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Make / Model: Volkswagen / Karmann Ghia Speedster
Title Status: 8598
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Year: 1967
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Price: $0.00
Location: Monterey,CA
Seller’s Email: consignments@russoandsteele.com
Seller’s Phone: 602 252 2697
Seller Type: Auction

Condition & Features

Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 18 – 20th, at Russo and Steele\’s 11th Annual \”Sports & Muscle at The Marriott\” in Downtown Monterey, California. Please contact us for more information. This unique racecar is the product of one collector’s longtime dream to tastefully crossbreed the elegant appearance of a Karmann Ghia with the powerful engineering of a Porsche 356 Speedster. Beginning its life as a standard 1967 Karmann Ghia, this car was built at coachbuilder Karmann’s Osnabruck, Germany factory with the celebrated design penned by Italian styling house Ghia. Following its export to the United States, this car was acquired by a Colorado collector who drove it lovingly for many years. Like many ardent enthusiasts, this collector long prized the Karmannn Ghia’s outstanding good looks, but lamented the underwhelming performance offered by its stock VW running gear. What if, he wondered, the more powerful engine and delicate details of a Porsche 356 Speedster were merged with the Ghia’s clean lines and beautiful proportions? The owner’s first step was retaining close friend Tom Conway, a former Carrera Panamerica race driver who has specialized in the restoration, rebuild and upgrade of classic Porsche\’s since 1962. Starting with the body, Mr. Conway chopped off the coupe’s roof, reshaped the nose with a splitter and period chin spoiler, and lengthened the wheel wells to resemble those of a Speedster. A rollbar and full cage were added to reinforce the structural integrity and ensure safety driver during racing. Mr. Conway then integrated some classic Porsche components, such as a Speedster windshield, headlights and bezels and a 356 rear lid engine vent. Proper 356 brakes and suspension components were installed, as was an engine from a 1968 Porsche 912. The 1,582 cc 912 motor was chosen because it is the ultimate evolution of Porsche’s classic 4-cylinder case and is therefore not only more reliable and ideally sized for the Karmann Ghia’s






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