SOLD!  1965 Australian Right Hand Drive Notchback, Rare and Tasteful Survivor!

1965 Australian Right Hand Drive Notchback, Original Paint, Stylish and Rare!

This 1965 Notchback has a unique and interesting story to it.  The assembly of the car started in Australia in 1965 and is denoted by the 315 code on the VIN tag and pan and is further substantiated on the Birth Certificate that came straight from Volkswagen themselves.  Volkswagen of Australia production didn't follow the same German guidelines and shortly thereafter Volkswagen Germany did an audit on Volkswagen Australia and Australian VW production was interrupted for a spell.  Late in 1966 Volkswagen Australia was green-lighted and resumed with finishing these previously incompleted cars, doing so according to the new 1967 model year colors and interior combinations.  This example could very well be the only remaining original paint and interior 1965/1967 Australian Notchback in existence.  Furthermore this specific model is an Australian "Deluxe" which had a trim package between the bare bones "N" model and the top of the line "S" model.  The "Deluxe" was unique to the Australian market and was available in 67 cars.  Bottom line, this is a very unique, rare, and stylish early Notchback.

Some of the very long list of features on this Notch include having 95% original Savannah Beige Paint, original interior, being a factory original Australian Right Hand Drive, Porsche pattern front disc brakes, Flat 4 Porsche Fuchs style wheels done up by Al Reed, red needle gauges (original white needle gauges are included in sale), ultra rare NOS Type 3 bumper guards, genuine vintage metal Australian rear window blinds, rare Kamei gas cruiser pedal, NOS Type 3 large cat eye hooded Albert mirrors, rare original Australia-only VW logoed radio, Australian brochures, original Australia front license plate, and it was a former 5 page Ultra VW feature car in the December 2009 issue.

The body is in nice shape and still displaying approximately 95% original Savannah Beige paint.  It is very straight and clean but has some scratches, tiny dings, and imperfections as you'd expect on a 45 year old survivor.  There is also some very cool looking sun fading primarily on the roof.  There is a small spot of rust on the passenger's rear quarter panel behind the rear wheel.  Other than that, the body and pan are exceptional and solid.  The original paint color sticker is still intact in the front trunk area and the "316" denotes factory Right Hand Drive while the numbers following that is the total VWs produced in Australia.

The interior is also original and in impressive condition with the seat upholstery, door panels, carpet, headliner, rare and beautiful original RHD dash pad, and paint all being original as well.  The front seats need to be restitched on the upper corner beading as the stitching has dissolved in the normal fashion.  The headliner is near perfect and shows some age-related discoloration. 

Mechanically the car is fully turnkey, a great driver, and was just serviced with a full tune up, valve adjustment, and oil changed performed less than 50 miles ago.  The engine is a stock 1500cc with Type 3 dual carbs.  The tires are Firestones with 125's up front and 195-60-15's out back.  Additionally the front end was rebuilt using NOS German ball joints and tie rod ends and the original packaging is included in the sale.  The car fires right up, drives straight and tight, and is ready to enjoy.

In all likelihood, this is the only "survivor" example of its kind in the United States and possibly the World for that matter.  It's very tastefully done and ready for fun with a new owner.  Thanks!


Please note that this Notchback is located in Chandler, Arizona, the Steering Wheel, Oregon License Plate, Plate Frame, and AAA Badge are not included in the sale.  The brochures, magazine with feature, NOS parts boxes, and Birth Certificate will be included in the sale.

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Brendan Finn (858)366-2549

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