Volkswagen Type 2 (T3)October 23, 2018
Known as the Type 25 in the United Kingdom and the T3 throughout the rest of Europe this beauty which appears each day in my work car park is a welcome addition to ‘Spotted‘.
It seems the T3 was the Transporter that refused to be shutdown!
Initially produced in Hannover, Germany from 1979 to 1990, production then moved to Graz, Austria until 1992 because although Volkswagen had just released the latest generation Transporter – T4 (1990 to 2003) – both the German postal service and the German army loved the T3 and refused to stop placing orders for it.
When the Austrians simply had to end production in 1992 the T3 received another stay of execution when South Africa – where the T3 was also adored – offered to take up the reins and produce it there. It continued in production there until 2002.
Even Porsche joined the ‘Remain’ camp – it fitted its 3.2-litre Carrera engine to the T3 and ran a limited production run. They’re called the T3 B32 and are highly collectable. Good luck trying to find an owner wiling to sell his!
I can think of no other vehicle in automotive history that has been anywhere near as tenacious as the Volkswagen Type 2 T3
And when production did finally end, so too the end of rear-engined Volkswagens.
Then there are the different names the T3 must answer to, depending on where in the world it finds itself.
As I mentioned, in the UK it is called the ‘Type 25’. The rest of Europe refer to it as a ‘Transporter’, or simply the ‘T3’. Australians call it the ‘Caravelle’. Americans know it as the ‘Vanagon’. And in South Africa it’s called the ‘Microbus’.
A check on eBay UK shows that Brits have asking prices for their T3’s (erm, their Type 25’s) ranging between £1,500 and £10,000.
Let’s hope this one here in the Czech Republic lives on for many, many more years.
Its pedigree deserves nothing less.
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