The name Vanagon is derived from a combination of “Van” and “Station Wagon”. The name Vanagon was used in the US and Canadian markets. In Europe this model was called “Transporter” or “T3” (and in the UK was commonly referred to as the “T25”).
The first 1980 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Camper models were available with 4 cylinder 2.0 litre (1970cc) aircooled fuel injected engines. The engine was still mounted in the rear as it had been on the VW bay window Type 2 model that the VW Vanagon replaced. The 2.0 litre engine was available with either manual 4 speed gearbox or an automatic gearbox. In 1982 a 1.6 litre (1588cc) diesel engined bus (water cooled) was added to the range initially with a 4 speed gearbox and then in 1983 with a 5 speed gearbox . You can normally tell if a VW Vanagon Camper is one of the earlier aircooled versions by looking at the front. The air cooled versions have only a single headlight grill. The water cooled versions have an extra front grill below the headlight grill. As although still rear engined the radiator is located at the front. The extra front grill was required to allow air flow to cool the radiator.
Have a quick impression of this original T3 Westfalia:
This 1982 original T3 Westfalia 2.0 appears in very well taken care of condition with only mileage of 94.500.
The 2.0 engine with its 70 hp runs silky smooth and the automatic, steering and brakes work flawlessly.
When looking at the sheet metal dress is noticeable that the lower part of the body was foiled with blue film.
Here you can clearly see the foil. Luckily that is easy removable. This is how it looked before the foil.
This was done for decorative reasons and is very well finished. Rust is not visible and the owner, who had imported this T3 2019 from the USA to Germany confirms the pure optical background. The paint thickness measurements of 210 on average on the beige paint and 300 on average on the foil confirm the seller’s statement. Only the lower rear edge of the sliding door suggests a little filler.
Watching the Interieur you definitely see that this T3 had been taken very well care of.
The roof tent shows no cracks, rips or mould.
Everything works and looks very authentic with of course little spots of usage.
The gas connection to the stove had to be disconnected for the german Tüv, but still works if you reconnect it.
Right now the Westy has Tüv until 4/2023, but gets an new Tüv before the handover if wanted.
This reliable T3 Westfalia is ready for your spontaneous summer vacation.
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