VW’s sporty Karmann Ghia born 60 years ago — Volkswagen Ghia

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Just about 60 years a guy who worked for Ghia showed a Volkswagen to an auto exec Karmann in a garage in Paris, the executive was attending the Paris show.

Karmann Ghia: at first sight.

No surprise. it was Karmann who had hired Luigi of Italian fabricator Carrozzeria to make a VW-based sportster from the normal VW line. bothered to tell VW what was in the according to VW’s official of the Karmann Ghia, produced 1955 through 1974.

Karmann’s company made convertibles and other specialty for automakers, including a VW Beetle since 1949. Leveraging relationship, he was able to successfully the Karmann Ghia to what VW was an otherwise conservative Volkswagen Heinrich Nordhoff.

All-Beetle the Karmann Ghia appealed to different crowd. VW now sometimes back on the car as a Beetle in a sports It allowed the automaker to appeal to more sophisticated buyers who willing to pay more for a stylish

At first, all Karmann Ghias coupes. Convertibles joined in VW’s official count 362,601 coupes were and 80,881 convertibles.

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Based on architecture, Karmann Ghias had a air-cooled, four-cylinder engine in driving the rear wheels.

Hemmings, publisher of authoritative on old cars, says the 1967 1969 1550 series was the most popular. It was old enough to have small bumpers U.S. regulations requiring bumpers hadn’t yet ruined the — and came with a cabin and responsive 53 horsepower

Those models were (coupe) and $2,445 (convertible), $500 or $600 more Beetles. Today, Karmann are advertised across a wide range, from about to more than 10 times much, depending on age, and condition.

The curvaceous body required panels to be welded, shaped, by hand. According to Hemmings, artisan sculptors were to create the complex curves the windshield and rear deck by molten English pewter a beech wood hand

Today, the Karmann works is by VW and called Volkswagen Osnabrück It makes the Golf Cabriolet, Boxster and Cayman, and a model Volkswagen XL1.

That’s a super-economy car able to 262 mpg. It weighs less 1,800 lbs. and runs on a diesel engine rated 47 hp, and a electric system. VW’s just a few dozen for testing.

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