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1958-1974 VOLKSWAGEN Karmann-Ghia Convertible specifications


After the hardtop version of the Karmann-Ghia proved such a success, Volkswagen and Karmann didn’t take too long to come up with a convertible version. It was unveiled in late-1957 to much the same level of appreciation as its tin-lid sister. Extra strengthening made the convertible heavier and therefore slower than the coupé, but that didn’t matter to those who admired this fresh air fashion statement; America of course loved it. The car started life with a rear-mounted air-cooled 1192cc engine, which gradually increased in size through 1285cc and 1493cc to 1584cc.

Production

  • Production:
    80,899
  • Price at launch:
    £1,196
  • Price (excellent)
    £11,000
  • Price (good):
    £9,000
  • Price (average):
    £6,250
  • Price (project):
    £3,500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    27.0secs
  • Top speed:
    80.0mph
  • Power:
    39.0bhp
  • Torque:
    68.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    27.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    Flat 4
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, torsion bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, torsion bar
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    worm and roller
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4140mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2400mm
  • Width:
    1634mm
  • Height:
    1330mm
  • Weight:
    830kgs

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