Celebrate the timeless beauty of the 1955 Karmann Ghia coupé – in a fitted T-shirt in charcoal!
£19.99 Size Guide
Our illustration puts another 1950s icon Audrey Hepburn in the driving seat too. The Karmann Ghia was the car that proved there was more to VW than the Beetle! This t-shirt is a no expense spared 4-colour silk screen masterpiece. This could be your last chance to buy one of these classic T-Shirts as it was a produced in a very limited edition to celebrate the 60th anniversary. Order now whilst stocks last (or fill in back-in-stock alert for our new design).
- Skillfully crafted illustration – influenced by US advertising style of period
- 100% cotton – Fruit of the Loom fine gauge, extra soft Belcoro® yarn (165gm/m2)
- Great to wear – with features like taped neckline for extra comfort
- Beautifully finished with twin needle stitching detail
- Highly durable, great shape retention and machine washable at 40°
- Fitted challenge, see last paragraphs below to ensure you order the correct size
- Coachbuilt by Karmann of Germany and styled by Luigi Segre of Ghia. The design was heavily influenced by styling themes explored by Ghia’s work on Chrysler and Studebaker
- American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague listed the Karmann Ghia as ‘one of the world's most beautifully designed products’
- Debuted at the 1953 Paris Auto Show as a ‘halo car’ and launched to the public in two years later in 1955
- Futuristic look, albeit modest Beetle 1200cc underpinnings (future models would increase engine capacity to 1500 then 1600cc)
- Convertible version followed in 1957
- Altogether, almost 500,000 of these cars were built (including 40,000+ in Brazil) between 1955-1974
- Body panels were hand-shaped, butt-welded and smoothed with English pewter in a time-consuming process – which was reflected in the car’s price tag
And some rather more colourful, esoteric little snippets for the real enthusiast …
- US car designer Virgil Exner maintains that the Karmann Ghia was his design, based on his 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance design. You can certainly see some similarities!
- The Karmann Ghia was an instant success, particularly in the US, and proved a much needed revenue earner for VW post WW2
- Fitted challenge: Jeans on, top off and straight back. Look down - can you see your belt buckle? If the answer is yes, chances are the fitted T-shirt is for you!