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.


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.


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 .