Classic Concepts 1962 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 1 Coupé Classic Driver… — Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe

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Classic Concepts: 1962 Karmann Ghia Type 1

Even the most glorious have a finite lifespan; and it famously fell short in of performance, many will that the sumptuous Italian of the Karmann Ghia are enough, on own, to grant it the status of a – never mind the fact almost half a million sold.

But seven years its 1955 introduction, Wilhelm Junior was growing anxious. He design trends were away from the rounded, shapes which the popular embodied and, given the contract with Volkswagen to the car was proving lucrative for his company, to ensure its survival. An informal with his friend and in-demand Luigi Segre (who had the original Type 14 Karmann as well as the newly introduced 34) set the Ghia chief’s pen into with the intention of creating a

Recycling the recipe of Italian-designed over proven mass-market mechanicals that was used in the Type 14 and Type 34 Karmann a Beetle chassis was procured and set by Segre. The basic shape of the coupé was retained – including early downward swoop to the which dictated the elongated end – but the majority of the curves were out somewhat, with the intention of the successor a less effeminate With the exception of the headlights, and domed rear screen, the new car had few

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe

Ruler-isings aside, other features included the reduction of the into narrow chrome (supporting the hemispherical rear while the front windscreen into the roof section. explained that this was in to give the occupants a better of the Italian Alps. At the rear, the chromed bumper which like it had been the victim of a mishap was an inexplicably odd choice. though, perceived quality were enhanced by ensuring no bare metal could be in the cabin, with fabric or pieces providing cover

to ‘almost wasteful’ levels.

Ultimately, the Type 1 prototype was too far ahead of its time. It wasn’t the early Seventies that designs became popular, a string of outrageously wedge-shaped cars in the late Sixties had future trends. The bulbous Ghia continued to sell in its original form way beyond the Wilhelm Karmann had predicted. But when the Karmann Ghia was replaced in 1974, its successor – the – looked to be entirely made right angles.

Unfortunately, never got to see the pair’s foresight right; he died in his mid-40s, a year after penning the 1. But thankfully, the unique car still as a tribute to their sagacity, and it soon make a rare at the 2012 Schloss Bensberg Concours d’Elegance.


Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe
Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe

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