Name That Vehicle



December 23, 2011

Thank you to everyone who commented on the vehicle photo on the HVA website and the HVA’s Facebook page

The vehicle in the photo is a 1964 Volkswagen Type 34 Ghia.

Additional information about the vehicle: The models between 1962-1964 were the only years you could have a color combination of ruby red exterior, black top and silver/silver beige interior.  The type 34 was not imported for the US market. VW had concerns that the Karmann production facility would not be able to keep pace with American demand.

 

And the winner of the contest – Ash Good from Wilmington, N.C.!

For guessing correctly Ash Good will receive a free HVA ballcap. This is the same cap available here, in the online store.

Ash Good Photo

Here is Ash Good and his family next to their 1974 Volkswagen Type 1 Ghia. The                                                                                   photo was taken at the 2011 Wheels of Landfall Car Show. For more information                                                                                     on the car show and to see an interview with Ash Good and his vehicle click here                                                                                      to view the video.

Hope everyone enjoyed our first contest.  

Comments

  1. Christopher Preece Norwell, MA

    I put it on the FB page but not sure if I posted it correctly. This is a Karmann Ghia Tyoe 34. I think it is a 1963

  2. Jim Necci Amissville,VA

    Looks like a Kharmann Ghia, 1963 or so.

  3. rob mcquiston Seattle

    Sure looks like 1963 Karmann Ghia type 34.

  4. Jesse Bash Durham, NC

    That looks like a type 3 VW Karmann Ghia.

  5. al zim north Texas

    This is the Volkswagen karmann Giah 1500. Production form September 1961 (model year 1962) through the 1969 model. This car was not imported into the United States since it was in direct competition with the regular Karmann Giah. I have seen them but never owned one. 7L3BJ77

  6. David Brown Georgia

    its a type 3 vw karmann Ghia

  7. Dan Badeer United States

    It's a Volkswagen Type 34 Ghia.

  8. Rick Qually Lynnwood, WA

    Volkswagen 1500 Karmann Ghia or Type 34

  9. Dave Foster Corona, CA

    1962 Renault Caravelle

  10. sherman schlar West Hartford, CT

    Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34

  11. al zim North Texas

    Introduced as a 1962 model in September 1961 the Karmann Giah 1500 had a 7 year life span till the end of production in 1969. Not imported into the United States because of the competition with the standard Karmann Giah.

  12. Mark Richmond Grove City

    No Facebook account so how about a guess here? 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34

  13. Gary Moore Sparks, Nevada

    Volkswagon

  14. ted atkinson hagerstown,md

    1962 type 3 karmann ghia

  15. toby Florida

    Karmann Ghia Type 34

  16. jay bennett new jersey

    vw Karmann Ghia type 34 probably around a 1963

  17. Craig Hess Gloucester, MA, USA

    The car in question is a 1966 VW Type 34 or VW 1500 Karman Ghia

  18. Dave Schaub California

    That would be a type 34 Karmann Ghia built in around 1966 and very rare !

  19. gary haugley so. cal.

    type-34...vw. produced from 1962 to 1969. only 42505 made. also know as a type-3 ghia.

  20. BRIAN RENESKI Pittsburgh, PA

    Nice VW. It's a Volkswagen Ghia Type 34, early 60's maybe 1963

  21. Howard Query Mason City, Iowa

    Volkswagen - Karmann Ghia Type 34

  22. Joel M Bardote Lyndhurst, NJ

    I know it is definitely a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34, as far as the year its a little tougher as they didn't change much through the years it was produced through the 60 I will guess 1962

  23. Steve Russert Wenatchee, WA

    I knew right away it was a Karmann Ghia, but couldn't pin down the model year. I looked through the year-by-year differences shown on the Type 34 website and can only say it seems to be between 1962 and 1966, since rear seat headrests were added in 67.

  24. Robert La Mar Half Moon Bay, CA

    Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 1500 Type 3

  25. Steve Wahl Scottsdale, AZ

    Borgward Isabella

  26. Jeffrey A. Lubbers Woodbury, MN

    This is a Volkswagen Karman Ghia. I am unsure of the year.

  27. Mark todorovich St. louis,Mo

    1963 Karman Ghia,. European model Type 351 I mistyped year on last one

  28. Ash Good Wilmington NC

    My guess is that it's a 1964 VW type 34 Ghia. Looks to be ruby red with a black top

  29. Dave Johnson New Orleans, LA

    It a VW

  30. Mike NE Ohio

    62-69 VW Type 3 Karmann Ghia

  31. steve arbes cumming, georgia

    I think its a simca.

  32. Eric Brown Arizona

    Hello, the "Name that Vehicle" is a VW Type 34.

  33. Scott Spindler Minnesota

    1967 Fiat

  34. Mike SC

    The car is a 1961 Volkswagen VW 1500 Karmann Ghia Coupe (Type 34)

  35. Eric Brown Arizona

    The "Name that Vehicle" is a VW Type 34.

  36. Mike Rotondi Easley, SC

    The car is a Volkswagen 1500 Karmann Ghia Coupe (Type 34)

  37. WILLIAM KOPF North Haven

    GLAS.......?

  38. John Goebel SLC

    The car is a 1966 VW Carman Ghia Type 34

  39. anthony Lester Madison, Ct

    The car in question I believe is a ;BMW

  40. stephen Lanoka Harbor, NJ

    VW, Kharmoun Ghia, 1957-1959

  41. Dan Anderson USA

    VW Type 3 Karman Ghia '60s vintage

  42. Jeff McKnight Spring Hill, FL

    It's a mid '60s Volkswagen...but, sadly, I don't remember the model name or exact year.

  43. Tom Metcalf Ashland, Ohio

    VW Type 34, also known as VW 1500 Karmann Ghia Coupé. Best guess on year would be 1968

  44. Richard Clark Severn, MD

    Yup, looks like a VW Karmann Ghia Type 34 (1963).

  45. Richard Clark Severn, MD

    Yup, looks like a VW Karmann Ghia Type 34 (1963).

  46. Richard Clark Severn, MD

    VW Karmann Ghia Type 34

  47. Paul Turner Trail BC Canada

    Karmi Gia 1963.

  48. Ken Cento Florida, USA

    A VW Karmann Ghia or Type 34...........year 1966

  49. Rick Bobick California

    1962 Karmann Ghia 1500 is my guess

  50. jack overley usa

    I believe that is a bmw, not sure of the model

  51. Ray Freeman Espanola Ont Canada

    Looks like a 1969 Karaman Ghia

  52. Lee Denver

    What kind of dumb survey with the answers listed??? Uh, its a VW 1500 Karmann Ghia, '66 In September 1961, Volkswagen introduced the VW 1500 Karmann Ghia,[10] or Type 34,' based on its new Type 3 platform, featuring Volkswagen's new flat 1500cc engine design, and styling by Italian engineer Sergio Sartorelli.[8] Due to model confusion with the Type 14 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[10] is recognized as the worldwide naming convention. The second automobile model in the world to have this option, an electrically operated sliding steel sunroof was optional in 1962. 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 & lower dash pads, door pads, & long padded armrests. It was the fastest production VW model of its day. Until it was replaced by the VW-Porsche 914, it was the most expensive and luxurious passenger car VW manufactured in the 1960s — back then you could have purchased two basic Beetles for the price of one Type 34 in many markets. The comparatively high price meant it never generated high demand, and only 42,505 (plus 17 prototype convertibles [1]) were built over the car's entire production life between 1962 and 1969 (roughly 5,000 a year). Today, the Type 34 is considered a semi-rare collectible with values ranging from US$25K (nice original or restored) to $8K (driving project) to $3K (non-driving parts car). Values in Europe are the highest with an unrestored original Pearl White 1962 Coupe selling for US$34,000 in Germany in late 2010. Although the Type 34 was available in most countries, it was not offered officially in the U.S. — VW's largest and most important export market — another reason for its low sales numbers. 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[11]). Like its Type 14 brother, the Type 34 was styled by the Italian design studio Ghia. There are some similar styling influences, but the Type 14 Ghia looks very different from the Type 34. The chassis is also a major difference between the cars: the Type 14 shares its chassis with a Beetle, whereas the Type 34 body is mounted on the 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. All bodywork, interior, glass, bumpers, and most of the lenses are unique to the Type 34. The Wilhelm Karmann factory assembly line which assembled the Type 34 also produced the VW-Porsche 914 (known as Porsche 914 in the USA) — the Type 34's replacement.-Thank you wikipedia

  53. Debbie Dellera South Carolina

    I think it is a 1958BMW

  54. Geof Drummond East Hampton NY

    Karmann Ghia type 34 1966

  55. Rob Santa Barbara

    It appears to be a 1969 Volkswagen Type 14/34. Sory, I don't do Facebook

  56. Rob Santa Barbara

    It appears to be a 1969 Volkswagen Type 14/34. Sory, I don't do Facebook

  57. Joe Mazzei RamRod Key Fl

    Karmann Ghia 1500 coupe also refered to as Type 34. The model years usually don't match up with the US custom of annual year/model changes that took place at the end of Summer / begining of Fall. As I recall the dates moved around a bit thru the years. Examples; the Ford Mustang and the Sunbeam Tiger. Both of which were introduced at the New York Auto Show in the spring of 1964 as 1965 models. Now those that were sold from then to the regular production year/model change are refered to, as in the case of Mustangs",1964-1/2" models. The Sunbeam Tigers were MK -1s as defined by serial number. The change to MK-1A was defined by a change in the prefex group in the serial number. In many locals the year of production was not clearly reflected in the year/date on the title. IE a Tiger manufactured and sold in June of 1964 may have been titled 1964 or 1965. Tigers were manufactured from 1964 through 1967 but have been titled 1964 through 1968, based on year of sale. So it goes with the Type 34 Karmann Ghia. To accurately date the car is not possible with the data provided as production/years changes did not neccessarily match and weren't the same from country to country. Thanks for a very interesting question. Nicely researched guys. It seems to me that all the effort at dating are generally accurate. Winners all! *)

  58. David Riedle Michigan

    It is a Karman Ghia Type 34, or Razor Edge. Never imported into the US, only Canada in North America

  59. David Riedle Michigan

    It is a Karman Ghia Type 34, or Razor Edge. Never imported into the US, only Canada in North America

  60. Charmaine Garnett kansas

    A 1961 or so Karman Ghia

  61. jeffrey rothman new york

    looks like a renault caravelle to me..

  62. Kym Behrns Kamloops,BC

    It is a 1961 Karman Ghia 1500 Type 34

  63. Jorge Coblentz New Mexico

    1965 VW Karmann Ghia Type 34 European model. The regular Karmann Ghia was a Type 14 sold in the USA

  64. Jorge Coblentz New Mexico

    1965 VW Karmann Ghia Type 34 European model. The regular Karmann Ghia was a Type 14 sold in the USA

  65. Ted Metz Medford, Oregon 97504

    I believe this photo is a 1963 type 3 Karmann Ghia

  66. geof drummond east hampton ny

    1966 Karmann Ghia Type 34

  67. Mike Graves Little Rock, AR

    1963 VW Karman Ghia type 34

  68. mike Graves Little Rock, AR

    1963 VW Karman Ghia type 34

  69. Jim Averill Springfield Oregon

    I owned a 1961 Karman Ghia at the time this type 111 or type 34 as known in some circles came out I was amazed how poorly someone could treat the original.

  70. Jim Averill Springfield Oregon

    I owned a 1961 Karman Ghia at the time this type 111 or type 34 as known in some circles came out I was amazed how poorly someone could treat the original.

  71. kim MA

    It's a Type 34 VW Karmann Ghia, maybe a 1968.

  72. Dave Chase Puyallup WA

    1962 karmen ghia , type 34

  73. Harvey Miotke Jr St Clair, Michigan

    I believe it might be a Porsche prototype, replacement for the 356 model. The year could be anytime after 1958 or so when the design teams at Porsche designed some different body styles, some in-house others by Pinnaferina (?) of Italy.

  74. william a terwilliger new york 12550

    made in west germany VAUXHALL IT HAD A CAST ALUMINUM FAN EARLY 50'S

  75. william a terwilliger new york 12550

    made in west germany VAUXHALL MID 50'S IT HAD A CAST ALUMINUM COOLING FAN......

  76. Jill Freytag Town of Greenville, NY

    It could be a 1963 Volvo.

  77. Robert Brutout Bowie, Md

    I think it is a NSU. When I worked in a gas station in the 60's , a customer had one.....maybe

  78. Rick Warren Buncombe IL

    63 karmann ghia I thinks. But wow what an array of answers, Vauxhall I'd started to wonder if they really existed or if it was all in my mind. I used to have a 55 Vauxhall, it looked alot like a shruken 55 Chevy

  79. Carolaine This has made my day. I wish all positgns were this good.

    This has made my day. I wish all positgns were this good.