A college friend's dad once told me that he bought a Karmann Ghia because he couldn't afford a 356 and that girl's couldn't tell the difference. We're not as concerned with girls, but we definitely can relate to not being able to afford a 356.
Continuing our exploration of alternative ways to get an air-cooled, rear-engined, German coupe into our garage, we've got this 1971 Ghia from TheSamba. While they're a long way from their Porsche cousins, the difference in what you get for the money is striking.
This one was rebuilt for the sellers wife (a story we see a bit too much tot make at face value). And it looks to have all of the updates we would want for a turn key cruiser.
The shot of the undercarriage is a revelation after being used to seeing swiss cheese floors in 912s. The 8 spoke (empi's?) are a popular addition and we're unsure of the black powder coating. While we shy away from chrome wheels, we'd be interested in seeing the other set that comes with the car.
Ghias have always been awkward for us in more ways than one. The lines can go from beautiful to ugh depending on the angle you're looking at it. We're similarly torn about it's "position" amongst other cars. We're drawn to the performance and sexiness of similar era Porsche's, and the realness and nostalgia of Beetles from the same time period. The Ghia has always occupied a strange middle ground for us so we're torn as to whether it would find a good home in our garage.
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