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1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupe

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This 1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupe is a ground-up build in Los Gatos, California. With an original 1600cc engine coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission, the vehicle has a complete body repair in progress. "The car will be better than new mint condition after complete restoration. Major restoration is mostly completed. I'm ready to start the EV conversion now." says Linus.

This 1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupe is a ground-up build in Los Gatos, California. It has an original 1600cc engine coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission and is undergoing a complete body repair. It's a blank-page project with only one ambition: electric conversion for pleasure.

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Bought in 2022, it's being completely restored and upgraded by Linus. Every single nut & bolt and every inch of metal has been renovated. There are new brakes (disc at the front and drum at the rear), new lowered suspension, new wheels, etc. He said, "The car will be better than new mint condition after complete restoration. Major restoration is mostly completed. I'm ready to start the EV conversion now." 

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He needs the perfect kit for his electric Karmann Ghia. He wants the car to be two times more powerful than the original, with 100 horsepower and a range of 110-130 miles. He wants to keep the manual transmission coupled with the netgain hyper 9 HV, powered by 6 Tesla modules. With a curbweight of 1,600 lbs, the top speed should be around 80 mph. It also needs AC and heating. 

Linus wants to do the conversion himself and needs virtual training and support from the vendor who will provide the parts. Ideally, he wants to complete the coupe for Summer 2024.

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Charging will mostly happen at home overnight - Linus owns two electric cars and has a Level 2 charging station at home.

There is no towing requirement.


    • SKU
      00100-1968-VW-KG-coupe
  • Year
    1968
  • Make
    Volkswagen
  • Model
    Karmann Ghia Coupe
  • Location
    California
  • Run
    Yes
  • Street use
    Yes
  • Drivetrain
    REAR-WHEEL DRIVE (RWD)
  • Transmission
    Manual 4-speed
  • Front brakes
    Disc
  • Rear brakes
    Drum
  • Upgrade brakes
    No
  • Upgrade wheels/tires
    Yes
  • Upgrade suspension
    Maybe
  • Upgrade interior
    Maybe
  • Power steering
    No
  • AC
    No
  • Primary charging location
    Home
  • DIY
    100% myself (do it yourself)
  • EV conversion training needed
    Yes, virtual only
  • EV drive train
    Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
  • EV HP
    50-100 hp
  • EV torque
    -- I don't know
  • EV expectations
    Two times more powerful than today
  • EV top speed
    80 mph
  • EV range
    110-130 miles
  • EV charging time
    Low (overnight)
  • Towing
    No
  • Use of used parts
    As much used EV parts as possible
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