The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14, produced between 1955 and 1974, combined the chassis and mechanics of the Beetle with styling by Italian carrozzeria Ghia and bodywork by German coachbuilder Karmann. It was marketed as a stylish 2+2, rather than a true sports car (fitting, given its low-power Beetle lineage).
Our cover car, a 1970 convertible model, looks great in its original (resprayed) Pampas Yellow color with black interior. It runs a 1584cc engine, which pushes 60 horsepower through a 4-speed manual transmission.
The car was originally purchased through the U.S. Army PX system by a soldier stationed in Vietnam. He took delivery when he returned home in 1970. By 1989, the Ghia had begun to show its age, and was treated to a respray and engine rebuild. The current owner purchased the car on ebay, then drove it home from Southern California to Washington state.
He has words of encouragement for anyone considering a Karmann Ghia, calling them “probably one of the most reasonably-priced, easy-to-maintain, and fun classic cars to own and drive.”