1974 Volkswagen 412 Variant

The Type 4, known as the 411 and 412, came about during a time of change at Volkswagen. NSU Motorenwerke was bought by the Volkswagen Group in 1969, and that brought about the K70, VW’s first foray into the front-engine, water-cooled segment. At the same time, the Type 4 was the largest, air-cooled passenger car on offer from VW, which would ultimately be the last air-cooled VW for the mid-sized segment. The Type 4 won out in the sales race, but was to be succeeded in 1973 with the Passat, which is still VW’s mid-sized entry in the sedan and estate segment. This 1974 412 Variant for sale in Illinois represents the final year for the 412 and rarely do they come this nice.

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Wagon Week: 1964 Volkswagen Type 3 Variant

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We’ve seen a fair number of Type 3 Volkswagens recently here at GCFSB, notably a rather tasty Type 3 Notchback show up in our Feature Listings earlier this week. However, since we are wrapping up another successful Wagon Week, let’s take a look at the long roof version of the Type 3, the Variant. Known to those stateside as the Squareback, the Variant was a two-door estate model with the familiar “pancake” rear-mounted air-cooled flat four engine. Today we’ll travel across the pond and take a look at a Variant for sale in Lisbon, Portugal.

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1971 Volkswagen Type III Squareback

The Type III Squareback is not generally the classic Volkswagen many people think of. Outside of the many Beetle variants, there’s the Karmann Ghia if you want Porsche looks without the price. If you want to embody the surfer vibe, there’s of course the many Transporters and Buses that always draw strong money. And if you want something a little different from everything else, there’s the Thing. But the Squareback has a faithful following, and with good reason – many people had these reasonably dependable, cheap wagons as family transport back in the 1970s and have a soft spot for them as a result. But not many are in the shape of today’s fully refreshed 1971 example:

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Wagon Week Heaps: 1971 and 1973 Volkswagen Squarebacks

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We’ve featured a few Squarebacks in the past few months, the most recent being a neat resto-mod 1967 model that remains for sale with bidding still fairly low. If you want to stand apart from the rest of the aircooled crowd, the Type 3 and Type 4 cars are a great way to do it, with a little wagon practicality thrown in for good measure. Today’s examples are one of each, both in need of a little love to be complete. Which would be the project you’d choose? Let’s start with the 1971 Type 3:

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Year: 1971
Model: Type III Squareback
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 34,108 mi
Price: $5,700 Buy It Now

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THIS IS A RARE 1971 VOLVKSWAGON JETTA, CAR RUNS. IT IS A NICE CAR TO COLLECT. ITS IN GOOD CONDITION ALL AROUND WITH GENERAL WARE AND TARE DO TO ITS AGE. FOR MORE INFO CALL CARLOS AT 720-252-4725

A sure way to not show you’re an enthusiast is to mislabel your car for sale. It also eliminates it from most searches, since people looking for a Jetta Sportwagen aren’t looking for a 1971, and most people looking for a Squareback know enough to call it by the correct name. Other ringing endorsements for you as a seller are great spelling, lack of detail and generalized statements that offer no real information, such as “CAR RUNS.” Thanks for that. Well, if you can get over that, it’s a clean slate to either restore mildly as a runner or wildly as a show-ride. It appears pretty clean but in need of attention; unfortunately, the price doesn’t seem to reflect that and I feel the car is pretty substantially overpriced in it’s current condition. Perhaps the Type 4 is the way to go?

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The Type 4 introduced a host of improvements over the Type 3 including new engines, revised suspension and more aerodynamic bodies. Unfortunately, not included in the improvements was the looks; while they’re certainly unique, I don’t think there are many people that would argue the looks of the later cars improved over the original. They did manage to channel a bit of the RO80 design and the Europeans got much prettier single piece flush lights, but this model doesn’t have those. Despite that, this car caught my attention with the pristine exterior finished in period-appropriate gold:

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Year: 1973
Model: 412 Variant
Engine: 1.8 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 56,000? mi
Price: Reserve auction

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A really nice ’73 412 wagon. Except for a very expensive paint job the car is all original. I purchased it from the original owner in North Dakota with about 68K miles and had it repainted because the paint was really faded. It has been in my storage facility for 20 years but now find at my advanced age it’s time to let some of these cars go. The interior will need a complete redo. The vinyl seats are cracked and ripped. No rust anywhere.

Miles are off in the description and the interior is trashed, but with no rust and what appears to be decent paintwork, this too could be a clean slate to build a mild to wild ride. You’d definitely stand further apart from the crowd with this model, but I bet it would draw attention. This car is offered in a reserve auction, so it will be interesting to see where it ends up; with the paintwork done I’d say it’s worth more than the Type III, but not much more. These cars both strike me as $3,000 – $4,000 at most cars based solely on their rarity, but as I said, if you’d like to stand out, here’s a great way to do it.

Which would you choose?

-Carter

Wagon Week: 1967 Volkswagen Squareback

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Before I was born, my parents had a Squareback. I’ve always loved the variations of the Type 3, each with its own unique character, and wish that one had lasted long enough for me to enjoy it. Today’s is a unique one, with a black and orange paint job that would fit right in here in the SF Bay Area amongst the many Giants-themed cars. The interior is something I’ve never seen before, with the interior lined in license plates. It’s very, very low but would be a blast to roll around in. The modifications all appear homegrown enough that the next owner could easily continue its evolution without being worried about scrapping someone else’s unique but expensive changes. If you’re looking for a wagon with a very high charisma-to-dollar ratio, this Sqaureback is hard to beat.

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Year: 1967
Model: Type III Squareback
Engine: 1.5 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: Unclear
Price: Reserve-on auction

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This 1967 VW Sqaureback Euro is one of the coolest cars I’ve ever seen and certainly ever have owned! This car has a personality to no end! It is impossible to drive it without getting attention form almost everyone on the road! It looks mean with its totally radical stance. Its custom license plate interior which can be put back to normal if its not your thing. It also has a very rare custom one piece windows in the back. These are just to name a few. I’m considering selling it for the greater good of my family. I have several cars and I need to sell some to put money aside for the purchase of a house. Otherwise, I would hold on it for as long as I could. Please be know this is not a desperate attempt to sell and I don’t by any means have to. However provided a qualified new owner who can continue to love “Lil Ginger” like I have, will have an opportunity to enjoy it as well. I have the clear Texas title to it in my name and ready to sign over.

Here the specs:

Motor is a 1500sp VW reman with dual single barrel carbs. Motor is 100% stock with the exception of the aftermarket exhaust which sounds a lot like a fixed up Subaru due to the flat 4 motor.

The transmission is a 4 speed manual gear box all stock.

The suspension as been lowered approx 4 inches. Believe it or not is extremely comfortable and very smooth. Of course you have to watch out for huge pot holes but you should be doing that in any car.

The Brakes are completely stock with disk up front and drums in the rear. They work as they should for an old car without ABS

Overall its a very rare, cool, good car. As mentioned above the turn signals and the emegancy flashers are not working due to the relay being out. All the other lights work though. The emergency break is not connected and may need service to get it working. I park it in gear and never worry about it. It dose have rust on the battery tray and on drivers kick panel but could be patched or repaired. It just never concerned me enough to do anything about it

The new owner of this car must has a personality to match the car. You don’t need to be a full blown mechanic to own it; but you should know the basics. Volkswagen’s are very simple & easy to work on, I’m sure you wont have problems finding help if needed. Remember its about to be 47 years old so its to be treated with love and respect for its age.

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An orange Squareback with a cosmetic restoration has been for sale nearby for $10k; I’d rather spend a fraction of that on this and go my own way with it. That’d probably include an engine swap and an interior revision, but this is a cute and unique that wagon that could be a lot of fun.

-NR

1968 Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback

While the Beetle was lighting up the sales charts in the 1960s, Volkswagen had a whole other range of products that got a bit overshadowed by that post-war wonder. One of my favorites is the Type 3 Squareback. Two door estate vehicles have seemed to peter out in recent years, one of the few holdouts still hanging around being the MINI Clubman. But even that car has a third door on one side to assist with rear seat access.

Volkswagen developed the Type 3 to give buyers of the marque a larger choice before they decided to skip the brand for another manufacturer. These cars still carried VW’s famous rear engine layout and came in three body styles, a two-door sedan known as the Notchback, the 2-door Fastback and 2-door Squareback that we see here. Only the Fastback and Squareback were sold in the US, but many Notchbacks have made their way here in previous years. This Squareback for sale in Washington has 74,000 miles and was repainted in its original color seven years ago.

Year: 1968
Model: Type 3 Squareback
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 74,010 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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This is an excellent example. This is a 2-owner car. 74,000 actual miles. Purchased new @ Riverside Motors, Longview, WA. Engine gone through by Auth. VW Mechanic(Dealer). this car was painted in 2006. It is the original color and is NOT clear-coated nor cut & buffed. It looks as original paint did! No rust anywhere. Never wrecked. Bumpers are original/never been re-plated, if re-plated the car would be a #10. Original fuel injection–runs as new. New headliner, OE style seat covers, carpet, etc. Chrome wheels & 165×15 Michelin XZX tires. The runs, drives, & looks new. Not over-restored or accessorized, just a great example. Call with questions if needed. 360-430-0143. Will help arrange shipping. Full payment required within 3 days of auction close.

If air-cooled Volkswagens appeal to you but the Beetle is a bit too proletariat for your tastes, these Type 3s make a great argument for joining that club. This car looks especially tidy with the chrome rims and seemingly unmarred carpeting inside. The front cabin is quite a departure from any interior you would see today with multiple airbags and higher up sight lines. The slim dashboard and bright colors lend a pleasant, airy touch. For a good Squareback like this that has been mildly refreshed, I’d suspect the reserve is set somewhere around $7,000 to $9,000. That gives you a bit more space than a Bug without the cost that comes with a T2 Transporter of the era.

-Paul

1973 Volkswagen Type III Squareback

So, you’d like to buy an old air-cooled Volkswagen. Great! But the Beetle is just too common for you. The Bus is just too hippie-chic and expensive to get a good one? Don’t want the etch-a-sketch styled Thing? Karmann Ghia I found for you a little too pricey, you say? Have a thing for wagons? Well, I have the car for you then, if you insist on being different than everyone else. Welcome, my hard to please friends, to today’s 1973 Volkswagen Type III Squareback.

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Year: 1973
Model: Type III Squareback
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 95,135 mi
Price: $6,000 Buy It Now

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1973 Volkswagen Squareback Type III … 95,135 Original Miles
Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine: 4 Cyl, 1.6L
Transmission: Auto
VIN: 3632016210
Exterior: Red
Interior: Grey
Body Style: Wagon

This very rare, ONE owner, California Wagon has automatic transmission, original VW radio, factory rear defog and electronic fuel injection.

Engine is in good shape, does not smoke, does not leak, nice and quiet. Runs very strong. Transmission feels perfect, shifts without any problems, without delay, and without noise. Suspension is in excellent shape, car tracks nice and straight. There is no evidence of any electrical problems.

The exterior is in Excellent shape for a 1973. Leather seats, carpet floor and glass are all in great shape. There is NO rust anywhere on the car. Interior of this car is Nice and Clean. This Wagon has four matching tires that are mounted on good straight rims. It will be sold with a clear title and it will be sold as-is, where-is.

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Now, I know what you’re going to say. “But, it’s an automatic!”, you’re screaming at your screen as you furious type comments questioning my sanity. But stay with me for a moment, if you please. You’re not buying a sports car. You’re not even buying a sporty car. You’re looking at a neat, rare older Volkswagen. Seriously, I see Beetles on a regular basis still (even in the rusty North East), and as I mentioned in the last post my neighbor has a Karmann Ghia sitting in front of his house. A VW Bus is never far away from anyone. But when was the last time you saw one of these things out cruising? The “automatic” badge proudly displayed on the flanks reminds us that there was a point where this was a valued option on these cars. In terms of style, this car evokes memories of some older British Austin wagons, or even a scaled down Volvo 122 Wagon, and to me, that’s a good thing.

I know, it’s not for everyone, and that’s fine – but we like to show all sorts of cars, some of which you may not even realize exist, and this car fits right into that mold. It looks to be in fantastic “survivor” condition, and is priced appropriately in un-restored condition at $6,000. I’m willing to bet you could buy this car, drive it on Sundays and to shows with the family for a few years, and sell it at a small profit having done very little to it. Sure, a few people may snicker and question your sanity as well, but I’d wager a few more will appreciate seeing something you just don’t see every day anymore.

-Carter

Unrestored 1970 Volkswagen Squareback

Just before I was born, my dad had a yellow Squareback. Once I was born, the affinity for wagons continued with a Peugeot and a few Subarus, but I’ve always been disappointed that I didn’t get to enjoy the Type III. This 1970 model jumped off the page at me, looking like it’s ready for a Hot VWs photoshoot or the classics section at a Dubfest. My jaw dropped when I found out that it’s not an expensive restoration or detailed show car; this thing is original. It is in full, unrestored glory with only 86k miles. There are small modifications like the tires and roof racks as well as a CD player, but beyond that this a 1970 German Time Machine.

What the seller has to say:

This is a beautiful one of a kind unrestored 1970 VW Type lll Squareback. It would be hard to find a 41 year old type lll this well kept. The vehicle has always been garage kept and maintained. At 74,000 the heads were redone, tune up, and new belt / alternater. Lite modifications have been done, the car has been kept close to it’s original condition. New Coker Tires and crome rims were added last year, along with a roof rack. The interior was left completly stock. New seat covers were recently installed. A CD player was hung under the dash with carefull attention not to damage or modify the dash.

This car is a weekend driver, but could be used as a daily driver. I would drive this car from coast to coast with out any fear of a mechanical break down. Bid with confience, this car looks and runs like a 6-8 year old car, not a 41 year old car.

I love the tan, and the clean chrome, and the old school interior. All serve to underscore the beauty and simplicity of this car, four decades on. And seriously, what’s cooler than a 2-door wagon? In the dream stable, this would be the designated car for taking the kids to school or the grocery store. Hats off to the seller for taking such amazing care of this Squareback. I’d usually say it’s a little steep, but he deserves his $8,200 buy-it-now price.

-NR

1969 Volkswagen Squareback, 17,000 original miles

Here’s an oddball for you. An all original Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback. The Type 3 range was introduced in 1961, with the Squareback, or Variant as it was known in Europe, appearing a year later. Designed as a larger, more refined option to the perennial Beetle, this model was initially produced at the company’s Wolfsburg plant. Assembly of the Type 3 would move to the newly established Emden plant later in the production run and eventually would be superseded in 1973 by the front engined, water cooled Passat (Dasher in the U.S.). This model features the automatic transmission which was introduced in the 1968 model year. No telling from the description whether or not it features the Bosch fuel injection system, which made this vehicle one of the first volume seller’s with this setup.

The seller’s description:

Fuel injection, automatic trans, only 17,000 miles, all original paint, has a few spots where it has polished through to the primer and various small dings and scratches from the 41 years. Runs and drives like new. Interior to die for, rare red and in fantastic original condition. One in a million, everything is original and in fantastic shape. It’s like stepping back in time. This is a real collectors or museum piece.

The Squareback was the most popular of the Type 3 range, with a little over 1.2 million produced in Germany. The Notchback and Fastback had a production run of 1.3 million, split between the two models. Average retail for run of the mill examples of the Squareback are running right around the low $6,000 range, so this is a bit on the high side of that. In my opinion, if this were about $500 to $1,000 less, this car would prove to be a good value. I’ve seen restored examples go for more, but as they say, they are only original once.

-Paul