For Sale By:Private Seller
Exterior Color: Green
Interior Color: Green/White
Model: Type III
Trim: 2Dr Fastback
Drive Type: RWD
Number of Cylinders: 4
Merriman, Nebraska, United States
This is a rare car that you don't see every day. I've seen numerous Squarebacks and Notchbacks in the type III category but I have never seen a Fastback. Although it still needs some work to be complete, it is a cute care that always catches the eye as you drive by.
The interior is probably the biggest challenge for this car. The seats need redone, the weatherstripping needs replaced, and the electronics in the dash need to be rewired. On the exterior the car probably needs new tires along with an alignment. The windshield has a crack in it. The paint needs some touch up points; there are a few dings in the paint, mainly a big spot on the drivers side door which is showing surface rust. There is a picture of it down below.
Like I said this is a custom car, the door handles have been shaved off. This means that there is a small button on the doors which pop the doors open and the trunk and hood have a button also. The original drum brakes have been upgraded to disc brakes and the front end has been lowered 2-3 inches. The biggest thing about this car is it has a brand new engine with only 1000 miles on it. I was told by a mechanic that it is an air-cooled 1800cc engine.
I bought this car in hopes of fixing it up and making a daily driver of it. But being a college student, it's hard to find the time to take on this project. When I have driven it though through town or down the highway, I always get looks, and somebody always wants to ask me about the car. The main question I get is 'What kind of car is that?' because this car is a classic that people haven't seen in over 30 years. Enjoy bidding and if you have any questions feel free to e-mail me.
As of the end of November, Volkswagen had sold 70,000 more cars than General Motors in China in 2013, making it appear inevitable that VW will outsell GM there. The feat would return the German brand to the top of chart in China for the first time in nine years, but even the second-place getter won't be complaining too loudly: both automakers sold more than three million vehicles in a market pegged to hit 16 million sales this year.
Volkswagen said it could have sold more cars if it had had more production capacity in China. The arrival of a new-to-China Audi A4, a China-built A3 sedan, the VW Bora and Skoda Octavia, as well as an $18.2-billion-euro investment in the country to construct new factories, means VW should see its numbers grow in 2014. GM's lineup is expanding next year, too, adding four Chevrolet nameplates and two vehicles to its Baojun brand as it tries to get to five million in sales by 2015.
Among other automakers, Ford benefited from good product and woes for Japanese automakers over a territorial dispute with China, outselling Toyota by almost 32,000 units through the end of November. The Ford Focus is China's best-selling vehicle so far this year.
A couple weeks ago, we watched a Chevrolet Silverado get dominated by a Dodge Ram Heavy Duty in a fullsize pickup tug-of-war, but in that truck's defense, Chevy's Vortec gas engine was no match for the torquey Cummins turbo diesel. For our next round of vehicular tug-of-war, a Duramax-powered Silverado HD takes on Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI.
Now, on paper, putting the Duramax V8's 365 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque up against the V10's 310 hp and 553 lb-ft looks like an easy win for the Bowtie, but unfortunately, this battle has a similar result as the Dodge versus Chevy video, with the Silverado smoking its tires trying to move forward as it gets pulled backwards. Put another way: YouTube 2, Chevy Silverado 0.
It just goes to show, though, that big tires, bolt-on fender flares and goofy smoke stacks don't improve your towing abilities. Besides, what did the Silverado driver expect when the Touareg V10 TDI has towed a Boeing 747 in the past?
Do you recall the failed efforts by Porsche to take over Volkswagen? According to a Bloomberg report, former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking (above) and ex-CFO Holger Haerter have finally been charged with market manipulation over the exercising of options as part of the German sportscar manufacturer's ill-fated attempt to take over the much larger VW. That failed bid eventually resulted in the reverse coming true - VW swallowing Porsche.
The charges leveled by Stuttgart prosecutors come after a three-year investigation centered around allegations that Porsche execs made a concerted effort to increase the company's share in VW to 75 percent in preparation for a hostile takeover. Porsche had previously told its investors on at least five occasions that it had no intention to buy VW.
Portions of the investigation have subsided, according to prosecutors, citing an inability to prove certain improprieties with a "necessary degree of certainty." The number of charges is down to 5 from a previous 14 counts regarding "information-based market manipulation."