How a problem can become a valuable asset
In most cases, the aim of restoration is the preservation of the original, even though replacements with new parts would undoubtedly be much easier. This question never arose in the restoration of the Type 3 Convertible, because many of the parts of the prototype were never manufactured in series. The team had to restore the majority of the existing components, which, in the case of the soft-top and its folding mechanism, demanded the entire expertise of the restorers from the Classic Competence Centre: The unique construction by Karmann was extremely complex for a car from the 1960s, and the panoramic rear window was unusually large. But the effort paid off: ‘The soft-top now functions exactly as it did when it was first shown at the IAA in 1961', confirm the experts from Volkswagen Classic.