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vintage! The Karmann Ghia | drive it!

It is a heartbreaker of a car, a real dreamboat and possibly the most beautiful VW ever built. However the sporty coupe does have one small drawback. Its design is far racier than its driving performance.The first Ghias were fitted wtih 30 horsepower VW Beetle engines, while later models got 50 horsepower motors. Still, when the Karmann Ghia was introduced back in 1955 this was more than enough to keep vehicles like the Goggomobil and BMW Isetta in check. During it's close to 20 years in production, some 443,000 Ghias were sold. Today this classic car has nothing left to prove. We take a relaxing drive in this stylish milestone of automotive history.


 


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The Motor Magazine - 21.09.2011 | drive it!
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1969 Karmann Ghia
A 1969 Karmann Ghia that is Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's first car...he wrecked it..let it set and rust...than restored it to as good as new 20 years later...a very cool car...guy...and story...I am very honored to be able to bring it to you..Check it out!!





Ugly & Crazy VWs -Worst Car Abortions! 1/2
http://www.SOLARRI.com VW Bugs, Beetle, MiniBus, Ghias, Type 181, Samba, Vanagon, Eurovan, Frapper, Bay Window Bus, Type 2, all fall victim to love. There is a special type of love for ones' Volkswagen to make these a reality. Credit for workmanship and creativity is due for some of these examples.





1969 Karmann Ghia Coupe Restored by House of Ghia
Here is an example of the work we do here at House of Ghia restorations. I will be posting the details of this restoration on the HoG website soon with progress pics. www.house-of-ghia.com





Dan's slammed Karmann Ghia The Video Volks
Dan Smith owns this beautiful slammed Ghia. A right hand drive UK model dropped on Fuchs and running a narrowed beam. Fully restored and on the road. Also currently for sale! http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1305418 For a full write up on this car check out Airmighty. Music by The Lock and Keys. Produced, filmed and edited by PJ Gibbons





How To-Buy A Volkswagen Karmann Ghia-What To Look For!
VW Karmann Ghia Cars are mainly RUST BUCKETS! My Friend Pete meets a guy that found the perfect automobile for total restoration. http://www.swrnc.com or 972-420-1293





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Very Original 1960 VW Karmann Ghia for Sale
Visit http://www.sunsetclassics.com/1960-vw-karmann-ghia/ to see this fantastic original 1960 VW Karmann Ghia for sale by Sunset Classics in Minneapolis MN. This unique example has only 20k original miles and it still retains the original factory tires from 1960! The interior is original with the exception of new carpet, and the little Karmann Ghia still sports its original 36 hpr engine. Stepping into this Karmann Ghia is like stepping into a time machine. The ivory knobs and the ornamental chrome trim is straight out of the '50s (and 1960 of course). The "whirr" of the engine paints a smile on anyone's face who is lucky enough to hear it. You can be proud driving this beauty no matter what your destination. The paint is not original but the paprika red and white color scheme is. The floor pans look to be original and they are in good shape. At some point there was some body work done to the panels just before the rear wheels. The trunk is nice and the rear quarter panels look to be original and they are in great shape. As you can see from the photos there is some rust around the headlights and in front of the passenger side rear wheel. But the paint and car look great overall, and these areas could be touched up if desired. The story history of this cute little car is both interesting and extraordinary - check out the full story at the link above as well as detailed photo gallery and more video. Then give me a call to claim her for yourself. John Snell 612-805-2428 Thanks for watching - please drop a big 'ol thumbs up and a Like on this mighty cool original Ghia for sale. http://youtu.be/mrEnTCGnPeI





Driving my Karmann Ghia
The 1956 Karmann Ghia I own does get driven from time to time. I have friends who claim I 'never' drive it. This video shows that isn't the case.





"VW" Karmann Ghia: How To Remove The Body-Part 2
BODY OFF! http://www.swrnc.com or 972-420-1293





Tim's custom 1970 Karmann Ghia





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