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VW Type III: History

one of the major buildings at the Wolfsburg was damaged due to fire in the late the order came from head honchos to keep the boarded up after repairs made. It was there in hiding the Type III was born in 1959. By the 1960 drew to a close, had been extensively tested and VW gearing up for production. At the 1960 Auto Show, VW’s position was that there no new designs in the works! Despite the word of a new VW had been spreading. was sparse and unreliable. The August edition of Sports Cars revealed:

Volkswagen is, according to founded sources, going to a car somewhat along the lines of the new A-40 in addition to the regular of beetles and transporters.

In early 1961, VW officially that a new model line was on the VW released photos to the press—along the name VW1500—but little Here’s one of those photos.

The first glimpse of the VW1500.

first photos created questions than they Upon close inspection, it was that the photos had been What would the car really like? Precious little information was released; was the engine in the or in the rear? What type of was used? Rumors abounded a 4-door model, and a flatter with a cooling fan mounted over the top of the engine as in a Corvair. But all of the rumors true?

One publication, Trend, did get an early scoop on the new by catching an unmarked prototype testing in snow-covered Sweden in 1961. Note the tape, and instrumentation strewn about the The white steering wheel was in the production models, as was the chrome along the top edge of the door

The 1500 sedan was followed by the 1500 Variant in early The Variant looks to all the world a station wagon (well, it but VW was already calling one of its Type IIs a wagon. Furthermore, to avoid the vehicle’s identity with the Valiant, VW marketed the vehicle as the Sedan in the U.S. (The of Georgia called Graham squareback a 1969 VW Valiant SB, his complaining!)


The public’s first of the VW Variant.

Interestingly, the Type III officially introduced to the U.S. late 1965, and the 1500 (Notchback) was never officially to the U.S. (Tell that to my Wally Izumi back in California, who bought a ’64 brand new from a VW dealer. ) A of grey-market 1500s found way to U.S. shores before official intro, but VW of America equipped to service them late 1965. It was a combination of the expense of supplying and training the U.S. dealer network and the price tag for the cars themselves delayed their official in the U.S. VW did send the 1500 to early on. Many of the Notchback that can be found in the U.S. made their way in through

VW sends the new 1500 on tour, 1962.

In 1965, VW added the (1600TL) to the 1966 model line up and the new 1600cc engine available for the existing models. For details on model-year changes, see the Features section.

The stylish fastback, last model to join the fleet.

the development of the Beetle/Type 14 Karmann cousins, VW had Carrozeria Ghia up designs for a sporty Type A convertible version of the T34 was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show, but it saw production. For more T34 info, see on a Theme in this document, the 34 Karmann Ghia Registry, or the Ghia home Page.

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III KG Convertible at Frankfurt Auto 1961

The regular VW Type III convertible was also stillborn. a few were built, one of which is on at the VW museum in Germany. Make red, please. -) For more on Type III convertibles, visit Big Al.

Type III 1500 Convertible

landmarks in Type III production a major facelift for the 1970 and an option for a fully automatic beginning in the 1968 model Perhaps the most important that the Type III had on the development of the was the introduction of electronic fuel in the ’68s. While fuel certainly existed before date, it had never before on a mass-produced economy car. VW production of the Type III with the model year. Total III production is a bit over the 2 million but it’s difficult to get accurate counts. Aaron Britcher has the most reliable list of totals that I’ve

For details on technical points and changes through the years, hop to the table of contents and have a at the features and mechanical sections.

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