Volkswagen T25 Camper Van 1987

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Lot No: 10

At a Glance:

Year Make Model Mileage SOLD FOR
1987 Volkswagen T25 Camper 146,187 (Not Warranted) £2500.00 + buyers premium


The vendor bought this van in Oct 2012 as part-refurbished, already converted from panel van to high-top camper with rock ‘n roll seats-bed; front, rear & side fenders; curtain rails & curtains; and tinted windows. Also with: high-back ‘Captain’ style front seats with arm rests; JVC KD-G721 radio/CD/MP3 player with USB socket; and electrical hook-up connector at rear.previously green in colour.

Main work done in the first year of his ownership to Oct 2013:
MECHANICAL: New cam-belt, tie rods, brake pads, tyres, batteries (main & leisure), oil changes (engine & gearbox), plus speedometer overhauled & new cable.

BODY: Side windows removed, sills cleaned & re-welded where necessary, and new rubber seals. Complete exterior body prep & respray in VW ice-cream-white, paint code VW L90D. New VW roundels front & back.

INTERIOR: In the front cabin, varnished plywood cladding fitted.
In the central eating & sleeping area, varnished plywood seat facing a varnished plywood table-top on a steel pedestal. Also top & bottom pine-dowel rails for blinds (not yet fitted). Original curtains supplied boxed.

Main work done in subsequent years:
Welding for MOT passes 2014-2018 inc new inner & outer sills
Front wheel bearings replaced April 2015 & June 2017
Braking system overhauled April 2016
New exhaust system Aug 2017
All seat mattresses re-covered in high-quality leatherette, moss-green to colour-match interior paintwork April 2018.

ALSO INCLUDED: New Thetford portable toilet, unused. Box of spare parts. Servicing & repair handbook. Ring-bound documentation of repairs and refurbishments during his ownership, plus email from previous owner listing improvements made during his ownership.

RELIABILITY: The engine has never let him down. After 30 secs of pre-heating (it’s an old-style diesel, 1.7 litre) it starts immediately even in cold wet weather. After a few seconds of unburned fuel smoke (typical for an older diesel), the exhaust clears and the engine runs regularly. No faults and no breakdown recoveries in five years of ownership and 10,000+ miles. Very reliable. Economical too.
Diesel pollution? If you stay under 2000 miles per year as I’ve mostly done (three trips of 650 miles for example) the particulate emissions are insignificant relative to a modern commercial van covering 100,000 miles per year.
The only item in the van that doesn’t work, as far as the vendor knows, is the clock – which is electro-mechanical. After 30 years, no wonder. A digital replacement has been talked-about by suppliers.

Repair to interior roof-covering fabric that’s loose at rear offside.
Rear wheel bearings probably require replacement in next 2000 miles
Limited welding for next MOT pass in April 2019 probably, as per ‘Advisories’

REASON FOR SELLING: The van is too high to pass under the threshold of the barn that’s with the house the vendor has recently bought.

Auctioneers Notes: She would not win a beauty contest but with a low estimate of £1500 – £2000 this camper van is worth a second look.  A lot of the hard work has been done, see attached amendment.  Basically she is a half-finished project.  The advantage to you is that you can build any specification you wish to create.  She is a solid vehicle with a high top roof and can be viewed as from now, by appointment.


Full Details:

Lot No. 10
Auction 27th July 2018 - 97% SOLD
Vehicle Make Volkswagen
Vehicle Model T25 Camper
Year of Manufacture 1987
Mileage 146,187 (Not Warranted)
Registration E166CNL
Date first Registered 15-10-87
MOT 5-4-19
Chassis Number WV2ZZZ25ZJH011313
Engine Number KY002996
Estimated Sale Price £1500 - 2000

Please note: Current engine and chassis numbers are supplied by HPI. Prospective buyers are advised to satisfy themselves as to the condition of a vehicle and the accuracy of any statement made, be they statements of fact or opinion. All vehicles are sold as seen. If you cannot attend the auction please contact the office for a walk around description over the phone.

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