Although Volkswagen has produced a great number of wonderful models over the years, it isn’t necessarily renowned for its sports cars. We’re so used to seeing the brand’s less-extravagant models that many of us have long forgotten that Volkswagen has produced a number of incredibly unique and awesome sports cars, which is why that’s exactly what we are going to focus on today.
Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was launched in 1955. Its styling is often considered to be among the best in the world. It’s possibly one of Volkswagen’s most aesthetically-pleasing vehicles, which is one of the reasons why it was so popular.
Although the vehicle has made its debut at the 1953 Paris Auto Show in the form of a concept, it wasn’t until 1955 that the car entered production.
The brand took a unique approach towards marketing the vehicle. Even though it was a sports car, Volkswagen decided to market it as a practical 2+2. It’s understandable why the brand has made this decision, as the demand for sports car was limited at the time and Volkswagen was already known for its comfortable and practical models such as the Beetle.
Upon launch, the Karmann Ghia was capable of producing 60hp (45kW), however throughout its production run it came available with a variety of different engines.
In 1961, Volkswagen introduced the Type 34 Karmann Ghia. Its desing differed greatly from the original Karmann Ghia, however the two still shared a similar aesthetic.
What made the Type 34 Ghia unique was the fact that it was the first car in the world to offer an electrically operated sliding steel rooftop, which was an available option in the 1962 model year.
At the same time the Type 34 Ghia was introduced another model was launched. The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia TC was a redesigned version of the original Ghia. Its styling was completely changed, however the vehicle was just as powerful and aesthetically-pleasing.
The Karmann Ghia was discontinued in 1974, although it remained in production until 1975 in Brazil. Around 500,000 units of the Karmann Ghia were produced in total, making it extremely successful.
Whether it was the Ghia’s design or its power, there’s no denying that it was a fantastic car that was very successful.
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