How a son tracked down and restored his father’s 1967 Volkswagen Type 3

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

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Cheapest Electric Cars – Most Affordable EVs for 2020

A decade ago, when the Nissan Leaf appeared as the first widely available mainstream electric car, the only drivers genuinely interested in buying one were early adopters with short commutes. With only about 100 miles of range and a new consumer phenomenon later dubbed “range anxiety,” the Leaf had limited appeal.

But in subsequent years, advances in battery design and packaging meant more miles, broadening the acceptance of electric vehicles. Gradually, more buyers could envision using an EV for trips to and from work or for errand runs around town. Today’s EVs range from pokey and basic to fast and luxurious, with price tags to match. But if you don’t need a lot of range, some of today’s top electric vehicles can be had for the price of an average sedan, and for even less when you factor in federal and state incentives.

We’ve gathered up the most affordable electric

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2020 Automobile All-Stars Photo Gallery: Subaru WRX STI S209 vs. Porsche 718 Spyder in Special Edition Face-Off

The automotive industry has done its damnedest to stretch the definition of what constitutes a special edition vehicle. Between limiting it to special colors, wheels, trim pieces, and badging, we’ve lost trust in the vaunted and countless “Special Edition” cars that appear after nearly every auto show. When everything’s special, nothing is.

That’s not to say these are brothers-at-arms. Both fall under the purview of a skunkworks division within their respective automakers, and both are elevated performance variants of existing cars—but both have entirely different end goals and methods of execution.

Porsche is hardly a stranger to the special edition, what with a roster chock-full of ultra-low-production models spanning way back to its founding years in the 1950s. The good news is, Porsche rarely pulls a half-measure when developing these unique models, and the 718 Spyder is hardly an exception.

Developed mostly under the purview of

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