Vintage VW Notchback Sedan images
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Volkswagen Notchback Sedans


Originally envisioned as an "up-scale" replacement for the practical bug, Volkswagen's new Type-3 Notchback Sedans finally started rolling off the assembly line in September of 1961. By this time, VW management realized that this new stylishly boxy 2 door sedan would not replace the classic VW Beetle, but would instead serve as a great compliment to the VW line-up, for customers who wanted a more "refined" experience than the spartan bug could offer. The Notchback Sedan was a major departure from the steadfast bug design, and it debuted with an all new 1500cc "pancake" engine that had a re-designed fan shroud resulting in an engine with a much lower profile, and enabling the Notch to offer customers a conventional trunk above the engine compartment, in addition to the storage space up front. In 1962, Volkswagen offered the Squareback Wagon (or "Variant") which was a 2 door station wagon version of the Notchback, which shared the same new "pancake" 1500cc engine as the sedan. Regrettably, Volkswagen's initial plans for a "convertible" Type-III never got beyond the prototype stage, but the few Type-III convertible design studies that did get made by Karmann are the ultimate in Vintage 60's Volkswagen cool!



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