RegGuheert wrote: Levenkay wrote:
GlennD wrote:[ liked my 59 karman ghia, Compared to a regular VW it was tons better. It was 6V and my 2 way radio turned the headlights orange when I keyed up.
But the topic was aesthetics, not function. I always felt ghias look like VW beetles that got left out in the sun to melt.
I am offering this link to move the discussion very slightly less OT than it already is:
1971 Karmann Ghia electric car conversion
Here's a kit for someone who wants to do it yourself: Karmann Ghia EV Conversion Kit, AC Motor, Regen Braking, 1955-1974
(Of course you could purchase a used LEAF for less money than that kit.)
Sorry, GRA, I couldn't find an H2 FCV conversion kit for a Karmann Ghia.
OT. Oddly enough, the first BEV conversion I ever saw was a red Karmann Ghia, back in the early '90s when I was selling off-grid systems. One of my customers had it and had done the conversion, so I asked him all about it. He used it for his daily commutes in the Bay Area, I think 25 miles but I don't remember if that was one-way or round trip. IIRR it was a hardtop so probably this isn't the same car, but Karmann Ghias were popular BEV conversions owing to the space front and rear for batteries; ISTR Corvairs (and 914s) were popular for the same reason. I don't remember for sure, but think he may have worked at Lawrence Livermore or Sandia (one of whose boundary streets is Tesla Rd.).
Re aesthetics, while some of the '60s and '70s cars were really bad (I personally loathe the Rover sedans and their side overhangs, and the Mirai's jowls remind me of them), I maintain that the ugliest car currently available in the U.S. is a Nissan Juke. I thought the Karmann Ghia was okay (certainly better looking than the 914).