Thursday, October 22, 2015

Karmannguia: 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14

This next car is a bit of a project...actually it is a whole bunch of little projects, but who here doesn't love to spend his weekends up to the elbows in grease?  Exactly.  Anyway, the seller in this next craigslist employs some creative spelling for this Type 14, but a good deal is good deal...unless it isn't.  Find this 1970 Volkswagen "Karmannguia" Type 14 offered for $3,500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.

Truth be told, the name Karmann Ghia was really an odd thing for Volkswagen to call the Type 14...sure it was designed by Ghia and bodywork by Karmann, but it isn't like Apple has ever named their latest phone the iChineseSlaveLabor.  Regardless the Type 14 was built from 1955 through 1974 with a hand-built steel body on top of a widened Beetle pan.

Powering this one is a 1915cc flat-4 with dual 40 Webers and some potential oiling issues spelled out by the seller.  Fix the engine, give it a paint job, fix the rust in the floor pan and hood, add an interior...yeah. 

See another car that comes wearing flannel underpants?


  1. i've never owned one but I absolutely think the body lines are gorgeous, especially the roof. If K-Ghias were rare thay would be so much more sought after. They are just a great design.
    I did a little sketch a while back of how I would like to build one.

    1. Whoa. Little sketch? That is some art right there.

  2. My first car was a Ghia and I love your sketch.
    Ok, that seals the deal... DT TV is next up. We find 'em, Sean draw them and CFlo builds 'em? All with the production company's money. I'm in!

  3. I've owned a few. Loved every one of them. Just sold 2 Ghia verts that I'd had for years... take off the bumpers and badges, and everyone wants to know what it is. The convertibles were the best combination of friendly and attention-getting of anything I've ever owned. It was rare to go out and not have at least one person smile, come up, and ask what it was.

    Handling (for a 1960s car) was great. Perfect 4 wheel drift when you had it at speed and were doing the twisty bits.

    Going to try my first imgur image... wish me luck!


  4. Poop. Can't see the image on my end.

    Any idea what I did wrong, guys?

    one more try...

    1. like this?
      [img] [/img]

    2. Yes! What do I need to do to make that happen? Thanks hugh! :-)

    3. you linked to the gallery page not the image itself


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