VW T3 & T25

The Volkswagen Type 25 (or T3 designation by VW, the “T” meaning transporter) was the third generation of the Volkswagen Transporter. It was generally known as the Transporter in the UK, Caravelle in Europe, Vanagon in the USA.

It was built from May 1979 until July 1992.

It was the last of the rear engined Volkswagens. Compared to its predecessor the T2, the T25 was larger, heavier and wider with squarer corners replacing the rounded edges of the Baywindow, which led to the nickname of ‘The Wedge’ or ‘Brick’. Interior space was gained by lowering the engine compartment and the tailgate and windows were bigger than the T2. Almost all mechanical components were completely changed, the suspension was vastly improved to a double wishbone set up and frontal crash protection greatly increased.

The engines were upgraded from the earlier T2 and came in a 1600cc air cooled petrol and water cooled diesel, 1900cc water cooled, 2000cc air cooled and 2100cc water cooled.

The transmissions were upgraded and were available in, 3 speed automatic, 4 and 5 speed manuals.

All models were 2 wheel drive, except the “Syncro” 4WD, launched in 1985.

They were produced under various model names, the most popular being the Caravelle, a camper van with a high specification interior produced from the end of 1981. Other model names for T25 variations included Vanagon, Multivan and Transporter.

There were up to 23 different paint colours a year over the models lifespan.

There were many camper conversions available, including Autohomes, Autosleeper, Carthago, Danbury, Dehler, Dormobile, Devon, Holdsworth, Reimo, Viking, Weinsburg and Westfalia.

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