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Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

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A car produced by Volkswagen from 1955-1975. Named for the German coachbuilder Karmann and the Italian styling company Carrozzeria Ghia.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Volkswagen Karmann Ghia page on 22 June 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a sports car marketed in 2+2 coupe (1955–1974) and 2+2 convertible (1957–1974) body styles by Volkswagen. Internally designated the Type 14, the Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle) with styling by Italy's Carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by German coachbuilding house Karmann.

For its final model year, the vestigial rear seat was discontinued for North American models, as it lacked provisions for seat belts; all Karmann Ghias for 1974 were marketed strictly as two-seaters. From 1962-1969, Volkswagen marketed the Type 34, based on the Type 3 platform, featuring angular bodywork and mechanicals from said platform.

More than 445,000 Karmann Ghias were produced in Germany over the car's production life, not including the Type 34 variant. Volkswagen do Brasil produced 41,600 Type 34s in Brazil for South America between 1962 and 1975.

Long noted for its exterior styling, the Karmann Ghia was designed with input from numerous individuals at Carrozzeria Ghia and was strongly influenced by Virgil Exner's work, though all of its designers passed without a definitive individual styling attribution.

American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague included the Type 14 Karmann Ghia in his list of the world's most beautifully designed products.


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1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Subject:  1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 The Cars Time Forgot
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1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Subject:  1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 The Cars Time Forgot
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1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Subject:  1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 The Cars Time Forgot
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1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Subject:  1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 The Cars Time Forgot
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1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Subject:  1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2012 The Cars Time Forgot
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Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Subject:  Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Subject:  Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
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Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Subject:  Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Shamrock Plaza Cruise Night: 19 June 2008
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Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Subject:  Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  Shamrock Plaza Cruise Night: 19 June 2008
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Custom Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Pickup Truck Scale Model Car Subject:  Custom Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Pickup Truck Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Attack of the Plastic
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Custom Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Pickup Truck Scale Model Car Subject:  Custom Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Pickup Truck Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Attack of the Plastic
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Custom Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Pickup Truck Scale Model Car Subject:  Custom Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Pickup Truck Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2013 Attack of the Plastic
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
3 June 2009Classic Cars - Karmann GhiaMatt Coughlan
14 March 2011Finding New And Used Karmann Ghia PartsHype Williams


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
28 December 1966NHTSA Recall 66V036000 1966-1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:STARTER ASSEMBLY
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
3 February 1967NHTSA Recall 67V015000 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page


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