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VW Type 3 Fastback


VW Type 3 Fastback

Despite the massive success of the Beetle, Volkswagen relied on a one-car model range right up until 1961, when it finally took the decision to expand its line-up. The next car to emerge from its Wolfsburg factory in Germany was the 1500 Sedan, also known as the Type 3. Although it was styled like a conventional car, with a large nose and aerodynamic curves, the Type 3 retained VW's established mechanical layout, with an air-cooled flat-four engine mounted adrift of the rear axle and an expanded Beetle floorpan. The engine was increased in size to l,584cc in 1965 and the car became known as the VW 1600TL, while a conventional two-door saloon was also introduced. It never achieved the sales success of the Beetle, but 1.5 million were made over a 12-year period. The car had luggage space in the front and rear, the latter alongside the engine.

VW Type 3 Fastback Specifications

Top speed:105 mph (170 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):10.4 sec
Engine type:flat four
Displacement:108 ci (1,776 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:83 bhp (62 kW) at 4,700 rpm
Max torque:70 lb ft (95 Nm) at 2,400 rpm
Weight:2,150 lb (968 kg)
Economy:28 mpg (10.0 km/I)
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