Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a car sold between 1955 and 1974 by Volkswagen and was available as a 2+2 coupe or cabriolet with the combination of the chassis and mechanics of the Type 1 (Beetle), styling by Luigi Segre of the Italian Carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built body by German coach-builder Karmann. The Karmann Ghia was internally designated as the Type 14. Later in 1961, Volkswagen introduced a variant, the Type 34 - with angular body and based on the newly introduced Type 3 platform.
Production doubled shortly after its introduction and became the most imported car in the US. American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague selected the Karmann Ghia for his list of the most beautifully designed products in the world.
Over 445,000 Karmann Ghias were produced in Germany, with the exception of the Type 34 variant. Karmann Brazil produced 41,600 cars for the South American market between 1962 and 1975.
The VW Karmann Ghia debuted October 1953 at the Paris Auto Show as a styling concept for Ghia by Luigi Segre.
In the early fifties, Volkswagen produced their economy car, the Type 1 (Beetle).
Later during the post-war prosperity, executives at Volkswagen suggested adding a Halo Car to the model range, outsourced to German Coach builder Karmann for development.
The design and prototype were well received by Volkswagen executives and in August 1955 the first Karmann Ghia was manufactured in Osnabrück, Germany. More than 10,000 cars were sold in the first year.
The Karmann Ghia was marketed as a practical and stylish 2+2 rather than a true sports car. The displacement of the Volkswagen grew simultaneously with the Beetle.
Karmann Ghia Cabriolet
In August 1957, Volkswagen introduced a cabriolet version of the Karmann Ghia. Exterior changes came in 1961; wider fins for grilles, larger round taillights and headlamps moved to a higher position. Italian designer Sergio Sartorelli, designer of the Type 34, oversaw the various restylings of the Karmann Ghia Cabriolet.
The 1967 Karmann Ghia cabriolet gained fame on American television as the car driven by CONTROL Agent 86 Maxwell Smart in the opening credits of the third and fourth seasons of Get Smart.
In 1970, Volkswagen introduced larger taillights with integrated reversing lights and larger wrap-around turn signals. In 1973, the US model was modified with energy-absorbing bumpers, by order of the National Highway Traffic Safety. At the end of 1974 the car was replaced by the Porsche 914 and the on Golf/Rabbit based Scirocco.
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At E&R Classics you will find various Volkswagen Karmann Ghia models, from Coupe to Cabriolet. We want to make sure that you buy the classic Karmann Ghia that suits you best. That is why we have put together an extensive photo report on our site of every Karmann Ghia that we offer. If you prefer to physically admire this beautiful oldtimer, you are very welcome in our showroom in Waalwijk.
If you are in possession of a beautiful Karmann Ghia, you can of course do what you want with it. For example, you can participate in a classic car rally, enjoy a holiday with the classic car or join a Karmann Ghia classic car club. This way you can share your passion for the Karmann Ghia with other enthusiasts.
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At E&R Classics, all classic cars are checked on 125 points by one of our own skilled mechanics. The Karmann Ghia models that we offer are of high quality and often extensively restored. Both optically and technically these classics are in very good condition. After all, the quality of the classics is our number one priority.
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In addition to buying Karmann Ghia classic cars, you can also contact us for selling and/or trading in your Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Feel free to contact one of our classic car experts for more information about selling and/or trading in your classic Volkswagen. We are specialized in registration and inspections and worldwide transport to your front door is possible.
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