Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ah, the Karmann-Ghia

Remember the Karmann-Ghia?

I don't know what year this model was that we spotted in Flagstaff today but it looked to be in marvelous condition.

Volkswagen introduced the car to the United States in 1956. It was a product of the small VW engine, a body designed by the Italian firm Ghia and built by the German coachbuilder Karmann.

It was very popular in the United States and, apparently still is for some drivers.

(I blotted out the license number to protect the owner, who wasn't around when I snapped these photos.)


willow said...

I wanted a Karmann-Ghia so badly back in the 70s. (How did you know?) It was my absolute dream car. What a beauty.

Meggie said...

I don't think I have ever seen one, in real life!

sheri... said...

wow, this certainly brings back some wonderful memories! do you suppose it depends on where you live because i'm in the south right now and haven't seen one for more than ten years, compared to the dozen or so in the southern oregon area where i grew up...

Catalyst said...

This was one of SWMBO's dream cars.

Sheri, I don't know. VW stopped making the cars in 1974.

Steve said...

It has been quite a few years since I've seen one in Germany, though I'm sure there are some still around.