Here is a collection of differenct early Ghia photos that I thought you would enjoy. Click on any of the pictures to see a larger photo.
So OK the first two photos are not early. These are of two prototypes from Karmann of what a new Ghia would look like.
These pictures show a trailer for behind my Ghia. Today I am pulling it behind my 63 Sunroof Bug. The trailer weighs 240 pounds opens up to a standard double bed. It was made in the early 80s and a similar model is made today in Pennsylvania. I have used it several times and it draws quite a crowd. It has an awning to attach to the back and has a table inside that you convert to use as part of the bed.
Here is a picture of the oldest Ghia on the planet. The number one prototype at the Karmann Collection. Photo from 1993.
This is a photo of a bear sign from the 50s. Note the great Ghia ski rack. Also there are wire wheels with knock off hubs.
1956-1957 Colors - these are nice color chart scans
Gazelle Beige , Pelican Red , Trout Blue
Black , Lizzard Green , Antelope Brown
January 1956 production Karmann Ghia, 15th oldest Ghia know to exist, rare aluminum window moundings, complete interior, car is rough but worth a serios restoration, no engine, original color Antelope Brown with a Dark Brown Roof.
March 56 Ghia. This is what started it all. It was originally Trout Blue and I got it from the original owner with only 65,000 miles on the speedometer. March 56 Ghia on rotisserie. Best way to attack rust, clean off undercoating and spray those hard to get areas. Here are several shots while removing fenders, adding fenders, and doing some priming.
Below are some photos of a Judson Supercharger installation. The deck lid is actually a second 56/57 Trout Blue deck lid I picked up. I'll still have my old one in case it ever needs to be converted back.
The first picture shows the box the scoop came in. I have the original blue line drawing of the template. I just made a copy to work with. The drawing is dated 1962 so it might have been for a 40 hp kit (maybe the drawing was the same I don't know).
I didn't cut out two of the right louvers, it cleared without removing them. I didn't cut out the drain pan for the full opening but had to relieve it 1/2 inch more to clear the choke mechanism. I'm pretty happy with the result. It took about 7 hours after I spend 2 hours getting stuff together and the engine back in.
I also found a Webasto Sunroof to install. Here is a picture or check the following link http://karmannghias.org/Webasto.htm
A friend in Japan sent me this photo of an early Ghia with fender skirts.
Bill Smith's early Ghia. Excellent original car that came with its own round tool kit
Early Ghia in Enland which has a Golde sliding sunroof. Rare! Another early Ghia in Enland which has a Golde sliding sunroof. Shipped in from the US which needs some major work.