Volk­swa­gen Type 3: Con­cept, De­sign, In­ter­na­tional Pro­duc­tion Mod­els & De­vel­op­ment £40

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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

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