billy739
7 years ago
hi , anyone have the info regarding how many ghias were imported into the uk in 1955 /56?


any idea how many are left?

are they rare or common , as common can be?


any reply appreciated , thankyou
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billy739
7 years ago
how many 56 uk ghias are about , does anyone know?
and any chance of a 56 ghia being RHD?
aerosilver
7 years ago
Originally Posted by: billy739 

how many 56 uk ghias are about , does anyone know?
and any chance of a 56 ghia being RHD?



Do you mean original UK delivered '56 ? Only 1 survivor i believe, and that now lives in France.

Any '56 would be LHD, unless it was converted in period, or later on in its life.
There are 4 or 5? known surviving lowlight RHD conversions done in period.

Do you have a RHD '56?

Russ.
mmcnult1
7 years ago
I think Russ, above is right...none were officially made in RHD but a few were converted to RHD by a company in Oxford back in the 50's. Gareth Roberts owns the ONLY one of these that is a convertible. A friend of mine, Steve Huckin used to own one of the coupe versions but he's now sold it and Buzz Burrell bought it and quickly sold it on to a friend of his i believe.

Do you own a RHD converted one?
billy739
7 years ago
not sure.

bit of a mystery really.

basically,

the chassis number is unmessed with on the tunnel (except a drill hole partially through a number to put a bolt through for a mounting)

front end is definatly RHD and no holes have been welded or drilled! has early oval beetle style pedals?

chassis no is august 56 and car has 15 owners since 56 according to v5. chances are its a uk car if they know that?
pre67vw
7 years ago
Can't believe nobody has asked this yet, but got any pics?
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lifeintheslowlane
7 years ago
Just to clarify a point, any RHD Lowlight Karmann Ghia would have been a personal import and originally LHD. Right from the start of production in July '55 the front bulkhead had the stampings for a RHD version but never used until they started to produce the revised model in Aug '59 and began the official importation to the UK.

All RHD Lowlights were converted by the afore mentioned company in Oxford.
John.
aerosilver
7 years ago
Acland and Tabor were one company that carried out conversions, they were based in Welwyn,Herts.

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Russ.
billy739
7 years ago
perfect , thankyou for the advice

just another future project!

will order a birth cert .

8mths wait hopefully uk or Germany.
billy739
7 years ago
just another question, any idea how many 56 ghias exist altogether? presume not many?
aerosilver
7 years ago
There's 110 listed on the lowlight registry - 1956 Ghias listed on the registry  , i'm sure there are plenty more not on the list.
Russ.
lifeintheslowlane
7 years ago
Originally Posted by: aerosilver 

There's 110 listed on the lowlight registry - 1956 Ghias listed on the registry  , i'm sure there are plenty more not on the list.



Possibly 15 UK 1956 cars, nearly all LHD but of course that's a guess. Anyone else for a guess. :wink:

John.
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