[T3] Types of Type 3s?

bobsnotch at aol.com bobsnotch at aol.com
Sat Jul 8 10:26:42 PDT 2023

 My thought on this stems from the fact that VW never "officially" imported the Notch into the USA. Yes other countries also got the Fastback, and Canada did get the Notch. So both models were produced. It just seems odd they'd use the same chassis designation. It might be like Dave said, that both cars were "sedans" is why they shared chassis codes.Also keep in mind that when a car was produced as a RHD model, the chassis code was changed to an "even" number (hence the spacing of model numbers).Note; I never really looked thru Simon Glenn's book to see if he called out why VW did that. But he did call out a bunch of "odd" models that were built all over the world. Just something to add to the mystery. ;-)

Bob 65 Notch S with sunroof

    On Friday, July 7, 2023 at 03:09:03 PM EDT, Jim Adney <jadney at vwtype3.org> wrote:  
 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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