1957 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

2dr Coupe

4-cyl. 1192cc/30hp 1bbl

#1 Concours condition#1 Concours

#2 Excellent condition#2 Excellent

#3 Good condition#3 Good

#4 Fair condition#4 Fair

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Karmann Ghia production increased by about 30 percent in 1957 to 15,369 units, though the Coupe’s specification remained the same. It was marketed as a sophisticated sporting vehicle with high quality finish, Volkswagen reliability and an extensive dealer network.

The Coupe continued with the 36 bhp, 1,192 cc air-cooled flat four-cylinder engine sldo found in the Beetle. The transmission was a 4-speed with crash first gear, brakes were four-wheel drums and the fuel tank capacity was 10.5 gallons, with one-gallon reserve. Price was $2,395.

Seven exterior colors were available for the Karmann Ghia Coupe from January 1956 to August 1957, when the 1958 models were announced. They included Black, Pelican Red, Lizard Green, Deep Green, Trout Blue, Gazelle Beige and Deep Brown. Some sources include Antelope Brown. Two-tone paint also became popular.

Karmann had pondered two design options in 1954. The four-door was dismissed, but a convertible showed much promise and was announced in August 1957 as a 1958 model. The Coupe shell was strengthened with reinforced bulkheads and braces to the sills.

The convertible top was spectacular and tight-fitting, with a wool headliner and horsehair filling. It lowered into the rear seat well, unlike the Beetle, which looked like it was carrying a mattress. The top took four hours to build, but could be raised or lowered in minutes by undoing two latches. The back window was large but also plastic so it didn’t last long.

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