1968 KARMANN GHIA
FULLY RESTORED 1968 KARMANN GHIA
The Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia is a stylish, affordable collector's car that's inexpensive to buy, run and maintain.
The combination of almost voluptuous Italian styling, solid construction and durable components from the rear-engine Volkswagen Beetle gave the Karmann-Ghia a winning combination.
It was first introduced in Europe in 1955 and arrived in America as a coupé in 1956. The convertible soon followed in 1958.
The first Karmannn-Ghia enhanced Volkswagen's image when the Beetle was fairly new to America in the mid-1950s. Each one built reminded Beetle buyers that Volkswagen could make a dashing, solidly built car with the Beetle's storied quality and reliability.
Volkswagen never called the Karmann-Ghia a sports car, although its tight fold-down back seat essentially made it a two-seater. One clever VW advertisement pictured it with racing stripes that made it look ready for the track. "You'd lose," said the advertisement's tag line.
Our classic beauty was restored by us over a 14 week period. The underbody was sand blasted, all rust was removed and replaced with new metal. The main body was blocked and primed to get it "arrow straight" and it was finished using 2k paint inside, outside and underneath.
Check out the time-lapse video below to watch the story unfold...