- 1974 Ghia convertible

Da Ghia won again!

Dad took his Ghia to a show this weekend. Won again.

This is my Dad's 1974 Karmann Ghia convertible. Aka 'Da Ghia'. Plates even say it. This car is packin. It runs a 2101 race motor with dual titanium valve springs allowing a 10k redline. It has the LAST Gene Berg exhaust ever built. It has a 5 ball gear shift (literally a 5 billiard ball - taken from my fraternity house no less). Ferrari air horn(father's day gift out of Griot's catalog) with a fighter pilot style switch - flip the red cover up to access the toggle. Disc brakes all around. Wheels that did not fit but Dad is an engineer and machinist so he MADE them fit. He moved the studs in the wheel itself. Air bags. New fabric for the top - took two years to get it back. Completely new interior carpeting and seat upholstery. Wooden steering wheel from Israel. Steering column mounted tach. Sub in rear deck with 6x9" speakers flush mounted, 4" front door speakers and aftermarket head unit (not exactly sure - never pay attention). Deep throaty sound. Turns heads!

This car had been in progress for over 20 years. I was there the day he bought it. Paid $500 for it in Toledo, Ohio. It had not been driven in 12 years. When Dad and I showed up we brought some tools, fuel line and fresh gas. In less than 10 minutes he was driving the car out of the driveway and up the street. The seller asked me what it was, and was not real happy. I told him it was rotted fuel line. He got even unhappier. Oh well.

I will be doing a full article on the car in the future. There's pictures of the entire rebuild process. It had some major cancer. I'm not currently in possession but I will be hounding my Dad until he relents. Stay tuned!

Another first place for Da Ghia!

Another first place for Da Ghia!

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Comments (10)

  • Hi, congratulations 👏🏼

    Have you done a post on the ghia??

    I’ve only seen one before, I done a small post about it nothing big.

      2 months ago
    • This is the first post regarding the Ghia. I will be doing more. It's a really neat car. The seats sit really low. I'm 6'3" and my shoulders barely crest the doorsill. It's NOT a rocket. Modern cars are much faster. Especially when equipped...

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        2 months ago
    • Up to 80 is all you truly need to be honest, bet it one of those that always brings the smiles out

      Like the idea of the sound of the engine….. 10k rpm is wild haha

      Look forward to more posts about her

        2 months ago
  • Sounds like an incredible car

      2 months ago
  • Does he know about DT? If not, educate him. Maybe he will appreciate people's interest.

      2 months ago
  • Do have any pics of work over the years. You could write up an article to post on DT. Tell your dad about your plan for it to continue what he has done. Maybe he will turn loose of it.

      2 months ago
    • I have one. But I want to get more. It doesn't show much but is an early shot. I have been bugging him for a full history. I may have to extract it one bit at a time. He's supposed to be here in a few weeks so I'll work on him then.

        2 months ago
  • congratulations, that's a really good looking car

      2 months ago
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