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Old 6th July 2008, 16:42   #646
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Unfortunately I could not get a before pic of this lovely early 60s Karmann Ghia but here are the after pics.
Owned by a dear friend, just out of the restoration garage and requiring a polish, feast your eyes.

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Just reminds me of the Classic 356 lines.
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Just reminds me of the Classic 356 lines.
It was the poor man's Porsche after all. Sigh, when will I get one. Im poor, so dont I deserve one?
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Sigh...what i would do to get one. I think this era of the Karmann had the best look. The classic lines started to diminish with modernization.
I also deserve one so if you get one Karlji, its the same thing na Bhai? your car.. my car....My car...my car!!
Anyways hows MY black Bug doing?
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Anyways hows MY black Bug doing?
You mean the smelly black one i stepped on today?? It really stunk!!
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You mean the smelly black one i stepped on today?? It really stunk!!
WHATTT?? You killed Ralph?? No ride for you.. in you know what

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WHATTT?? You killed Ralph?? No ride for you.. in you know what
RALPH!! i didnt know you had such traits!!

No No i will be a good boy if i get a ride in "I know what!"
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Anyways hows MY black Bug doing?
Arrey dont ask. Its been in Bombay for a couple of months, still waiting in line for other cars to finish

I really like those taillights on the Ghia, very close to the original, but methinks they are from a local bus of some sort! I doubt the lenses would stick out so much. When is he fitting that gorgeous "KARMANN Ghia" script bootlid badge?

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Its Raining Ghias here!! Another Karmann ghia. Its supposed to be getting restored, but i dont see much progress on it. Btw, is this a genuine convertible??
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Its Raining Ghias here!! Another Karmann ghia. Its supposed to be getting restored, but i dont see much progress on it. Btw, is this a genuine convertible??
It certainly appears to be genuine. So thats another one! Good, I hope we find a few more so maybe then I can afford one
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It certainly appears to be genuine. So thats another one! Good, I hope we find a few more so maybe then I can afford one
And then you can gift me your beetle! And when gogi finds one, he'll give me his 115!! And then i'll have two black cars, whose restorations never gets completed!!!
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Its Raining Ghias here!! Another Karmann ghia. Its supposed to be getting restored, but i dont see much progress on it. Btw, is this a genuine convertible??
Unlikely, I think; original cabriolet VW's windscreen frames are broader at the top than this one appears to me. And, have the window channels on the doors been blanked out, or is it just my eyes?

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Unlikely, I think; original cabriolet VW's windscreen frames are broader at the top than this one appears to me. And, have the window channels on the doors been blanked out, or is it just my eyes?
Are they really noticably broader? Compare with these.
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Unlikely, I think; original cabriolet VW's windscreen frames are broader at the top than this one appears to me. And, have the window channels on the doors been blanked out, or is it just my eyes?
I think you are getting that feeling because the car has no doopads or interior trim, currently its just a tub with an engine!
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Are they really noticably broader? Compare with these.
You're right Karl, it isn't noticeably broader from the front; it's only thicker in cross-section because of the reinforcement, provided by the supplementary wooden frame that's showing in your pics taken from behind. However, the area around the latch hole, that can be seen in the from-behind pic, forms a little peak, at the point where the hole is divided. This slim crest on the frame line is clearly visible from the front when the top is down in the earlier cars, that both here are. That is not visible in the car in contention (the 'tub' as JayD puts it). Secondly the frame, above the windscreen in a regular convertible, also has a channel running on the outside along the top, into which a thin collar in the top's frame kind of holds onto like a hand would with the fingers folded backwards. Now, this is not visible, although at this point I'm also not very certain of this feature. But a soft-top needs to hold on to something for a good fit before the latch, or clamp, can be turned; the channel allowed that. Finally, and possibly the biggest give-away in these pics of the tub, the A-pillars have been cut along the curve of the screen - the water channel on the extremity ends much lower, as also compared to your pic of the true convertible. The water channel in a cabriolet goes up almost all the way till the level of the windscreen and thereby is also able carry on in its (hardtop) path turning a little towards the back of the car. The A-pillar therefore has a different profile in the real cabrys. Pics on internet (thesamba.com for instance) would probably make things clearer, unless Ram steps in with his terrific illustrations! That's provided what I'm saying holds water in the first place (at least better than a converted convertible would keep it out!!)

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I think you are getting that feeling because the car has no doopads or interior trim, currently its just a tub with an engine!
Yes JayD, until the restoration is completed, the stripped car can be rather misleading. That's probably got me too.

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