When Volkswagen produced its first commercially successful vehicle, the Volkswagen Beetle, in 1938, it wasn’t designed to be a sports sensation. However, the Beetle was such a hit that it sold over 21 million specimens throughout its long production run. In 1955 VW produced the Karmann Ghia: its genesis was the brainchild of the German coachbuilding house Karmann, with styling by Italy’s Carrozzeria Ghia. Since its debut in 1955, the Karmann Ghia sold over four hundred thousand cars till its end of production in 1974. Our subject car is a 1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe in mostly original condition with just 10219 miles.
Our subject Karmann Ghia is an older restoration that was repainted early in its life in the current red. It sits on a set of vintage Western rims, which are wrapped in Michelin ZX Classic rubber. Throughout its nineteen years of production history, the Karmann Ghia has barely changed from its original design and components; however, one of the notable changes was the standard addition of disc brakes to the front in 1971. The front luxury leather seats have been recovered. The doors have the original trim and molding still intact. Our subject car has had modern upgrades installed, such as a modern FM tuner and cassette player and dual speakers where the rear seats would’ve been.
Volkswagen initially produced the Karmann Ghia with a 1.2L engine producing 34hp, with later years featuring different capacities and variations. This Karmann Ghia features a reportedly original 1.6L engine—their highest-rated engine—coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission that produces 60hp.