By on November 25, 2010

What kind of world is this, where nearly rust-free Squarebacks— and that’s not a combination of words you hear often— survive for more than 40 years and then get eaten by the same crusher that consumes ’91 Hyundai Excels?

The original owner of this Volks paid his or her Village of Winfield vehicle tax, and the sticker survived all these years. A little research suggests that Winfield is in Illinois, although there is a little town named Winfield 50 miles or so to the east of this Denver junkyard.

The engine and many engine accessories are still waiting for extraction. Let’s hope that someone rescues these parts before The Crusher calls for this car.

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25 Comments on “1967 Volkswagen Squareback...”

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    The pecking order for those style VW’s

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    Cool car.  Crushing it would be a crime.

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    Jerry Sutherland

    They don’t always have an unhappy ending-here’s a better fate for a squareback…

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    Or maybe Winfield, British Columbia? There were a lot of these models imported to Canada in the 60’s and 70’s, so it’s possible.

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    I loved the notch back version of the type 3, they were rare even back in the day.

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    I’m going to guess you’re over in Commerce City. I found a dozen or two Citroen DSs in a lot there about a year ago. Can’t remember the address, though.

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    There’s a fastback-driving LeMons team who would LOVE the extra parts…

    …don’t crush it! Send it to Texas, haha.

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    looks like the Alterator and distributor cap were MIA.
    it can be a fun car to bomb around.

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    I found a dozen or two Citroen DSs in a lot there about a year ago.

    they are worth rescued,
    back in 83 I passed by Kingston NY, i stopped in a Rolls Royce junk yard, there was a Aston Martin newer than the DB6.
    a few yrs later i learned that the fellow brought everything back to old blighty.

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    I soo want to save that car. I’ve wanted one since they were new. the quintisential cross-over, a prehistoric SuV…

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    M 1

    I suppose people love VWs because they were different. I never really saw the appeal, but I have my own quirky attractions so I try to take the live and let live approach. At least VW owners never make wild unjustified claims like those you hear from, say, Honda aficionados. So what I got from this article was to wonder how much other worthwhile iron that crusher consumed during the brief period of automotive welfare that was Cash for Clunkers. There really ought to be an annual National Day of Mourning for that spasm of short-sighted vote-buying.

    • 0 avatar
      John Horner

      The squareback has exactly nothing to do with C4C. Too old, and too good of fuel economy when new. Most of what got crushed in the C4C period were worn old pickup trucks and minivans. I went cruising the back lots of local dealers during that period out of fascination to see what was going away, and the vast majority of it will not be missed.
      Ten to twelve million vehicles go to the crusher in the US every year. If you must save lost automotive puppies, there are plenty to choose from. Just go hang out at your nearest donate your car to charity lot if you are in the mood to adopt.

    • 0 avatar

      @John- (chuckle) “If you must save lost automotive puppies…”  This made me laugh.
      From what you describe, the C4C trade-ins sound like automotive Old Yellers.

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    I remember those; their higher performance engines were notorious for blown head gaskets. What happened is that the cylinder studs (long bolts threaded at both ends, one in the block and one at the head) would stretch the threads in the block and loosen the tension, leading to a blown gasket and an expensive repair.
    Usually, when an owner got a quote on the repair they’d reply “no fu**ing way” and send the car to the junkyard. A few may have survived or maybe they got the repairs needed to put them back on the road.
    For those curious, the repair consisted of removing and disassembling the engine, having the cylinder stud holes in the block halves drilled out and rethreaded for helicoil inserts, then being reassembled and reinstalled. The cost for this was usually more than the car was worth.
    These engines were no better than the aluminum block engines installed in Chevy Vegas – and this is why these low-selling models are extremely rare today.

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    John Horner

    I cut my automotive maintenance teeth caring for the light blue one of these my mother drove in the 1970s. What a PITA to work on thanks to the engine location. Changing spark plugs required all the dexterity my then early teen hands had (oh how I wish my hands still worked that well!). Valve adjustments included oil dripping on the face whilst lying under the beast with it up on jack stands. Even with great care, I don’t think we managed to keep that thing running past 100k miles or so. The Valiant wagon it replaced should have been kept in service instead of being pensioned off for a VW.
    The heating system, so to speak, is horrible.
    The brake master cylinder is a pain to remove.
    No oil filter, but it had electronic fuel injection. How crazy is that?
    Yeah, crush the thing!

    • 0 avatar
      Mark out West

      Wasn’t this the first production car with electronic fuel injection?  Bosch L-Jet IIRC.  Something of a milestone that should be remembered for this particular model.

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    If anyone is looking for one of these to buy I have a 1973 museum quality 412.  It could not be told from brand new its like stepping back in time. $14,900 314-808-3075

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    Uncle Mellow

    This “Squareback” wasn’t exactly VWs’ finest hour. Anything pre-Golf (with the possible exception of a special-bodied Beetle) is better off in the crusher.

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    I had one of the 1967 VW squarebacks back when I was going to junior college. After I had installed disc brakes from a Karmann Ghia, I then added: Bosch 009 racing distributor, Bosch Blue coil, Dual Port heads, dual Kadron carbs, hex linkage, Engle 134 cam, Centerforce clutch, Ghia master cylinder, Porsche 912 fuel pump, and Porsche hub caps…then the body and fender work, primer, paint, and solid back window inserts. The last step was brand new Kleber tires and Bilstein shocks all around. The very next day it was totalled by an 86 yr old grandmother driving a 1966 Mercury Monterrey…sad. I remember it would do 105 mph flat out…not bad for the 1500 cc pancake 4.

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    Where is this car?  I want to save it… or at least parts of it.
    FYI Master Cylinder isn’t too bad to replace (replaced mine 2 weeks back).
    The heater does suck..
    Never wish a crushing on a beautiful VW Squareback!

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    let’s hope for an early christmas miracle in that someone saw it here, rescued it or told another body and it’s headed for a rebirth…

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