VW Karmann Ghia 1974
The Type 14 debuted at the October 1953 Paris Auto Show as a styling
concept created for Ghia by Luigi Segre.
In the early 1950s, Volkswagen was producing its economy car, the Type 1
(Beetle). With an increase in post-war standards of living, executives at
Volkswagen proposed adding a halo car to its model range, contracting with
German coachbuilder Karmann for its manufacture. Karmann in turn contracted
the Italian firm Ghia, who adapted styling themes previously explored for
Chrysler and Studebaker to a Beetle floorpan widened by 12 in (300 mm).
In contrast to the Beetle's machine welded-body with bolt-on fenders, the
Karmann Ghia's body panels were butt-welded, hand-shaped and smoothed with
English pewter in a time-consuming process commensurate with higher-end
manufacturers -- and resulting in the Karmann Ghia's higher price.
The design and prototype were well received by Volkswagen executives, and
in August 1955 the first Type 14 was manufactured in Osnabrück, Germany.
Public reaction to the Type 14 exceeded expectations, with over 10,000 sold
in the first year.
VW Karmann Ghia Cabriolet
The Type 14 was marketed as a practical and stylish 2+2 rather than as a
true sports car. As they shared engines, the Type 14's engine displacement
grew concurrently with the Type 1 (Beetle), ultimately arriving at a
displacement of 1584 cc, producing 60 hp (45 kW).
In August 1957, Volkswagen introduced a convertible version of the Karmann
Ghia. Exterior changes in 1961 included wider and finned front grilles,
taller and more rounded rear taillights and headlights relocated to a
higher position -- with previous models and their lower headlight placement
called lowlights. The Italian designer Sergio Sartorelli, designer of
Type 34, oversaw the various restylings of Type 14.
In 1970, larger taillights integrated the reversing lights and larger
wrap-around turn signals. Still larger and wider taillights increased side
visibility and at the same time large square-section bumpers replaced the
smooth round originals. For the USA model only, 1973 modifications mandated
by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) included
energy-absorbing bumpers. A carpeted package shelf replaced the rear seat.
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
Vintage! Porsche-powered Karmann Ghia | Drive it!
Jochen Bader's Karmann Ghia RS is one of a kind. It's part Volkswagen, part
Porsche and a whole lot of fun. He took the sporty body of a 1970 Karmann
Ghia and pumped it full of Porsche technology. The result is a Ghia with an
output of 321 horsepower and a top speed
of more than 300 kilometers an hour.
Drive it! home page: http://www.dw.de/program/drive-it/s-9690-9798
1971 VW Karmann Ghia Convertible for Sale
Visit http://www.sunsetclassics.com/1971-karmann-ghia-convertible/ to see
this great barn find - a 1971 VW Karmann Ghia Convertible sold by Sunset
This cute little Ghia has lived in a barn for the past 24 years! It is
happy to be in my garage with other good VW company, but I already have a
yellow Ghia Convertible so this one is up for sale. The long-time owner
said he took the car out every year to keep things fresh. When I looked at
the car he admitted it had been 3 years since it had been driven. The barn
was on a dirt road way out in the Minnesota prairie. It was a fun find.
Convertible Karmann Ghias are definitely one of my favorite barn finds for
a classic car.
Enjoy the video and then take a look at the link above for the full
description as well as 2 photo galleries of this fun classic Karmann Ghia.
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If you are interested in buying a Karmann Ghia give me a call!
1972 VW Karmann Ghia
1972 Karmann Ghia Convertible. Great little California car, same owner for
the last 8 years. Solid, straight body and very comfortable interior. Car
appears to have had a couple of color changes, it was originally yellow.
The body is very nice with very little filler and no rust. The passenger
floor shows some rust and will need to be replaced eventually if the car is
to be driven in the weather. Otherwise, drivers side is fine. The black
cloth top is in nice condition as is the rear glass window. The interior is
also pretty nice though the door panels are warped. The car starts and runs
well. It shifts nicely and drives straight. The brakes are responsive and
the suspension functions properly with good handling. Car shows 6K miles,
the actual miles are unknown.
Owning a classic VW is a great feeling! You'll get thumbs-up every where
you go, and you'll soon realize these cars have a personality all their
own. If you've ever considered buying a Ghia, or if you've had a classic VW
in the past and want to rekindle that joyous, nostalgic feeling that can
only come from a classic Volkswagen, then this is the car for you. Not to
mention the extremely low cost of ownership, great gas mileage and the fact
that these cars are only appreciating in value. See it at
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 more videos, visit
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!!
My four classic Karmann Ghias: '73 Ghia Vert for Sale
My four classic Karmann Ghias, as you might guess the Karmann Ghia and
especially the Ghia Convertible is my favorite car. Here we have a 1962
Ghia Convertible (restoration in progress), a very original 1960 Ghia
coupe, and 2 1973 Ghia Convertibles. The Orange '73 Ghia convertible is for
This beautiful orange '73 Ghia Convertible has been with the same owner for
the past 24 years. The owner only put 3000 miles on it during the entire
time he has had it! The interior is original and in very good condition for
being original. The top even looks original and if it is original it is in
remarkable condition for its age.
The windshield still has the original VW logo and the condition of the
original interior leads me to believe that is probably the original mileage
at just over 61k.
Please visit http://www.sunsetclassics.com/1973-karmann-ghia-convertible/
to see the full description, 2 detailed photo galleries and lots more
video. (ebay auction now running)
Thanks for looking,
John Snell 612-805-2428
1966 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Restoration
This is a 1966 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia I recently did the finish body work
and paint on. The sheetmetal replacement was performed by Kelly "Metwiz"
Brown. Color is Porsche Guards Red. The car is going back to the owner for
re-assembly. Music by The Wind-Ups.
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!!!