Richard Crego's 1965 VW Notchback isn't your typical street cruiser. In fact, Volkswagen never imported this model, despite its clean good looks. He removed most of the identifying emblems on the car and painted it black with a red pearl overlay to add to its mystique.
This is not a garden variety Type 3 VW powerplant, but a custom-built 914 Porsche engine equipped with dual Weber carburetors. Crego cut down the intake runners to fit the carbs and built the shiny copper air tubes to connect the low-profile air cleaners.
The stock instrument cluster was freshened up with the addition to a rally-style pair of guages, with the tachometer on the right and a combination engine temperature/oil pressure gauge on the left. A small diameter Grant GT steering wheel replaces the stock unit.
Crego traded for a set of freshly smoothed and rechromed bumpers for the Notchback. With most chrome trim removed, they enhance the sparkle of the unique paint job, which shifts from purple to brown to black in different lighting conditions.
The stock 4-inch wide wheels were ditched in favor of chromed 5-1/2-inch wide chrome units fitted with baby moon hubcaps. Filling the rear wheel wells nicely are 205/75R/15 Tiger Paws, while 165's are used up front.
There wasn't enough room inside the fenders to mount an electric radio antenna, so Crego slipped the works inside the engine compartment. When he switches on the radio, hidden in the glove box, the antenna rises through the cowl vent below the rear windshield.
The dual Empi exhaust system exiting below the rear bumper hints at the performance potential of this Notchback. Crego is thinking about building his own exhaust with glasspack mufflers to improve the Porsche power plant's breathing.
Richard Crego knows that when he rolls into a car show with his Type 3 VW Notchback, he's not likely to see another one on display. He crafted this beauty out of a pair of hulks, working on it off and on since the mid 1990s. The car has earned the nickname of `Dahlia,' a reference to the movie `The Black Dahlia.'
Up front is the typical VW trunk space, with the gas filler and spare tucked in behind the front bulkhead. Note that the brake master cylinder has been moved from the firewall to that bulkhead in an effort to protect the paint.