Posts Tagged ‘fastback’

GM’s Alfetta – 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

July 23, 2015

Past write-ups here have featured sporty coupes that were based on manufacturer’s bread-and-butter sedans – Ford Capri and Mustang, Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT, Fiat 124 coupe, and more. Besides the Camaro, which generally ran on its won platform, the American arm of GM was not really known for directly translating a sedan platform into a sporty coupe. In the late 1970s, though, GM built a fastback (not hatchback – just as with the Lancia Beta sedan, it’s a fastback design with a trunk that opens below the rear glass) sedan version of its popular Oldsmobile Cutlass and Buick Century models. Of those cars, a few Cutlasses were built with the 442 option package, with the top specification having a 305 V8 and four-speed manual transmission. Check out this 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 for sale for $2400 in Seattle, WA.

1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 right front

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Shopping on Holiday – 1969 VW Type 3 Fastback

January 21, 2014

A weekend trip out to the Yosemite area would not be complete without a quick search through the classifieds to see what’s on the local market. Plenty of people go on vacation and look at real estate with an eye towards buying their mountain get-away, but, as the saying goes, you can sleep in your car but you can’t drive your house. In among all the modern cars, snow cars, and beaten up pickup trucks, there are a handful of gems. First is this 1969 VW Type 3 Fastback, for sale (or trade) in Placerville, CA for $4000.

1969 VW Type 3 Fastback collage

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Type 3 Times Two – 1971 VW Squareback & 1972 VW Fastback

November 27, 2009

Having recently read something about the pancake-engine Type 3 Volkswagens having more power, which I realize may be untrue, I got inspired to try to find one of these for sale within the RustyButTrusty budget (about $3K). Oddly enough for something called a Volkswagen, these are not really priced for das Volk, either being complete heaps with body or mechanical damage and 3-figure prices, or restored/survivor cars in the high 4-figure or low 5-figure range. I was also hoping for the earlier 1960s Type 3 with the more delicate lights and chrome bumpers that give much more of a 1960s European family car feeling. My other mistaken assumption was the oddball Type 3 cars would be more reasonable, much like many other cars documented here. But, no such luck, so I looked at the 1970s cars. Even that was hard, but I did manage to find a couple of interesting examples.

The main feature is a 1971 VW Squareback in yellow. There’s been recent work to the interior and the injectors, and it only seems to have one small dent. Notice the quad (!!!) exhaust tips poking out the rear end. The VW logo is in an odd location at the lower left corner of the hatch, and the wheels are mismatched, so I’d check for previous crash damage repair. The pale yellow does lend it a bit of the feel of the earlier cars – the later ones tended to show up in more bright colors like orange. Find this car in Priest River/Newport, WA, near Spokane, for $2400.

1971 VW Squareback right

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