Photo of the Week #25 – 1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

The Type 14 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was marketed as a practical and stylish 2+2 rather than as a true sports car.

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This 1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupe is finished in green over beige vinyl and powered by a 1.6-liter flat-four paired with a four-speed manual transaxle. Equipment includes 15″ Fuchs-style wheels, chrome bumpers, wood trim, an aftermarket shift knob, and an AM/FM radio. The car was acquired by the current owner on BaT in March 2021.

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was marketed worldwide as a 2+2 coupe (1955–1974) and 2+2 convertible (1957–1974). Internally designated the Type 14, the Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of Type 1 (Beetle) with styling by Italy’s Carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by German coachbuilding house Karmann.

For its final model year, the vestigial rear seat was discontinued for North American models, as it lacked provisions for seat belts; all Karmann Ghias for 1974 were marketed strictly as two-seaters. From 1962 to 1969, Volkswagen marketed the Type 34, based on the Type 3 platform, featuring angular bodywork and mechanicals from said platform.

More than 445,000 Karmann Ghias were produced in Germany over the car’s production life, not including the Type 34 variant. Volkswagen do Brasil (Volkswagen Brasil) produced 41,600 Type 34s in Brazil for South America between 1962 and 1975.

Long noted for its exterior styling, the Karmann Ghia was designed with input from numerous individuals at Carrozzeria Ghia and was strongly influenced by Virgil Exner’s work, though all of its designers passed without a definitive individual styling attribution.

Noted American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague included the Type 14 Karmann Ghia in his list of the world’s most beautifully designed products.