The Volkswagen (Type 2) T3 Transporter, also known as T25 in the UK or VW Vanagon in the United States, was introduced in 1979.
The T3 Transporter was one of the last all-new bodied Volkswagen platforms that still used an air-cooled, rear-engine design.
Compared to its predecessor, (the T2), the T3 was sturdier and heavier, with a slightly larger, much more square and boxy body,
that offered more usable interior space than the original models' rounded front side, roof, and edges. The T3, with its front
now folding sharply along a horizontal middle axis, instead of the old model's curve, is sometimes called "the wedge" by enthusiasts,
to differentiate it from earlier VW "Kombis".
The Volkswagen air-cooled boxer engine was supplanted by a water-cooled one – though still rear-mounted – in 1983.
Both Porsche and Oettinger built six-cylinder versions of the T3 Transporter in very small numbers, with the Porsche-built
version achieving a top speed around 200 km/h (125 mph). A four-wheel drive Syncro model was introduced, premiering in January 1985.
VW manufactured Camper vans were fitted out under the Westfalia brand. Many independent companies also converted base T3 vans from new