1964 Volkswagen Type 3 – Today’s Notchback Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1964 Volkswagen Type 3 1964 Volkswagen Type 3

Terrific transplant

The Volkswagen is a compact, two-door automobile that was produced between 1961 and 1973.

Production of the Type 3 took place at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg and Emden factories in Germany.

However, the vehicle was also assembled in Sao Bernardo do Compo in Brazil and even locally in Clayton, Victoria.

Customers could choose from three different body styles: a two-door sedan (notchback), two-door fastback and a two-door wagon.

A four-door variant of the notchback and fastback was also built, but these vehicles were only ever made available to the local Brazilian market.

Power was derived from either a 1.5lt or 1.6lt horizontally-opposed four-pot donk, and the shove from these motors was sent to the rear wheels via either a four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission.

This particular ‘64 Type 3 is a bit different to its brethren, mostly because the owner has ripped out the stock 1.5lt donk and gearbox and replaced it with a Subaru boxer and engine and transmission.

According to the seller this drivetrain swap has vastly improved the performance of the vehicle, but that probably wasn’t very difficult, considering stock Type 3s were about as quick as a Penny Farthing being pedalled up hill.

The Subaru Type 3 is $29,900 and anyone that likes this interesting concoction can view the full listing here

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