As the proprietor of The Karmann Ghia Motorworks, I'd like to welcome you to our little spot in 'cyberspace'. We hope you find this website a useful accessory to your search for a Karmann Ghia or KG parts, or at least find it interesting as a fan of the Karmann Ghia. Our aim is to provide our prospective customers with advance information and an understanding of who we are and what we do, perhaps offering a little more than we could in a telephone conversation or by post. However, the last thing we want is to lose our direct contact with you. We believe there is no substitute for personal, friendly and honest advice. We will always look forward to discussing your needs over the telephone.
In fifteen years of business we have sold literally hundreds of Karmann Ghias throughout the UK, Europe, and even the US. Our survival today is testament to our years of commitment to our customers, our service levels and our passion for one of the most beautiful and practical classic cars of all time. We will strive to ensure we remain the best at what we do.
Above all, as Ghia drivers ourselves, we understand that living with a Karmann Ghia is not just ownership, it's a relationship, and we're here to ensure that relationship gets off to a good start!
Please enjoy your stay, and be sure to let us know what we can do to help you.
A Brief Insight into Volkswagen's Karmann Ghia
Since it's launch at the Frankfurt Motorshow in 1955, the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia has been heralded as one of the classics of automotive design. 'The Worlds Slowest Sportscar' has never needed to tear up the tarmac to attract hoards of admirers and enthusiasts. While the air cooled whistle from the exhaust hints at the cars underpinning, it's graceful lines and exotic coachbuilt exterior belie the humble and utterly reliable VW bug bolted underneath,
It was conceived through a somewhat clandestine collaboration between Ghia of Turin and Karmann of Osnabruck, through Wilheim Karmann's desire to manufacture a Beetle-based sports car. Volkswagen was unaware of the project's existence until the day the first prototype was revealed to them, the same day Heinz Nordoff of VW Gmbh gave the go ahead to evaluate the coupe which, at that time, didn't even have a name.
Now the words 'Karmann Ghia' are synonymous with style and quality of workmanship. It's a tribute to this that so many of these cars survive in such good condition today. Well, with the help of some West Coast USA weather perhaps!
Even in the sixties and early seventies these cars were never a common sight on our roads. Luckily, thousands upon thousands were sold Stateside to Americans eager to capitalise on VW reliability and build quality wrapped in a very handsome package. It is these cars, and in particular the cars of California, Oregon and other South West States, that represent the best selection of rust free examples that can be sourced today.
The Karmann Ghia Motorworks
At the Karmann Ghia Motorworks, it is our business to source the best choice in Karmann Ghias and present them as useable everyday classic cars, or perhaps something a little more special. If you are looking for one of these beautiful classic cars then you have already found the right place. In the last fifteen years of business Motorworks have imported, restored and sold over 400 Karmann Ghias. Our cars are sourced direct from their long term owners, often with remarkable histories. All our cars are supplied fully serviced and inspected, with 12 months MOT, brand new halogen headlights and correct year registration numbers on the original style black and silver number plates. All cars run on unleaded petrol. Take a look at some of them in our photo gallery.
Please contact us for further details on any specific car, for up to date information on recent acquisitions, or to arrange to come and visit, we are of course open at the weekends.
We hope you enjoy this site and welcome all comments and feedback. Happy motoring!