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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Came across this 1970 VW Karmann Ghia sitting outside of a Youngstown repair shop just yesterday. Doesn’t look too bad. The Ghia was based on the VW Type 1 (Beetle) and was produced from 1955-74, with a convertible version also added beginning with the 1957 model. VW, with their tongue firmly planted in their cheek, touted the Ghia as a sports car in many of its ads, but the truth is it was a sheep in nicer clothing — sporty-looking maybe, but that was about it. Nonetheless, it was a popular (and possibly more reliable) alternative to many of the two-seaters coming out of Great Britain at the time, and VW sold over 445,000 of them. (The Ghia wasn’t really a true two-seater — although there was a back seat, even VW in its brochure suggested using it to carry stuff, and not people.)

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— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know