You probably never get anything from the Karmann-Ghia Dacon have heard, the Brazilian racing version of what we believe to be the most beautiful classic VW, the Karmann-Ghia Coupé (Type 14). When the Brazilian version was presented at the São Paulo Motor Show in 1962, the audience was amazed. An attractive shell from an Italian design studio (Ghia), paired with solid German technology (VW). That sounded very promising at first, but the disillusionment followed promptly. With just once from 30 HP and a curb weight of over 800 kilograms, the sleekly designed coupé required more than 30 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h, and only reached a top speed of ridiculous 118 kilometers per hour.
Coupé becomes a real racing car
Thus, the supposedly successful model quickly became a huge blow, because the Karmann Ghia was also one of the most expensive models available on the South American continent at the time. With the help of the Brazilian entrepreneur Paulo Goulart, who started 1,6 liter engines from Porsche to import directly from Germany, which at least from 95 HP The racing history of the Karmann Ghia was also established.
Just that landing gear had to be adjusted because the brakes and steering were perfectly interchangeable, and that's how it came about 18 hybrid copiesthat with a Porsche engine and Karmann Ghia components are equipped. This is the hour of birth of the Karmann-Ghia Daconwho successfully participated in various motorsport events and was driven by legendary drivers such as José Carlos Pace, after whom the Formula 1 racetrack in Interlagos is named, or the ex-Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi. The later racing legends sat at the wheel of a Karmann-Ghia Dacon from 1966 to 1967, and the car itself was again heavily modified and now had one on 1,6-liter enlarged VW engine. But the era of the VW engine did not last long, as most journalists dubbed the vehicle a Porsche.
Finally stopped 2 liter suction gasoline feeder, which is also an integral part of the model from 1966 presented by us. The vehicle has a much lighter one Plastic bodywhich means it weighs only 650 kilograms instead of the standard 810 kg. This guarantees sporty driving performance, and not much is left of the original snail.
A 2-liter suction gasoline engine provides propulsion.
This copy that we're bringing you closer to today has one 2-liter engine from Porsche, who also did his job in the 911 of that time, and still does from 130 HP. An increase of over 400 percent compared to the basic model of the Karmann Ghia presented in Brazil in 1962. 161 Newtonmeter maximum torque have with the only 650 kg The little runabout is easy game, so that top speeds are beyond the 190 kilometers per hour are possible without any problems.
The power is transmitted via a Five-speed manual from Porsche to the rear wheels. We are firmly convinced that such a vehicle still offers a lot of driving fun on narrow and winding country roads, because the compact dimensions, the rear-wheel drive as well as the low weight guarantee pure automobile driving.
Our Summary for the Karmann Ghia Dacon from 1966:
A small driving machine that we really like arose from the former shifting dune. The example we are presenting is one of only four vehiclesthat were created in this execution, and today has an approximate value of 40.000 Euros, and he can score points with his racing history. If we get more information about the changes, there will of course be an update for this report. You will be informed of this if you simply take ours Feed subscribe to. Have fun watching the pictures and stay true to us!
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1966 Karmann-Ghia Dacon: German-Brazilian motorsport legend!
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