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YAK Car Pic of the Day

Driving through the Town of Lewiston yesterday morning, I came across this 1971 (or ’72 or ’73 — in true VW tradition there wasn’t much of a difference) VW Fastback. Then I get home, and in the mailbox is the February 2013 (!) issue of Collectible Automobile magazine, with a 12-page spread on the VW Type 3 — which is what these cars were known as around the world (also as the 1500 when they debuted in 1964). The Type 3s were envisioned to expand the VW lineup; finally give the Beetle customer something to move up to. But, alas, the Type 3 pretty much laid an egg, and was gone after the 1973 model year. There was also a regular-roofed version (the Notchback, never officially exported to the U.S.), and a station wagon version (the Squareback).   

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

— Jim Corbran,You Auto Know…

Cabriolet prototype