1968 volkswagon karmann ghia
- Condition: Used
- Make: Volkswagen
- Model: Karmann Ghia
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: convertible
- Year: 1968
- Mileage: 43258
- Color: Black
- Engine size: factory 1493cc/53hp
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: FWD
- Interior color: Black
- Options: CD Player
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1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible
Volkswagen capitalized on the overwhelming popularity of their Beetle by following â€œthe peopleâ€™s carâ€ with a sporty sister: the Karmann Ghia.
Produced from 1956 to 1974, the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (called the Type 14 internally) shared the Beetleâ€™s reliable running gear. Its rear-mounted, air-cooled, four-cylinder boxer engine only displaced 1192 cc and produced a scant 36 horsepower upon introduction, but its low curb weight meant that the Karmann Ghia could still be a fun drive on the right road.
But speed wasnâ€™t what the Karmann Ghia was about. Instead, the KGâ€™s strong suit was style. Its voluptuous body was penned by design powerhouse Ghia in Turin, Italy, and the coachwork was hand built by renowned German firm Karmann. The end result was a low-slung 2+2 coupe with a curvaceous rear fender and proportionate front and rear ends. Beginning in 1958, a convertible also joined the lineup.
Utilizing the Beetleâ€™s existing mechanicals helped offset costs associated with the new labor-intensive body, and allowed Volkswagen to keep production costs lowâ€”the car debuted with a $2,395 list price. The publicâ€™s response to the carâ€™s introduction was so positive that production doubled shortly thereafter and the Karmann Ghia quickly became one of Americaâ€™s most imported vehicles. In all, nearly half a million were manufactured during the carâ€™s lifespan.
Changes to the Karmann Ghia were minimal during the carâ€™s 18-year run. Headlights were raised slightly in 1961, while safety regulations motivated most of the carâ€™s remaining visual changes. Mechanical alterations were mainly dictated by changes to the Beetleâ€™s engine. Displacement increased in 1966 to 1300 cc, with horsepower rising to 50. Three more subsequent engine evolutions were outfitted into the Karmann Ghia, with the final model yearâ€™s engine ending up at 1584 cc with 60 hp.
The Karmann Ghiaâ€™s last year of production was 1974, at which point it was replaced by the Volkswagen Rabbit in the U.S market. But the carâ€™s lengthy production run, reliable underpinnings, and striking styling ensure the Karmann Ghia can be recognized in virtually every town in America. It also means it enjoys strong appreciation amongst collectors.
This one has the original single cargfactory engine. And ready to roll right into the right home's garage.