The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was produced between 1955 and 1974, with some 360,000 coupes and over 80,000 cabriolets made. What is certain is that it was the most beautiful car ever produced by the BeetleMeisters, what is unclear is exactly how the car was designed and conceived. What is certain is that the initial raw idea was sparked by Dr Wilhelm Karmann, who was building the Beetle cabriolet at the time. He then supposedly suggested to Ghia that a beetle-based sports car could be made and presented to VW for their approval.
Several people claim a stake in the Karmann Ghia concept, in addition to the obvious triumvirate of VW in Wolfsburg, Karmann in Osnabruck and Ghia in Turin. What is assured however is that this elegant design, considered by many to be way ahead of its time, holds a firm place in automotive design classics and the hearts and minds of many enthusiasts and collectors around the world.