1971 Volkswagen Type III Fastback 1.6 from North America
Rare and stylin' little rocket
The engine wore out, and needed a complete overhaul.
Replaced fuel injection system with Dellorto twin carburetor setup.
Replaced rear wheel bearings.
Replaced master cylinder.
Rust and body damage was repaired.
What a neat car. I always liked the unusual and different lines of the fastback VW, and really enjoyed my time with the little car. It always had crisp, smooth handling, a plush ride, and the transmission shifted like new.
The fuel injection system, while not a problem, was replaced upon overhaul because nobody in my area knew how to work on it, and I could deal with the carburetors.
The car had a surprising amount of room, with trunk space both front and back, and a roomy passenger cabin. Typical of cars of this era, there were some problems with rust. The front fenders of Type III's are prone to rust. Still, it was very solid and well built.
I'm looking for one now. They are old now, and comparatively rare, so I expect to pay quite a bit more than I did for my first one. If you have one, don't part with it thoughtlessly...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st January, 2006
23rd Feb 2006, 17:30
Hi guys, I'm from Birmingham, England UK. I own a 72 type III fastback. It's my daily ride. It's a custom and lowered to the max. My gal has nicknamed it Flat Herbie (cos it looks like a squashed Beetle). It's a well loved car. Hope you find one soon! Good luck.