Lot 202 - 1986 Volkswagen T25
|Odometer reading||78,200 km|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £9,000|
The Volkswagen T25 transporter, first built in August 1979 and also known as the T3 and the Vanagon, was a huge success and a radical jump forward in the evolution from splitscreen and bay window campers to modern Transporters. It was also the last rear-engined classic VW and bridges the gap between classic air-cooled, rear-engined vehicles and modern water-cooled, front-engined cars and vans for VW. This makes the T25 particularly interesting as it marked the end of the classic era for VW. This particular van is quite an exceptional example in many ways. A 1986 lefthand drive model, it has spent all its life inside a rural fire station in northern Germany being more polished than driven, and as such, it remains in time-warp condition. While other vans of this vintage will usually have rusted quite badly, this one is very solid and rust-free. It is still equipped with all the ancillaries a fire van needs including rooftop indicators, sirens, tannoy, megaphone and blue lights.
It is fitted with a powerful 1.6 diesel engine and is a nine-seater vehicle so great for even the largest of families. The vendor purchased the van directly from the fire brigade who were the only previous owners. Remaining in active service until 2012, it always had to be ready for any emergency, and as you would expect from a fire van, it has been regularly serviced regardless of cost. In totally original and rust-free condition, it is described as being "fun to drive" and a real eye-catcher whilst also being quite spacious. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full years' MoT test certificate, it is ready to drive away today although the emergency lights, which are easily removed and are shown here for photographic purposes only. Offering the versatility of converting into a camper van or keeping as it is, this will prove popular on the thriving VW show circuit.