Most people don’t associate this look with the Karmann Ghia. The Type 34 was based on what was, in the early 1960s, VW’s new platform, the Type 3 Squareback and Fastback mini-wagons. Unlike the original Karmann Ghia, which was based on a Virgil Exner Sr. design for the Chrysler D’Elegance show car, the Type 34 was an in-house design by Ghia engineer and designer Sergio Sartorelli, with some assistance, ironically, from Virgil Exner Jr., who by then had graduated from college and started his design career in Italy working for Ghia. It was never embraced by consumers, selling just over 42,000 units from 1961-1969.
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