VW Type 3 Parts

We offer a huge selection of Volkswagen Type 3 parts including the largest offering of stock and custom Type 3 interiors, German-made door seals and American-made window seals, quality German brake and suspension parts and virtually anything else you need to restore your vehicle.

We are proud to be the one stop shop for VW enthusiasts by offering the largest selection of parts with the most choices.

You can navigate to our complete menu of parts by selecting the year of your Type 3 Squareback, Fastback, or Notchback. You will be able to find parts specifically made to fit your Type 3 model.

If you are not sure what model or year your VW Type 3 is, use our Type 3 Vehicle Identification tool.

VW Type 3 Parts

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VW Type 3 (Squareback, Fastback, Notchback)

Information below is considered "stock original specifications" for VW's destined to the US market. Always double check with your vehicle before ordering parts. We are not responsible for discrepancies.

Always buy parts based on VIN numbers, do NOT trust the year written on your cars title. e.g. A Squareback made in Germany in June of 1966 might have sat on a US dealership lot till the following year. When sold, the vehicles title would state the car is a 1967. Parts purchased for '67 may not fit a 66.

Not sure what your car is? Check the VIN number is located under rear seat on center tunnel Chassis ID Plate. Depending on year may also be either behind the spare tire (pre-69)or in the door jamb and on the dash (post 69-).

Production Dates

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8/63 - 7/64
All 211 975 - 483 592 1500cc
Single Port
244 340 - 633 330 Ball Joint (Drum) Swing (Drum) 5x205 6 Volt

8/64 - 7/65
All 315 000 001 - 315 220 883 1500cc
Single Port
633 331 - 1 100 000 Ball Joint (Drum) Swing (Drum) 5x205 6 Volt

8/65 - 7/66
All 316 000 001 - 316 500 000 1600cc
Dual Port
T 0 000 001 - T 0 260 000 Ball Joint (Disc) Swing (Drum) 4x130 6 Volt

8/66 - 7/67
All 317 000 001 - 317 500 000 1600cc
Dual Port
T 0 260 001 - T 0 476 124 Ball Joint (Disc) Swing (Drum) 4x130 12 Volt

8/67 - 7/68
All 318 000 001 - 318 500 000 1600cc
Dual Port
U 0 000 001 - U 0 093 651 Ball Joint (Disc) Swing (Drum) 4x130 12 Volt

8/68 - 7/69
All 319 000 001 - 319 500 000 1600cc
Dual Port
U 0 093 652 - U 0 231 100 Ball Joint (Disc) I.R.S. (Drum) 4x130 12 Volt

8/69 - 7/70
All 310 2000 001 - 310 2500 000 1600cc
Dual Port
U 0 231 101 - U 0 366 020 Ball Joint (Disc) I.R.S. (Drum) 4x130 12 Volt

8/70 - 7/71
All 311 2000 001 - 311 2500 000 1600cc
Dual Port
U 0 366 021 - U 0 502 000 Ball Joint (Disc) I.R.S. (Drum) 4x130 12 Volt

8/71 - 7/72
EX. CA 312 2000 001 - 312 2500 000 1600cc
Dual Port
U 5 000 001 - U 5 057 000 Ball Joint (Disc) I.R.S. (Drum) 4x130 12 Volt

8/71 - 7/72
CA 312 2000 001 - 312 2500 000 1600cc
Dual Port
X 0 000 001 - X 0 004 000 Ball Joint (Disc) I.R.S. (Drum) 4x130 12 Volt

8/72 - 7/73
All 313 2000 001 - 313 2500 000 1600cc
Dual Port
U 5 057 001 - U 5 090 000 Ball Joint (Disc) I.R.S. (Drum) 4x130 12 Volt

Special Edition VW Disclaimer.

Please note! VW did produce special edition models. It is the vehicle owners responsibility to be aware of what model vehicle the upholstery is being ordered for. We apologize, but there are no returns on special order upholstery, including situations where a special edition vehicle is involved.

Type 3 Timeline:

1961VW starts production on the Notchback Sedan (never officially sold by VW in the US)
1962Squareback production begins.
1965Fastback first offered for sale. Originally intended to replace the Notchback but many customers preferred the styling of the Notchback so both models were offered by VW.
1966Squareback and Fastback first offered for sale in US. As noted previously, VW unfortunately never offered the Notchback for sale in the US. Front disc brakes introduced with the 4x130mm lug pattern.
1968First production vehicle standard with electronic fuel injection
1969All Type 3 models came with VWs IRS rear suspension. Automatic transmission was first offered.
1970All Type 3 models were restyled with a 4.5" longer nose which increased cargo capacity.
1973Type 3 production ends.


More About Our VW Type 3: Notchback, Squareback and Fastback Parts

The Type 3, 1500 engine is based on the VW Beetle 1200 but with a larger, 69mm crank. That engine later became the base for VWs 1300 and 1600 engines. The Type 3 engine accessories were reconfigured to better suit the Type 3 body. The air cooled engine's fan is mounted to the crank pulley and the engine tin is positioned lower on the engine than the Beetle's upright cooling tin. The complete engine assembly is thusly referred to as a pancake or suitcase engine.

Originally the Type the 1500 comes with a single, side draft carburetor which was swapped to dual, down draft carburetors for more power. Later models came with a 1600 single port engine until VW introduced the 1600 dual port engine with Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection. The Type 3 uses the same transmission case as the Beetle but with longer axles and different gearing. The engine and transmission are mounted into a sub-frame which is then mounted to the chassis and body with rubber isolated mounts to help create a quieter passenger compartment.

The Type 3 front suspension is similar to the Beetle however instead of torsion leaves it uses a full width torsion bar. The lower torsion bar is used to suspend the vehicle and the upper torsion bar is used as a sway bar. The VW Type 3 front spindles are mounted with ball joints to the control arms which mount to the beam and torsion bars. The rear suspension in Type 3s is essentially the same as a Beetle. Earlier models had the swingaxle rear transmission and suspension. Later models swapped to the IRS transmission and suspension.

Type 3 models, like the Beetle, has front and rear luggage compartments. The rear compartment is much easier to access with either the trunk lid on Fastback and Notchback models or the rear hatch on the Squareback. All 3 models had a hatch in the rear luggage compartment that was removable to access the engine.

Type 3 Body Styles:

The Volkswagen Type 3 has three different body styles: Notchback, Fastback, and Squareback (Station Wagon):

VW Notchback:

The Volkswagen 1500 Notchback was the first Volkswagen Type 3 to be produced. The term Notchback describes the variation of three-box car body styling.

VW Notchback Parts

VW Squareback:

The Station Wagon is the estate bodied variant of the VW Notchback. It was first sold in 1962 as the Variant overseas. It was first marketed in the U.S. as the VW Squareback in 1966.

VW Squareback Parts

VW Fastback:

The Volkswagen Fastback or TL version arrived in 1965 and is named by its car body style with a roofline that slopes continuously down at the back. It arrived with the Squareback in the US in 1966.

VW Fastback Parts

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