Volkswagen enthusiast and expert Richard Copping reveals the full story of the Karmann Ghia from initial concepts to the production of the Coupe, the addition of a Cabriolet, and the model's ongoing progress until its eventual sad demise in 1974. Contents include:Background story of the firms and key individuals involved, 1949-1980.The history of the Karmann Ghia and V W Beetle Cabriolet from prototype to production.The coupe, cabriolet and Type 34 variants of the Karmann Ghia, as well as special models and one-off model variants.The development of the Beetle Cabriolet, the original model that brought VW and Karmann together.Model specifications and year-by-year evolution of design and production.Specially commissioned photography and a wide range of fascinating period imagery.
With the best part of thirty VW titles to his name, ranging from Beetle books to Buses and Golfs, Richard Copping is regarded as a leading author and marque expert on matters Volkswagen in Britain and beyond. His credentials are impeccable, having learned to drive using a VW Beetle, he has owned Volkswagens ever since. A Concours judge, an avid collector of VW literature, and particularly so the oldest and rarest brochures, Richard has a monthly column in Volkswagen Camper and Commercial magazine, as well as regularly contributing features about some of the best VWs to be seen out and about.