Craigslist: Porsche-Powered Ice Racer Karmann Ghia

This little piece of history is so awesome, it deserves to be shared among the Hoonitariat. Back in the 1960s, someone decided it would be a good idea to make what amounts to a long-wheelbase Porsche 356 for ice racing. By using a late 1950s Karmann Ghia and dropping in a Porsche 356B Super 90 engine, then outfitting the car with the 356’s uprated larger drum brakes and wheels, this racer made something of an ice racing hot rod. With ‘enough’ power to hang the rear end out for days on end, this little #11 must have been wicked on the ice in period. Now it could be yours.

I don’t know a lot about Karmann Ghias, but I do know that the earlier ones (those dubbed ‘low light cars’) have started to become quite desirable. What I do know about, though, is 356s. That Super 90 engine has become quite a difficult bit to find in good condition. And while it will likely need some work to get back to tip top, it’s worth at least half of the asking price as it sits. Throw in the front 356B drums, and you’ve got another couple thousand dollars worth of brakes right there.
According to the ad, the car was raced in period in both North America and Europe. Because of that, I’d probably keep the car in its current state of patina, and it would be a really interesting car to prepare for some vintage racing and the occasional ice event to bring it back to its roots. More than anything, though, I would just love to daily drive a car like this. Who needs windows? It radiates awesome, and that’s enough to keep you warm, right?
From the ad:

Porsche Powered 1957 Karmann Ghia Ice Racer – $17500 (Tallmadge)

The early “low light” VW Karmann Ghia has become very collectible. This example is pretty special because it was modified in period and ice raced in both Europe and the United States. It has not been raced in a few decades but it is complete as it came off the ice, including the vintage driver’s helmet. One of the most interesting aspects of this car is that it was powered by a very rare and desirable Porsche 356 Super 90 engine. The front brakes and all four wheels are also from a Porsche 356B. The car is currently not running and driving but recommissioning should be straightforward. The car has a clear Ohio title. Feel free to ask any questions or arrange for a personal inspection. I would prefer to sell outright but trades for very special Japanese sports cars would be considered. Thank you for your interest!

Source: Cleveland, OH Craigslist

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  1. dukeisduke Avatar

    Ah, the days when wrapping your steering wheel in tape was the thing to do. Reminds me of an old NASCAR stock car. I just hope someone puts it all back together – my fear is that somebody will buy it just to get the 356B engine, and toss the rest.

    1. Bradley Brownell Avatar
      Bradley Brownell

      I would 100% put it back together. Unfortunately I have none of that much money, and already own 5 cars with a 1 car garage.

    2. dead_elvis Avatar

      “when wrapping your steering wheel in tape was the thing to do”
      That was a thing, for real? I’ve only resorted to that to cover badly cracked (yes, ACVW) wheels, and only an inch or so either side of said crack.

  2. The Rusty Hub Avatar
    The Rusty Hub

    Would Hoon the hell out of that, even if it has Porsche parts on—[snoring]

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    I’m curious about that cutaway driver’s door. Too bad it’s up against the wall and there aren’t better pics. I assume it’s so you can hang your torso out into the inside corner? Is ice racing a left turn only thing?

  4. neight428 Avatar

    Racing that thing on ice must have felt like throwing darts backwards.