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Re: [T3] What Notch Have I Bought??

Lex Strauss,

A chassis number of *0415184*  would indicate that it was made in late April
1964 and the engine number of 592 389 would indicate manufacture in early June
1964.  These dates would be true if the car was made in Germany but manufacture
of Type 3s began at Clayton in Melbourne early in 1963 with a largely and
increasing Australian content.  If built in Australia, the vehicle could even
have come off the Melbourne production line a few months later.  Yet, just to
confuse matters, the Australian factory still used the German language vehicle
identification plates under the bonnet.  (The chassis number was never placed
on the dash except for US models.)  Look at the window glass to see if there is
a German "VW-Sekurit" logo on it or a circular "Armourfloat" logo.  The latter
would tell you that it has Australian-made glass and is therefore likely to be

If the car was actually made in Germany, then, because the engine was made more
than a month after the car, it is not likely to be an original motor.  If it
was Australian-built, the engine could be original.


Simon Glen
Toowoomba, Australia.

Lex Strauss wrote:

> Ok I've bought what I was told was a 1965 Notchback 1500 ...  HEre in Sydney
> Australia RHD ..At least that's what the rego papers say  ... However, I
> think it may be a 61-62... The numbers dont seem to match up and I'm missing
> the identification under the back seat and on the dash ... THis is what I
> can tell you about it ...
> Engine number - 0592389
> Chasis number (Under hood) 0415184 It also says ... and I'd like to know
> what it means ... HEIZG TYP3/255 PRUFZS 039, ZUL BESAMTEGW.KG 1280, ZUL
> ACHSLAST VORN KG 550, HINKEN KG 750 ... Also note is 31 but no other number
> ... I know this means Type 3 Notchback ...
> The car is 6V, has a pressurised water tank for the wipers, single pointed
> front indicators, single carb?, I believe that the wipers are governed by
> the revs of the motor!! could be wrong..
> Any help as to what year or if you'd like photos ... Please come back to me
> ...
> Lex strex@flex.com.au
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