We like this seller's priorities: a built engine, brakes, suspension, and new pans. Maybe splurge a little on some upholstery and the cabin to round out the driving experience, and you're good. Anyone who puts this much time and money into a car and doesn't touch the paint is welcome at Moto Roster HQ anytime, and we hope they roll up in something like this 1965 VW Type 3 Notchback.
We love the look of these three-box notchbacks. To us they read like a generic representation of a car. The squarebacks have found fans more closely aligned with the traditional air cooled VW set, the fastbacks are unfortunate, and the semi-related type 34 Karmann Ghia is beautiful but too rare. The notchback though has always been our favorite: at first it appears plain but in reality it is extremely charismatic.
This particular Type 3 retains all of the charm while upping the ante in just about every performance department. A 2000cc motor is fed by dual weber carbs and is mated to a Freeway Flyer transmission. The Gene Berg exhaust includes flanged heater boxes so we assume that this car retains it's ability to warm the cabin which would have been easy to lose being based in Mesa, AZ.
A lowered front end and adjustable rear spring plates leave this car sitting a bit lower than normal over unique 4 bolt steel wheels. New pans are an unpleasant job, but are necessary to ensure a solid base when adding all of these other upgrades to this car. No shots of the undercarriage are shown, but the seller says that the pan halves were done and solid. The seller also claims no body rot which would have to be verified if the pans were shot.
The interior looks neat in the photos with new seat covers and pads. The seller mentions that the car could use a headliner, and we see some missing door cards so we'd be curious about how raw things are on the inside. Carpeting looks new, and the big wooden steering wheel is a nice touch.
The white roof wouldn't be our first choice, but the roof rack definitely would be. The ball-hitch is an interesting add on, and we'd be curious as to what this guy was towing, even with an engine that's 25% larger than the original. We'd stay on this seller's path and ignore the paint, maybe tweak the front suspension just a bit more and drive.
Find this Notchback on The Samba in Mesa, AZ.
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