1970 Volkswagen Type III Fastback 1.6L carburated from North America
When you buy a classic, be prepared
At some point the fuel injection broke, so it was switched to dual-carbs (like almost every 70's VW).
Rarely shifted into 3rd gear.
Engine was running on 3 cylinders.
Brakes barely worked.
The car's entire electrical system was toast; had to hot-wire it to start.
Plastic blinkers and tail lights were cracked.
The levers for both trunks were starting to give out (this I expected, due to age).
Steering wheel wasn't in the dash all of the way.
Steering had a bit of a dead space in the center.
One wheel could not hold air due to rust.
Nothing in the dash worked (this I expected for the age)
Smoked due to oil leaking in the engine bay.
Radio didn't work (no surprise, I'd actually rather have a bad radio than a bad custom radio/speaker hack job).
Looked neat, but it'd be better as a display piece.
Rear-engine set up causes some awkward feelings during driving.
Headliner was in great shape, strangely.
I test drove this thing, knowing that the electrical stuff would need to be fixed, and the brakes. Everything else came AFTER spending time with this thing.
Parts are hard to find, and are often a bit high, even the Chinese re-production parts.
Turning radius was disappointingly wide for a RWD, but on the plus side, the car was a tad quicker than I expected.
The VW community isn't the most helpful sometimes; questions will go unanswered, and they tend to be a bit greedy.
It's crucial with these old cars, that you have a good amount of room in the engine bay. This didn't have that much room, thanks to the engine being under the rear-trunk.
If you want an old VW, buy a Beetle; they're easier to fix, and parts are easier to find.
When it comes to costs vs reward, I don't believe that it's wise to invest into these old VWs.
If you want a unique classic car to fix up that will reward you for your work, buy something that's Japanese, and make sure that it's stock. The parts may be difficult to find, but the communities are nicer and the cars are better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd May, 2012