About VW Karmann Ghia
In the 1950s, Volkswagen made the Beetle, ugly but serviceable, and the Bus, which had space to spare. What the company did not have was a sporty model, until Volkswagen debuted the VW Karmann Ghia in 1956. The VW Karmann Ghia convertible followed in 1958. The engine had no more power than the Beetle, but the body was instantly appealing to drivers who wanted to put the top down and feel as if they were born to be wild while still staying within budget. The car remained popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Although Volkswagen produced the last Karmann Ghia in 1974, collectors today still love the car despite Volkswagen's full roster of other sporty and serviceable options. More than 300,000 of the coupes and nearly 80,000 of the convertibles were produced. Many have been restored from scratch; others are true, original survivors with not many miles. Whether you want to relive the nostalgia of a car from your past or drive a VW Karmann Ghia for the first time, plenty of options are available on eBay, from the classic orange convertible to a shiny beige two-door coupe. Restorers can find parts, too. If you have never driven a stick shift car, this is the car to learn in.