Australian Karmann Ghia

5 05 2014

Not a kombi, but a close cousin, and what a beautiful one: Here comes a Karmann Ghia, spotted 2 weeks ago at the National VW Club Bug-In in Geelong. In the Volkswagen nomenclature, this is a Type 14, built on the mechanical base of the Type 1, the beetle. Like the beetle and kombi, it came with a flat-four air-cooled engine in the back. Volkswagen outsourced its production to the German coach builder Karmann, while the design came from the Italian company Ghia. The Type 14 was built between 1955 and 1974. Based on the tail lights, this model was produced between 1960-1969. Another Karmann from the same period was featured in this older blog post.

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Of Buses and Bugs

21 10 2013

The first one or two letters of a German number plate stand for the town the car is registered in. Then come two letters and up to four digits. These are random, but for a small fee can be chosen from what is available at that moment. So living in Berlin comes with the option and priviledge of going for a BUS number plate – highly sought after in the Berlin kombi community. I realized only a few days ago that BUG is also an option. Nice one! Also spoilt myself with a vanity plate holder I got printed for Taiga Lily. There is a happy little blogger…

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A very special Karmann Ghia

4 01 2012

Happy New Year to everyone out there! We are still travelling and visiting friends in Australia. Taiga Lily is back home in Berlin in a garage. Work on her will continue only in March. In the meantime, here is a beautiful Karmann we saw some days ago in Gippsland, Victoria. It is a 1961 model. One of the previous owners exchanged the original engine with a 1.6 l, 75 PS engine of a Porsche 356b from 1960. The wheels are also from Porsche. What a beauty!