The design for the Karmann-Ghia is claimed by Ghia's Luigi Segre but in fact the Karmann-Ghia 2+2 prototype delivered to Volkswagen in 1953 was a scaled down adaptation of Virgil Exner's Chrysler d'Elegance with a blunt nose adapted to the rear engined, air cooled power plant of the VW. Built by the Karmann coachworks of Osnabruck, Germany -- which also built the Beetle convertible -- for the next twenty years the clean design and economical operation of the Karmann-Ghia coupe and cabriolet made Ghia's name known worldwide. This 1957 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia coupe has been restored by a Volkswagen expert from a rust-free Arizona car using all original sheet metal. Painted Trout Blue -- a factory color in 1957 -- with Brick Red upholstery and Grey carpets, the complete underbody has been powder coated for durability. Period accessories including the steering wheel, exhaust system, wheel trim rings, antenna, wide whitewall tires and pushbutton radio were installed. It is powered by its original 36hp engine and has its original transmission, both rebuilt by experts. There is none finer in the world.
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