Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34

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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 soft top sure doesn't look factory. I'm sure some of you VW experts out there can fill us in; I'm not even going to attempt to guess a year on this thing.

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This is the first time I've ever found a DOTS car using Google Street View. A friend told me he'd seen a bright yellow IHC Scout with big tires on the island; he remembered the neighborhood, but not the exact street. I figured a vehicle like that would stand out on Street View, so I started looking... hey, what's that weird green car? A Renault Caravelle? I grabbed the camera and headed right over there.

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This car is rough. Basket-case rough. In fact, I'd describe it as a Hell Project if it had any drivetrain other than air-cooled VW.

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The rollbar and seat harnesses indicate possible rally hoonage in this car's past.



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@prndl: that is a replica cabriolet, done to the same standards as the factory vert.

Karmann completed all the engineering for the Type 3 (Notchback) and Type 34 cabriolets and produced a small number, but VW pulled the plug before full production started. It's not known truly why; some say too much flex, some say it would have been too slow due to extra weight of reinforcements, but most agree that either would have been too expensive to be competitive.

follow the link I dropped before to Lee's page. It explains the whole process with lots of good info. Lee is pretty much King of the Type 34 world.

I don't know that cabrio T34. Not that means a lot, but most are pretty well known, especially the better ones. Track it down!