1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a 2+2 coupe and convertible marketed from 1955 to 1974 by Volkswagen – combining the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle), styling by Luigi Segre of the Italian carrozzeria Ghia, and hand-built bodywork by German coach-builder Karmann.

In August 1957, Volkswagen introduced a convertible version of the Karmann Ghia. Exterior changes in 1961 included wider and finned front grilles, taller and more rounded rear taillights and headlights relocated to a higher position – with previous models and their lower headlight placement called lowlights. The Italian designer Sergio Sartorelli, designer of Type 34, oversaw the various restylings of Type 14.

In 1970, larger taillights integrated the reversing lights and larger wrap-around turn signals. Still larger and wider taillights, straight from the Type 3 Fastback / Notchback / Variant in 1972 increased side visibility and at the same time large square-section bumpers replaced the smooth round originals. For the USA model only, NHTSA-mandated 1973 modifications included even larger energy-absorbing bumpers. A package shelf replaced the rear seat.

This 1974 VW “Karmann Ghia” Convertible is extremely fun to drive. The Last Year of World Production! Extremely rare and desirable Triple Black Combination. The engine is a 1.6L horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, rear-mounted and air-cooled. The transmission is a 4-Spd Manual. Mechanically serviced by a Bosch Authorized VW Specialist. Cosmetic restoration including Body, Paint, Interior and Convertible top completed 6 months ago. This Volkswagen Classic runs, performs and drives great! These Karmann Ghia’s are almost impossible to find in this condition and are becoming more and desirable and valuable.