UNI 963

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Registration Mark
UNI 963
(a) Type:
Type 3
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(c) Colour:
Metallic Green
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Model information

1972 Type 3 Fastback


Here’s something you don’t see every day and it certainly wasn’t something you saw every day in 1980’s Ireland. It’s a late 1972 registered Type 3 Fastback that was modified in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Eoin Honan was the owner/builder of this beauty. He and his family were crazy on VWs and always had at least one or two in the driveway at any point in time, not to mention their projects. Eoin had sold his yellow Cal Look Beetle (307-EZC) to finance the remainder of the build. He had carried out a body off restoration and restored the chassis, fitting genuine Porsche Fuch rims. Eoin installed a ragtop into the roof and while he was modifying the ‘shell he brought the look of the late model Type 3 back a few years with the use of the older older blade bumpers and bullet indicators. The interior was pure 1980’s luxury with grey velour bucket seats, matching centre console and door cards as well as having a stereo system, alarm, electric one-piece windows fitted and to top it all off, the dash cover was upholstered in leather.

The body was dechromed so the only ‘bling’ came from the aforementioned Porsche rims, bumpers and the raised digit number plates. This was a no expense build, even by today’s standards. It turned heads wherever it went and has remained looking the same to this day.

Sadly, although the Type 3 has remained in the same style, the condition is not so good. One of the previous owners had left it lying outside his house exposing it to all the elements this country can throw at it and as such the dreaded rust has well and truly set in. It can be restored but you have to be committed to the project as it is very rusty on the structural areas.

The good news is the Fastback has been sold on to a gentleman who has the skills to fabricate new panels but also who has the desire to save this iconic and period perfect Type 3 Fastback.

Take a look at the older photos, taken just after the restoration was completed and take a look at the Fasty now. It looks the same, the style has not changed and the interior has held up exceptionally well but it is the body that looks a little down on itself. We can’t wait to see this 80’s throwback hit the road again soon.

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