In the early 1950s, Volkswagen was producing its economy car, the Type 1 (Beetle). With an increase in post-war standards of living, executives at Volkswagen proposed adding a halo car to its model range, contracting with German coachbuilder Karmann for its manufacture. Karmann in turn contracted the Italian firm Ghia, who adapted styling themes previously explored for Chrysler and Studebaker to a Beetle floorplan l widened by 12 in (300 mm).
In contrast to the Beetle's machine welded-body with bolt-on fenders, the Karmann Ghia's body panels were butt-welded, hand-shaped and smoothed with English in a time-consuming process commensurate with higher-end manufacturers – and resulting in the Karmann Ghia's higher price.
In September 1961, Volkswagen introduced the VW 1500 Karmann Ghia, or Type 34, based on its new Tyep 3 platform, featuring Volkswagen's new flat 1500cc engine design, and styling by Italian engineer Sartorelli. . Due to model confusion with the Type 14 1500 introduced in 1967, the Type 34 was known variously as the " Der Große Karmann " ("the big Karmann") in Germany, "Razor Edge Ghia" in the United Kingdom, or "European Ghia" (or "Type 3 Ghia" among enthusiasts) in th
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