Thursday, October 15, 2009

1968 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback

This is interesting just because you rarely see any of these around anymore. This is a VW Type 3 Notchback. Two other Type 3s were sold in the US, the Fastback and the Squareback. The Fastback and Squareback sold well and turn up now and then at car shows, but the Notchback was a slow seller and you rarely see one anywhere these days.

The Type 3 (the Beetle was Type 1, the VW Bus Type 2) was VWs top of the line model for a good portion of the 1960s. It was, compared to the Beetle, roomy and comfortable. With its low profile 1.6 liter engine, the Type 3 not only had a trunk in the front like most rear engined cars, but it also had one in the back as there was a cover over the engine.

The Type 3 was the first car ever to offer Bosch electronic fuel injection. It was an option, and the Type 3s that have it are called the 1600E. E meaning "Einspritzung", which is German for injection. ("Einspritzung" is such a cool sounding word.) It was also the first VW to offer factory air-condition, but like most 1960s A/C, it was pretty feeble.

The car being offered on eBay is fuel injected (or "einspritzed", I guess), but does it not have air conditioning.

The seller claims the engine was rebuilt in 1990. He drove the car up until 2003 and then parked it in a garage after it developed a brake problem.

This car is not completely original. It sits on a chassis from a 1970 Squareback. The engine has a mild cam in it and over-bored pistons.

The body of this car needs some restoration. It has rust in some places and needs some minor interior work. It doesn't look too bad and with the brakes fixed, a new battery and the fuel system cleaned it could probably be a rolling restoration project.

If you're a fan of air-cooled VWs and are looking for something different, this may be the car for you.

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to see the eBay listing for this car.

1 comment:

Simon said...

Dave, that VW type 3 was the very first car my family had after my parents arrived in Australia from Holland back in the '50's. Ours was finished in a somewhat funereal yet rather smart-looking storm cloud-like deep grey. I hated the colour as a child, but now I wouldn't mind getting the old girl back, just for the colour alone!

Interestingly, many years later, I got my mother into an E21 series BMW 323i. In many ways, it was much the same kind of car: two doors, a touch of class, sporting and Germanic, fairly sprightly with good performance for their respective eras - and somewhat suspect rear suspension (a common German car failing of the period). But weren't they nice cars, and nicely made (as German cars tended to be)?

That V-dub pic sure brings back a lot of memories... Thanks so much! Also, for reminding me of my age! ;-)