1989 VW T25 genuine LHD Westfalia California 1.6 JX TD 'Vanagon' 5 speed Pop Top Camper (with power assisted steering! )
Serviced and cared for by CoastVW in South Molton, whose judgement, work and advice we have grown to trust and recommend. We wanted the van to be maintained correctly with no corners cut, so CoastVW were the obvious choice for us. All mechanical and body work has been performed professionally, with receipts to prove it. Since owning 'Frankie', we have strived to keep him as original as possible, because to us, that was very important. Bearing in mind the age of this vehicle the upholstery and furniture are in excellent original condition and have been well cared for.
In a nutshell:
The original steel wheels were replaced by a previous owner to Mercedes 'Merak' load rated 16” alloy wheels.
The van was also 'lowered' by the previous owner, but not too much, thankfully. It drives extremely smoothly, and just brings a smile to your face whenever you go out in it.
There are wind deflectors fitted to cab windows to reduce draught when the windows are open.
It comes with a genuine buddy box in which we store a porta potti for emergency use, but naturally you can store anything in it like bedding, or kids toys, etc.
Stereo CD/Radio and dash mounted USB / 12 volt accessory charging points and has a tow bar and associated electrics.
Propex blown air under bench heater unit, which we have been advised could probably heat a house and is super efficient for cold nights!
The original 3 way fridge is still fitted, very efficient on mains, never tried 12 volt, gas works but we tend to use it on mains as it is most efficient that way.
The two burner hob, stainless steel draining board and cover , electrically pumped water and waste water tank are all present and serviceable.
The pop top roof canvas is as originally supplied with some evident wear but perfectly usable.
The original rock n roll bed functions well and is very comfortable with storage space underneath.
This van has the full cab front body skirt kit with under bumper spoiler to improve handling, twin headlamps and special full width lower front grill, which is rare.
Frankie has a fresh MOT until 30/5/2018 (12 months), test done on 16/5/2017.
Two brand new tyres fitted to the front in May last year, the rears have in excess of 4mm tread and are in very good condition, as is the spare.
It comes with its full service book stamped history since new, in 1989, right up to 2007, when it was imported from Germany. There is also a file full of service and work receipts up to the present day. Last four stamped service entries in the service book are 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 (Full service performed 23/5/2016) All work completed and mentioned is invoiced by CoastVW and in the file.
Van originally imported in 2007 from Germany and has had five former keepers since new. Replacement turbo and gearbox fitted at that time. Purchased in 2012 by us in good condition and has had £12,000 spent on it to maintain it in excellent condition. The van can now simply be used and enjoyed by its new owners. It has been independently valued by a VW engineer and has had previous Agreed Value certificates accepted and issued by the same insurers for £10,500 and £14,000. Valued by VW engineers in May 2017 at £18,000 in time for the next insurance renewal. This valuation simply reflects how much the current owner would expect to pay for a vehicle in identical condition. Naturally, one has to be realistic when selling , and the vehicle has been priced accordingly to reflect this.
Since owning it, we have have had the following work completed:
New n/s lower body sill fitted in March 2016 plus any seam work checked and resprayed during partial respray including tailgate and skirts, full invoice and photos supplied of work in progress! - Performed by local paintshop Max Green)
Brand new underslung replacement STAKO lpg tank fitted by GASURE in Chester on the 10th March 2016, for safety reasons as the original tank was corroding externally (see photos) and we value our lives too much!
Habitation and gas check in March 2016 by Gasure after fitting new LPG tank
New leisure battery fitted 2016.
CVC square headlamp protectors fitted 2016 (square headlamps now very expensive to replace)
Matching Mercedes Merak style spare alloy wheel purchased making all wheels identical (you will be surprised to see how many T25's out there have 16” alloys on the van but the original 14” steel wheel as the spare).
Spare wheel carrier modified to take the larger 16” alloy wheel spare.
New tailgate 800Nm gas struts fitted 2015 to cope with a loaded cycle carrier.
New starter fitted 2015
CVC specially designed PopTop roof bars fitted in 2015 by CoastVW
New diesel tank fitted by CoastVW 2015
New reconditioned 'JK' supplied cylinder head fitted and cambelt replaced 2014
Underside completely inspected, all split seams sealed, and sprayed (including cavities) with anti corrosive wax. 2013
All metal brake pipes and braided hoses replaced, new o/s and n/s front brake calipers fitted 2013
New cab door seals fitted 2013
Replacement MPH speedometer fitted 2012, date stamped photo taken of old KPH speedometer reading 337,000 kms converted to 209,000 miles on mph clock. Current mileage 222,000 but will increase slightly due to being used regularly.
Frankie will come with a 12 month MOT, original drivers pack containing Owners Instruction book for vehicle and instructions for original (replaced) stereo unit, (in German). Service book, stamped up to date, (in fact its full now - new one provided!) and other vehicle related papers plus two sets of keys. Habitation certificate together with new LPG tank test certificate. Disklok yellow Thatcham Cat 3 steering wheel lock.
There is also a brand new boxed heater / circulation fan which we have not found time to have installed yet. The rear screen wiper doesn't work although most T25 owners agree that the rear wiper is very ineffective and choose to remove it completely.
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Please do not hesitate to ask any questions. I genuinely want you to be delighted with your purchase and be confident that you are getting an accurately described good quality vehicle.
Independent inspection and viewing is highly recommended. Thank you.
Serviced up to date, the van has a fresh mot, drive it away to enjoy Summer 2017 and beyond!