Why the Karmann Ghia Type 34 Is Collectable
Photography by Rémi Dargegen for Petrolicious
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Virtually, everybody, the world over is familiar with Karmann Ghia. But it's because of the VW based Type 14 (you know it, it's the sleek, Italian-styled 2+2 running on a VW platform with an air-cooled, four-cylinder out back). Less well-known is its bigger stablemate, the Type 34. Instead of being based on the VW Beetle platform (as the Type 14 was), the Type 34 was based on the Type 3 platform. When it was released late in 1961, it was known by a variety of names depending on what country you were in but regardless of your location, just like the Type 14 it was styled by Ghia in Italy. At the time, it was the most luxurious and expensive Volkswagen and was the second car ever fitted with an electrically-operated sliding sunroof.