The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was a 2+2 developed for and sold by German automaker Volkswagen between 1955 and 1974. Designed by the Italian carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built by the German coachbuilder Karmann, it was available as both a coupé (1955–1974) and convertible (1957–1974). Internally designated the Type 14, the Karmann Ghia utilized the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle).
From 1962-1969, Volkswagen marketed the Type 34, with angular bodywork and based on the Type 3 platform and mechanicals.
More than 445,000 Karmann Ghias were produced in Germany over the car's production life, not including the Type 34 variant. Karmann Ghia Brazil produced 41,600 cars locally for South America between 1962 and 1975.
While generally considered dowdy throughout its lifetime, American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague included the Type 14 Karmann Ghia in his list of the world's most beautifully designed products.
Two subsequent variants of a ""Karmann Ghia"" were built, the Type 34 and the Karmann Ghia TC.
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