VW Karmann Ghia
An engraved picture of a 1966 VW Karmann Ghia.
The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a sports car manufactured in a 2+2 coupe (1955-1974) and a 2+2 convertible (1957-1974) body styles by Volkswagen. Internally, it was designated the “Type 14”, and combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle) with styling by Italian company Carrozzeria Ghia, and hand-built bodywork by German coachbuilding house Karmann.
After Volkswagen approved the design in November 1953, the Karmann Ghia debuted at the 1955 Paris and Frankfurt auto shows, and at the Kasino Hotel in Westfalia, Germany. it first went into production at Ghia and then in Osnabruck, ultimately reaching production of over 445 000, running 19 years virtually unchanged.
In contrast to the Beetle’s machine-welded body with bolt-on fenders, the Karmann Ghia’s body panels were butt-welded, hand-shaped, and smoothed with English pewter, in a time-consuming process commensurate with higher-end manufacturers, resulting in it’s higher price.
The type 14 was marketed as a practical and stylish 2+2 rather than a true sports car. As they shared engines, the Type 14’s engine displacement grew concurrently with the Type 1 (Beetle), ultimately arriving at a displacement of 1584cc, producing 45kw; 60hp).
Engraved on top grade stainless steel 304 (18/10)
Frame size is 23,5cm (9,25″) x 17,5cm (6,9″)