Volkswagen Karmann – A charming roadster with sleek body lines styled by the famous Italian Ghia Studios paired with reliable German technology
– 1.6 liter four-cylinder boxer engine with 50 hp and 4-speed manual gearbox
– Imported from the U.S. in 2017
– 2018: Restored by an experienced and yery dedicated VW car mechanic
– Contrasting eye-catcher: a stunning orange paint with black leatherette interior
– Chrome bumpers, vent windows
– Chrome-plated hubcaps and wheel trim rings
– New black convertible top and light-colored headliner, new rubber seal
– German registration, admission as historic vehicle + valid technical control until 11/2025
Not a real sports car with 50 hp only, but such a beauty doesn’t need speed to shine
The preparatory work for the Type 14 at Karmann in Osnabrück began in early spring of 1953. The Italian design studio Ghia was charged with the draft of a coupé based on the Beetle.
The prototype – presented at the end of 1953 – wowed the client and was also favourably accepted in Wolfsburg: The serial development of a 2 + 2-seater coupé was decided and the production of the Karmann Ghia was launched in August 1955. On the 38th IAA the Karmann Ghia Cabriolet was presented. The vehicle was produced in Osnabruck from 1st November 1957 and priced at DM 8,250.
Karmann united with this vehicle the solid engineering of the Beetle with the elegant body of Italian design. To reduce the tilty and the oversteer tendency, the Karmann Ghia was fitted from the start with a front roll stabiliser. An enlargement of the front seat area has been achieved by the wider body compared to the Beetle. The running boards were omitted.
A total of 445,000 units were built, among them 80,897 convertibles. Many of them went to the United States.