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1969 Volkswagen 1600L

This one’s a bit of a strange duck. And if it doesn’t look familiar to you, don’t worry – it didn’t to me, either. What we’re looking at is a 1969 Volkswagen 1600L, which looks vaguely like the Notchback model offered here in the 1960s. Of course, I said vaguely…because we didn’t get a four-door variant, nor did this styling come here. So what is this wonder? Well, it comes from Brazil, of course, and it underneath a Type 3 just like the Notchback. But the Brazilian version was styled by Márcio Piancastelli, who is probably best known for the designs of the neat Brasilia model and the even neater SP2. The 1600, though, was not a huge design success for him. Nicknamed “Zé do Caixão” – ‘Coffin Joe’, the sedan version would go on to only be sold for three model years before it was discontinued. It was the basis for a larger estate version though, as well as the quite neat Karmann Ghia TC. So let’s take a look at this oddball:

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Year: 1969
Model: 1600L
VIN: B9011251
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 107,000 mi
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Price: Reserve Auction

Rare find! 1969 VW 1600 L ( Very Similar to a VW Notchback )

I am looking to sell my 1969 VW 1600 L. Very Rare, Made in Brazil, 60’s VW Sedan.

Quite certain this is the only one with this specific configuration available in the current US Market.

This 1969 VW 1600 L comes with a Factory 1600cc Single Carb Air Cooled Engine with RWD 4 speed

Lowered Suspension on a 15″ Germany Style Wheels

It is not a museum ready show car. There are some imperfections.

Also, front and back bumpers need a chrome plating repair ( see the pictures )

Sold As Is.

This is the VIN # for my VW 1600L:

VIN# B9011251

The roof rack and the Yellow Luggage Bags set are not included in this auction.

The other cars, on the background, are not include in this auction.

What a strange looking car. It’s neat, but not pretty. It looks almost Eastern European in a way, like a car that the Communist Bloc was trying hard with to convince its citizens that its air-cooled version was better than the West’s air-cooled version. But, the VW crowd is all about being a bit different, and this is that. Current bidding is under 10k, and that’s about what it would take to get you into an entry-level Type 3. But odds are this would draw a lot more attention at the local show than a rusty squareback.



  1. James P Fuerstenberg
    James P Fuerstenberg August 23, 2021

    wow..that is unusual and a funky and sort of ugly/cool design.

  2. David P
    David P August 23, 2021

    Reminds me of a Renault 8 with soft edges.

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