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VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 

Volkswagen Auto-Sleeper T25 / T3 VT20 Camper Model History

VW Autosleeper VT20

VW Auto-sleepers VT20

Volkswagen Autosleeper VT20 Elevating Roof

 

Circa 1980 Auto-Sleepers introduced the T25 / T3 Volkswagen Autosleeper VT20 Camping Car. It had an elevating pop top roof with rigid sides. The interior had a “U”-shaped dinette area in the rear “living” area. The rear seat in the Autosleeper VT20 Camping Car could be converted into a full width double bed. The Autosleeper VW T25 / T3 VT20 Camping Car used either the air cooled 1600cc  CT 2000cc CU engines. Circa 1983 the VT20 used the newly released water cooled boxer engines. Slight changes were made to the layout including the addition of a rear wardrobe . The Autosleeper VT20 could be considered as the budget poptop model as the Autosleeper VX50 poptop model had a higher specification (but the different interior layout of the VX50 featured only a 3/4 width double bed).

1) VW Autosleeper VT20 Poptop engine options and approx price (inclusive road tax and VAT when new in standard form):

Early version Autosleeper VT20 Camping Car price taken from the 11/1980 price list:

Petrol Aircooled 1.6  litre CT Motor (1584cc) 37 KW 50 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 7750

Petrol Aircooled 2 litre CU Motor (1970cc) 51 KW 70 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 8181

 

Autosleeper VT20 price taken from the 03/1983 price list:

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DF Otto Motor (1913cc) 44 Kw 60PS 4 speed manual gearbox 9,239 (standard model up to circa 1986)

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DG Otto Motor (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS 4 speed manual gearbox 9,472

(standard model after circa 1986)

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DG Otto Motor (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS 5 speed manual gearbox 9,673

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DG Otto Motor (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS automatic gearbox 9,978

Petrol Watercooled 2.1 Litre DJ Fuel Injected Motor (2109cc) 82 Kw 112PS was available as an option after circa 1986.

Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre CS (1588cc) 37 Kw 50PS 4 speed manual gearbox 9,882

Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre CS (1588cc) 37 Kw 50PS 5 speed manual gearbox 10,882

Circa 1986 a 4 wheel drive syncro version was also available.

 

2) Dimensions

Length 4569 mm

Height 2108 mm

Width (excl mirrors) 1844 mm

Width (incl mirrors) 2082 mm

 

 

3) Volkswagen T25 Autosleeper VT20 Colour Options

So far I have seen VW Autosleeper VT20 in the following colours.

R1R1 Pastel White (L90D) (Pastellweiss) (with white roof)

E1E1 Brilliant Orange (L20B) (Leuchtorange) - Only ever seen one in this colour - could have been a demonstrator or special order.

J5J5 Medium Blue (LH5G) (Mediumblau)

H3H3 Marsala Red (LH3D) (Marsalarot)

 

PastelWhite

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Poptop

BrillantOrange

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Poptop

MediumBlue

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Poptop

MarsalaRed

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Poptop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: the Auto-sleepers Owners Club Website states that from 1984 the colour Tornado Red  LY3D was also available. I havent actually seen an Autosleeper VT20 in this colour yet so if you have one let me know and send me a photo ;-)

 

4) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Furniture Specification

The Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 layout consisted of:

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A) Adjustable cab seats upholstered in same material as rear seats.

Volkswagen T25 Autosleeper VT20 Front Seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

B) Stainless steel sink with specially designed lid for extra work space and Electrolux RM 122 two way (gas / 12 volt operated) refrigerator (with electronic ignition system) below. Fridge has internal ice cube tray.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20  Fridge

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C) Two burner Fellows stainless steel cooker with grill and cupboard below.

Volkswagen Autosleeper VT20 Cooker and  Sink

VW Autosleeper VT20 Cooker and  Sink

VW Autosleeper VT20 Kitchen Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T3 Autosleeper VT20 Stove And Gril

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D and E) Form “U” shaped dinette.

E) Fold away seat.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 U Shaped Dinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

D, E and F) Convert to a large double bed, or, by removing cushions a large load carrying area. By leaving parcel shelf in position F forms a boot. Storage areas above and below seats.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Full Width Bed

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Rear Shelf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G) Lined wardrobe behind rear seat. Note early “Autosleeper VT20 Camping Car” air cooled versions did not have this rear wardrobe.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Rear Wardrobe

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Rear Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H) Large storage locker behind front passenger seat.

Some models had a cupboard with a single opening door:

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Storage Cupboard

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Storage Cabinet

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some models had a cupboard split into two halves:

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Cupboard Doors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I) Removable table.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Removable Table

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Rear Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

J) Chemical porta potti Thetford 35 (Thetford 235 also believed to fit) toilet in special cupboard under cooker.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Porta Loo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K) Side sliding door.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Sliding Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other features include:

Freshwater tank for pressurised water system has calibrated water level gauge in van.

12 volt plug and socket.

Fluorescent lighting above kitchen and rear seat.

Opening louvre window with integral fly screen behind sink and cooker.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Water Level Gauge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier models had electrical control panel with fuses, switches for water pump and fridge, 12v outlet socket and water level gauge.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 electrical control panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later models had AS badged (actually Labcraft CP4) electrical control panel with water level gauge, battery level indicator, fuses for electrical circuits, master switches for fridge and water pump and 12 volt outlet socket.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Control Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy lights.

Full curtains from high quality fabrics.

Tableware for four stored in cupboard behind passenger seat.

VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Crockery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheel trims.

 

5) Options available at extra cost included:

Prices taken from 11/1980 price list.

Fitted carpeting - 29.90

Gas point tap - 11.83

Chemical toilet - 19.93

Fly screens - 25.60

Thermostatically controlled blown air heating system which is flued to exterior of vehicle - 174.40

Cab transverse roof bunk - 37.38

Cab seats trimmed to match rear cushions - 57.93

Rear annex tent - 139.53

 

 

6) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Camper Elevating Roof Specification

Fully insulated roof.

Adjustable side panels in roof for added ventilation. These side panels can also be lowered completely to give a grandstand view when at sporting events.

Windows in side panels of roof.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20  Elevating Roof

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 solid sided roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring assisted roof lifting from inside the van.

Fully upholstered bed in roof.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Poptop Roof

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Roof Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early “VT20 Camping Car” models had a small roof rack at the front of the poptop roof:

Volkswagen T25 Autosleeper VT20 Front Roof Rack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper Camper Side Stripes and Logos

There was normally a small burgundy AS logo on the front of the vehicle and a white AS logo on the side rear quarters on top of the thick coloured stripe. Also there were burgundy Auto-sleeper logos on the driver and passenger doors.

The coachline stripes on the side were painted on and the colour varied for different years. The majority of earlier Autosleeper VT20’s had a blue stripe (Paint Code VW LP5Z Orly Blue) although occasionally other colours were used including green (Paint Code Jaguar Racing Green Met HDN) and brown (Paint Code Talbot Deep Mango YW). Later Autosleeper VT20’s sometimes had burgundy stripes (Paint Code British Leyland Damson Red BLVC 211).

The main thick painted stripes were then decorated using stick on coloured pinstripes. The pinstripes above & below the thick stripe were dual 3/6mm gold stripes (possibly orange when main stripe was brown?) and there was also a 6mm white pinstripe down the centre.

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Side Stripes

VW T25 Autosleeper VT20 Side Decals and Logos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Links to Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Camper Owners Instruction Manuals, Sales Brochures  and Price Lists

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Sales Brochures Prospekt Download

1981 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Poptop Elevating Roof VT20 Sales Brochure also includes VW LT VX10, Bedford SV100 and Bedford Utopian SB45 (PDF Format)

1983 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Poptop Elevating Roof VT20 Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

1985 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20, VX50 and VHT Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

1987 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20, VX50 and VHT Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Camper Price Lists Download

Download Oct 1980 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Poptop Elevating Roof VT20 Price List also includes  VW LT 28 VX10 and Autosleeper Bedford, Leyland Sherpa, Ford Transit and Dodge models (PDF Format)

Download Nov 1980 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Poptop Elevating Roof VT20 Price List also includes  VW LT 28 and Autosleeper Bedford, Leyland Sherpa, Ford Transit and Dodge models (PDF Format)

Download March 1983 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Poptop Elevating Roof VT20 Price List (PDF Format

Download July 1983 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Poptop Elevating Roof VT20 Price List (PDF Format)

Download Oct 1985 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 and VHT Price List From Magazine Buying Guide (PDF Format)

Download Nov  1985 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20, VHT and VX50 Price List also includes Talbot, Bedford and Renault Autosleeper Models (PDF Format)

Download May  1987 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20, VHT and VX50 Price List (PDF Format

Download Sept 1987 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20, VHT and VX50, Holdsworth Villa Mk3 and Holdsworth Vision, Autohomes Kamper, Karisma, Kameo and Komet Price List From Magazine Article (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Camper Owners Instruction Manual Handbook Download

Download 1984 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Poptop Camper Owners Instruction User Manual (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper  VT20 Camper Magazine Reviews / Press Release

Download Feb 1981 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Camping Car VT20 Prototype Earls Court Caravan, Camping and Holiday Show Report (also includes Holdsworth Hi Flyer and Villa Super Two and Family Five,  Autohomes CI Kamper, some LT based models such as Pampas and Cavaiier Coachman and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

Download Feb 1981 Magazine Advert with Price VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 (and Bedford CF250, Ford Transit, Leyland Sherpa, Dodge 2000) - (PDF Format)

Download July 1985 Magazine Review of secondhand 1982 aircooled VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 - (PDF Format)

Download Sept 1982 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Brands Hatch National  Motor Caravan Fair Report (also includes Westfalia Continental, Holdsworth Villa,  Autohomes CI Kamper, Cavalier Coachman and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

Download Feb 1983 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Earls Court Caravan, Camping and Holiday Show Report (also includes Holdsworth Hi Flyer and Villa, Autohomes CI Kamper MK2, Westfalia Continental some LT based models and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

Download July 1983 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Motor Caravan SMTT Test Day Report (also includes Devon Sunrise, Autohomes Kamper 2, Holdsworth Villa, Diamond RV Autocruiser, Cavalier Coachman Classic and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

Download Aug 1983 Magazine Review VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Review - (PDF Format)

Download Feb 1984 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Earls Court Caravan Show Report (also includes Holdsworth Variety, Autohomes Kamper and Karisma, Diamond Autocruiser and Autostrada, some LT based models and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

Download July 1984 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VT20 Motor Caravan SMTT Test Day Report (also includes Autohomes Kamper and Karisma, Holdsworth Villa and Variety, Diamond RV Autostrada and Autocruiser and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

Download 1986 - 1987 Autosleeper Magazine featuring VW T25 Autosleeper VX50, Autosleeper VT20 and Autosleeper VHT Models (as well as Bedford Clubman, Bedford Midi, Ford Transit Frisky, Ford Transit Legend, Ford Transit Flair, Renault RV50, Renault RHT, Renault Rapport, Renault RCX, Talbot  Express CXL Hightop, Talbot Express SL and Talbot Express Talisman).

Download 1988 Autosleeper Magazine featuring VW T25 Autosleeper VX50, Autosleeper VT20 and Autosleeper VHT Models (as well as Ford Frisky, Ford Legend, Ford Flair, Renault RV50, Renault RV50, Renault Rapport, Renault RCX, Talbot Sportsman SL, Talbot Rambler and Talbot Talisman).

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