Subaru Swapped Karmann Ghia is one 'Cool' Daily Driver
When the snow starts to fly, many folks garage their daily driver and bring out their old winter beater … especially those with a high-horsepower and rear-drive disposition. Canadian Mike McConnell is markedly different. He’s got a low-slung 1968 VW Karmann Ghia, a trunk full of Subaru power, and he drives this classic all year long – regardless of what’s falling from the sky. He calls it the "Ghiaru," and it’s one ice-cold daily driver. RELATED: Look at the ever-stylish Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
According to Driving.ca, the genesis of this Franken-Ghia begins on the back of a car hauler, on its way to the crusher. One of Mike’s friends saved the car, which had no engine, but plenty of dents and dings throughout, as well as half the floor missing. No matter: after 18 long months spent slicing and dicing, McConnell carefully replaced every rusty panel with new sheet metal.
Then it came time to find a suitable heart to transplant into the Ghia. Going air-cooled was out of the picture for Mike, so he swapped in the 2.2-liter turbocharged boxer engine from a Subaru Legacy GT. And as far as we can tell, he hasn’t once regretted it.
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The Ghiaru sits low (about an inch above the blacktop), which makes it somewhat prone to scrape on a sleeping policeman or pothole, but it’s hard to fault that absolutely sinister stance. “Up to no good” might be an accurate description. If you see this Ghia puttering around Canada this winter … it might just be Mike going to work or the grocery.
Internet, which sports car would you daily-drive during the winter?
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