David’s Karmann Ghia drew no shortage of attention at Players 11, going home with a Players Winner trophy and the Meguiar’s Sponsors Choice Award.
Not a bad day at the show!
For those who might not be familiar with the stunning Ghia silhouette, it’s actually a collaborative coach build that adapts the original Type 1 VW Beetle chassis into something more beautiful. Italy’s Carrozzeria Ghia was responsible for turning the unsporting proportions of the Beetle into a sleek 2+2 coupe, while German coach builder Karmann handmade the swooping exterior panels.
David, the owner of the particular vehicle, has taken this highly-customized mindset one step further and built his own Type 14 masterpiece.
Bespoke paint and bodywork was handled by Spikes Vintage Restoration and features a unique candy metal-flake paint. The low slung stance is provided by custom underpinning and a subframe created by Dogback Beam Performance.
But that’s not all… You might have already guessed that this Ghia was also sporting air. Since Air Lift Performance doesn’t have a direct bolt-on application, the guys at Limebug do the heavy lifting, tailoring suspension for the aircooled world, which typically use universal air springs such as the D2500. — For the management side of things, David opted for Air Lift Performance’s 3P (3H would include the height sensors) and is enjoying the tech.
“I’m really impressed with it. Auto calibration helped me identify a fault and helped me pinpoint where,” says David. “It’s user friendly and Bluetooth is really the trick. Having looked at all the systems out there, this one nailed it for me. I’m currently on 3P but I can upgrade to 3H at anytime,” he continues.
We’re sure this isn’t the last we will see of David’s Karmann Ghia on the show field and you can follow the build on Instagram here: www.instagram.com/smartieghia
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