Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts (VAE) Featured Model — Volkswagen Ghia

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1969 Karmann Ghia by Gary Fiske

Karmann is 60 years old…..When Wheel learned that 2013 was the Karmann Ghia’s 60th we thought it was a good idea to the car for our May issue. We asked club for input and maybe even stories about their Ghia’s they presently own or owned in the past. The results was a There are only two listed in our VAE and that appears to be it. WT has heard of a of VW Beetle stories but we assume no members own or have owned a Ghia. Our front page is owned by Ken Taplin of Blue Maine.

Ken has owned his convertible for a few years since he purchased it at the “Owl’s Head Transportation” in Maine. He had an older Ghia he moved to Maine in 1967 and spurred him to bid on one of the three that in the auction. He has 25 antique and classic and drives most of them. If you the roster you will see he is partial to cars, his latest is a 356A coupe. He drove the Ghia to our Stowe Show where the page photo originated, is Ken pictured with the car.

From Ken…” I saw Wheel mentioned the ’46 Beetle I had in One of the many cars I should kept, with it’s brakes and semaphore turn but you can’t keep them Another one I let go was a ’27 Minerva I did keep the first two cars I American Austin coupe and a Franklin 4dr”.

Here is history from Ronan Volkswagen is celebrating the 60th of the Karmann Ghia. Nicknamed the in a sport coat, the car was previewed by a concept that debuted at the edition of the Paris Motor The Ghia came to life coachbuilder Karmann asked designer Luigi Segre to a new body for the Beetle. Operating input from Volkswagen, believed there was a market for a and sporty convertible based on the and readily available Beetle

For reasons that remain the convertible body style was and the first prototype took the of a coupe. Segre presented the car to execs in a small Parisian in October of 1953 and although it was not the the men had imagined, they were with the result and proudly it at the show. The Ghia was generally by the press and by visitors.

Volkswagen chief Heinz examined the car inside and out shortly the show. He was impressed with the Beetle had spawned, but he feared the would be too expensive to mass-produce. proposed to build the coupe the Beetle convertible in its own factory and the was quickly given the green for production. The Karmann Ghia was across Europe in early after undergoing only changes in its transition from a car to a production vehicle. It was powered by a 1.2-liter air-cooled flat-four straight from the Beetle bin. The convertible that had initially en-visioned was finally to the Volkswagen lineup in 1957. above the iconic Beetle, the enabled Volkswagen to reach a target audience while its image across Europe and on the United States market.

The Karmann Ghia was phased out in after 362,601 coupes and convertibles were built. The that debuted in Paris is of a private collection but it is occasionally at Volkswagen events throughout

I was heading South on the Jersey in the early 60s when it happened.

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It was 2AM Monday morning and I am driving my 57 Star Chief a little than the speed limit…. is practically the only car on the road, I am back to my ship at the naval in Norfolk, VA. As usual I am using of a three day weekend at home in The Star Chief could forever at ninety mph, at empty…. Going home on I had a 500 pound load of potatoes in the seat area so I had to go slower. My pay was only $76 a month back so I bought fresh picked in Virginia and sold them in where the new crop would not be for another month. The profit the potatoes paid for my gas and tolls and I had $50 for the weekend.

Back to that night on the There had been no lights in my mirror for some time I noticed lights slowly on me from a long way back. I down a bit but knowing the cops bother you much that at night I didn’t slow a It was not long when the vehicle me pulled into the fast and slowly passed me on the left. It was not a cop or an it was a VW Karmann Ghia. I was able to to the gent in the Ghia a ways the pike at a truck stop and the little car had only it’s 40 hp engine! I vowed that I would have a Karmann

Jumping ahead a few years, it is now I am out of the navy and back in Vermont electronics for a local cable TV I am married and have two lovely daughters. I am minding my business one day driving by Smiley’s used car lot in when I spot a robins egg Karmann Ghia. It was a 68 coupe from a 4X4 trade with an Air gent being transferred to St. he had bought it new in Mississippi and needed the he could drive in our winters. You can the rest, Smiley and I made the deal and I drove it home a few later.

You had to sit slightly sideways with feet to the right and the tiny pedals made for some foot-work but it was fun to drive. The only was when I got on the interstate I could get maybe 70MPH out of her and there was no That is when I determined I to get rid of the automatic transmission and the AC. With 44 HP to start with there was not left for the rear wheels to A transplanted standard shift and the AC did the job…95 to 100Mph was now reachable I was, by then, a responsible guy and I didn’t do high speeds any well, not as often.

Again, ahead to 2014… (life has a lot of ‘jumps’). My Karmann Ghia is out in the barn patiently waiting for me to get my obsession with cars the 1920s so it can get back on the road It was my main driver for 12 years and a lot of adventures happened during time.

How many of you are thinking about my mistake of getting rid of the automatic and the AC? The part you are missing is the 12 years I drove it with all of those 44 That is the part that my decision all-right!


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