The Volkswagen (Type 2) T3 Transporter, also known as T25 [Type 25] in the UK and 'Vanagon' in the United States, was introduced in 1979 and built in the VW plant in
VW continuing its alliance with Westfalia in producing specific 'Kombi' versions for conversion under the brand, and these models to this day are the most sought after
for build quality, durability, styling and practicality. The Westfalia model was available with many options including Hi-top and Pop-top, starting off as a 'Joker', then 'California'
model and ending as the 'Atlantic', which was the top of the Westfalia range, and most sought after and now becoming much harder to find as a pop-top.
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). Many Diesel models were also built from 1985 and featured in most European Westfalia models.
Four-wheel drive Syncro model was introduced, premiering in January 1985.
VW manufactured Camper vans were fitted out under the Westfalia brand. Some independent companies also converted base T3 vans from new,
Autohomes, Devon, and Holdsworth being the most recognised today