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Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

Karmann started talking to VW as far back as 1950, about building a sportscar.

The plan was for VW to supply the floorpan and running gear, while Karmann would build the car and Italian design house Ghia would design it. But it wasn’t until 1955 that the Karmann-Ghia first saw the light of day. When it did finally arrive, its high price and Beetle mechanicals didn’t put off buyers who ached to drive one of the most stylish cars available at any price.

Air-cooled Volkswagens of any kind are pretty cool, but the Karmann-Ghia is the coolest of the lot thanks to its rarity and all those fabulous curves. At first only a 1.2-litre engine was offered, which had a peak power output of just 30bhp. but in time there would also be 1.3 and 1.6-litre engines.