Technical Tips

As a member of the Karmann Ghia Owners Club you have unlimited access to the wealth of knowledge that many of our members have built over decades of Karmann Ghia ownership.

This combined pool of knowledge extends from everything about the first ‘lowlights’ through all of the years of the type 14, the type 34’s and even into the world of the Karmann Ghia TC.

Prevention is better than cure, so create your car a service schedule. Many basic servicing tasks that you may be able to perform yourself, such changing the oil and spark plugs. You may also be surprised how easy it is to perform slightly more advanced tasks such as changing gearbox oil or setting the timing.

Searching online for ‘how to’ guides will often turn up a step-by-step guide on You Tube or an owner’s forum, or you could refer to a Bentley, Haynes or VW workshop manual, remember that a type 14 Karmann Ghia’s running gear is the same as a beetle. Similarly, a type 34 Karmann Ghia is the same as a type 3.

Bear in mind you’ll need plenty of time, patience and a set of basic tools to carry out most work.

The club has had permission to reproduce some of the original bodywork owners’ manuals which include the both the type 14 coupe and convertible as well as the type 34. We also have a techy tips publication to help keep your car on the road. These are available to buy in the shop.

For more complex problems we have a ‘members only’ Facebook page where any issues you have can be addressed quickly by the club’s resident experts. The club will not generally answer questions posted on the public Facebook page.

If you are not on Facebook but would like technical help or advice you can email a committee member direct.

For general type 14 advice contact:

For type 34 advice contact:

For Karmann Ghia TC (Brazilian) contact:
Mark –

For automatic transmission contact:
Mark –

If you think that you would like to become one of our technical experts, whether it’s for mechanical, electrical, bodywork or modifications to help out other members with your knowledge then get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Wiring Diagrams (downloads)

For Type 14 Karmann Ghia’s

For Type 34 Karmann Ghia’s

1961 – 1963
1964 – 1966
1967 – 1969

Chassis Numbers and Engine Numbers

Type 14
Type 34

Type 34 Aerial Location

Type 14

Type 14

Karmann Ghia Type 14 History in German & English