Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1968 Karmann Ghia
£28,000 to £38,000
This exact car was £28,000.
Built Q1 2023.
This Californian import Karmann Ghia was bought over to the UK just a couple of years ago, once it arrived it underwent a full interior and exterior restoration before being sold to its current owner. Sounds great, but there was a catch, it had an original semi-automatic gearbox in it which made it virtually undriveable, much to the frustration of its owner. Now it is powered by Tesla batteries and a HyPer9 motor, mounted to a manual race spec gearbox, finally a Karmann Ghia with performance to match its striking looks!
1968 Karmann Ghia
|Electric Conversion||Original Petrol Engine|
|Power||120 Horsepower||60 Horsepower|
|Acceleration (0-60mph)||7 Seconds||22 Seconds|
|Emissions||0||3.7 Tonnes of CO2 per annum|
|Charging||7kW AC Charging|
- Specialist EV conversion motor, the Netgain Hyper9, mounted to an upgraded 4-speed manual gearbox.
- Original clutch and flywheel maintained, allowing for gear changes if desired.
- City/countryside driving uses 3rd gear exclusively, A-Road/motorway driving uses 4th gear, launches use 2nd gear.
- 26.5kWh of Tesla Model S batteries used, this consists of five modules.
- Two battery modules mounted in front (where the fuel tank was), three batteries mounted behind the rear seat, no batteries mounted in the rear.
- Batteries are wired in series, producing 120 volts nominal, they are water cooled and monitored using state of the art battery management systems.
- Charging is possible from any EV charge point, as well as from a 3-pin plug at home.
- Standard AC charging allows for a 4 hour full charge.
- Charging from a 3-pin plug allows for a 10 hour full charge.
- Regenerative braking input controlled by brake pedal.
- Better weight distribution than original, improving all aspects of handling.
- Fuel gauge swapped for custom made state of charge meter, replicating the original design.
- Fully reversible powertrain design.
- Built: Q1 2023