2007 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic Auction
1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe
|Engine||Flat 4-cylinder, 1192cc|
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Volkswagen's Karmann Ghia was an immensely successful transformation of the humble Beetle into a stylish coupe, the project the brainchild of Wilhelm Karmann whose Osnabruck factory was already building a cabriolet version of the Beetle. Appealing to those looking for a stylish coupe without the expense associated with more exotic cars, the new Volkswagen featured chic styling from Italian design studio Ghia sitting on the basic Beetle platform that was slightly wider and with a stabiliser bar added to improve handling. This, along with the superior aerodynamics of the sleeker bodywork, allowed the Karmann Ghia to perform quite respectably and, in keeping with the coachbuilt nature of the new model, the interior was more luxurious and dominated by the central clock. The Type 1 Karmann Ghia remained in production until 1973, by which time some 300,000 had been made and developments mirrored the Beetle. Following on from the original model in 1955, there was a minor facelift in 1959 with relocated headlamps and larger air intakes on the nose then, in 1960, a full-synchromesh gearbox and more powerful 34bhp engine were adopted. The practical, affordable and very cool Karmann Ghia has long been popular with collectors and good examples like the vehicle offered here are always in high demand.