Volkswagen Type 3: Concept, Design, International Production Models & Development £40
Volkswagen has always had a great reputation for the quality of its advertising material. Its famous 1972 Australian ad showing what looks like a line-up of three identical vehicles carries the honest legend: ‘All our Type 3 cars look the same.’ The brochure then opens out to reveal the rears of three very different options – a Fastback, a Variant estate and a Notchback – with the wording ‘Until you have to make a decision.’
Until 1961, the Volkswagen range had been dominated by the Type 1 Beetle and the Type 2 Transporter platforms, but its new 1500 was given the Type 3 code and gave fans several new options. The author certainly knows his Type 3s and goes to great lengths to establish the different vehicles and variations produced in different factories around the world. He then goes into even greater depth about every detail of the vehicles and their development to build up a most satisfying overview of the Type 3s, including the Karmann Ghia models.
The book is packed with a multitude of fascinating photographs (even if they are rather small) plus artwork to support the comprehensive text, providing a treasure trove of information for the Volkswagen enthusiast and showing why the Type 3s are so sought after. David Brown Author: Simon Glen Publisher: Veloce (veloce.co.uk) ISBN 978-1-845849-52-8