Baja Karmann Ghia

Baja 1000 Off Road 1964 VW Karmann Ghia with a 1600 cc flat-four

This 1964 VW Karmann Ghia (chassis #6337581) was built in the late 70’s to compete in the 1979 and 1981 Baja 1000. It originally came from the factory with a 1200 cc flat-four but was upgraded or completely swapped for another motor for racing. Sometime between 2013-2015 the racing motor was replaced with a dual … Read more

Karmann Ghia with a Viper V10

I have always enjoyed the Karmann Gia design. But like a lot of early VW vehicles the engine power leaves a lot to be desired. Enter Blue Mamba, the 1967 Karmann Ghia with a 650 horsepower 3rd generation Viper V10. There is no way the factory frame could handle that much power so the car … Read more

VW Karmann Ghia with a Supercharged LS2 V8

VW Karmann Ghia with a Supercharged LSx V8

This 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was built by Ricky Byrd from Texas. The car rides on a custom chassis with Mustang II front and custom rear suspension. The powertrain consists of a supercharged 6.0 L LS2 V8 that makes 500 horsepower to the wheels through a Mendola SDR5 five-speed transaxle. The car won Engineering and … Read more

Karmann Ghia with a Porsche 993 Engine

Karmann Ghia with a Porsche 993 flat-six

While doing research I came across an old Jalopnik article about Bader Racing putting a Porsche 993 engine in a VW Karmann Ghia. The engine has a few upgrades giving the car around 321 horsepower. To handle the extra power, they stiffened the chassis with a roll cage. Jalopnik reports the conversion cost $260,000 and … Read more