[T3] Types of Type 3s?

David Hall dave at hallvw.clara.co.uk
Sat Jul 8 16:00:44 PDT 2023

We have to appreciate that chassis numbers are consecutive for all models of Type 3, whether Notches, Fastbacks, Squares and the delivery vans. The part numbers relate to the model that first got the part, with even numbers for right-hand items, and odd numbers for left-hand and un-handed parts. 
Cars for building from CKD kits had chassis numbers consecutively with normal production, so some of those would be built quite a while after the similar chassis numbers at the factory. 
Also the model codes took account of body style, LHD or RHD, sunroof, and trim level, though the last was mostly done by M-code options, including the engine specs. 
UK VW Type 3&4 Club. 

> On 8 Jul 2023, at 18:27, bobsnotch at aol.com wrote:
>  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!
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