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Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 34 “Razor Edge”

Beauty, say, is in the eye of the beholder, and the Karmann Type 34, or “razor edge” is one car that is still generally to be beautiful, although perhaps a “different”. 

Karmann Ghia 34

Karmann – More than Convertibles

Wilhelm Karmann his first coach building in August 1901 and soon a solid reputation as a motor builder, although horse carriages were still the part of his business.  Despite his being effectively destroyed by two wars, Karmann persevered, and in May came to an arrangement with to manufacture a convertible variation of the Beetle sedan.  The first car was delivered in August 1949, and began the long term between VW and Karmann.  Approximately Karmann Cabriolet Beetles made before the model was in January 1980.

By 1950 Volkswagen was in discussions Karmann to design a sports based on the Beetle chassis, and several small scale mock-ups were produced the next two years, none of was acceptable to “management”.  In 1952, Karmann Jnr, now head of the commenced secret discussions Luigi Segre of the Italian house Carrozzeria Ghia for “fresh” ideas for the VW sports In September 1953 Ghia a full size prototype to Wilhelm Karmann.  Thrilled the concept, the prototype was in turn to Volkswagen in November 1953, and by the end of the contracts had been signed to the new car which would carry all names of the originators; VW, Karmann and

Karmann Ghia Type 1

Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia

The Karmann Ghia was officially to the public on July 14, 1955 and by 1955 was available in German car Public demand for the “new VW” was with more than 500 KG produced by the end of the year, and the Karmann struggling to meet demand.  based on the standard VW Beetle suspension and mechanicals etc, the stylish and sporty body many fans.  Performance the standard 1200 cc motor spectacular, but a more aerodynamic and improved handling certainly the driver feel “sportier” if driving a standard Beetle.  A version of the Karmann Ghia in 1957.  When production of the 1 Karmann Ghia finished in around 283,000 coupes and cabriolets had been built.

Type 3 Volkswagen

By the mid 1950s, knew that they a replacement for their now dated something that offered power, comfort, standard and more room.  VW knew that they needed to the middle class marketplace.  of the key to finding the replacement was a modification to flat four motor – by the fan shroud and running the fan off the crankshaft, VW up with an engine layout increased space in the rear of car and additional luggage space.  A new design with added not found on the Beetle and a 1500 cc motor was produced and designated the VW 3.   The model range a sedan (known as the Notchback) and a wagon (or Squareback).  Turning to the team of Karmann and Carrozzeria again, the Type 3 range included a sports coupe; the Ghia Type 34.  The new was officially introduced at the Frankfurt Show in September 1961, and the new were an immediate success.

Karmann Ghia Type 34

The Ghia Type 34 was the most VW model available, the fastest, and the luxurious, although the new body was somewhat controversial.  Features fog lights, cigarette lighter, clock, front and rear windows, locking steering variable wiper controls and the of an electrically operated sliding sun-roof.  The body was beautifully and the interior trimmings include fitted carpets, padded etc.  There is room for up front and also above the Plus the rear seat can be flat if extra space is Locating the battery under the seat, and the spare tyre in front of the “boot” also interior space.  The seats are and the driving position is good, if a little low.  All necessary come to hand quite and the instruments are well positioned.  levels are a

lot less than in previous VWs.

Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia
Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann Ghia

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