VW T25 Autosleeper
- Mileage: 45,693
- Year: 1983
- MOT Expiry: April 2022
- Exterior Colour: Marsala Red
- Interior Colour: Beige Leather
- Top speed: TBC
- 0-60mph: TBC
- BHP: 78hp
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1915cc
- Engine Configuration: Flat 4
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.
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The interior remains in equally magnificent condition. The upholstery has just been treated to a full re-trim by Strong & Turton Ltd and so presents absolutely as new throughout. Brand new curtains have also just been fitted, with the remainder of the interior retaining a superb original finish. The cabinets and appliances show next to no signs of any use, even the fridge, and the pop-up roof still operates with ease. The plastic front floor covering is still in great shape with no marking or discolouration to report, and the rear carpet is also unblemished.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Equipped with the higher output (78hp as opposed to 60hp) ‘DG’ engine and five-speed gearbox this particular T25 is a very useable example, ready to be driven and enjoyed this summer. Having covered only 45k miles from new the 1.9-litre water-cooled engine remains in fine mechanical fettle, starting up first turn of the key and idling up to temperature without fuss. A brand new VW Heritage-supplied exhaust has just been fitted and a fresh service carried out with all new plugs, etc. The advisory-free MOT is valid until April 2022.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original steels come freshly refurbished by Primo Alloys in Surrey. Brand new genuine VW hubcaps and wheel trims have also just been fitted for a truly pristine finish. The wheels are shod in a matching set of Kumho tyres, all with 7mm of tread remaining. The brakes have also been checked and remain in fine operational condition with all new discs, pads, and calipers at the front.
This stunning low mileage example was supplied to its first keeper (Mr Harper) by Whitehouse VW, Bexley, in October 1983. Mr Harper owned the car from new until September 2007, by which time it was 24 years old with circa 40,400 miles on the odometer. It was then passed to his brother-in-law who kept it until August 2008 when it was purchased by the current owner, a private collector of rare and interesting classic vehicles.
The accompanying History File is complete with the original blue VAG Service document wallet, original VW instruction manual, original stamped service book and data card, VAG code of practice booklet, VAG lubricant recommendations, VAG service locations, original sales brochures, past MOT certificates, and stack of invoices. The current owner has spent close to £17,000 fully re-commissioning the Camper both cosmetically and mechanically as per his exacting standards. The result is what you see here – a surely unrepeatable example in outstanding condition with excellent provenance to boot.
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