The Volkswagen Type 2 (T3)
was the third generation of the Volkswagen Transporter
and was marketed under various nameplates worldwide – including as the Transporter
in Europe, Microbus
in South Africa and as the Vanagon
in North and South America.
Larger and heavier than its predecessor, the T2
– and with a more squared and less rounded styling – the T3 was manufactured in Germany from 1979 until 1992.South African production of the T3 continued, for that market only, until 2002. The T3 was the last of the rear-engined
Following the T2
, the T3 (or Type 25) initially featured air-cooled and subsequently water cooled engines. Versions produced in South Africa
from 1990 until 2002 featured an Audi five-cylinder engine
Volkswagen marketed the Westfalia camper variant throughout the T25's (T3's) production, with features including a pop up roof, refrigerator, sink, and stove.
Examples built between 1980 and 1985 featured round headlights and chrome-plated steel
bumpers with plastic end-caps. Air-cooled models (1980 to mid-1983) lack the lower grill above the radiator of the water cooled models, except on models with factory air conditioning. 1986 model year
vehicles received revisions including a tachometer, more fabric choices, redesigned air conditioner, larger water cooled engine with a more advanced engine management system, and redesigned transmissions including an optional syncro four-wheel drive
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