Volkswagen - Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was manufactured using the VW Beetle chassis by the German coachbuilding company Karmann, to the prototype designed and manufactured at Carrozzeria Ghia, the Italian design and manufacturing company. The whole Ghia project was turned over to Karmann who got the approval from VW to proceed late in 1953, after the Ghia prototype had been shown. The Type 14 VW Karmann Ghia was available from 1953, built to a high quality, and sold in larger numbers than had been anticipated. By 1957 a convertible version of The Karman Ghia Type 14 was intorduced. As the years progressed so did the specification as the VW it was built from changed. Initially a 1192 cc and then a 1295cc production carried on until 1974 when it was the VW 2600 Karmann Ghia Coupe or the more expensive cabriolet, still the Type 14.

In 1961 a "Big Karmann" was built called the Type 34, also designed by Ghia, but built on the larger and unmodified Volkswagen Type 3 chassis. This was the best appointed, most expensive and fastest of all VW models until the Type 34 was replaced in 1969 by the VW Porsche 914, which was also assembled at the Karmann factory. But Karmann still continued with production of the T14 until 1974.

As a final note, Ghia produced a design for the Brazil VW factory, who produced a coupe from 1972 to 1975 they called the VW Karmann Ghia TC (Touring Coupe) for South American consumption.

VW Karmann Ghia tyre size was originally 5.60x15 , which is radial tyre equivalent 155R15 size. Blockley produces the perfect 155HR15 tyre in both standard and 155HR15 whitewall types. Sometimes people fit the VW Karmann Ghia with slightly larger 165R15 size, and Blockley produce this 165VR15 size also. See full details of these tyres below:

Blockley Products for Volkswagen Volkswagen Karmann Ghia


Blockley Radial

£122.00 (£146.40 inc. VAT)

15/16 inch Rim Band (45mm wide)

Blockley Rim Band

£3.30 (£3.96 inc. VAT)

155HR15 White Wall

Blockley Radial

£125.00 (£150.00 inc. VAT)


Blockley Radial

£99.00 (£118.80 inc. VAT)

Set of 4 165VR15

Blockley Radials

£488.00 (£585.60 inc. VAT)