I’m Patrick Baptist, 40 years and I live in Utrecht. Right now we’re in my garage, my hobby, passion is the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. I currently have 7 cars, of which you can now see 6. In 2000 I bought my first Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Which I still own today it’s the last one in the row. Currently the ones I’m mostly into are the ones older types from the fifties. I have 2 Karmann Ghia’s from 1957 and 1958. And at a later point I got into the coachbuilt Volkswagens, the special Volkswagens based on a Volkswagen chassis with a special body.Here behind me you can see 2 Rometsch Lawrences, Rometsch was a Berlin coachbuilder and I ended up owning 2 of these cars. Worldwide there are only 32 still known of the originally 85 that were made so that brings you to the special stuff. I prefer to drive convertibles because I always find that convertibles always add that extra feeling because you drive your car mostly when the weather is nice and a convertible just gives you more of an environment experience, you just get more out of it than with a coupe. Driving a convertible is just more relaxing, there were times I took the convertible to work and you just drive home and instantly you lose all the tension, enjoying the outdoors. A convertible to me just has added value compared to a closed off car.I still remember that when I was a little kid, about 12 years old in Den Haag I saw a Karmann Ghia, I was always interested in cars but I just instantly fell for the lines of the car. It’s just magnificent, if you look at it from the side you have these beautifully flowing lines. Back then I didn’t know what it was and only later on I saw it was a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and I started researching into what kind of car it was. In 2000, 13 years ago I bought my first Karmann Ghia, that I still own. n 2000 I also bought a second car untill 2006 when I wanted the real lowlite convertible. I am kind of a collector and researcher as you can see in the cars, I obviously collect cars, I collect model cars, I collect literature what is in this cabinet. So at some point I started with the first model cars and I’ve always been looking what else was out there on the internet, I have a whole website with all sorts of different miniature cars.And by now I have about 750 different Karmann Ghia model cars from around the world and from different years, in total there about 1200 known so it’s very doable to
collect a lot of these model cars. This car I purchased in 2008 in Mexico, with some help of the weak dollar at the time. The previous owner had bought 2 porsche 356’s and a van and had let on through a forum he might be willing to sell this one.So for a while I had been chasing this car, I absolutely wanted to own it because of the many special accessories that are on it and are almost impossible to find on their own and if you would want to find them it would take you years to get them. Eventually after 2 months of negotiation I was able to buy the car. So after that I had to get the car to the Netherlands and importing it straight out of Mexico was harder than I thought as I couldn’t find a shipper to do it. Dus toen is deze auto eerst, in een trailer naar Houston gebracht, Thus the car was brought to Houston by trailer, so driven over the border. Then it was in Houston and at that point Hurricane Mike in 2008 blew over Houston and passed by about 20km from the warehouse where my car was being kept. The whole company where my car was being kept had taken damage from it and there were some cars in the same warehouse that had some damage but luckily my car remained unharmed.That made me really happy because the power was out there as well so it took me 2 weeks to hear that my car wasn’t damaged. I believe I bought the car in June and only received it in November and when I saw the car in the Netherlands. I was so happy he was finally here. And I continue to be very happy with the car. The previous owner had bought the car in Texas and that’s why I still have the license plates on the car because it was originally delivered to the USA, at the dealer San Antonio. The previous owner bought the car in Texas, about 10 years before I bought it. Originally the car was Bernina Blue but at the request of his wife he had it painted white, that explains the blue interior of the car what would usually matches a blue exterior but it was white when I got it and I’ve kept it that way. When I got the car it wasn’t wasn’t perfect, the motor ran but not that well so I had it revised and same for the transmission and I had a new steering wheel fitted, a nice accessory steering wheel.The widebent tuner I had added and some other accessory’s, other rims, it came with sports rims but I think the ones I have on it now give it a whole different feel, it’s funny how just switching the rims on a car
can completely change the look of a car. 0:05:38.020,0:05:45.969 And with these whitewalls it gets a lot more classy look than with the other rims it looked more like a sports car. The 58 Convertible design was a very small production number car, it was the first year the convertibles were made and this one has an okrasa motor, an okrasa motor was a special kind of tuning that was available in the fifties.Standard they had about 30 hp and with this set they had about 55 to 60 hp. In those days okrasa and Judson were the 2 tuning sets available and this an orginal okrasa which just drives a lot nicer than the standard 30hp motor. A Karmann Ghia isn’t made to be driven fast but on this sort of roads just cruising through the polder, that’s wonderful. Translation by Amanda Wubbe .