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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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A true classic - Karmann Ghia | Drive it!
Wulf Henrichs is a passionate collector of classic cars. He decided to take a risky venture and bought an old classic over the internet for 17,000 euros without even taking a look at it. It's a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and spent most of its life in the United States. Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/drive-it/s-9690-9798





Vintage! The VW Beetle | drive it
It sounds a bit strange for a popular family car like the Volkswagen Beetle to be outfitted with a roll bar, bucket seats and a racing harness. But the first souped-up VW Bugs hit the roads in Germany as early as 1951.Drive it! got a chance to take a specially-tuned, vintage rallye Beetle out for a spin - and discovered that roll bars, bucket seats and racing seat belts are more than welcome in a Bug that can do 170 km/h.





Vintage! Porsche 911S | drive it!
The 911 is THE iconic sports car and the raspy note from its air-cooled engine became its trademark.Two years after the 911 hit the showrooms, Porsche came out with the even more powerful 911S. Under the hood was a 2 liter motor pumping out 160 PS. It was enough to take car and driver to a top speed of over 220 km/h. The original design from 1963 was the work of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who was just 28 years old at the time. The car's timeless silhouette still catches the eye today and provides the blueprint for all 911s that followed.





vintage! The VW-Porsche 914 | drive it!
The moon landing was no doubt the most pioneering event of 1969. But what Volkswagen and Porsche came out with that year also looked to many sports car lovers like something out of this world. The VW-Porsche 914 polarized people -- and still does today. Some consider the car a rotten compromise, others a true maverick. Still the numbers speak for themselves -- some 120-thousand 914s were built, making it the first mid-engine car to rack up six-digit sales figures.





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!!





Kansas City to Daytona FL and back in a VW Karmann Ghia
2600 miles behind the wheel of my favorite Volkswagen. The detination was the Youtube Garage Gang Extravaganza in Daytona Florida. I was fortunate to meet and hang out with a lot of incredible Youtube Users in person. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible. Thanks to everyone who helped me, encouraged me and pushed me to complete my car. I could not have done it without you. This was a trip I'll remember until the day I die.





67 Karmann Ghia Viper V-10 "Blue Mamba"
A 1967 Karmann Ghia with a Viper V-10 motor in it that I shot at the Detroit AutoRama 2013.....this is one cool Volkswagen...Make sure you subscribe so that you don't miss any of the other cool cars I shot at this show!! Hear it run https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTvzfOzxsdI Apparel Provided By: http://www.etmotorgear.com Check them out!!





My 1974 Karmann Ghia
This is my 1974 Ghia. It was a hunk of junk when I first purchased it. Five years later after taking it compleatly apart it's now my favorite toy. 87mm pistons too. The gauges on the dash are VDO, but I purchased three "BUS" fuel gauges from junkyards. I removed the chromes rings and installed them on the new VDOs. Now they match the originals on the dash.





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





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





Karmann-Ghia Coupe 2013 Concept by Renan Carlos Oliveira (2nd Place)
Projeto 2º colocado do Concurso Universitário Karmann-Ghia de Design. Feito por Renan Carlos Oliveira, da UEMG (Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais) https://www.facebook.com/renandicarlo http://www.behance.net/renan_oliveira renandicarlo@gmail.com





1971 VW Karmann Ghia "Bond's VW"
Engine running on 1971 Karmann Ghia VW with walk around to show off paint job by Conrad Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FPoj/





VW Karmann Ghia - FIRST DRIVE!!!!
OH YEAH!!! After 18 years of cutting, grinding, welding, filling, sanding, sanding, sanding, priming, painting, buffing, fixing, wiring, trimming, sweating, cussing, smiling, crying, talking, screaming, farting and everything else it takes to dismantle and restore a car, the Karmann Ghia moved again for the first under it's own power. The feeling? AWESOME!!!





1956 Karmann Ghia Import | Chasing Classic Cars
Wayne unveils his one of a kind, 1956 Karmann Ghia LowLight Judson and discusses why VW's are on the upswing. He says cuteness, usability and quality of restoration play a role in determining how much these cars go for. For more videos, visit http://velocity.discovery.com/videos/chasing-classic-cars/





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.





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