The First Electric 'Volts-wagen' Was Named For A Dentist

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. » 9/22/14 8:30pm 9/22/14 8:30pm

A Karmann-Ghia Needs A 911 Engine To Unleash Its Full Potential

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 » 7/16/14 1:00pm 7/16/14 1:00pm

The Bentley Continental GT Looks Like a Modern Ghia

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. » 5/08/14 9:00pm 5/08/14 9:00pm

Come And Get Your 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. » 11/03/13 9:03am 11/03/13 9:03am

The World's Slowest Sports Car Celebrates Its 60th Birthday

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. » 8/21/13 9:20am 8/21/13 9:20am

This Is Not A Fiat X1/9 By Bertone

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. » 4/17/13 2:30pm 4/17/13 2:30pm

For $5,900, Is This A Ghia Monster?

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? » 1/04/13 8:00am 1/04/13 8:00am

This 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Is Austin-tatious

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. » 7/29/12 3:00pm 7/29/12 3:00pm

Dead Bugs

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. » 4/16/11 12:30pm 4/16/11 12:30pm

If you happen to see a good looking Volkswagen after breaking out of…

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. » 4/09/11 9:00am 4/09/11 9:00am

And the Real Winner Is...

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. » 5/02/10 6:50pm 5/02/10 6:50pm

Automotive Survivors Part II: More Cars Made For At Least 20 Years

When we had the 50 Cars Made For Over 20 Years list a few weeks back, we were deafened by the howls of outrage from those whose favorite cars didn't make the cut. » 9/26/09 11:00pm 9/26/09 11:00pm

Carmen Miranda’s Karmann Ghia for $9,300!

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. » 9/25/09 10:30am 9/25/09 10:30am

Coachbuilder Karmann Closes Doors After 108 Years

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] » 6/24/09 9:00am 6/24/09 9:00am

1965 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe

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.
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1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Welcome to Down On The Street » 11/18/08 9:00am 11/18/08 9:00am, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. When we had the 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 Crusher. Thing is, Karmann Ghias…

1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Welcome to Down On The Street » 10/14/08 9:00am 10/14/08 9:00am, 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-…

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34

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… » 7/29/08 9:00am 7/29/08 9:00am