For a time, the Karmann Ghia was the most imported car into the US, with over 445,000 cars produced during its run. That means there are still a ton of them out there today just begging be customized or restored. Since the Karmann Ghia is already a beautiful car, there was nowhere to go but up when it came to rebuilding them. If you want proof, check out these 10 Ghias below.
The details of this 1977 Karmann Ghia Coupe read out like the sweetest recipe known to the automotive industry. On the inside, racing seats, a wood steering wheel, and a high-performance audio system give this custom ride a luxury feel. On the outside, the custom fabricated body with suicide doors and custom paint job completes the all-around package.
To call this 1968 Karmann Ghia “tricked out” would almost be doing it a disservice. First, the stock 50hp engine was switched out for a 200hp Subaru EJ-25 engine. The interior is modern yet minimal, with a Samsung Galaxy tablet in the dash for navigation. The slick green paint job/convertible combination ties it all together, and makes us wish we were behind the wheel of this one.
This early Karmann Ghia—from 1958—is a prime example of what happens when someone has a no-expense-spared vision of what a classic car should be. The 2276cc dual carb'd engine gives it undeniable punch, while the tasteful dark chocolate leather seats offer an equally powerful interior.
In the same year we went to the moon, this 1969 Karmann Ghia was likely shooting through the streets on an adventure of its own. Today, this gold and tan beauty awaits a new owner to race it again.
The exterior color of this 1957 Karmann Ghia is “Trout Blue”, which is more than appropriate considering its entire exterior—including the whitewall tires—almost flies under the radar, just like a fish might in a river. A true classic, this VW has all its original parts, albeit cleaned up, chromed out, and ready to go.
Katrina and the Waves’ 1983 hit “I’m Walking on Sunshine” might as well have been written about this 1971 Karmann Ghia. Topped with sunny yellow paint and black accents, we wish we could drive this restored and rebuilt classic up and down a sunny highway.
Italian designed. German built. American driven. The convertible version of the Karmann Ghia—like this 1970 model—was fun to drive, especially with the top down. With a new leather interior and a fresh paint job, this classic VW would look good anywhere—as long as it was on a road.
The phrases “Karmann Ghia” and “muscle car” aren’t used in tandem very often, but then again, there haven’t been many that have packed a Porsche 944 motor. Paired with an orange and grey paint job with green stripes down the middle, this 1969 Karmann Ghia is truly fun to look at, and we bet it’s a blast to drive, too.
This custom 1970 Karmann Ghia is a bit of a wild thing, and we couldn’t be more stoked about it. Impeccable workmanship has this VW looking slick inside and out, especially thanks to the black grill up front. Though the engine is an interesting choice—a Pinto 4-Cylinder—from the looks of it, this convertible should be smooth sailing.
If you think this Karmann Ghia doesn’t look like it’s from 1965, you’d be right—kind of. Though it IS from the 60s, it’s what’s under the hood makes it anything but normal. Packed with a Dodge Viper V10 engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox, the “Blue Mamba” should be able to go over 200 mph. Who’s down for some racing?