We live and breathe all things Volkswagen Karmann Ghia here —
and when we say “Karmann Ghia”, you’re probably thinking about the standard Type 14 in all its glory. But did you know that there are some seriously special variants of this beauty out there?
Today, we’re going to take a closer look at a few seriously air-cool Volkswagen Karmann Ghia editions that deserve a shout-out every now and then.
1. Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34 “Razor Edge”
The first on our list is the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34, affectionately known as the “Razor Edge.”
Instead of sharing its chassis with the Volkswagen Beetle like its more common counterpart – the Type 14, the Type 34 was mounted upon a Type 3 chassis. It also sported a more angular and spacious design; features that were unique to the Type 34, such as all bodywork and bumpers, the interior, glass, and most of the lenses. And with a 1500cc ‘pancake’ engine, it was the quickest VW of its day — right up until the Porsche 914 came along.
There were concepts around a convertible model of the Type 34, too, with prototypes in existence. However, there were only 17 built, and the Type 34 convertible never really came to fruition.
It’s the Karmann Ghia for those who want to stand out from the crowd. With its unique look and a peppy engine, the Type 34 – albeit sometimes an acquired taste – is a real gem on the classic scene.