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1963 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback

While early Volkswagens were certainly interesting from an engineering standpoint, you wouldn’t quite call the Beetle and Type 1 styling powerhouses. When Volkswagen decided to expand the lineup to include the Type 3, things got a bit more interesting. Along with its contemporary, the Karmann Ghia, these cars injected a bit of life and diversity into the VW range. My favorite of the lot was one we never received in the US, the Type 3 Notchback. This was a handsome two-door sedan with humble Beetle underpinnings, but it showed the world that VW was eager to appeal to a wider audience. Many Notchbacks have made their way stateside via enthusiast channels and this example for sale in California, while not stock, is a real minter with modifications sympathetic to the original design.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1963 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback on Hemmings Motor News


Year: 1963
Model: Type 3 Notchback
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 32,572 mi
Price: $29,995


Beautifully restored with a fresh strong 2 liter engine, new clutch, shift kit, new fantastic quality interior, new chrome wheels, excellent sound system, alarm, and new tires. Type 3 notchbacks in this rust free mostly original condition are few and far between. If you are looking for a “turn key” car that is completely done and sorted, this is for you. The driving manners of this car are excellent with smooth steering (no shimmy or wander) crisp shifting, strong engine power, and an over all refined feeling to this well executed car.

Financing is available with approved credit. Transportation and inspection services are also available.

Laguna Classic Cars

2171 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, Ca 92651



The Volkswagen Type 3 can command a bit of a premium over similar vintage Beetles, due to their relative rarity. We’ve been seeing good Notchbacks hover in the $15,000 to $20,000 territory, so this one at almost $30,000 represents strong money for the breed. There’s a lot of stuff out there these days you can get for $30,000, so you’ll have to be a real air-cooled fan to want this at the current ask. But given that this one is sorted with a nice engine upgrade, you’ll be able to immediately enjoy it from day one.



  1. Walter R. Moore
    Walter R. Moore September 13, 2015

    Is it wrong text or wrong images? Guessing wrong images (nice red Audi though)

  2. Cole
    Cole September 14, 2015

    Gorgeous Type 3. I like everything about it!

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