Lot 231 - 1988 Volkswagen Dehler Profi T25 Campervan
|Odometer reading||136,214 km|
|Result||Sold - £30,564|
- One owner from new
- Rare yacht manufacturer conversion
Dehler is a German brand of sailing yachts. It originated in the former Dehler shipyard that was founded in the 1960s by Willi and Heinz Dehler. As of 2009, the brand belongs to German yacht manufacturer Hanse Yachts, Greifswald. Dehler cooperates with the yacht design studio Judel/Vrolijk & Co. Accustomed to building furnishings for tight awkward spaces on yachts, in the 80s Dehler decided to put their hands to high end bespoke VW camper conversions, a successful yet niche model line continued through the T3 series onto the later T4 the Dehler Profi. A successful run of around 5,000 units sold before the plug was finally pulled in 1997 after 16 years of production. At its peak, the Profi camper van had accounted for around 15% of Dehler’s turnover, and the skilled use of lightweight ABS mouldings and other features in its interior probably had a beneficial influence on some aspects of the yacht designs.
This stunning 1988 Dehler Profi T25 camper was imported into the UK from new in 1988 and has been in single ownership and garaged ever since. Presented in blue with coachwork in time warp condition this example has the high-top roof and accompanying awning. Looking through the photos and original brochures, the fit and finish of these Dehler vans is far superior to the Westfalia’s and the like of the time. Indeed, even by modern standards they are relatively luxurious. Included is a full shower/wash area, cooker, and beds as you would expect. We are told the owner ordered the camper from the stand at a motorshow and specified his van be exactly the same as the one on the stand costing £28,000, which at the time was nearly three times a Westfalia camper and equivalent to an S class Mercedes or Range Rover. The owner from new built a garage specifically for the van and when it wasn’t on holiday it has been garaged, he also decided to underseal from new which has added to the ability to be offered in such incredible condition. Recently serviced and recommissioned by camper specialists including new water pump, belts and fluid change. Supplied with the original brochure, invoices for annual servicing and MoTs dating back to 1990 and shipping documents showing the import duty of £4,775.
With a 1.6 litre turbo diesel engine, factory air conditioning and an options list longer than your arm, the campervan is offered with a valid MoT test certificate until June 2023 and history file including many original documents from the manufacturer. This is a real collectors example, original yet ‘out of the box’, practical and with a real slice of 80s style. Far more fun than a traditional VW camper and viewing is highly recommended.
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