Karmann small series competence grows over and above Wolfsburg
At the end of the 1960s other manufacturers started to place orders at Osnabrück, in particular to develop cabriolets or small series models. Karmann was knocking on the door of the automobile aristocracy, making the four-seater Audi 100 for the Ingolstadt company. Karmann developed the "Volksporsche" 914/4 alongside Porsche and Volkswagen. Only recently has the allure of his designs been rediscovered: bauhausesque frugality, characteristic folding headlights and the clear, horizontal contours at the rear.
"Without a roof" – Osnabrück beach life
At this time beach cars from California - better known as "buggys" – ventured across the Atlantic. Here too, Karmann was ahead of its time. Already in 1970 it developed the "Gypsy" in Osnabrück, inspired by the success of the similarly conceived French models designed for the beaches of the Côte d´Azur. A plastic body was set on the floor panel of a Volkswagen Beetle: robust, easy to wash and totally open. However, apart from a few prototypes, only brochures were ever produced. But, just a year later, Karmann made use of an idea from a readers' competition in the car magazine,