Karmann Ghia history

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VW Karmann Ghia1955 - Ghia-styled two-plus-two coupé with two functional air intake openings in the front panel for improved cockpit ventilation. Traditional Beetle drivetrain with rear-mounted 30 bhp 1192 cc air-cooled flat-four engine bolted to four-speed swing-axle transaxle with syncromesh on top three ratios 1957 - Redesigned dashboard with fuel gauge located between speedo and clock. New steering wheel with semi-circular horn ring 1958 - Cabriolet launched 1959 - Front wings redesigned to raise headlamp height. Front air intake grilles enlarged. From August, right-hand-drive versions of both coupé and cabriolet launched 1961 - Engine uprated to 34 bhp; transmission now all syncromesh 1966 - 1285 cc engine now available with 40 bhp; plus redesigned front suspension with ball joints in place of king and link pins 1967 - New 44 bhp 1493 cc engine installed across the range. Disc front brakes with dual circuits fitted for the first time 1968 - Optional semi-automatic ‘stickshift’ transmission introduced 1971 - 50 bhp 1584 cc engine with separate inlet ports. New wraparound front indicators and larger rear light clusters introduced 1972 - Matt-black dashboard and new ‘safety’ steering wheel fitted. ‘Euro’ bumpers fitted to meet US safety regulations 1974 - Production ceases on June 21 Tags: