I have owned and still own a number of air cooled VWs (currently: 67 Cal Look 2332cc sunroof sedan, '70 Fastback, '73 Super Beetle) as well as a daily driven MK7 GTI, but I recently picked up my first "early-ish" VW-a 1982 Quantum Coupe. I have only seen one other, when I was a kid. My neighbor's friend bought a new, metallic green coupe. This car is in pretty good shape overall-it needs some body work and some interior work, but it runs well, everything seems to work and it has records and manuals going back to the day it was sold new.
A few things: I know coupes were only sold in the USA for a short time, from 1982 and part of 1983, but can anyone confirm this? I have also been told that only 1,700 were sold here, which seems believable given the low sales numbers of the Sedan and Wagon. Anyone have exact numbers? I cannot imagine that many survive today.
One other question is about my car itself. The drivers side window has a crank window, but the passenger side is power. The previous owner-who was the second owner-said he thinks the original owner did not want to spend the money to have the power window motor replaced when it quit, so he replaced it with a manual window regulator and crank. That made the most sense to me too, except that it almost seems that it came this way. The passenger side power window switch is in the center console, next to several block outs. I would assume the drivers side power window switch would have been on the left side of the console, in the opposite position-but there is none. It is not missing-it has the plastic blanking plate over the space I would assume it went, and it matches the brown interior. It would be funny that VW would put one crank window, and one power, although I suppose they could have made the passenger one power since it is out of reach from the drivers seat. Seems an odd place to cut costs, but then let's remember that even a new top line Golf R has a manual passenger seat, and in the mid 1970s VW eliminated the oil drain plug on Type 1's and 3's, so it is possible. Can anyone tell me if my car should have a power drivers window, or if it did indeed come like this?