’64 1500S Notchback
Body: Right-hand drive Type 3 Notchback
Interior: Two-tone factory cloth and vinyl
Engine: Original 1500 suitcase engine
Suspension: Type 3 torsion bar front and rear, turned on the splines
Brakes: 5-bolt drums
Wheel and tyres: Speedmaster Style alloys with 145 / 65 R15 and 185 / 60 / R15 tyres
If you’re not big into VWs the Type 3 Notchback might come as a something of a surprise. It might look like a regular saloon car from the ’60s but it has a boot at the front and there’s an air-cooled engine in the back, where there’s also another boot.
When it was launched in February ’61 the Type 3 was intended to appeal to a different type of motorist - someone who would appreciate the frugal simplicity of an air-cooled VW, but who wanted extra carrying capacity and a more refined experience. This example from 1964 is certainly that.
Finished in L575 Nutria Brown and with a contrasting L87 Pearl White roof, it’s a super rare right-hand drive 1500s that was restored back in 1995. It’s hard to believe it was so long ago when you spend a moment drinking it all in.
This is a car that has clearly been looked after throughout its life, something the mileage reading of a little over 81,000 will attest to.
Right-hand drive 1500S Notchbacks are thin on the ground today. They were a rare car when new and most that were sold succumbed to rust many years ago.
With it’s twin Solex carbs, the 1500S was the first air-cooled VW to hit 100mph in a road test, and as well as the extra zip, Type 3 aficionados love them for all their little details, like push button dashboards that control the side and headlights, dimmers, wipers and screen wash.
This example has been featured in numerous VW magazines and taken awards at many shows. Without question, it’s one of the finest right-hand 1500S Notchbacks money can buy.