Volkswagen T3 VANAGON CARAT
– 2.1 liter/70 kW (95 hp) variant with catalytic converter, electronic ignition and gasoline injection
– Power steering, original VW 6JX14 LM rims
– Front + rear bumpers and sill planking painted in body color
– 7 seater (4 single seats, 3 seat bench), folding table, Westfalia Type 216 108
– Sliding window in passenger area, color glass
– Original Volkswagen radio type Heidelberg, loudspeakers rear + front
– Inspection with change of engine oil, oil filter, brake fluid and air filter carried out
– V-belt of generator and water pump renewed
– Stainless U.S.-import from California
– German registration, admission as historic vehicle + valid technical control (MoT) until 11/2022
For many of its followers, this is the ultimate version of the VW Bus: The Volkswagen Type 2 (T3), as it was officially referred to, the third generation of VW’s forever-popular van. It still had the engine where they thought it belonged: in the rear. In fact, early T3 models featured the identical air-cooled engines of the predecessor, even though the new van was much roomier and also a fair bit heavier. 1981 the first Diesel-powered T3 were made available, and as of 1982, a new generation of water-cooled boxer engines became standard. Regular improvements, such as the introduction of fuel injection or catalytic converters kept the T3 up to date. In 1985, the 4 wheel-drive option called Syncro was released.
Regarding body types, the T3 continued to offer a great selection, including transporter, 2-door utility, twin-cab utility, and several trim levels for the van, topped in 1985 by the popular Multivan. Camping fans’ favourite, however, remained the Westfalia variant, a well-equipped camper van with pop-top.
In 1990, the successor model, the front-engined, front-wheel-drive T4 entered the market. However, the T3 remained in production in South Africa for another 13 years, right to the end of the T4 production in Germany!