It seemed that Volkswagen was undergoing a bit of an identity crisis in the late 1960s and early 1970s. With the perennial Beetle getting a bit long in the tooth, VW was seeking a way to go from strength to strength in the sales race with a new model. How to go about that, however, was anything but clear. The Type 4, or 411 as it was known, was VW’s largest passenger car so far, available in a two or four door form with a fastback style or as a 3-door Variant. Just over 100,000 of these 411s were sold in a four year span in the US. That’s far from a sales flop but pales in comparison to the almighty Beetle. By 1974, the Passat, or Dasher as it was known in the US, would arrive on the scene and thus would begin the slow march towards the end of air-cooled engine production.
It’s rare to spot a 411 on the roads these days in any kind of condition, but this one for sale in New Hampshire has escaped the ravages of New England winters and Father Time. Rarely do you see one this good come up for sale.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1971 Volkswagen 411 on eBay
Engine: 1.7 liter flat-4
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 69,702 mi
Price: $8,995 Buy It Now
1971 VW 411 Type 4
Those ware produced for very short time, 411 from 68–72 and then 412 from 72-74
VW / NSU takeover changed VW plans and 411/412 was soon replaced with K70.
1.7l air cooled is sheared with Porsche 914.
Car we are selling is coming from Idaho, it is rust free, and other than few little nicks it is in EXCELLENT shape. Automatic transmission shifts smooth. Engine has been recently overhauled and it has more modern fuel injection ( digifant ? )
Anyway, rare car, really nice shape, could be daily driver, factory Webasto aux heating system.
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Two years ago, we saw a 412 pull $5,600 at auction. At first, the ask here might seem steep for a rather obscure Volkswagen, but try finding another one in rather unmolested condition such as this. Purists might like to keep such a car in stock form, but for me, the temptation to do a little bit of modification and make this 411 even a bit more unique is very strong.