Fastback Friday: Engine-swapped 1968 Volkswagen Type 3

VW Fastback
I think we should all own an old Volkswagen at some point in our life. I’m not there yet personally, but I could easily see something like this Type 3 in my life. The styling on these is great, and this one looks pretty sweet with it’s dropped stance and eight-spoke wheels.
The seller states that there’s a 1915-cc engine mounted under the skin. That would be a bit larger than the 1.6-liter mill with which this ’68 Fastback would’ve shipped. The ad could use a few more photos, but the ones posted should be enough to at least pique your interest.
I’d sure like that $3,500 asking price to be closer to $2,500 as well.
[Source: Craigslist]

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  1. CruisinTime Avatar

    New transmission,yet needs a clutch? I smell trouble.

  2. dukeisduke Avatar

    A Type 3 – wouldn’t this have originally come with a “pancake” motor, like in the Type 34 KG?

    1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      Yep – Fast/Square/Notchbacks all had ’em, as did the Type 34.
      Between the new transmission/needs clutch issue & the lowering job (on “Empire” wheels that look an awful lot like Empis), I’d take a hard pass on this. And a sketchy, rusted to hell ’73 Squareback was my DD for a few years.

  3. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
    dead_elvis, inc.

    Did someone wash & dry a Sprinter on high heat for a bit too long?
    Maybe not the most exciting thing ever, but I don’t see a ton of utility-grade minivans, and this one was new to me. What’s the scoop on these things?
    (Whoo hoo! Twin rear wipers! Can’t think of anything other than a few years of Camry wagon with two wipers out back, but I’m sure the hive mind can provide other examples… Hoonatica time?)

    1. Inliner Avatar

      The preceding Cressida wagon (in it’s last generation – not sure about other generations) did as well.

    2. Vairship Avatar

      The Ford Transit Connect (when fitted with barn doors in the back) also has two rear wipers:

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