it until you evaporate into a sparkling cloud of joy that most witnesses thought was an intense, localize aurora.

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At the moment, the bidding is just under $5,000, which would be an incredible steal for this car, but, of course, there’s a whole week to go. If anyone reading this ends up winning the auction, please consider this my formal request to drive this car for an episode of Jason Drives, which will hopefully return when all the plagues and riots and murder hornets and cruelty and all that bullshit dissipate, at least a little bit.

I still maintain that the next big thing for collector cars in America will be South American cars; I see auctions like this as a sort of vanguard, predicting what’s to come. I hope I’m right!

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Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!: https://rb.gy/udnqhh)

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I for the life of me can’t understand why cars this pretty can’t be designed today. Simple lines and so elegant.

Imagine a modern version of this car with FWD and a modern power train. It would sell by the dozens. (Unfortunately not better than that, because everyone seems to want a box with lots of weird angles that looks like an ugly animal taking a dump.)