Nostalgia is a powerful thing. Many classic car owners are attracted to vehicles they remember from childhood, but Lynn Pfenning took things a bit further. After 38 years, he tracked down the 1967 Volkswagen Type 3 fastback once owned by his father, then spent another four years restoring it.
The Type 3 was the third air-cooled VW model—thus the name—after the Beetle and Microbus. It had a fastback body style, and was also sold as a wagon (known as the square back) and a more conventional three-box two-door sedan called the notchback.
Pfenning’s father bought his Type 3 in 1967 for $2,200, after totaling a 1965 Beetle in a collision with a cow, according to VW. The Type 3 served the family for eight years, plying the roads of rural North Dakota. It was then sold to a local farmer who eventually gifted the car to his son—a friend