[T3] Types of Type 3s?

Jim Adney jadney at vwtype3.org
Fri Jul 7 12:08:17 PDT 2023

Last night I was looking at the Wikipedia entry on VW Type 3s, and came 
across the statement that VW intended the Fastback as a replacement for 
the Notch, but public pressure kept the Notch in production. Does any of this 
ring true?

If it's true, then is it possible that this explains why VW introduced Notches 
as Type 31s, then the Ghias as Type 34s (taking a hint from Type 14s), then 
came Variants/Squares as Type 36s (working their way up the numerical 
ladder), but, then, in 1966, they backtracked and introduced the Fasty as 
another Type 31.

So is it likely that this double use of 31 was due to the expectation that 
Fastys would replace Notches? But once both were in simultaneous 
production, it was too late to fix this.

The Germans always seem so logical, so it's always been a mystery to me 
that they reused Type 31 for Fastys instead of designating them Type 38s!

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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