There are two different kinds of rear suspension fitted to the Karmann Ghia: the standard ‘swing axle’ assembly, that uses rigid axles, and the ‘IRS’ type – fitted only to certain models. Below is a brief breakdown of the different types of Volkswagen Karmann Ghia rear suspension:
The swing axle assembly consists of a pair of rigid axles that pivot from the gearbox. If your axles only have rubber boots on the ends of the axles that join the gearbox (and not at the hub ends), then you have a swing axle model.
IRS is a more advanced type of Volkswagen Karmann Ghia suspension that features CV (constant velocity) joints both next to the gearbox and also at the hub end of the axles. These were only used on models from 1968 onwards. If your axles have rubber boots on both ends of axles (next to the gearbox and at the hubs), then you have an IRS model.
Of course VW Heritage stock an extensive range of parts for both types of VW Ghia rear suspension, including axle and CV boots, hub seal kits and bump stops. Plus a great selection of performance and styling parts, including adjustable springplates and uprated shocks. And remember, if you have a query about your VW Karmann Ghia suspension – or if you can’t find the part you require – just click on the ‘live chat’ button or call our sales team on 01273 444 000 at any time during UK business hours.
Though America’s “Road & Track” magazine were less complimentary; “the overall performance improvement, we feel, is negligible. For nearly $1000 more than the sedan, then, the customer is acquiring a very pretty body.”
That very pretty body was undoubtedly the biggest factor in the Ghia’s appeal, after all the running gear was more or less that of the comparable Beetle of the era, so performance wasn’t what you’d refer to as electrifying.