Type 3, VW 1600 TL (3) ... “The baby Porsche” 🖤✨🖤 How do you feel about black cars ?? ☺️
(1965, Type 3, Volkswagen 1600 TL, air-cooled rear engine, 1584 cc, 54 hp, RWD ... The short story -extracts:
Prototype work of the Type 3 started in the beginning of 1959 ...
Much of the prototype work on the Type 3 was pretty secretive in the years of development (1959-1961). Many media spies knew something was happening at Wolfsburg with a brand new car, but they couldn't come up with as much as a picture or description. A fire caused extensive damage to a large building at the Wolfsburg facility. The burned-out building was boarded up during repairs, and the VW directors ordered the boards to be left in place, even after the interior damage was repaired, since this was the building where the first Type 3’s aka the VW 1500 prototype models were assembled, nobody knew what was going on behind the doors of this boarded-up building 🧐🕵️♂️😝
Finally ... at the beginning of September 1961, the new Type 3, VW 1500 was officially released in Europe (though technically speaking these were 1962 models).
The Type 3 was at first, in 1961, marketed as the Volkswagen 1500 and later, in August 1965, the one in this photo series – The “Volkswagen 1600 TL” (TL stands for “Touren Limousine” in German, which translates into “Touring Limousine/Sedan in English) – was launched in three body styles: two-door Notchback, Fastback (this one) and Squareback; the latter marketed as the “Variant” in most markets, and “Squareback” in the US.
The VW 1600 TL was essentially pure Volkswagen and its change in shape and step up in power, while endowing the car with a dash of sporting flavour, still had the unmistakable signs of Volkswagen. I think the car is always immediately recognisable even to the unskilled eye ...
But the VW 1600 TL was something more than just an “ordinary” Volkswagen, or more than a beefed up and restyled VW 1500. Both the fastback styling and interior ingenuity had given it a touch of class and elevated it to a level above ‘just another Volkswagen” ... this was probably why it got the nickname: “The baby Porsche” ☺️).