|Rear View of Red Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a sports car marketed in a coupe and convertible body styles by Volkswagen. The Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle) with styling by Luigi Segre of the Italian carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by the German coach-builder Karmann. The Karmann Ghia was internally designated the Type 14. Volkswagen later introduced a variant in 1961, the Type 34, featuring angular bodywork and based on the newly introduced Type 3 platform. Production doubled soon after its introduction, becoming the car most imported into the U.S. American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague included the Type 14 in his list of the world's most beautifully designed products. More than 445,000 Karmann Ghias were produced in Germany over the car's production life â not including the Type 34 variant. Karmann Brazil produced 41,600 cars locally for South America between 1962 and 1975.