The standard Ghia exhaust system is relatively simple. It consists of an exhaust manifold (the pipes that connect the silencer to the engine), the silencer itself, and the tailpipes. However, the exact design of the silencer and manifold changed slightly over the years, so it is important to check which type of VW exhaust system your car requires... FIRSTLY, check your engine size and whether it is single port or twin port version.
IMPORTANT: Please check your engine code before ordering - many Karmann Ghias do not have their original engines, so using your car's production year or log book as a guide is not advisable.
SSP offer a huge range of aftermarket VW exhaust systems to suit any style of VW - from buggies and trikes to cal lookers and street cars. However, there are a large number of variables to consider when ordering a non-standard VW exhaust, including: ground and bodywork clearance, size, style, noise rating and coatings.
In addition you will need to decide upon an appropriate 'header' - the pipework that connects your silencer to the inlet manifold. With so many options to consider we normally advise discussing your needs with the sales team before placing your order. You can email us, click on the ‘live chat’ button or call our sales team on 01273 444 000 at any time during UK business hours.
Feuereisen exclaiming “Now that [the Ghia], has class!” backed up with a slightly more considered “A very beautiful car, but much too expensive” from Nordhoff, Karmann countered this by question “How can you say that? I have not even told you what it costs.”
Karmann put forward a proposal and the project was given the go-ahead, Karmann would build the cars, and VW would sell them. Development continued, and somewhere along the line the new coupe gained the two distinctive “nostril” grilles that would become part of the cars identity. In 1955 the first Type 14 rolled off the production line, complete aside from one small point, the new car didn’t have a name.