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1965 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback



This 1965 Volkswagen Type 3 1500S Notchback is a clean-presented classic, having benefitted from restoration in recent years. It is powered by a rear-mounted 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine outputting 40kW (53hp) to the rear wheels. This vehicle is mated to a four-speed manual transmission and is the twin-carburettor version. The odometer currently displays 22,406 miles.



Following the widely popular Type 1 Beetle and Type 2 Bus, Volkswagen expanded its range of vehicles in 1961 to include more of a family-oriented offering with an eye on space and practicality. The Volkswagen Type 3 arrived on scene with the famed hallmarks of the Beetle including an air-cooled rear engine, rear-wheel drive, and torsion-beam suspension. However it was also faster, better-equipped, and roomier than the Beetle – for the customers who wanted something a little more from Volkswagen. There were three variations of the Type 3; the Notchback (as sold here) came first, the Squareback, and the Fastback. The Type 3 was even built in Australia for a time, though this car was made in Germany.



Finished in cream white on the exterior, the specification of this Type 3 is set off by two-tone black-and-white ostrich leather-look upholstery. Extensive chrome detailing adorns the bodywork on the outside while an aftermarket woodgrain shifter features a lockout reverse gear inside the cabin. The car currently rides on a set of period correct 15-inch VW chrome hub caps which are wrapped in Nankang tyres.



Before the current owner, this Type 3 was owned by an Ipswich-based VW fanatic who was caretaker for some 10 years. It is understood to be a genuine 1965 car that sits on a 1967 floor pan. This owner stripped the car down and repaired all issues correctly, repainting the vehicle in full. New rubbers have been fitted all round, while the car retains its original glass with pop-out rear windows. It hasn’t been driven regularly in two years, though the owner indicates it runs nicely after being warmed up. Known issues include the two carburettor chokes not being connected, and the clutch slips after a short drive.



Exterior condition of this car is a highlight, with smartly presented cream paintwork that shows no overt signs of panel damage or paint chipping. The chrome is also perfect, aside from one rear bumper overrider which displays some pitting. The wheels do show some battering and scratches, evidenced in photos. All four tyres show in good condition.



The interior displays similarly tidy to the exterior. The ostrich leather-look seats hold their shape well and show no signs of wear, while the door cards are clean and unmarked of damage. The headlining has just been replaced with a perforated finish. Few marks of use can be seen on the dash and dials which work dependably. The floor looks solid, as does the carpeting. The owner notes a leak from the rear wheel seal and two small rust holes in the rear drains.



This car will come with a set of extra hub caps and the original spare wheel.



To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number. It is not recorded as stolen or written off.



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