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AJ's Car of the Day '64 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 2+2 Coupe
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Car: Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 2+2 Coupe

Year: 1964

What makes it special: The Karmann Ghia was a sports car marketed in 2+2 coupe for the 1955–1974 model years and convertible body style from 1957–1974 by Volkswagen. The Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 Beetle with styling by Luigi Segre of the Italian carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by the German coach-builder Karmann.

What made it famous: Utilizing the Beetle’s existing mechanicals helped offset costs associated with the new labor-intensive body, and allowed Volkswagen to keep production costs low. The Karmann Ghia’s strong suit was style. Its voluptuous body was a low-slung 2+2 coupe with a curvaceous rear fender and proportionate front and rear ends. Its rear-mounted, air-cooled, four-cylinder boxer engine only displaced 1192 cc and produced a mere 36 horsepower upon introduction, but its low curb weight meant that the Karmann Ghia could still be a fun drive on the right road. The public’s response to the car’s introduction was so positive that production doubled shortly thereafter and the Karmann Ghia quickly became one of America’s most imported vehicles.

Why I would want one: It's unique. It has sports car-like qualities to it, but the main thing you cannot deny is that in a nutshell, it's just "cute."

Fun fact: The Karmann Ghia’s last year of production was 1974, at which point it was replaced by the Volkswagen Rabbit in the U.S market.

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