Masterfully sculpted for VW by Luigi Segre and first produced in 1955; the Karmann Ghia is a truly inspired design that reminds us that beauty can be timeless. The legendary American designer Walter Teague included the Karmann Ghia Type 14 in his list of the world's most beautifully designed products.
Contemporary car design is being widely lamented for a dearth of creativity by motoring commentators and designers none less notable than Chris Bangle. (Is that a bit of flame surfacing in the side flanks of that Karmann?).
There is a certain beauty or grace in the lines of Segre's Karmann that is not readily evident in many of today's offerings (there are some notable exceptions) with the current trend towards a more industrial look, sometimes rather aggressive or militaristic. This applies to a lot of contemporary motor yacht design as well.
Are we done with beauty? And what is beauty anyway?