Displacement: 1,584 cc
Horsepower: 64 bhp @ 4,000 rpm
Engine Torque: 81 ft lb @ 2,200 rpm
Top Speed: 84 mph
0 - 60 mph: 17.7 seconds
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Following on from the Type 1 (the Beetle) and the Type 2 (the Bus), the Type 3 was Volkswagen's attempt to bridge the gap between the first two and create a larger, more conventional car. Launched in 1961, it was initially available only as standard saloon or 'Notchback', the range was increased the following year with the addition of a station wagon or 'Squareback' then, in 1965, a coupe or 'Fastback'.
They all utilized Volkswagen's well-proven platform of rear-mounted, air-cooled, flat-four cylinder engines, driving the rear wheels. Various modifications were made to the engine, suspension and body over the life of the Type 3, which finally bowed out in 1973 (though production continued in South America for some years).
One of the last German-built Fastbacks, this particular car was sold new in Arizona in 1973, where it remained until 2000 when it came to California. Consequently, it has always been in a dry climate and so is remarkably (and most unusually for a Type 3) rust-free. The paint and body are in magnificent condition and the interior is similarly superb. The engine has just been completely rebuilt and so it runs and drives as good as it looks.
These increasingly rare coupes offer stylish, fun and truly daily drivable transport, coupled with easy and inexpensive maintenance, so this is a great chance to own one of the best ones available anywhere.