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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 2:01 pm    Post subject: KG's with custom paint schemes? Reply with quote

I have a '71 convertible and would like to paint it from it's current white color. It's a convertible, so I'm looking for any pics of non-stock paint jobs, maybe different contrasting colors of body/top/wheels. Or maybe things like pin-striping or a two-tone scheme that would work with a convertible.

I kind of like what they did at Hot Rod magazine with this old falcon.
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Here is a Ghia with a different two-tone scheme. (Don't really care for it though)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife's car. It's girlie looking though but the scheme is nice.
If you want to copy it, just drop me a check in the mail for the design fee!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never seen any two-tine paint job on a Karmann-Ghia, apart from the two tone roof/body as seen from the factory in the earlier years of production, that added to the overall appearance, as in "Wow, now that looks really great!"

The lines of the car are elegant and rather complex - there are no obvious beltlines or character lines that cry out to be highlit with a contrasting colour.

It's really hard to improve upon this. Kinda like painting a tattoo on the Mona Lisa?

Arbitrarily making a straight line delineation on the car (i.e., the diagonal "cut" as pictured on that one example) really looks awful, I think. And the wavey flames on the other car, well, must be a personal touch.

I dunno. A KG is not a "mean" car and it would be very hard to make it truly mean looking. Scrappy, maybe, all ratted out in flat black (but that can be alternately trashy looking to some). Tough and "The Business," like the Bader Karmann-Ghia Porsche, perhaps. But in the end you wind up with a car that's a characture of itself, neither something it wants to be nor something it once was...

FWIW, I have to say I think that "kustom" Falcon looks like a clown car.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've never seen any two-tine paint job on a Karmann-Ghia, apart from the two tone roof/body as seen from the factory in the earlier years of production, that added to the overall appearance, as in "Wow, now that looks really great!"

The lines of the car are elegant and rather complex - there are no obvious beltlines or character lines that cry out to be highlit with a contrasting colour.

It's really hard to improve upon this. Kinda like painting a tattoo on the Mona Lisa?

Arbitrarily making a straight line delineation on the car (i.e., the diagonal "cut" as pictured on that one example) really looks awful, I think. And the wavey flames on the other car, well, must be a personal touch.

I dunno. A KG is not a "mean" car and it would be very hard to make it truly mean looking. Scrappy, maybe, all ratted out in flat black (but that can be alternately trashy looking to some). Tough and "The Business," like the Bader Karmann-Ghia Porsche, perhaps. But in the end you wind up with a car that's a characture of itself, neither something it wants to be nor something it once was...

FWIW, I have to say I think that "kustom" Falcon looks like a clown car.


I agree. graphics plain suck on a ghia. Let the car speak for its self build a big engine....A vert is more of a girl car get a coupe.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paint it bright red, tan interior, tan roof, put the wire grills over the headlights, drop it down low, but still high enough to drive, shave the side trim, replace the front hood latch with tan leather strap tie downs like old racing Porsches had, put a big motor in it, and be confident in your sexuality enough to drive a somewhat effeminate looking car that's still more bad ass that any riced out import on the road today. But that's just what I'd do.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jmorton thanks for the pic. Pink's not my color but I think it helps me see a way a convertible can look with two-tone. Maybe follow along the front fender down a little more to the bottom contour, I'm not sure how to break the back. Anyways, the way I'm seeing it in my mind, I'm not really liking it better than a solid color. Confused

retrowagen I've also never seen a Karmann Ghia with a non-factory style two-tone paint style I've liked. That is the reason for my post, I'm doing a little research before I go ahead with my plan.

btrghia wrote:
A vert is more of a girl car...

If I had a coupe, I'd probably make it two-toned Trout Blue. But I'm keeping my cabriolet Wink


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JamesT thanks for the pic Wink convertible and red just makes me think it looks too much like a Porsche. That's not my thing. I do really like the coupes with the dark red body, black top though.

Thanks for your responses guys!

EDIT: Just looked up "Karmann Ghia Designer" and found this (yours?)website Exclamation
http://www.geocities.com/james_t228/
This thing is great thanks James.

There is also something like it for beetles here:
http://www.volkswarenhaus.de/bugSelecta.swf


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, that was the old version of the Ghia Designer that I made in highschool. The more recent one can be found here.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

awesome little toy JamesT, thanks for posting. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JamesT, is there any way to save the picture from your program other than screen capture?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to be able to save it also. Then may be able to load picture to a paint program and experiment with some stripes or flames. Thought about painting the built in part across door and quarter with silver on black car, but am afraid to try it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I love the Falcon and I would not hesitate to roll this car as a Daily Driver.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I love the Falcon and I would not hesitate to roll this car as a Daily Driver.


Anything is better than a Cavalier.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahh, the Bad Taste thread
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't there a 'special edition' of some kind, (a convertible) in yellow with black above the waistline? I remember seeing a photo of it on this site - didn't particularly like the look of it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

waxhead wrote:
Wasn't there a 'special edition' of some kind, (a convertible) in yellow with black above the waistline? I remember seeing a photo of it on this site - didn't particularly like the look of it.


EdW has a really clean one like that. I think it looks pretty cool, personally.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, those are ultra rare. And the only "factory" attempt at a contrasting graphics shceme, apart from the early Coupes with two tone body/roof.

Ironically, when this special edition appeared in the early 70's, it was a "retro" theme. Competing special editions in a like vein were Minis and Land Rovers with "wicker-look" adhesive applied to the sides, rather like the "Noddy car" beach Fiats made by Vignale some 15 years prior to that.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you search the name "custom ghia" he has lots of pics of a black and orange(w silver stripe) hardtop.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

do not have the body on the pan or doors on but here is my paint scheme
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paint is already done on this one and it's
for sale on the interweb right now!
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