1961-1973 TYPE 3 1500/1600
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