Door Dinged: 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14
The Volkswagen Type 14 Karmann Ghia was built as a 2+2 coupe and
convertible from 1955 to 1974. The mechanical components were borrowed
from the Type 1 Beetle with styling by Luigi Segre of carrozzeria Ghia
and coach-built bodywork from Karmann. Find this 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14 offered for $4,500 in Woodland Hills, CA via craigslist.
In the early 1950’s VW went to German coach manufacturer Karmann in
search of a higher-end offering. Beetle production was well underway
but as the post-war standard of living was slowly increasing, so were
the tastes of consumers. Karmann turned around and contracted Italian
coach builder Ghia to come up with a design. When production began in
1955, demand outstripped supply by 2-1. Even though hand formed bodies
added substantial cost to the sticker price, consumers were lining up
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I was all over this until I saw that it was an Auto-stick. For those who have never driven one, let's just say they're a little 'touchy". As in, you touch the stick and it figures you're going to shift so it engages the clutch.
My best friend in high school had a Bug with auto stick. OK at first, but then my knee started nudging the car into neutral more and more often. We finally figured it out when I went from 5'-9" to like 6'-2" over the summer after 11th grade.
Alas, I could probably fit a lot better now. You know how it is, eh H?
Always loved these cars. Mom had one of these in pearl white when we were living in Cali and I was only a few years old in the early 70's. Still some slick lines after all these years. I think they look good both restored and, dare I say, in retromod form… sometimes.
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Whenever I see this car I think if the movie Gattica for some reason…
@JG 750 – Nice selection of photos. Thanks for posting those.
Karmann Ghias look so much better to me now than they did back in the day. I would be much happier to drive a well turned out KG than any Porsche 356. Not to mention that you could run rings around the 356 for a very reasonable budget. And no "purists" would be ragging on you.
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As much as I dig the 356, you nailed it with no "purists" would be ragging on you. ðŸ˜€
I had a friend who had a few VeeWees he then bought a used autostick Bug i knew those had a bad reputation ala Joan Jett so i was shocked he bought it. Did not take long before he took it to a local VW shop and had it changed to a stick that had problems also after the poorly done conversion.
Those pictures from craigslist are down right scary i see plenty of Trouble.
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Have always liked that drawing. Looks like it should be the Singer entry model
A chill just ran up my spine… a KG by Singer? That would be too cool.