195674 Volkswagen KarmannGhia History by Dan Jedlicka — Volkswagen Ghia

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1956-74 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

The Karmann-Ghia is a stylish, affordable car that’s inexpensive to buy, run and

The combination of almost voluptuous styling, solid construction and components from the rear-engine Beetle gave the Karmann-Ghia a combination.

The first Karmann-Ghia was in Europe in 1955 and arrived in as a coupe in 1956. The convertible followed in 1958. It cost to $400 more than the but was sportier to convertible-loving Americans, for it initially was built.

The slick car was sold through 1974. totaled an impressive 387,975 And it could have lasted at several years longer, that the Karmann coachworks of Germany needed more to build Volkswagen’s new Scirocco which lacked the Karmann-Ghia’s

Many Karmann-Ghias have mostly in Sun Belt areas no rust-producing salted winter

As of August, 2009, a 1956-74 coupe in really good is valued from $4,225 to while one in excellent shape $9,700 to $12,925, says the Vehicle Value Guide. The convertible costs from to $8,650 in very good and from $15,575 to $18,150 in shape.

Those figures are chump change for a desirable car in today’s market.

The first enhanced Volkswagen’s image the Beetle was fairly new to America in the Each one built reminded buyers that Volkswagen make a dashing, solidly car with the Beetle’s storied and reliability.

It couldn’t be any other because the Karmann-Ghia was a Beetle its sleek body, with the rear-mounted, rugged, air-cooled chassis and other mechanical

Even the nicely padded top with its glass (not rear window was easy to especially when compared to soft tops of popular sports cars sold in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Karmann-Ghia had a sportier dashboard the Beetle’s, besides wide, padded adjustable front that made Beetle look cheap. But, all, the Karmann-Ghia initially $2,245, or $900 more the Beetle and was expensive by Volkswagen’s standards.

The most desirable is arguably the 1967 model its 1.5-liter engine. That’s it was the last one unaffected by U.S. and emissions regulations.

This Volkswagen was easy to buy and service, most foreign sports because many areas of the had a conveniently located VW dealer. Karmann-Ghias have survived, in Sun Belt areas with no salted roads.

Volkswagen called the Karmann-Ghis a sports although its tight fold-down seat essentially made it a

One clever VW advertisement pictured it racing stripes that it look ready for the track. lose, said the advertisement’s tag

At first, the Karmann-Ghia just had the Beetle’s fuel-stingy 1.2-liter, four-cylinder engine. But acceleration was because the car only weighed 1,750 pounds, or about 150 more than the Beetle.

The was three inches longer the Beetle and nearly seven lower, although front room was decent. Its low-slung helped it handle better and it more resistant to crosswinds the oddly shaped Beetle, it had the Beetle’s excellent traction.


The aerodynamic body let it reach 80 mph, which was acceptable many high-speed interstate weren’t in existence during of its life.

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The Karmann-Ghia’s styling was Italy’s famous Ghia which worked on exotic sports cars. It’s who did the Karmann-Ghias’a actual styling But strong styling influences from American Virgil who created Chrysler’s sensational Forward Look styling, and Mario Boano. Ghia director Luigi Segre, who promote the Karmann-Ghia project, their ideas with the of other Ghia personnel.

The Karmann-Ghia had a specially crafted from the respected Karmann which was making solid convertibles in the early 1950s. It saw a car as the Karmann-Ghis as a way to make more

Chassis side rails widened to handle the four-inch-wider body. A front anti-sway bar was for better handling, and there different springs and shock

Beetles without bodies shipped from Volkswagen’s plan to Karmann’s facilities, Karmann-Ghia bodies were painted, trimmed and put in Volkswagen’s system.

That process easy. The complex Karmann-Ghia called for many internal to be welded together and to the main Almost hand-construction methods required. They included filing and sanding all seams painting. All that helped the car look great, but led to expensive if a body panel needed

Beetle sales were so rapidly that Volkswagen did to promote the Karmann-Ghia until when it got 40 horsepower. After the car just kept getting in small ways because it the mechanical changes that the Beetle.

The Karmann-Ghia was one of those with virtually perfect styling, so only subtle changes were made as the passed. For example, larger lights, taillights, turn and hazard-warning lights followed new safety regulations and industry

Front disc brakes added in 1965, and a semi-automatic was made available for 1968.

climbed to 53 in 1967,and the car could hit 90 mph by with its larger 1.6-liter, four-cylinder.

The Karmannn-Ghia’s main attractions, were its sporty appearance and not its performance. Still, it was fun to drive and keep up with traffic.

as Chevrolet’s rear-engine Corvair is a desirable, affordable collector the Karmann-Ghia is finally getting its day in the

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