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Tristar Eric Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:55 pm

I thought it might be fun to post pictures of all the crazy "special" model T3 variants that VW produced throughout the years.

For example: Fire trucks, ambulance, vending trucks etc.

Please post a pic if you have seen something odd or unusual.

Here's a few of mine...






Tristar Eric Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:21 pm

Never seen one like this... it's a wiking toy, but I'm sure it's based on a real model.





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Tristar prototype circa 1988...


Robw_z Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:17 am

Searched but couldn't find a picture, the weirdest I've seen was a Vanagon with a built in Air Traffic Control Tower. Anybody else know what I'm talking about?

-Rob

sunshine_norway Wed Dec 24, 2008 9:10 am






McVanagon Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:29 am

I've seen most of those in this book I have... There are some others. If I wasn't trying to finish of some holiday stuff, I'd scan a few..

Fun book.

MarkWard Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:36 am

I did a search. What actually is the difference between a T25 and a T3? I am old school and not up on these designations. I am familiar with Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and the Type 4 for from the 60's and 70's. Thank you

j5josher Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:38 am

i thought t3 where fasty, notch, and squares... not vans

Tristar Eric Wed Dec 24, 2008 4:56 pm

VW Transporter, type: T,1,2,3,4,5

It's all about the generations of the VW bus. We start at T1, 1949 - 1967, then T2 1968-1979, then T3 1980-1992, T4 starts in 1993- 2003, and the most current T5.

T25, is the British designation for T3. The US is always "Vanagon", I'm not sure VW ever used T3 as an official designation in the US, but in Europe it's pretty common.

I think, the sqaureback is type III, not T3.

MrPolak Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:09 pm

rsxsr wrote: I did a search. What actually is the difference between a T25 and a T3? I am old school and not up on these designations. I am familiar with Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and the Type 4 for from the 60's and 70's. Thank you

I once read a book about VW Buses written by a William Burt who continually, and to my irritation, refered to the Vanagon as The Wedge. I wanted to give the author a wedge. The book was written and published in the USA, but he used that term like he never owned a Vanagon. I later learned that The Wedge is an actual nickname for the T25 used in Britain. Lesson learned. :-)

Here's the cover. You might recognise the bus and the location. I'll give you a hint: HCBF.


mr_vanagon Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:54 pm


Syncro utility vehicle for the Greek phone company (OTE) Taken on Samos Island


Not sure if this counts as "special" but I'd say "abused" covers it. Don't know what org was using this (to spray poison?) but I found it looking abandoned while I was on a hike one afternoon.

msinabottle Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:56 pm



The phrase, 'High Speed Chase' will never vex THAT particular department!

:shock:

Best!

fastwagens Thu Dec 25, 2008 2:46 am

very cool thread

Robw_z Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:05 am


fastwagens Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:35 am

here is one I found


Tristar Eric Thu Dec 25, 2008 12:00 pm

I saw this one at Vanfest...



Swedish singlecab syncro firetruck with custom canopy.





Tristar Eric Thu Dec 25, 2008 12:12 pm

ADAC breakdown/ support singlecab syncro



Danish army ambulance highroof syncro 16"



Syncro 16" doka NATO



Plain jane Bundeswehr 2wd doka with black-out kit



Danish army doka w/ special high canopy


MarkWard Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:22 am

Tristar Eric wrote: VW Transporter, type: T,1,2,3,4,5

It's all about the generations of the VW bus. We start at T1, 1949 - 1967, then T2 1968-1979, then T3 1980-1992, T4 starts in 1993- 2003, and the most current T5.

T25, is the British designation for T3. The US is always "Vanagon", I'm not sure VW ever used T3 as an official designation in the US, but in Europe it's pretty common.

I think, the sqaureback is type III, not T3.

Whew, I think I bought the right mirrors then. Thank you for the explanation.

bd Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:06 pm

this is the best thread ever.

Tristar Eric Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:26 pm

Postal high roof panel, with taller slider door. Notice the front "postal" flares.


Syncro fire truck


2wd single cab, with rare Westfalia wide bed.


High roof Syncro ambulance with frosted windows.


2wd Bundeswehr radio kombi with camo netting

Tristar Eric Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:44 pm

2wd single cab "tipper"


2wd ambulance with postal flares, and optional self retracting step


2wd school bus, with the same retracting step. Notice the lower right of the slider door. Power mirrors, and oversize interior rear view mirror.


An actual correct yellow postal high roof with extended slider door.



Very late Syncro ambulance, notice the side step. Fiberglass bumpers.
Sliding glass divider.



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