EV Project: 1971 VW Squareback

October 2012

Well, I’m committed. I bought a 1971 VW Squareback with the intention to convert it to an electric vehicle. I had been thinking about this for while — it helps that I have neighbor who used to work at Tesla and has his own EV startup. I have almost no automotive experience but I’m hoping my electrical engineer degree and my research skills will win out in the end.

I settled on the VW squareback because it is light (really important for EV range), can seat four (I’m fond of my sons so it’s nice to fit them in the car), had a manual transmission, has lots of replacement parts available and has some style. I’m sure we had these on the east coast growing up, but I don’t remember them.

I had done a lot of searching on Craigslist and TheSamba before finding the listing below. I paid asking price ($3500) as someone was coming to look at the car after me and unlike a lot of VW squarebacks I had seen for that price it (a) it was almost all original and (b) had almost no rust.

Here’s the listing with pictures of the car I bought from Joe at his All VW Shop in Mountain View, CA.

vw ’71 Square Back Type III

  • 4 speed manual transmission
  • rebuilt 1600cc fuel injection engine
  • 40k miles on rebuilt engine
  • new: clutch, tune up, injector, fuel line, oil service
  • new brakes (front & rear)
  • new front brake rotors
  • new tires & restore rims
  • tags (April/13)
  • original
  • no accident
  • no rust

VW_squareback_02 VW_squareback_03 VW_squareback_04
All VW Shop
2239 Old Middlefield Way “I”
Mtn. View, CA 94043

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