Friday, March 17, 2006

Vintage Vehicles

I was told by my husband that I had to post this picture. According to him, it's a Volkswagon Kharmen Ghia (thanks to Bob, I now know that is is not a "Carmengia" like I originally thought). I picked it because I liked the colors and the Carytown setting and being as I know almost nothing about cars (except that I like mine to run), I'm imploring t you, my readers tell me more. Is this a nice car? Is this a car you would want? Is a car like this worth anything? Help me impress my husband!

Posted by mea at 8:45 AM


  1. Anonymous Bob posted at 9:02 AM  
    That's a Volkswagen Karman Ghia - a "bug" on the inside, with a designer body. They don't make them anymore, but they were very popular (and more expensive than the bug) back then.
  2. Blogger EPLUIM posted at 3:40 PM  
    It's red. It's pretty.
    Not as pretty as Carly though. Or Steve's Car :)
    I do like the picture a lot though.
    See you tonight!
  3. Blogger midnitebara posted at 6:21 PM  
    its a striking car, beautiful. There are a few volks around here but have'nt seen that type before.
  4. Blogger mea posted at 8:16 PM  
    Bob - Well the spelling difference definitely explains why there were only a few hundred Google results when I tried to look it up this morning!
  5. Blogger Rob posted at 11:08 AM  
    Looks a very nice car. I'm no expert either - needs an engine though- Some old VWs had them in the back.
  6. Blogger chris.h. posted at 12:03 PM  
    looks kinda of strange--my dad always used to say to me "never own a red car",
    and so far I never have.
  7. Blogger Lisi posted at 12:44 PM  
    Mea, that's a cool looking red car, if it promises never to betray me, say, on a highway or during a road trip, I would use it.
  8. Blogger Litzner posted at 5:00 PM  
    The only beautiful car is a Dodge Charger...1960s Dodge Charger. vroom vroom
  9. Blogger Alex posted at 5:27 PM  
    This car is an icon of the 50's. Great design by Ghia, reliable, and still fairly unexpensive to buy. I heard it is fun to drive. There is a convertible version too. Small engine, easy to fix, and cheap to maintain.
  10. Blogger mea posted at 6:22 PM  
    Thanks to everyone. He was rather impressed and he had a huge laugh at my original spelling snafu.

    Chris H - Interesting advice. The first car that I bought for myself was red and I had a lot of reservations about the color, but it's never done me wrong. I also happen to know that Epluim's car, Carly is also red. Funny what advice sticks, eh?

    Alex - It's my understanding that most old VW's had engines that were pretty easy to fix.
  11. Blogger Ham posted at 2:52 PM  
    The VW's were generally reliable, with air-cooled engines so no problems with water etc, but they can be swines to fix.
  12. Anonymous Anonymous posted at 5:04 PM  
    A big smile crossed my face when I
    saw this photo - because my FIRST
    CAR was a maroon Karmann Ghia
    - convertible - I thought I was
    Audrey Hepburn riding around =
    sometimes with a scarf, or a
    triangular scarf (showing my age
    here ?) But I loved that car -
    the previous owner(male) had
    put a woodgrain "kit" on the
    interior - dashboard, etc.
    I even got a tan one summer
    driving from Tulsa to New Orleans
    with the convertible top down - all the way! Oh those were the days.

    But now, when I saw one recently on the street (a green model like yours pictured) I thought, yikes that was a SMALLcar and looks so tiny, now.

    I'm not sure what influenced me
    to buy it, perhaps that I had
    lived in Germany for 3 years,
    the price was good, and I loved
    the sound VW's made...
    Aufverdierzein ?!
  13. Blogger mea posted at 7:11 PM  
    To my anonymous poster - That is probably one of the best comments I've ever received. It read like a poem!

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