SEMA Spotlight: SubieGhia

At SEMA, things aren’t always as they appear.  Take this Karmann Ghia for example, finished in candy green and featuring a custom interior, it fits the mold of today’s hot rod scene.  But where we’d expect to see some sort of big displacement air-cooled lump, we were instead greeted by a Subaru EJ-25, the same motor more commonly found in the Outback and Legacy, good for about 200hp.

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Sure, the motor has a healthy amount of polish and sits nicely within the rear engine compartment, we can’t quite get behind the idea of a water-cooled flat four lurking out back, not to mention one from such a generally mundane vehicle.  Moving past the engine choice, this Ghia has tubbed rear fenders that’ll swallow 10″ wide tires, and custom leather throughout.

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But what we liked most about the car, is that its build was very much a family affair.  Owners Nick and Leslie Harrington appear to have had a hand in every single step of the building process, which is simply unheard of within the mega-budget SEMA world.  And for that, we applaud them.

More images of this car are available below, and additional photos from SEMA can be found here.