Feature Listing: 1965 Volkswagen Type 3 1500S Notchback

Two weeks ago, we saw a pan-off restored Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback, a car that rekindled my interest in these rare air-cooled VWs. This week we’ll take a look at another restored Notchback, this time from our reader Ben in North Carolina. While not stock, this Notchback has been modified tastefully, with selective accessories that lend a clean, period look. With an extensive record of receipts and photos from the restoration process, this is one Type 3 air-cooled fans won’t want to miss.

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Year: 1965
Model: Type 3 1500S Notchback
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 500 mi
Price: $25,000 Buy It Now

A stunning Notchback – complete restoration with tasteful updates and modifications. Pearl White with Red Mesh Interior – ready to show, cruise, and enjoy. Purchased as a driver after being featured on Bring A Trailer in October of 2012 (http://bringatrailer.com/2012/09/25/1965-volkswagen-type-3-notchback-2) Frame off restoration over 2 years detailed in this build thread http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=532971.

Body
New body off chassis “Pearl White” paint – body is a 9 out of 10 (some minor gap issues on passenger door, a few dings on deck lid)
A solid, rust free example purchased out of Arizona
New Gerson floor pans – chassis completely rebuilt and powder coated
All new chrome, rubber and seals from ISP-West
New windshield, all other glass original to the car (passenger glass is scratched, front windshield does not have chrome trim installed, but new chrome trim and windshield seal will convey with sale)
Rear pop-out windows (rebuilt ISP seals)

Interior
TMI Red Mesh Interior with charcoal German square weave carpet
New TMI headliner
Wood interior accents including Flat Four reproduction Nardi Steering Wheel and windows cranks and custom fabricated Mahogany door trim (original steering wheel will convey with sale)
Brand new high-quality Coco Mats from Cocomats.com (Black and Terra-cotta)
Original un-cracked dash (small marred area on driver side)
Rebuilt working gauges, clock converted to quartz movement
ISP Jail Bar & cup holder accessory

Suspension
Short axle conversion (original axles will convey with sale)
Lowered via torsion bar and spring plate adjustment (not cut or notched)
New tie rods and bushings

Wheels & Tires
Conversion to Porsche Pattern (5×130) Wheels
Flat-Four reproduction chrome Fuchs (4.5”x15 front, 5.5”x15 rear)
Continental Pro Contact Tires (175×85 front and 205×65 rear)
Flat Four Fuch 5×130 4.5” Spare Tire

Brakes
4 Wheel disc-brake conversion
New ATE dual-circuit master brake cylinder conversion
New rotors, pads
New hard and soft lines

Engine
Freshly rebuilt 1641 cc Dual Port, Dual Webber 134’s <500 miles on rebuild - strong running motor built by reputable air-cooled shop (Monkey Nut in Charlotte, NC) 12 volt conversion - new regulator, all bulbs, gauges and components converted to 12v (new ISP wiring harness, battery) Rebuilt generator New distributor, cap, rotor and condenser All engine tin blasted and powder coated Original gas tank stripped, powder coated and lined Stock exhaust - complete with new chrome tip Heater boxes present but not connected Transmission Rebuilt transmission with 4.12 Ring & Pinion <500 miles built by reputable air-cooled shop (Monkey Nut in Charlotte, NC) Extras Pedro Rack roof rack in matching mahogany Owners manual and reproduction tool kit All gauges, and car features work with the exception of the radio (original Sapphire 6v AM radio included but not connected, 6-volt step-down will convey with sale) and the windshield washer (tank included but not connected) Many spare parts included (original steering wheel, spare chrome, Hoffman antenna, etc) Book of receipts and build documentation and over 150 digital photos of build Ben Weiner ben.weiner@att.net 704-343-1520 - Calls taken between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm EDT

I have fond memories of the 1967 Beetle that my father had when I was a child, but somehow, as the years pass, the Beetles that grab my attention are few and far between. Perhaps it is because they were forbidden fruit when new in the US, but the Type 3 scratches that air-cooled itch for me. Like the BMW 2002 we saw earlier for Tuner Tuesday, the variations on the Notchback theme are seemingly limitless and there’s a healthy aftermarket for these vintage Volkswagens. Given their rarity, we’ve seen prices climbing for these cars, with good ones hovering around the $20,000 mark or so. With the level of documentation, spare parts and modifications on this car, the asking price is well within reason.

-Paul

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