Designer Luigi Segre of the Italian Carrozzeria Ghia turned a VW Beetle chassis into a sports car icon when he styled the Karmann Ghia. In 1955, this compact coupe boldly stood out in the sea of overweight Detroit iron. It was a fresh and economical car that quickly became the most imported vehicle in the United States. The car was also built with great care. The bodies of every example were hand-welded and smoothed with English pewter, one at a time, by craftsmen in the Karmann’s Osnabrück factory in Germany. It’s no surprise that industrial designer Walter Teague selected the Karmann Ghia among his list of the the world’s most beautifully-designed products.