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Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupe Type-1


Produced: 1954-1974, 364401 produced. ((all coupes))
Types: Coupe,2 doors, 2+2 seats
Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe

The Karmann-Ghia was built in great numbers.  The majority were coupes.  The cars were built on unmodified Beetle running gear that were constantly improved.  The Karmann-Ghia convertible was launched two years after the coupe, in 1957.

The Karmann-Ghia appears to be a smaller version of the Chrysler d'Elegance concept car designed by Virgil Exner in 1953 but the head of Ghia, Luigi Segre, claims the honour. 

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1192ccH4 OHVVW Flat 4 (Type I)77mm x 64mm
1285ccH4 OHVVW Flat 4 (Type I)78mm x 70mm
1493ccH4 OHVVW Flat 4 (Type I)83mm x 69mm
1584ccH4 OHVVW Flat 4 (Type I)85mm x 69mm

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
R/RWormIndependent/Torsion barIndependent/Torsion bar


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
77 mph0 s0 s0 mpg34 bhp 1192cc engine

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