Got this car when I was nineteen for $1000 in 1979 from a musician who had spent a lot of money fixing it up. It was my most memorable car and a favorite of friends and family.
The convertible top and doors had been upgraded to a later model Ghia with the glass rear window.
Had a two-barrel carb said to be from a Ford Pinto. Dual-point distributor and header exhaust. Porsche 914 style wheels. The engine was rebuilt to 1800cc. Hurst shifter.
This car was a blast to drive and very, VERY easy to maintain. It was surprisingly fast with an unofficial 0-60 in 8 seconds.
I was young with limited funds and resources and made a lot of dubious "improvements" - wood dash, padded door panels, ordinary house carpeting. I bolted in newer seats from a Japanese car. It probably looked awful but I loved it.
I drove this Ghia all over the United States in all kinds of weather - 22 of the 50 states.
The convertible top made it for me - the hardtops never had the same appeal.