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.

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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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1963 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback

Every time I see a Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback, I’m reminded just how good a basic three box design can look. The Notchback was never intended to be a flashy machine, nor overtly stylish like its Karmann Ghia siblings. Mainly, it was meant to expand the Volkswagen lineup, providing customers with something a little bit larger than the Beetle for those seeking more space. This car had a grace all its own, however. We’ve seen a few modified Notchbacks pass through GCFSB over the last year or so, but this example for sale in California has been kept pretty true to the original formula, having undergone a recent restoration.

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1964 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback

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Curiously, the Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback was never offered in the US market. It was never quite clear why VW decided to bring just the Variant and Fastback versions to our shores, but intrepid enthusiasts have since filled the void throughout the years, importing these two-door sedans to satisfy an unmet need. This Notchback for sale in Miami has been modified a bit, but with a period look and not to an extent that may have the purists shy away.

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1969 Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback – REVISIT

The ’69 Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback we featured last week is back on the market, with a $600 price reduction. Is it time to reconsider these alternative air-cooled VWs with Beetle prices trending upwards?

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1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34

It is interesting how classic automotive values evolve and change; take, for example, today’s 1968 Karmann Ghia Type 34. Originally launched as a celebration of the new Type 3 and sporting arguably some of the best looking bodywork ever fit to a Volkswagen, the Type 34 was expensive even by Volkswagen standards in its day; for the asking price, for example, you could buy two Beetles. In some regards, that makes it the Phaeton of its day, and similar to the Phaeton, it has a small and devoted crowd that love these cars. Despite that, values on the Type 34 are below some of the top values for the “lesser” contemporary Volkswagens – notably the Sambas, though good examples do really shine through. Today’s is one of the best; finished in original Lotus White with black roof, this all-original Type 34 is simply stunning:

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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.


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.


1968 Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback

After the end of World War II and most of Germany in rubble, the Volkswagen factory was handed over to the British by the Americans. The factory was meant to be dismantled and shipped to Britain, but no manufacturer was interested in taking on the project. Thus, Volkswagen remained in Germany and went on to become the automotive power house that it is today. Ironic, then, as most of the British motor industry has been gutted. Funny how fate works.

In an effort to expand their lineup past the Type 1 Beetle, Type 14 Karmann Ghia and Type 2 Bus, Volkswagen introduced the Type 3, available as a two-door notchback or station wagon, or, as we see here, a two-door fastback. The fastback was the last of the Type 3 series to arrive on the scene, at the same time the 1.6 liter engine appeared. This Type 3 fastback for sale in Arizona comes with its original California black plates and is another one of those vintage air-cooled Volkswagens that gets the look just right in dark green with aftermarket Empi style wheels.

Year: 1968
Model: Type 3 Fastback
Engine: 1.6 liter flat four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 96,822
Price: $13,750 Buy It Now

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Here is a beautiful VW Type 3 fastback that is in excellent condition and is rust free!!! This Type 3 is California Black Plate car and retains them to this day! This car was restored a few years ago and seldomly driven. At the time of restoration the car recived a gorgeous paint job on a beautiful straight rust free body, a new interior, all new knobs and switches etc… The body on this car is absolutely laser straight and even the nose section looks like it has never been in an accident. This is one of the nicest fastbacks I have seen in years. The cars underside is original and in excellent condition. These cars are great cars to drive and enjoy either daily or just for fun on the weekends. They are beautiful to look at, rare to see, easy and even fun to maintain due to there simplicity. This is a beautiful car that will surely make its new owner very happy!

Exterior: This great VW Fastback was treated to a high quality paint job and as you can see from the photos, it looks gorgeous. The body on the car is laser straight and free of “waves.” All of the doors, hood and deck lid all line up beautifully. When looking inside the trunk area and looking at the nose of the car, it appears to be accident free!!! The car was repainted to its original color but using a modern base coat clear coat process. The chrome on the car is in nice original condition and has a nice shine. The car is sitting on a set of Empi style wheels and really complete the look of this Ghia. Overall the exterior of the car is in excellent conditon!

Interior: The interior of this VW is in great condition and classicly simple!!! The interior was reupholstered a few years ago and still looks great. It retains a factory fresh appearance with correct materials for carpeting, seats and even retains the correct steering wheel. The dash is very simple and straight forward. All of the knobs and controls have been replaced and are all in great working order. The area behind the back seats was also carpeted making for a very nicely upholstered trunk compartment. The headliner is in perfect shape and fresh as well. The seats are free of rips, stains, tears and are in nice shape. All of the gauges and lights work. The dash is free of cracks etc. Overall, I would say that the interior is in excellent shape!

Engine: The 1600cc engine has been given a recent tune up and starts up and runs like a top!!! The engine fires right up and blowns no smoke on start up or while driving. The engine is fed by two carbs and really moves the car along quite well. The transmission shifts through all of the gears with ease. The car rides, steers and stops GREAT! The car tracks beautifully down the road and the brakes are strong and stop this car with ease. The car rides on a great looking set of Empi style wheels wrapped in Michelin tires. This really is a great driving VW that can be driven daily or just for fun on the weekends. The car is great fun to drive. Everything works, from the windshield wipers, to the horn, and all of the lights. These are great cars because they are very reliable and any part you might need is readily available and very inexpensive. This car however, shouldn’t need anything for sometime! This car is ready to enjoy!

This is a great looking VW Type 3 with beautiful body that can be purchased for thousands of dollars less than what it took to build it. This is one of the nicest Fastbacks I Have come across in many years and is truly ready to be driven and enjoyed. I can help arrange shipping anywhere in the world and international buyers are welcome to enjoy this beautiful Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback. This car is located in beautiful Phoenix Arizona! Please do not hesitate to call me or email me with any questions.

Justin (602) 339-2416

There’s not a lot I can find fault with on this Type 3. The chrome on the top of the rear bumper looks a bit tired and the side view mirrors appear to be mismatched, but that’s reaching. A good original or restored Type 3 will typically run you somewhere between $9,000 to $14,000. Notchbacks can bring a bit more cash at times, mostly due to the fact that they weren’t originally sold in the US. I’d say we’re not far off the mark with the asking price here. This car should get a lot of the air-cooled devotees to stand up and take notice.


1963 Volkswagen Type III Notchback

Although it may be hiding a little deeper than my love for box fenders and 80s BMWs, I hold a great affection for the VW Type III. My dad used to have a Squareback/Variant, one of my favorite wagons ever. The Fastback was the first Type III to catch my eye, and the tiny Notchback like we have today has always had a killer look and gets bonus points for rarity as they were not imported by VW of NA. They exude all the VDubness of the Beetle with a little more class and without being, well… a Beetle. If I were to look beyond the A1 GTI for a classic VW, I’d have a hard time deciding between the body styles of the Type III, but I know I would want it to be done like this Notchback. A full body-off restoration has left it aesthetically perfect – perfect color, perfect wheels, and a killer interior. Can you handle the price though?

Year: 1963
Model: Type III Notchback
Engine: 1.6L Air-Cooled 4-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed Manual
Mileage: 0 on body, unknown on engine
Price: $17,000

1963 Volkswagen Type III Notchback for sale on eBay

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1963 NotchBack Push Button Price: VIN on title and pan is 0093521 1963 VW Type III Notchback For Sale. Just Completed Restoration after one year of work! It’s been a great project and now its time to sell. Complete body off restoration replaced floor pans, new shocks, ball joints and wheels/tires..electric windows! Repaired the rocker panels from rust along with a lot of other small rust spots repaired. Body is straight and paint looks awesome! New red interior with Kick’n Stereo system that connects only to 1/4″ jack for iPod or other audio device, no stereo head unit just an amp and jack which works perfectly and still keeps original look of car. New headliner, carpet, seats, door panels, carpet in trunk both front and back. All new wiring and everything electrical wise works such as headlights, brights, gauge lights, blinkers, marker lights, tail lights, dome lights, all updated with new fuse box system too. What needs finished? Heat/AC if you need it, glove box liner, pushbuttons are there but for cosmetic use only, windshield wiper motors, other than that the car runs/drives and looks perfect! As you can see by the photos. Need more pics just ask. Engine has not been rebuilt because it runs perfect!

This is a great little VW show car or fun weekender. I get the feeling that the owner is trying a little too hard to recoup the restoration costs though, as $17k for a car with the original engine (even if it “runs perfect”) just does not make sense to me. I think the car is beautiful and I want it, but I can’t see going over $15k without a sweet new/rebuilt/better engine. Good luck to the seller, though, and maybe someday a little engine swap can make this the perfect Notchback.