Hank   27 comments

Morning all, I thought I would introduce you to my other passion, as you may of read in my last post, I’m a bit of a petrol head, or maybe I should say a bit of a frustrated petrol head, see I love cars, love working on them, would love to restore one, love everything about them, the trouble is I don’t have a garage, well not one big enough to hold a car, so it makes it very difficult to work on it, I have however spent the weekend turning my small garage into a workshop, and i’m really pleased with the result. So now when the weather is warmer and it stops raining I can drive the car up to the workshop and work on it, albeit still outside but better than not being able to work on it at all.

Now I suppose you would like to see my pride and joy.

It’s a 1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, imported from sunny California, this is it as I purchased it just over a month ago.




As I work on “Hank”(thanks to my wife) I’ll post more shots, I will be showing Hank at Carfest in August this year.

Posted March 18, 2013 by rigmover in Hank

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  1. Nice car Mark. My father in law loves to the tale of how he owned a VW KG when he was posted to germany as a soldier, he ran the engine dry and seized it on the autobahn so he just got out of the car, stuck his thumb out and never saw the car again! Beautiful cars. D

  2. Cool looking car Mark. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  3. Classic Mark. I’m sure you’re going to love working on her.

  4. It’s a beauty!! You’ll have lots of fun working on it!

  5. There aren’t many of those around these days. I remember it well, it was a real classic of its time, I even had the Dinky toy version (and that was quite a few years earlier than 1969!). Good luck with the restoration – I look forward to reading of your progress and of course seeing the final gleaming product of all your hard work.

  6. What a lovely motor, and an exciting project. Looking forward to more photos and news of Hank.

  7. I had a bright yellow VWKG, last year they were made (was it ’74?) and I loved it. I let my BIL talk me into selling it to him and I’ve regretted it ever since. I hope he still has it and shows it at rallies. It was a beauty.

  8. What a beauty Mark!

  9. I love the Karmann Ghia! I remember a high school friend had a green one. I’m a car nut too and wish I had more than one garage. I don’t work on them but I could easily get into collecting. I’m a Datsun Z girl. I had a 1977 280Z that I had to sell when I got divorced over 25 years ago and never got over losing it. Two years ago I picked up a 2007 350Z aptly called “The Baby” who resides in the garage over winter. And heaven help the person who even breathes too close to it. I could easily pick up a few others. I love classic sports cars! I also love the name “Hank” since it was my Dad’s nickname.

    • Thanks Karen, it’s great to hear you are a car nut too, 350Z is a cool car, over here it’s called a Nissan, but I grew up knowing them as Datsun. Glad you like Hank.

  10. Good luck with the restoration. In New York / New Jersey for the term “petrol head”, we usually say “motor head”.

  11. That looks like fun fun fun! sweet ride

  12. classic 🙂

  13. I have not seen this beauty although I follow the world of cars.

  14. Aaah handsome Hank, I had my eye on a turquoise Karmen Ghia when living in Dubai but I think the guy was trying to rip me off. Beautiful classy cars, he really does deserve a proper garage !

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