Vintage C&D Road Research Report: 1964 VW 1500 S (Type 3) – The Beetle Grows Up, For Better or For Worse


C&D got a hold of a Canadian-market VW 1500 S notchback sedan, and put it through the paces. The result is a bit predictable, as the Type 3 qualities were not exactly new or exotic. It was essentially a VW at its heart, with a somewhat bigger and more powerful engine (not enough so for C&D), a bit more width in the interior, a somewhat softer ride, and a few other obvious changes. But it was still a VW, of course, including its shortcomings too. The question is whether the steep premium over a Beetle for a gray-market 1500 was worth it it.