Many Karmann-Ghias have survived, mostly in Sun Belt areas with no rust-producing salted roads. Volkswagen never called the Karmann-Ghis 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. At first, the Karmann-Ghia just had the first Beetle's fuel-stingy 1.
But acceleration was acceptable because the car only weighed approximately 1, pounds, or about pounds more than the Beetle. The Karmann-Ghia was three inches longer than the Beetle and nearly seven inches lower, although front head room was decent. Its low-slung body helped it handle better and made it more resistant to crosswinds than the oddly shaped Beetle, although it had the Beetle's excellent traction.
The Karmann-Ghia's aerodynamic body let it reach almost 80 mph, which was acceptable because many high-speed interstate highways weren't in existence during much of its life. The Karmann-Ghia's styling was from Italy's famous Ghia studios, which worked on exotic Italian sports cars. It's unclear who did the Karmann-Ghias'a actual styling work. Ghia styling director Luigi Segre, who helped promote the Karmann-Ghia project, combined their ideas with the work of other Ghia personnel. The Karmann-Ghia had a specially crafted body from the respected Karmann coachworks, which was making solid Beetle convertibles in the early s.
It saw a car such as the Karmann-Ghis as a way to make more money.
Chassis side rails were widened to handle the four-inch-wider Karmann-Ghia body. A front anti-sway bar was added for better handling, and there were different springs and shock absorbers. Beetles without bodies were shipped from Volkswagen's main plan to Karmann's facilities, where Karmann-Ghia bodies were made, painted, trimmed and put in Volkswagen's distribution system.
That process wasn't easy. The complex Karmann-Ghia body called for many internal pressings to be welded together and to the main panels. Almost hand-construction methods were required. They included filling, filing and sanding all seams before painting.
All that helped make the car look great, but led to expensive repairs if a body panel needed replacement. Beetle sales were climbing so rapidly that Volkswagen did little to promote the Karmann-Ghia until , when it got 40 horsepower.
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