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    Am selling the two original door cards from '74 Ghia convertible. These are in excellent condition; like new. Car spent its first 35 years in SoCal. The door cards are in a rare interior color that VW called "Palisander"; which is a dark, reddish brown. Palisander was an interior color option...
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    As you May have heard, VW set a very specific record with the brand new Jetta at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Kindly, VW offered to fly us out for the record attempt and while we were there we talked to some of the VW owners who were around for the racing—normally that’s the part where we...
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    Autocar recently ran a headline claiming that the “Volkswagen Beetle [is] set to go electric and rear-wheel drive” and, naturally, I was pretty excited when we read that. A rear-engine Beetle is always exciting, but reading on a bit I was disappointed by what I found. Look, before we launch...
  4. Volkswagen News Blog
    For all the talk about how imperfect the Karmann Ghia was as a sports car, it’s hard not be charmed by one when it drives past you. To some, it’s cute, nice, and harmless. To others, like Mr. Regular, though, it’s a gold standard of automotive design. In his latest Regular Car Review, Mr...
  5. Volkswagen News Blog
    So apparently there’s a thing called SEO and, sadly, we here at VW Vortex are not immune to its charms. Fortunately for you, we are wily and willing to steal a subversive format idea when we see one. So here, in the style of a CineFix Top Blank list , are the Top 5 Obscure VWs of all time. For...
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    Jay Leno’s Garage is at its best when it’s covering weird and unusual cars, and this week the show features a good one: the 1964 Volkswagen Type 34. As the fastest and most luxurious VW of its time, the Type 34 has a cult following here, despite never having been sold in America. When they...
  7. Volkswagen News Blog
    We’ve already see LEGO kits of the Beetle and the Type 2, so naturally  the next step is a LEGO Karmann Ghia . This Ghia was made for LEGO Ideas by user Mandylion777. The site takes suggestions from regular people, and lets visitors to the site vote on which ones should make it into...
  8. Volkswagen News Blog
    At the end of the Second World War, Europe was in dire economic straits. As a result, economy cars were the predominant form of transportation and the people’s car, the Beetle, was doing well. By the early fifties, though, things were looking up for the old world, and cars could become sporty...
  9. Volkswagen News Blog
    Today is our last day of Wörthersee 2016 coverage and we’re featuring the stuff that just didn’t fit into another gallery. There’s a lot of air cooled stuff, some Audis, a new Beetle, some vans, and a whole lot more. The nice thing about this gallery is that it’s kind of Volkswagen at its most...
  10. Volkswagen News Blog
    What’s sexier than Brazil? Brazil in the ‘70s. And that’s where today’s Find of the Day, the SP2, got its start. Way back in the day, VW do Brasil was bored. Trade restrictions prevented them from getting the Karmann Ghia, so there was nothing sporty available for the Brazilian people. A lack...
  11. Volkswagen News Blog
    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...
  12. Volkswagen News Blog
    Classic Rally from 13th to 15th August, 628 km on Saschen Dream Roads Three stages through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the Czech Republic Volkswagen Classic sends 14 classics to cult event The 13th edition of the Sachsen Classic again promises to be a home game for Volkswagen. Zwickau...
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    Arguably one of the sharpest looking vehicles of all time, Volkswagen's Karmann Ghia has never really fallen out of favor with air-cooled enthusiasts.  Like many we've seen, today's Find of the Day has more than a few custom touches, but it's true highlight could be the best OEM plus...
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    When you think of the Karmann Ghia, chances are that "hot rod" and "fast" are far from the first things that comes to mind.  A few years ago, Illinois-based Deanz Rodz and Race Carz set out to change that line of thinking by taking a perfectly good Karmann Ghia and giving it the street rod...
  15. Volkswagen News Blog
    With it's sleek body lines originally penned by Ghia and bodywork performed by Karmann, the Karmann Ghia was and still is an extremely pretty car.  A rear engine layout made it quintessentially Volkswagen, but the higher asking price deterred some potential buyers, putting the car into a very...
  16. Volkswagen News Blog
    Wolfsburg, Germany - Thanks to the Karmann Ghia, Volkswagen had a car in the mid-1950s in its line-up that was positioned above the Beetle, allowing the company to appeal to a broader customer base. It is now 60 years since that prototype was shown internally, on the occasion of the Paris Motor...
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