The Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupe has a rather extensive life post World War II. While VW spent the majority of the early 30s through the mid 1940s designing machines for the German Army, it could not spend the time or the resources on consumer goods. The Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupe provided to be one of the very first designed form the company, as it started production in 1955 and ultimately came to a close in 1974, during the height of the Cold War. The car actually become the most imported car into the United States in the early 1960s and it was heavily sold throughout South America as VW opened up a production plant in Brazil.
The Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia Coupe was a two-door coupe that also came in a convertible option. It featured three different engine types with the early 1200 cc engine offering little more than what many modern motorcycles can produce. In fact, the vehicle had an initial top speed of 75 miles per hour, although the subsequent version bumped this up to 93 miles per hour. Basically, it gave consumers the potential to purchase a vehicle that was the exact opposite of the oversized American sedans, which many times stretched several feet longer in length, even when still considered a coupe.