1973 Volkswagen T3 Notchback – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

Very neat Type 3 that’s had some serious work thrown into it

1973 Volkswagen T3 Notchback – Today’s Tempter
1973 Volkswagen T3 Notchback – Today’s Tempter

After dominating the small car market with the simple, functional, and frankly, bulletproof Beetle; Volkswagen’s curvaceous Type 3 of 1961 (1962 for Australia) struck fear in the minds of competitors who feared the new medium-sized car would yield the same success on the sales charts.

The Type 3 shared much of the simplistic and robust mechanicals as the Beetle, with a 1.5lt flat-four buried underneath a hinged cover out the back of either  a funky two-door notchback coupe, or a squareback station wagon.

1964 later brought with it a twin-carburetted 1500S model, and a year later VW brought out the fashionable 1.6lt Fastback.

Sharing the winning mechanical formula of the ever-popular Beetle means that the T3 is prone to equally diverse builds, such as this.

This 1973 T3 Notchback is fitted with a turbocharged 1.8lt motor from the Type 2 Bus.

It looks as if fresh from a recent rebuild, bearing eye-catching new paint, flawless new interior and sitting atop a set of Porsche wheels.

From the photos attached to the listing, the car looks hard to fault both outside and in.

The seller has clearly sunk some hard yards (and hard-earned) into getting the car up to scratch, but it now needs a new home.

The car is based in Western Australia and is listed for $24,000 – though "all serious offers considered".

It’s a bit of a restomod that would no doubt add some colour to your life.

You can check out the full listing here!


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