Cool Beetle Dude: 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Riding in a Volkswagen Beetle it is a bit like getting measles, being beaten up under the bleachers, or having a small pox vaccine scar — you know, one of those terrible American traditions that has slowly disappeared, only to be remembered by old folks.  However, if you want that Beetle smell without the frumpy Beetle looks — you could get the sporty version called the Karmann Ghia that was much cooler looking…albeit slower. Find this 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia offered for $5,500 in San Carlos, CA via craigslist.

The 2+2 coupe had sporty bodywork designed by Carrozzeria Ghia SpA and built by karosseriebauer Karmann GmbH mounted on a Beetle pan.  Power comes courtesy of a 1.6 liter flat-4 that pushes out 58 horsepower into a 4-speed manual gearbox.  If the “new paint” was properly applied, this could be a decent classic to tool around town.

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