Fontwell House Sale
Thursday 12th September 2019
1967 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 3 SQUAREBACK
Chassis No: 267230555
Chassis No: 267230555
The ultra-rare VW Type 3 is relatively unknown even to diehard VW fans. With an uber-reliable, air-cooled flat-4 and an interior that impresses, this is a car worth noting in more detail. The quirky model was marketed as a “Squareback” in the US market. Exported from Germany to compete against the Chevrolet Corvair, the basic fundamentals of this car are shared with the Beetle: rear-engined and body-on-chassis construction (body bolts onto a frame that includes a floorpan). But VW knew Americans wanted more space, so they stretched the dimensions to add for more rear seating space and a rear cargo area that’s quite spacious in the Squareback. From all, that design came this unique two-door, and we can certainly understand its sudden cult-like following because the look is irresistible. The 1,600cc “suitcase” was never a barn-burner, but it was always peppy and an absolute blast to drive, and even with the added weight of the Type 3, power is delivered quickly. The clutch feels easy and 4-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly, providing all the fun that drivers have come to expect out of a manual-shift VW.
This particular example is in fair condition and is said to run well by the current vendor. It is both MOT and tax-exempt. This charming example can be enjoyed in its current state or further improved, with only a handful in the UK this car is sure to turn heads on Britain’s roads today.
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