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Volkswagen Karmann Ghia - 187


There were some really nice Volkswagen models in the Dinky range. If they loved Triumph best and had a bit of a fixation with Rolls-Royce then next favourite was VW. This is a little stunner, the contemporary Beetle (not the later one which is not so nice), the 1500, the 1600 all are really nice models.

Of the Dinky VWs I love the old Beetle best and this one second best. I remember it from my childhood, but cannot remember if I had it or one of my friends. I was only 7 when it was withdrawn from the range so I can be forgiven for forgetting and I have to admit that as a child if it didn't have seats and something that opened, I wasn't that interested, however this one stands out for some reason and in this colour too.

Those of us who know our Corgis and Dinkys know that there is a Corgi Volkswagen Karmann Ghia too which looks nothing like this and I've always been a bit puzzled as to what was going on. Thanks to Wikipedia the fog has lifted a little. This car is based on the Type 1 Volkswagen - the Beetle in fact, it is a Beetle Coupe GT. and was made from the mid fifties right through to the mid seventies, twenty years in production. The other one is based on the Type 3 Volkwagen, the 1500 and was made from 1961 to 1969, it was larger, more up-market and a lot more expensive and was a lot less successful. So know we all know.


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