The ultra-rare VW Type 3 is relatively unknown even to diehard VW fans. With an uber-reliable, air-cooled flat-4 and an interior that impresses, this is a car worth noting in more detail. The quirky model was marketed as a “Squareback” in the US market. Exported from Germany to compete against the Chevrolet Corvair, the basic fundamentals of this car are shared with the Beetle: rear-engined and body-on-chassis construction (body bolts onto a frame that includes a floor pan). But VW knew Americans wanted more space, so they stretched the dimensions to add for more rear seating space and a rear cargo area that’s quite spacious in the Squareback. From all that design came this unique two-door, and we can certainly understand its sudden cult-like following because the look is irresistible. The 1,600cc “suitcase” was never a barn-burner, but it was always peppy and an absolute blast to drive, and even with the added weight of the Type 3, power is delivered quickly. The clutch feels easy and 4-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly, providing all the fun that drivers have come to expect out of a manual-shift VW.
This particular example is in fair condition and is said to run well by the current vendor. It is both MOT and tax exempt. This charming example can be enjoyed in its current state or further improved, with only a handful in the UK this car is sure to turn heads on Britain’s roads today.