1961-1973 TYPE 3 1500/1600

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Volkswagen At 80 -

WHY WE LOVE IT It’s a sa­loon with two boots – and it looks great The Type 3s were de­signed to of­fer more space within the cabin and ad­di­tional room for lug­gage – both re­stricted ar­eas in Bee­tles.

The ‘3’ was also a more modern look­ing car, with the orig­i­nal two-door notch­back sa­loon fol­lowed by the mega-roomy Vari­ant es­tate and then the splen­did Fast­back sa­loon. Con­ceal­ing a pan­cake en­gine un­der the sa­loon’s rear lug­gage space meant that you could get more suit­cases or shop­ping in the back. Power evolved from the 1493cc en­gine to 1584cc. You don’t see many of these around, and even fewer of the sub­se­quent 411/412s, which is a pity. SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS EN­GINE 1493cc/flat-4/OHV POWER 45bhp@3800rpm TORQUE 83lb ft@2000rpm TOP SPEED 82mph 0-60MPH 21sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 25-28mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual


Check for rust in the pil­lars ei­ther side of the rear win­dow of the sa­loons and around the en­gine lid on the Vari­ants.

In­te­ri­ors dif­fered from year to year and much of the orig­i­nal trim is now dif­fi­cult to source.

WHAT TO PAY CON­COURS £7000, GOOD £5000, AV­ER­AGE £2500, PROJECT £1000

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