Bagged ‘Back: 1967 Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback – SOLD?

May 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

June 1, 2021 Update – while this Bagged Sqaureback “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

May 17, 2021 Update – After a three-month hiatus, the seller of this bagged ’67 VW Squareback returned to Craigslist with a fresh listing, some new pictures, and a revised $9,500 asking price.

March 2, 2021 Update – while this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” unless we come across a new listing.

February 1, 2021 Update: After a one-month absence fooled us into thinking this bagged ’67 Squareback had sold, we came across a new listing continuing to ask $10,000 for the car.

December 14th Update – We just discovered a fresh listing for this bagged ’67 VW Squareback and a $1,000 price reduction to $10,000.

November 18th Update – We just came across a new listing for this ’67 VW Squareback we first featured in October 2020.  The pictures, description, and price all remain the same.

We’ve always been huge fans of “stanced” air-cooled Volkswagens.  Our love for these started long ago with the just-right rake provided by lowered stock torsion bar suspensions highlighting either vintage Porsche Fuchs or Empi wheels.  That “Cal-Look” styling has given way to the Rat-Rod-treatment while air-ride suspensions take the lowered look to a whole new level.  A prime example is this 1967 Volkswagen Sqaureback first listed in the fall of 2020 and then most recently in May 2021 on Craigslist on Staten Island, New York with a revised asking price of $9,500, which is down from the original ask last fall of $11,000.   While Hagerty Insurance currently does not provide valuations for ’67 Squarebacks, the reliable Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool values for a stock example confirms this private seller has his custom VW priced between the #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $8,450 and the #1 “Excellent” estimate of $14,000  Volkswagen produced its Type 3 Squareback from 1961 to 1973, however, the company did not begin importing the two-door wagons into the U.S. until 1966 in an effort to compete against Chevrolet’s air-cooled Corvair.  Squarebacks utilized a low-profile version of Volkswagen’s rear-engined, 4-cylinder air-cooled engine, as well as body-on-chassis construction while featuring pontoon styling in contrast to the Beetle’s articulated fender and running board setup.  In 1974 Volkswagen replaced the Type 3s with the water-cooled, front-wheel-drive B1 Passat, better known as the Dasher in North America.

Volkswagen’s U.S. advertiser company simply nailed just about every commercial they developed for the brand during the 1960’s.  This 1967 Squareback spot highlights the storage capacity and “Frunk” of the Sqaureback line:

If you’ve been wanting to do a VW Squareback build, this appears to be a solid example with the difficult part of changing out the stock suspension with a custom air ride system already complete.  Throw in the fact the big-bore motor only has 500 miles on it and there’s a lot here to like.  With the motor rebuild, suspension change, and floor pan replacement out of the way, you can focus your efforts to put your custom touches and taste to work on this wagon over the winter.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1967 VW Squareback perfect rad rod as is or perfect candidate to finish off where I left. Super hard to find a Squareback these days, especially one that has no structural rust and has a rebuilt motor.

Brand new full floor pans installed (3 months ago) with undercoating on the inside and underneath. No structural rust or rot anywhere. The engine is a dual carb 1600cc rebuilt (4 years ago, but has less than 500 miles on it since)

1600cc Type 1 block align bored at eVWparts in Severna Park, MD
1776cc engine build kit
New Crankshaft
Chromoly push rods
Billet valve covers
New EMPI valve springs/retainers
New push rod tubes
New case o-rings
New main bearings
All gaskets
Tri-mill tuckaway muffler

Car rides on a custom air ride setup done by the previous owner with some slight modifications to the geometry up from recently.

I have boxes of parts to finish the interior including, a full carpet set, all door card, headliner, front seat rebuilt kit (though the seats are in very good shape) new seat covers for the front, most of the rubber on the car is in good shape, but I have all new rubber for most of the car. Most of the electrical has been cleaned up, new Hella headlights, the car just drives great and looks even better.

Unfortunately, I have too much work to do on my home and I have too many other project cars. I have taken care of this one for the last, close to four years and now it’s time for someone else to take care of it.


Do you have a VW Squareback story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

  1. Tom

    Just found this on google.
    I’m the owner that took this car from completely stock to what you see now, visually.
    Engine and suspension work was done by the guy I sold it to, although I did put it on an archaic air ride system and installed the narrowed front beam built by SOA Speedshop in Springfield, MO.
    All of the feaux patina was done by me, as the car was originally all shiny red when I bought it sometime around 2010-2011. I even painted the front wheels yellow… For some reason. The rear wheels were custom widened by a friend of mine.
    I also installed the pop out side windows and added the “Pedro rack” roof rack and screen windshield visor.
    I sold this car for $3000 around 2014, when the next owner did a ton of solid upgrades to the suspension and engine. I don’t know who owns it now, but I would love to get my hands on it again, for sentimental reasons.

    • Mike Quackenbush

      Hi Tom – I now own the car. I’m located in RI and bought it about a year ago. I can tell by the pics. It doesn’t look much different but I love the car. Reach out if you want to see some pics of your old ride.

      • Anonymous

        Just seeing this now. I would love to see where the car has progressed to. Please reach out tomswraith@msn. C o m. Thank you.


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