Why Did Top Gear USA Have A VW Fastback Delivered To A Track?

While I was at California Auto Club Speedway for Ford's Fiesta ST WRC presentation (more on that soon) I saw a familiar yet unexpected shape trundle onto the hot tarmac: a VW Type III Fastback. Of course, I was drawn like a VW-loving moth to a VW-shaped flame. » 8/02/13 1:28pm 8/02/13 1:28pm

Watch A 70s TV Show Prank People With A Haunted Type 3 Volkswagen

Cars are useful for lots of things, like getting us from point A to point B and giving us the means to do donuts in a high school parking lot while we blast "Carry On Wayward Son" at an extremely high volume. » 9/02/12 1:30pm 9/02/12 1:30pm

If you happen to see a good looking Volkswagen after breaking out of…

Volkswagen was a company well known for unorthodox advertising practices by the mid 1960s. It should come as no surprise that when it came time to expand their model range for 1966 with the Fastback and Squareback, the commercials were rather typically anything but typical. » 4/09/11 9:00am 4/09/11 9:00am

For $4,500, it’s hip to be square... back

As far as gorillas go, the Silverback is the most majestic. And when monkeying around with VWs, a lot of people go ape over the Squareback. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe ‘66 may not be majestic, but will its price have you asking for some of your silver back? » 4/07/11 8:00am 4/07/11 8:00am

And The Real Winner Is...

When you bring a 40-year-old air-cooled Volkswagen to a LeMons race, you expect to finish way, waaaay down in the standings. When your Type 3 Fastback pulls off a 39th-place (out of 123) finish, you get the Index of Effluency! » 9/12/10 7:15pm 9/12/10 7:15pm

Put a Notch on Your Belt for $5,400

Whether Fast or Square, VW's Type 3 was all about the back. One back we in the U.S. didn't officially get was the Notch, but Nice Price or Crack Pipe has one that might make you say baby got back. » 3/08/10 8:00am 3/08/10 8:00am

1971 Volkswagen Squareback

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. A few months have passed since our last Alameda Squareback.
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Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today we've going to check out a seriously rare machine that I found near the '60 Studebaker Lark: a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34. Or is it some kind of weird replica? That… » 7/29/08 9:00am 7/29/08 9:00am

March Madness, Jalopnik Style

Interested in all the March madness tournament bracketry, but not really into college hoops? Maybe you're looking for a way to redeem yourself after penciling-in Duke to go all the way? Whatever the case, we've decided to throw our own Jalopnik-style bracket-madness party! Instead of basketball, we've got cars! And… » 3/26/08 1:30pm 3/26/08 1:30pm

Workhorse Engine of the Day: Volkswagen Air-Cooled

We saw the Small-Block Chevrolet engine in the last WEOTD, which means it's time to take a look at what may be the only engine that can rival the Chevy in terms of longevity and units built: the air-cooled VW. In one form or another, it was manufactured for 70 years; while it had its weaknesses (feel free to list… » 10/15/07 4:30pm 10/15/07 4:30pm

Project Car Hell: Finback Mercedes or VW Squareback?

Looks like the '55 Packard Patrician crushed the '50 DeSoto Deluxe in Monday's Project Car Hell poll, with a whopping 78% of the vote going to the V8 machine. Today we're going to go with a couple of Los Angeles-area 1966 German projects with low admission cost and high potential coolness factor... » 7/25/07 5:30pm 7/25/07 5:30pm

Volkswagen Variant: Dude, Where's My Engine?

Of all the air-cooled machines VW sold, the Brazilian Type 3-powered Variant is one of the more obscure. Given how poorly the other VW air-cooled wagons sold in the US, this car probably would have fared just as poorly here, yet there's something appealing about it. This ad (sorry about the gargly sound/image… » 6/28/07 5:30pm 6/28/07 5:30pm

1973 Volkswagen Type III Squareback

While I'm still searching for a VW 411 or 412, it's not too hard to find a Type III wagon on the island. Here's a pretty straight original-owner '73, spotted in the same South Shore neighborhood seen in Robert Bechtle's painting, Alameda Gran Torino. » 6/19/07 9:00am 6/19/07 9:00am

Mas Junk In Die Trunk: Volkswagen Type III Fastback Commercial

You have to admire VW's brass for using the diminutive Dustin Hoffman (supposedly 5'5" standing on his wallet) to show off how big their new car is. That guy made the Duetto look roomy. Still, we dig his semi-Beat parlance and rapid fire delivery. The car, as it happens, is pretty jazzy, too. The fedora gets tipped… » 5/30/07 3:30pm 5/30/07 3:30pm