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1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia from North America

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1978
Most recent year of ownership1987
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres

Summary:

Really wish I still had it. COLLECTORS CAR now

Faults:

Heater.

General Comments:

Love affair with a car.

My first car, and ohhhh, what a head turner.

Heater, well, there wasn't one. LOL.

Would start no matter what, even on the coldest winter days. Might take a 15 min. warm-up to move the stick, but she ALWAYS started.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2008

1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 1969 Super-Speed Karmann-Ghia Porsche/VW motor 2000cm3 from North America

Model year1969
Year of manufacture1968
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Porsche/VW motor 2000cm3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10

Summary:

It runs like a Porsche 100Mph on freeway (highway patrol ticket is on your cost)

Faults:

The original '69 KG was considerate in the 60's as "The slow sports car ever made" The concept was designed to add a new attractive KARMANN build and GHIA design body into the standard BUG-SEDAN 1200cm3 chassis, using almost the same production line. During 50's and 60'KG never was an option for working class people. Usually 1rst owners where "modern" people, executives, architects, models.. Some years VW marketing focus the car image for very rich girls

Each one of its 4 piston cylinders develop 1200cm3.chmber for spark+gas explosions producing car movement. This trustful VW motor was the best made at the time, many KG and Bug's still running it.

The 70's era upgrade some KG to 1600cm3 (agency opt), VW definitely close KG production, mooving to RABBIT, SEDAN and VW Brazil made BRASILIA and a powerful cargo KOMBI 2000cm3 motor PORSCHE Design. Just few KG prototypes where lucky to move and successfully adapting this unusual Porsche/VW 2000cm3 motor, best choice for dragster races series prototypes.

General Comments:

Porsche/VW motor 2000cm3 Coupe, Blue/Silver, 2 carbs, new chrome 8b wheels, CA 2006 plates & title. Motor and Body excellent, Paint good, Interior fine, new brake system and disks.

Perfect body 1969 Karmann-Ghia, one of the top wanted year series, top silver pearl finish and dark classic-blue for the body. 2 carbs, super 2000Cm3 huge motor, 2 mufflers and respective 4" chrome escape bullet-pipes. Believe me the car looks beautiful, catch all the eyes around it, sounds even better, will use cheap accessories and replacement parts (for Bug), economy use of gas and the best think …It runs like a Porsche 100Mph on freeway (highway patrol ticket is on your cost).

I found the 1969 KG VIN# 149487178 at Tijuana Mexico, 7 years ago, I am 3nd owner, at that time have no idea about motor codes or numbers, I know the concept history and love the car line. Close the deal in $4000.USD the seller also offer an extra Porsche/VW 2000cm3 motor, $500. Then I find experienced VW engeniers in nSan Diego and Tijuana, to handle the project, was very helpfull find places like Vee Parts & Accessories, they got all the stuff needed for the successful upgrade.

By 1990 a lot of KG still running in Europe and North America, where practically disintegrating, the rust like cancer oxide the metal body, heavy rain, snow and warm humidity after many years produce that killer rust, but my car was very lucky, never snows in Southwest California, we got the perfect weather, the car has no rust on top, only 2 or 3 little points near the front tires low area, fixed. The car will be fine next 20 years and more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th December, 2005

27th Dec 2005, 15:36

Good to hear you like the car.

For your information the engine capacity is the swept capacity of all the cylinders added together, not the swept capacity of a single cylinder.

1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

A car that makes everybody smile

Faults:

I had a lot of the engine redone, including cylinders and exhaust system.

Minor routine work has included belts, hoses, brakes. After all, it's a 30 year old car.

General Comments:

I love it. It is a total looker and I get one or two comments a day. It doesn't hurt that it is a convertible and lime green. Many people ask if it's a Porsche.

Because it has basically the same engine as the Beetle, parts for the car are very easy to find and relatively inexpensive.

On the downside, because of the "Beetle" engine, performance is a little slow. 0 to 60 in, say, a minute or two. Some have called it the slowest sports-car ever made.

Ingenious engineering brought us the air cooled engine. Because it is so simple, I've had very few problems. Reliability is superb. It's my daily driver in the fall and spring, but could be year-round.

My grandfather bought the car new in '74 and I'll never part with it. If you have the chance to own one, go for it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2003

16th Nov 2004, 19:57

Automatic? how could you buy an automatic karmann-ghia?

6th Jan 2005, 15:25

No no no, sell it to one of the dummies who asks you if it is a Porsche.

Then, take the money and buy a Porsche.

26th Aug 2005, 03:43

The funny thing is the Volkswagen rear engine cars are actually the fastest cars on the road in every aspect outside of top speed. Their basic design is extremely efficient of power. I mean you only have 25 maybe 50 hp in that car at max. And yet it could go 60mph and go up all kinds of steep hills. But if you put 140 hp in that car, it's gonna put it all down to the ground with that incredible rear engine traction, stand up on it rear two wheels and accelerate to 60mph in 4 seconds. And you can put up to 340hp in that car by installing a Subaru turbo motor, or turbocharging a Volkswagen motor. Do 60mph in 2 seconds and cover the 1/4 mile in 6 or 7 seconds. They can stop faster than any car because under braking the weight transfers forward and most cars only use there front brakes to stop, but the rear engine design allows the car to use all four wheels to brake. And they can handle better than other cars because they're so light, and because they accelerate through corners. Not much top speed on the cars, that where the Porsche comes in. The Porsche is a faster car because of it's ability to maintain high speeds. But yeah that is the fastest car designed, and the Porsche is the fastest car made. But the Porsche actually doesn't accelerate stop or corner and as well as the bug, because the bug is lighter and shorter geared.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 12 reviews