If you were looking to buy a car in 1959, you may have been seduced by the svelte looks of the VW Karmann-Ghia. Many were. But let's say you felt that the Ghia's nightmarish 36 HP was just way, way too much power for you. What could you do? Easy: get your hands on an electric Charles Town-About.
I've been on a bit of a Karmann-Ghia kick lately. I love the idea of a sexy Ghia designed body on a sensible Beetle chassis. They do lack power, but this is an easy problem to fix, especially if you've got a 3.6 L flat six from a Porsche 993. I give you the Karmann-Ghia 993 RS
This past week I've had a Bentley Continental GTC, and I'm not gonna lie, it was pretty fantastic. I'll talk much more about it soon, but since it's the night shift and Matt's probably already drunk, I want to confide something to you: it reminds me of a Karmann-Ghia.
Welcome to Little Car in the Big City, where I highlight fascinating cars I found walking around a town that is known for being bigger than everything else, but where every car is fighting to stand out: New York, New York.
The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia prototype was shown internally in 1953, on the occasion of the Paris Motor Show. With production starting two years later, 450,000 of these luxury Beetles were made until production ended in 1974. What a beauty.
It's much better! You see, Giorgetto Giugiaro started experimenting with a replacement for the Karmann Ghia not long after the Type 34 was introduced in 1961. This open-top wonder came a decade later.
If the VW Beetle was Susan Boyle, then the Karmann Ghia was her lovely voice. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe drop top Ghia is said to have had its own makeover, but will its price have you saying aww, come on, Ghia?
Welcome to Found Around Town, where we feature cars we find in a city largely devoid of interesting ones because everyone drives Priuses or rides bicycles: Austin, Texas.
A few of the over 21 million air-cooled Volkswagen Bugs built rust together while waiting for an unknown fate. It isn't hard to spot a Karmann Ghia and a Squareback sticking out like sore thumbs in the collection of rounded rooflines.
Volkswagen was a company well known for unorthodox advertising practices by the mid 1960s. It should come as no surprise that when it came time to expand their model range for 1966 with the Fastback and Squareback, the commercials were rather typically anything but typical.
Do semi-fossilized Karmann Ghias make for splendid California surf rods? They do, they do! (via Le Container)
Yes, a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia with a Hitchhiker's Guide theme defied the odds and took the 2010 Cain't Git Bayou 24 Hours of LeMons Index of Effluency trophy.
Okay, it's not really Carmen's, but Nice Price or Crack Pipe is still trying to figure out what a Flamenco dancer has to do with this drop top Vee-dub.
Remember the über-rare Type 34 we saw down on the Alameda street about a year ago? It's for sale!
The Carpocalypse takes another as coachbuilder and contract car manufacturer Karmann has closed its doors after 108 years of existence, a Mercedes-Benz CLK the final vehicle to roll off the bankrupt companies assembly lines. [StraitsTimes]
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. We're returning to a block that's given us three vehicles already.
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. When we had the quasi-abandoned '70 Karmann Ghia last month, I got a flood of emails from rusty-state readers who were aghast that such a rare car would be allowed to go to The…
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Here's a car that had been sitting in a backyard in my neighborhood for years- in fact, enough years that Jimmy Carter was president the last time it moved under its own power-…
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today we've going to check out a seriously rare machine that I found near the '60 Studebaker Lark: a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34. Or is it some kind of weird replica? That…
We had a few complaints that yesterday's Choose Your Eternity challenge wasn't quite hellish enough (although we're pretty sure the buyers of those two Japanese AWD turbomobiles are going to be shaking their fists at cruel Fate pretty soon). But we aim to please, so now we're coming back with a pair of positively…