Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis , Missouri
1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe 2+2
Silver exterior with brown vinyl interior
1.5L air-cooled flat four-cylinder engine
Four-speed manual transmission
Front disc and rear drum brakes
Full independent suspension
Own this Vehicle from $283 per month-call 636-600-4600
Looking for a classic VW that is not a Beetle? MotoeXotica Classic Cars may have the answer with this 1969 Karmann Ghia 2+2, (Model 143) a stylish alternative to the more pedestrian Type 1. Finished in silver and made in Osnabrck, West Germany, this Lowlights paint and trim are in very good order.
The 2+2 exhibits straight and nice body, the engine bay is very tidy and the chrome bumpers are in good, original order.
This Vee-Dub rolls on Kumho radials, size 165/80R15 at all four corners. Each one is mounted on steel wheels topped by factory vented alloy wheel covers. The wheels and tires are in overall very good order.
In back is a 1.5L air-cooled, flat four-cylinder engine buttoned to a four-speed manual transmission. Driver convenience features include front disc brakes and fully independent suspension.
Inside, the cars seats are in very good order while the neutral carpet is in great condition. The contrasting white headliner offers some air to the cabin and is in overall excellent condition. The original, two-spoke steering wheel is in place and looks great. The instrument panel, with its woodgrain appliqu for added warmth and matching wood shift knob, and inner door panels are all in very good condition, too. The horn is inoperable and part of the antenna is missing. Completing the interior is a Pioneer AM/FM stereo with a CD player.
The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a sports car marketed in 2+2 coupe (19551974) and 2+2 convertible (19571974) body styles by Volkswagen. Internally designated the Type 14, the Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle) with styling by Italy's Carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by German coachbuilding house, Karmann. More than 445,000 Karmann Ghias were produced in Germany over the car's production life, not including the Type 34 variant.
Long noted for its exterior styling, the Karmann Ghia was designed with input from numerous individuals at Carrozzeria Ghia and was strongly influenced by Virgil Exner's work, though all of its designers passed without a definitive individual styling attribution.
American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague included the Karmann Ghia in his list of the world's most beautifully designed products.
Three companies and numerous individuals came together in the history of the Karmann Ghia. In the early 1950s, Volkswagen was producing its Volkswagen Beetle, and as postwar standards of living increased, executives at Volkswagen were at least receptive adding a halo model to its range, if not proactive. Luigi Segre was committed to expanding the international reputation of Carrozzeria Ghia. And Wilhelm Karmann had taken over his family coachbuilding firm Karmann and was eager to augment his contracts building Volkswagen's convertible models.
Wilhelm Karmann and Luigi Segre often encountered each other at international automobile shows, and after an initial discussion prompted by Wilhelm Karmann, Segre secretly obtained a Volkswagen Beetle to use as a basis for a prototype the Type Is were difficult to come by and Gian Paolo, Maoro Boanos son, purchased one in Paris and drove it back to Turin. Ghia customized its platform, designed the initial prototype and in five months constructed the model. Segre secretly presented the model to Wilhelm Karmann one year after the initial discussion late in 1953, in Paris, at the Socit France Motors factories (Volkswagen's dealership for France and the exclusive European dealer of Ghia-bult Chrysler models). When Wilhelm Karmann saw the coupe, Karmann he said, Id like to build that! As the head of Ghia, Segre singularly directed the project through conception and prototyping, delivering a feasible project that Willhelm Karmann both wanted to and could practically build the project Willhelm Karmann would in turn present to Volkswagen.
The styling of the vehicle, however, integrated work by Segre as well as Mario Boano, Sergio Coggiola and Giovanni Savonuzzi and at various times they each took credit for the design. Furthermore, the design bore striking styling similarities to Virgil Exner's Chrysler dElegance and K-310 concepts, which Ghia had been tasked with prototyping and which in turn reflected numerous cues and themes developed previously by Mario Boano. According to Virgil Exner's son, Virgil M. Exner Jr., Giovanni Savonuzzi was tasked with scaling down the full-sized dElegance, replacing the Chryslers egg-crate grille with a gentle, boat-like prow. Exner Jr. is further quoted as saying that the Karmann Ghia was a direct, intentional swipe off the Chrysler dElegance. Givanni Savonuzzi was the engineer and designer who