1. He bought it for Kshs 70,000 as a complete shell from a friend who had purchased it from the original owner in Meru.
2. He doesn’t have a name for the car (insert shock emoji).
3. It took him 3 years to restore it.
4. He had to source all the parts since the car came with no windows, no floor, no engine, no wiring and no trimmings. It was basically a shell.
5. For the interior, he chose a beige vinyl upholstery for the seats with matching tan square weave carpet (…talk about a refined taste and we love it).
6. The original engine for this model was a 1200cc air cooled VW motor.
7. He was once offered Four Million Kenya shillings for the car, from a potential buyer. He turned it down (insert second shock emoji).
8. He included disc brakes all-round the car and clear halogen head lamps.
9. He was torn between these two colors- light blue and silver when deciding what the car should look like. He decided to settle for both- Silver Blue for the final look of the car.
10. He had to build a 1700cc engine with upgrades like dual carburetors, electric ignition, and electric fuel pump. In addition, he installed a performance exhaust.
11. He had the car’s suspension lowered to give it the cool low stance. To achieve this, he installed a 2-inch narrowed and adjustable front beam, to tuck the wheels in so as they do not rub on the fenders. For the rear, he simply adjusted the spring plates to the desired height.
12. The wheels are 15″ Porsche fuchs, a specialty wheel made for the first Porsche 911 model in the early 1960s.
13. The Karmann Ghia brand of cars were built off the same floor pan as the original Volkswagen beetle and was initially powered by the same 1.2-litre air-cooled engine. They were produced in Germany between 1955 and 1974.
14. He says it is one of the most beautiful cars ever designed. It is elegant in every way in its looks (we certainly agree).
15. He had to learn the correct way of prepping the body, from sanding it down to bare metal, priming and eventually painting.
This is indeed a timeless, sure-fire way of making a visual impact on the road- Well done DJ Adrian.
Note; The first Karmann-Ghia was introduced in Europe in 1955 and became of Volkswagen’s most iconic vehicles. The convertible soon followed in 1958. Volkswagen wanted to make something that could compete with other manufacturers in the sports car category. The genesis of the car came from Wilhelm Karmann, who hired Luigi Segre of Carrozzeria Ghia in Turin to transform his idea into reality in early 1953—at first without even consulting Volkswagen. Initially, a convertible sports car was envisaged, but the prototype was actually a coupe.
The VW Karmann Ghia was a huge success and soon after launch, production doubled and ultimately became the most imported vehicle into the U.S. Until 1974 when the last Karmann Ghia left the production line, Volkswagen manufactured 486,798 cars, 363,401 coupe, 88,899 cabriolets, and 42,498 coupe Type 144.