In fact over the past few years it has been a prolific award winner at the California shows before it was shipped off to it's current home in the Miami area. The Volkswagen 1500 Notchback was the first Volkswagen Type 3 to be produced. And VW’s superb material and build quality was still on full display. Had a neighbor round the corner back in the early ’60’s who had one of these. The only place I’d ever seen one, was in the VW section of the J.C. Whitney catalog! That’s how a real auto test is done. The EV West VW Type 3 Notchback Starter Kit is perfect for those looking for a professional fit and finish on the drive components, but are willing to build and install their own battery system. I wasn’t aware the notchback was never officially imported…seems like quite a few ended up here though! My grandfather ( a long-time Dodge guy) bought one right away, then two years later upgraded to the Squareback. and why the price tag of £20 (negotiated down to £15) was an absolute bargain???!?!??!?!? I honestly never remember the type 3 notchback at the time as my interest in cars (same today)was the big 6 cylinder Fords and Vauxhalls,Jensens,Bristols and other Euro American exotica and the American cars from the USAF base near my Grandparents, UK Notchback imports started in 1961 upon model launch, but pretty much stopped upon the introduction of the Fastback in August 1965, though I’ve seen a couple of RHD ones on D and E-reg years ago so they may have been available special order for a year or two after. VW Type 3 1500 Notchback Stufenheck - en læser og hans bil - Den er rød, den er fra Volkswagen, og den har flere "øgenavne". I have a 1970, follow the pictures. This Notchback was retired to a garage / barn in 1986 where it was driven and parked. A wider rear track (but still swing-axle), bigger brakes, a front sway bar, and a more powerful 65 hp twin-carb engingine in the 1500S version combined with the drastically better visibility and somewhat better interior room to make the 1500 driving experience feel more up-to-date, for the early sixties. Another car I never knew about thanks for enlightening me .Were they imported to the UK? My dad bought a 1500s new when they were first released and had lots of problems with it. Notchback One of the three Volkswagen Type 3 body styles, the Notchback sadly never made it to U.S. dealerships in its heyday. Purchase an A/C Unit for Your Fastback, Squareback, or Notchback Today! It is powered by a single-carburetor 1,500cc flat-four paired with a 4-speed manual transaxle. We had a R.H.D. Your email address will not be published. Services; Events; FAQ; Tesimonials; About Us; Contact; Links. The section was marked with outlines of the Beetle, Type II and Type IIIs…I was fascinated that there was a Type III sedan, as well as Fastback and Squareback. That was the first of a few Squarebacks in the family, along with many other aircooled VW’s. built trans poshea wheels(US $3,000.00) Great condition. 1 product rating - New VW Type 3 Notchback Squareback Fastback Dash Pad 1961-1973. I had one uncle who moved up the corporate ladder in a pulp based factory. Classifieds for Classic Volkswagen Type 3. The car was practical; and based on the Beetle, surely fun to drive. One comment stood out for me because it was so unexpected: they found the Type 3 to be the quietest of them on the Autobahn because the engine was in the back. Even then, they were oldtimers, and many of them were in the back of the VW dealership in the town I was staying in. Oh, well. This phenomena was pretty well accepted and understood at the time to be one of the advantages of a rear engine car. Driving a stick shift came naturally to me. Also owned a 63 & had a friend that owned a 62 that when the VIN Number was check through VW Archives it was found to been produced in Sept 1961. The 1500 was a really big deal when it came out in Germany in 1961; after decades of dithering and endless prototypes, VW finally came up with an answer to all of the Beetle critics. C $34.25. I think I would have liked one. Almost gone. The Notchback is a bit of a rarity in the US. Back then, just about the only thing that separated the engine in front from the driver was the sheet steel firewall, and maybe some sound deadening/carpet mats; usually not very much in economy cars. The 1st pic of the rear three quarter looks like a Trabant. The Notchback is my favorite VW, with the exception of the Type 34 which had a similar look to the Corvair. answers on a postcard :-) Labels: NOS Volkswagen Type 3 Parts. VW TYPE 3 NOTCHBACK SQUAREBACK FASTBACK HEX BAR LINKAGE KIT WEBER ICT EMPI EPC. NOS Rear reflectors & NOS Reflector Seals. He learned a valuable lesson, never buy a new car that is literally new to the market, let others be the guinea pigs ! (both on sale to the end of production in ’73), A Porsche sedan…could not describe it any better. Our neighbor’s kid had an early 60s notchback that he had painted yellow. The term Notchback describes the variation of three-box car body styling. They were indeed. C $184.90. baby mercedes, indeed. A quality small German car. A friend’s grandfather, who also lived in the neighborhood, had a Squareback that he used as a daily driver…his pride-and-joy was his ’55 Cadillac. Ireland . I live in the Los Angeles area. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. The car from Brazil looks looks similar to a Renault Dauphine. Secrecy was such that even at the 1960 Geneva Auto Show, VW d… If it had appeared in 1958, it would have been hailed as a brilliant Porsche sedan. My father had a Squareback, with the luxury options of automatic transmission and dealer-installed air conditioning. NA NA 1967 0 KM. It was beat, but it served me well for a couple of years when money was short, and it kept running for very little money. your own Pins on Pinterest. The old guy would take it out once a year or so; put gas in it (I expect he drained the tank in the garage, first…gotta have fresh gasoline in it; never know when we’ll need the Caddy for a special event…), But the Squareback…the dash, to me, bespoke a proletarian luxury, with those round pods. $250,000 and Up; Antiques / Pre-War; AutoHunter Auctions; Convertibles; Future Classics; Motorcycles; Muscle Cars; Newest Listings ; Trucks; Under $5,000; Browse by Year. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. I’d almost swear I’ve seen that exact car tooling around Southern California- maybe at Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank or Ruby’s Diner in Redondo Beach. Super success with a small car, what next? The 1500 was obviously very much a VW under the boxier skin: the engine was reconfigured into the “pancake” layout with the blower fan now mounted at the rear of the block. The Type 3 was very quiet inside, the rear suspension, engine and ttansmission all being carried in a subframe, rubber-mounted to the floorpan and body. Over the last 16 years, Jason Brunner has put plenty of time and effort into restoring his 1969 Volkswagen Type III Notchback. The most excellent steel sun roof was introduced on this model and would up in Beetles in 1964 and eventually even early Rabbits used it . Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. C $487.48. never knew these existed! I recall the Reseda Green VW oval window which was replaced with a type 3, followed by an Audi 100 LS. Discover (and save!) 1,555 € I like this car. As a thrifty MBA he upgraded about every 10 years. These cars were/are well built, but that’s the best you can say for them. Somewhat oddly, the 1500 was never imported by VW to the US, as they were production-constrained until their new plant opened in Emden. This combined with decent thick insulation round the engine, an effective exhaust silencer, and the cooling intake being ducted from the rear valance, made for an extremely quiet interior. American Brands: AMC, Jeep and All Others, Tractors, Lawn Mowers, Off-Road Equipment, Classic CC Capsule: VW 1500 Type 3 Notchback – A Few Notches Short, Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1953 Skoda 1200 Station Wagon – Found In Amsterdam, CC Miscellany: My Fantasy Garage – Of Fragrances, Curbside Newsstand: The Pickup Market – Where They’re Hot and Who’s Buying Them, CC Outtake: Battle of The Big, Bad Buicks – LeSabre vs Lucerne, Cohort Capsule: 1977 Pontiac Astre – An Iron Duke-Powered Unicorn, COAL: 1983 Mercedes Benz 240D – Be Careful What You Wish For…, Bus Stop Classics: 1968-75 Highway Products Twin Coach TC-25/29 – The Last Bus to Carry the Storied Twin Coach Name. We had the fastback when I was a little kid, I had never seen one of these in flesh until I was in Germany in the late ’70’s. All Notchback related stuff :) VW Type 3 Notchback 1961 - 73 has 9,247 members. I remember a few of these in Eugene in the ’60s. They compared it with the Opel Rekord and Ford Taunus. Modern front-engine cars largely solved that problem by improved technology and much greater attention to sound deadening. Drove it 90 miles a day round trip for two years to work. I seem to recall that it was badged as a “Variant” model. Wished I still had mine but w/two messed up knees & a bad back I couldn’t drive it any more…. And all through the 70s and 80s there were lots of these on the roads…. That means there’s actually a flat luggage compartment under that rear lid, which with the larger front compartment addressed one of the Beetle’s biggest shortcomings. Oil leaks, carb issues and plenty more. We plastered half of Baden-Württemberg. Not that he got much joy out of it; the plates were five years lapsed, and he had it covered with throw-rugs and light garage trash. Vw variant type3. They were sharp and, I agree that it would have an excellent intro in 1961 and could have been done a lot earlier if anyone had chosen. Vw Variant. Nice choice of visual aid, SAM. I have listed this Notchback … The Volkswagen Type 3 series was designed to be VW’s answer to customers who wanted more than the Beetle offered—more power, more space, more luxury, more car. Even in LA they are extremely rare. best offer Wed Nov 04, … Nice design. The stock dual carb 1600 ran pretty strong, had no trouble getting up to 90 MPH. That green notchback looks very familiar. Only the Fastback and Variant appeared in catalogues and showrooms after ’65 though. Love that model & those MBs weren’t bad either! Was a good car, much quieter, smoother riding and roomier then a Beetle. I know there’s one or more in Eugene, but I just never caught up with it, which is hardly a reflection on their speediness. He was the only one with a car in the extended family for quite some time of my childhood. Fortunately because VW pioneered the first to mass produced EFI in 1968, at least for the US market, paving the way for everyone else some 20 years later. Cars like the Datsun 510 and Toyota Corolla and Corona did as much to spell their doom as the limitations of the rear engine or air-cooling. Brand New. The driving experience was still a mixed bag: better than the Beetle 1200, by a pretty good margin, but the competition was closing in all a round, and the basic VW configuration was showing its limitations: handling quirks, performance, fuel economy, cramped quarters, etc. Learn how your comment data is processed. How to buy ? Saved from volksworldusa.co.uk. Friends of mine had a squareback in the early 70s. From United States. I was in Canada in 65 and 66. It was a hot item among VW-philes at the time; kind of like when Honda introduced the bigger Accord after the Civic built up a similarly enthusiastic following. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The balance is due with in 72 hours. S P U O S N I S S F O R 2 E 2 D 2 5 D N. VW 311609721A HAND BRAKE CABLE NOTCHBACK, SQUAREBACK, FASTBACK - 67 FANIA. I didn’t realize they were gray-market. Notchback. Here’s the 1965 that the wife & I owned back in the late 80’s. Ah, how myths die hard…today, the Type III looks like what it is, a Recovery-Era Euro-car, made for people with less disposable income and less lofty ambitions…. Unless they’ve had engine upgrades, which realistically 95% of them have. Very well preserved example, extremely solid body and chassis...the type of car a collector dreams of finding. Even after all these years, the notchback still looks a little odd to me…which I chalk up to the comparative ubiquity of the Fastback and Squareback Sedans in their day (because after all, the Microbus/Combi was marketed here as the “Volkswagen Station Wagon”). Make: x. All Rights Reserved. Which to my budding 2nd grade parochial school mind was like “Deviant”, hence their rarity. Saved by Duane Wirak. Engine was in a box, after I rebuilt the engine and got an Earl Schieb paint job, first me, then my parents, and finally the next door neighbor owned it in that order over 10 years and 100K miles. This easy bolt in AC motor and controller system was designed to have a minimal vintage look so it blends in well with your air cooled classic. Copyright 2011 - 2020 Curbside Classics. Sorry, I’m not Dave Saunders, but have been know as Davo. Clearly takes or borrows heavily from the Hansa 1100 idea of ten years earlier. 30 sold. I do like them, even though I well recall how they weren’t considered all that great at the time compared to Datsun 510, Toyota Corona, and the Renaults and Fiats of the day. 1964 VW Type 3 Notchback For Sale This is a very clean and very stock 1964 Notchback that is located in Colorado. But they outsold them all, such was the power of VW in North America back then…. #5,梁瀬自動車がVOLKSWAGENをはじめて輸入したのが1953年。その台数は105台だったそうです。そのうち5台がSPLIT(ZWITTER)だったと言う説もあります。他の現存台数は??そんな貴重な個体を遊びに、通勤にと乗り回している・・ そんなブログです。, Carol Ann with her Notchback by dez&john3313 Carol Ann with her Notchback http://flic.kr/p/6Wqs4t. Yes, I was riding in that Type 3. VW Type 3 Notchback 1961 - 73 has 9,247 members. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Karmann_Ghia#Type_34_Karmann_Ghia, Your email address will not be published. NOS Quiz Time and who can tell me what is special about this NOS part???? NA NA NA 50,000 KM. The VW Notchback Type 3 was not imported to VW dealers. The one in the pictures above looks like a grey-market Euro import, as the Canadian cars had red rear signal lights and no sidemarker/ signal on the side of the front fender. I was at a big VW show in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where my Mother lives, in early July and, well, amongst what were easily more than 200 cars from as far away as Quebec and Illinois there was not one Type III (no Type IVs either, which I expected but always look for as my Dad had a 1972 411 sedan and most of my learner’s permit driving days took place in that eccentric and appealing (and, truth be told, not very good) car. Some like this one , a slightly different style. A slightly bigger, more powerful and more luxurious car, but not giving up on the basic layout and build quality was the answer. The Type 3 followed the Type 1 Beetle, utilizing a low-profile version of Volkswagen's rear-engined, 4-cylinder air-cooled engine, as well as body-on-chassis construction (the body bolts to a frame that includes the floor pan), retaining the same wheelbase – but featuring ponton(slab sided) styling, in contrast to the Type 1's articulated fenders and running boards. The classic air cooled Type 3 includes three styles: the VW Squareback, the VW Fastback and the VW Notchback. Imagine shopping for a small German sedan and having this and the BMW 1600 to chose from…. Here’s my CC on the 1600 fastback. Coool Ride! Every once I awhile I’d see one ’round my neighborhood (north of Pittsburgh) as a kid, or sometimes I’d see one in a car mag. Sometimes memory is a very confusing thing to have. They were much more common in Canada when I lived there for a couple years at the end of the 60’s. 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