Gaswerks Garage is proud to present our 1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34 Coupe. In September 1961, Volkswagen introduced the VW 1500 Karmann Ghia Type 34. The VW 1500 was based on its new Type 3 platform, featuring Volkswagen’s new flat 1500cc engine design, and styling by Italian engineer Sergio Sartorelli. Due to model confusion with the Type 14 VW 1500 introduced in 1967, the Type 34 was known variously as the “Der Große Karmann” (“the big Karmann”) in Germany, “Razor Edge Ghia” in the United Kingdom, or “European Ghia” (or “Type 3 Ghia” among enthusiasts) in the United States. Today the name Type 34 is recognized as the worldwide naming convention.
An electrically operated sliding steel sunroof was optional in 1962, the second automobile model in the world to have this option. The styling offered more interior and cargo room than the original Karmann Ghia. It featured an electric clock, three luggage spaces, built-in fog lights, round tail lights, upper and lower dash pads, door pads, and long padded armrests. It was the fastest production VW model of its day. It was also the most expensive and luxurious passenger car VW manufactured in the 1960s. At the time it cost twice as much as a Beetle in many markets.
Although the Type 34 was available in most countries, it was not offered officially in the U.S. which was Volkswagens largest and most important export market. Many still made their way to the USA (most via Canada), and the USA has the largest number of known Type 34s left in the world (400 of the total 1,500 to 2,000 or so remaining).
The Type 34 was styled by the Italian design studio Ghia. The Type 34 body is mounted on the unmodified Type 3 chassis and drive train (the same as in a 1500/1600 Notchback, Variant (Squareback) and Fastback) – all distinguished by the standard 1500 pancake engine that allowed a front and rear boot. The Type 34 is mechanically the same as other Type 3s but all bodywork, interior, glass, bumpers, and most of the lenses are unique to the Type 34.
Our 1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34 Coupewas built by Classic Auto Rewind which is an award-winning restoration company that specializes in vintage Volkswagen vehicles. The master craftsman and owner of Classic Auto Rewind, Greg Armendariz, is an award-winning vintage Volkswagen restoration specialist and artist. He is the son and nephew of engineers and designers. This, he claims, is why fastidious attention to detail runs in his blood. When rebuilding a classic Volkswagen, Greg meticulously assembles the vehicles using OEM parts that he orders from suppliers all over the globe. For Greg, restoring Volkswagens is much more than hunting down the perfect hardware and accessories, though. He views each project as a piece of art, which is evident when viewing one of his restorations such as our Type 34 Coupe. His artistry dovetails perfectly with his attention to detail. He describes the cars he takes on as “almost living, breathing things.” His tenacity and artistry embody one overarching desire: For viewers to see his Volkswagens as the original designers intended them to be seen.
Our Type 34 is a rust free, California owned car. Our 1963 Karmann was restored after being acquired from the original owner who bought it brand new in Germany and had it shipped back to California. This was a ground up restoration with no expense spared, down to the nuts and bolts in this full OEM restoration! Our Type 34 even features the period correct German carpeting. Contact Gaswerks Garage today for more details!