The Volkswagen T25 (T3) was the third generation of Volkswagen Transporter and was marketed under various nameplates worldwide; these included the Transporter or Caravelle in Europe, Microbus in South Africa, and Vanagon in North and South America. It was larger, heavier, and more angular in its styling than its predecessor, the T2.
The T3 (T25) was manufactured in Germany from 1979 until 1991. Following on from the T2, the T3 initially featured air-cooled engines before moving onto water-cooled engines, such as the one featured here. Examples built between 1979 and 1985 featured round headlights and basic steel or chrome-plated steel bumpers with plastic end-caps. With its internal combustion engine and transaxle mounted very low in the back, the T3 had much larger disc brakes at the front, with drums at the rear. Axle weight was very nearly equal upon both the front and rears ends of the vehicle. The original manual transmission was a four-speed unit but from 1983 a 5-speed transmission was available as an option on certain models.
Marsala Red paintwork, Beige leather upholstery, 1.9-litre 78hp engine, 5-speed manual gearbox, Autosleeper pop-up roof system, Sliding passenger-side door, Side vent windows, Fellows gas hob, Electrolux refrigerator, Curtains all round, Stow away dining table, Sony CD player, Cigarette lights, Ash tray, Lockable glove compartment, Original sales brochures, etc.
Finished in sublime Marsala Red (LH3D) this super low mileage 1983 T25 Autosleeper is immaculately presented throughout. The bodywork is truly exceptional, the car having only very recently returned from a detailed £11,700 glass-out repaint by a well-respected Aston Martin-approved bodyshop in Surrey. Amazingly, no restorative bodywork or welding was required, but after 38 years of wear and tear the paintwork was beginning to show some signs of age. And so, with the goal of achieving perfection, the current owner has spared no expense in bringing the Camper back to showroom condition. The underside is also remarkably fresh and remains 100% original having never rusted or required any restorative work.