VW Karmann Ghia: The German car with the sexy Italian shape

Carrozzeria Ghia put the clothes on some of the world’s coolest classic cars. And what beautiful clothes they are. The DeTomaso Pantera, Dual Ghia, Fiat 8V Supersonic, Maserati Ghibli, and Fiat Jolly—not to mention numerous concept cars and special Ferraris in the 1950s—all donned Ghia coachwork to great effect. Mention Ghia to the average Joe, however, and he’ll think of something a lot more humble but no less beautiful, the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/07/12/vw-karmann-ghia-german-car-with-italian-shape

My shop teacher had a green one.

Anyhow, excellent coverage in these forums for the more distant relatives of the vw ghia, but not the closest…

The type 3 karman ghia was the direct predecessor to the Porsche 914.


I’ve always thought that was the case. While the Ghia was prettier than the 914, the mid-engine upgrade put the 914 in a class of its own as far as handling. They hold the corners like a go-cart, and the 914-6 was a true sleeper. I’d love to get my hands on one.