There's no denying that a good condition splitscreen or bay camper is perhaps the more romantic choice, but there's something about the Type 25, T25 or 'wedge' that has earned it's own cult status. Some may say it's down to cost as good condition bays break the £ 10k mark and splitties can reach twice that. Although with the prices of quality converted T25's creeping up that may no longer be the case.
We think there's more to it than that … sometimes it's best to start at the beginning.
Introduced in 1979 as a replacement to the Bay window, the T25 retained the classic overall layout and was to become the last of the rear engine Volkswagen vans. Launched with the same air-cooled flat-four engine that had powered earlier VW vans, within three years they were to make way for the more powerful water-cooled flat-four units to compliment the already optional straight-four diesel options. While the water-cooled engines may not appeal to the die hard air-cooled fraternity, they do tend to be more powerful yet still retain the same distinctive VW noise.
Larger than the earlier vans, the T25 is no taller than the bay that proceeded it although it is 5 inches longer and 2.5 inches wider. This increased space made it more practical though no harder to drive thanks to increased visibility all round. Perhaps the largest change in terms of dimensions was the lower of the rear deck by 5.7 inches and the moving of the spare wheel from inside the vehicle to under the front of the cab. The combination of which is explained in more usable internal space, something which camper conversion companies soon made the most of.
Volkswagen also made improvements to the ride and handling with the addition of coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers all round. Much like the production cars of today, this development also meant the turning circle was reduced.
Production of the T25 finally ceased in 1992 where it made way for the T4 with Volkswagens new direction of front engine layout vans.
But what does this mean to you and me?
Well in our view the Type 25 holds a well deserved classic status in terms of its looks and heritage. A status that cleverly hides an altar more modern and easier vehicle to live with. Through a combination of its iconic looks, flexible engines, improved suspension and greater inner space, we feel that the T25 really is the ideal choice for classic VW camping.
Why not find out for yourself just how versatile these vehicles are and we guarantee you'll make some new friends along the way.