One of my first dilemmas was whether-or-not to change the color of the car.

At first, we were thinking red, like this candy brandywine from House of Kolors.

Candy Brandywine

The more I consider this color change, the more I can’t help but think, Grandpa wouldn’t like it.  Yellow was his color.  I fear if I changed the appearance of the car too much, it will loose it’s identity to me; it will no longer be Grandpa’s Ghia.

That having been said, I not a big fan of straight yellow paint.  I do remember one shade I’m quite found of.  I remember seeing it while looking at new cars at a Honda Dealership.

I love this color.

Awesome Yellow

This is my Ghia.

Hi.  My name is Jim and this is my 1973 Karmann Ghia.

My 1973 Ghia

Allow me to give you a little background on this car.  This beloved VW belonged to my grandfather, who passed away some years ago.  I believe this car was one of his favorites and he worked much in it in his northern Ohio garage to restore it.  In his will, he left the car to my mother.  At the time, she lived in Oregon and was unable to take possession of the car.  The Ghia sat out for a few years, exposed to the elements.  Rusting began.

Since then, mom moved back to Ohio and took possession of the VW.  Knowing I could breathe new life into this air-cooled piece of automotive history and give it a more climate stable home in Georgia, she gave it to me.

And so our journey begins.

In honor and memory of my Grandfather, I vow to completely restore this Karmann Ghia to the show car I know he would want it to be.  It’s going to be a long project for sure.  I’ll learn a lot and hope to meet many new friends along the way, within the various auto shops and car forums I’ll be frequenting.  I sincerely believe between myself and my best friend Brent (and his mad welding skills), this little car will become a gem.

Until next year, when I can trailer you down to Georgia, have a nice winter rest in Mom’s garage.  See you in 2010.

in the garage for the winter