Displacement: 1,585 cc
Horsepower: 46 bhp @ 4,000 rpm
Engine Torque: 72 lb ft @ 2,800 rpm
Top Speed: 86 mph
0 - 60 mph: 17.4 seconds
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Styled by Luigi Segre, of the iconic Italian design house Ghia, the Karmann Ghia was launched to tremendous public acclaim, in 1955. It was the simple marriage of the German chassis and mechanicals of the well proven and ultra-dependable Volkswagen Beetle with the beautiful and sleek Italian coachwork of Carrozzeria Ghia. In fact, so great was the demand for this new couple, that production had to be doubled within its first year and it became the most imported car to the US. Ultimately, by the time it ceased production in 1974, over 445,000 had been built.
Being the last off the line, the 1974s benefitted from all the revisions that had been made over the course of its nearly twenty year production and are consequently regarded as some of the best and most sought after ones made.
This particular car has had a relaxing life in Southern California, thereby escaping the dreaded corrosion problems that plagued so many of its siblings. Its two-tone coachwork is very straight and undeniably attractive and its cream interior is virtually new and unmarked. Wide whitewall tyres and a period chrome luggage rack round out the already eye-catching package. Super strong and reliable mechanically, it drives very sweetly.
Beautiful to behold, fun & easy to drive, cheap to maintain and in great shape throughout. How could one not buy it?!