The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a sports car marketed in 2+2 Coupe and Convertible body styles between 1955 and 1974. The Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 Beetle, with styling by Luigi Segre of the Italian carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by the German coach-builder Karmann. The Karmann Ghia was internally designated the Type 14. In 1961, Volkswagen introduced the Type 34, a variant based on the newly introduced Type 3 platform and featuring angular bodywork.
Production doubled soon after its introduction, becoming the car most imported into the U.S. More than 445,000 Karmann Ghias were produced in Germany over the car's production life, not including the Type 34 variant. Karmann Brazil produced 41,600 cars locally for South America between 1962 and 1975. American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague included the Karmann Ghia in his list of the world's most beautifully designed products.
1974 Volkswagen Karman Ghia Convertible restoration project, recently imported from Ireland. The vendor describes this as a restoration project but it does run and drive. It has obviously been restored before, with the interior holding up reasonably well, but the bodywork has held up less well, the hood is good and has a heated glass window. The car was originally supplied in the USA to West Side Motors in Minneapolis in 1974, and there is the original Service Book showing the service history up to 1989. It is thought that the car is RHD from new.
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