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VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VX50 

Volkswagen Auto-Sleeper T25 / T3 VX50 Camper Model History

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50

VW T3 Auto-Sleepers VX50

Volkswagen T25 Autosleeper VX50

Circa 1983 Auto-Sleepers introduced the T25 / T3 Volkswagen Autosleeper VX50 Camper. It had an elevating pop top roof with rigid sides. The interior specification was similar to the hightop version known as the Autosleeper VHT. The interior had cupboards along the side behind the drivers seat and the rear seat converted into a 3/4  width double bed. The Autosleeper VX50 had a higher specification than the Autosleeper VT20 poptop model (although the different interior layout of the VT20 featured a full width double bed). The engine options used the newly released water cooled boxer engine.

 

1) VW Autosleeper VX50 Poptop engine options and approx price (inclusive road tax and VAT when new in standard form):

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

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

(standard model after circa 1986)

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

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

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 ?

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

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 VX50 Colour Options

As far as I know the VW Autosleeper VX50 was available in 2 colours.

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

D6D6 Timor Beige (LH8T) (Timorbeige) (with matching roof)

 

PastelWhite

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Elevating Roof Camper

TimorBeige

!986 Autosleeper VX50 Timor Bei

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 VX50 in this colour yet so if you have one let me know and send me a photo ;-)

 

4) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VX50 Furniture Specification

The Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VX50 layout consisted of:

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A) Fully adjustable drivers cab seat upholstered in same material as rear seats. There was an extra cost option for this seat to have a swivel  mount (in conjunction with removable front table option).

Volkswagen Autosleeper VX50 Front Seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B) Fully adjustable swivelling passenger cab seat upholstered in same material as rear seats.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Swivel Seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C) Extra cost option small table that fits between passenger and drivers cab seats (in conjunction with swivelling drivers seat option).

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Front Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

D) Two burner Fellows stainless steel cooker and grill (with specially designed lid for so that it can be folded away when not in use) and full length cupboard below. Also Electrolux RM 212 F three way (gas / 12 volt / 240 volt operated) refrigerator (with electronic ignition system) below. Fridge has internal freezer compartment.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Cooker Stove Grill

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Electrolux RM 212 Fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E) Stainless steel sink (with specially designed lid for so that it can be folded away when not in use) and cupboards below.

AutosleeperVX50Sink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F) Large storage locker with removable trays.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Furniture

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Locker Basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G) Wardrobe behind rear seat.

Volkswagen Autosleeper VX50 Rear Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H) Parcel shelf with storage below.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Tailgate View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I) Dinette seat designed to sit two adults in comfort.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Rear Seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H and I) Convert to a large double bed.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Lower Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J) Removable rear table.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Rear Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K) Chemical porta potti Thetford 35 (Thetford 235 / 335 also believed to fit depending on year) toilet in special cupboard below sink. The gas bottles are also accessed via this cupboard.

Volkswagen T25 Autosleeper VX50 Portaloo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L) Side sliding door.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Sliding Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other features include:

Full carpeting.

Mains electric hook up with safety protection via earth leakage circuit breaker.

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

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 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 VX50 Control Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshwater tank for pressurised water system with electrically pumped water tap.

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

Fluorescent lighting above kitchen window and above rear seat.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Kitchen Light

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Rear Fluorescent Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy lights.

Full curtains from high quality fabrics.

Tableware crockery for four.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Crockery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheel trims.

5) Options available at extra cost included:

Thermostatically controlled Propex blown air heating system which is flued to exterior of vehicle.

Cupboard to the left of fridge is no longer full length when heater option is specified. Heater is installed in base of unit as can be seen in photo below where the vent and outlet holes can be seen.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Night Heater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VX50 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 VX50 Elevating Roof

AutosleeperVT20RoofUpExt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring assisted roof lifting from inside the van.

Fully upholstered bed in roof.

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Poptop Roof Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some early models had a small roof rack at the front of the poptop roof:

VW T25 Autosleeper VX50 Front Roof Rack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper 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 VX50’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 VX50’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 T3 Autosleeper VX50 Side Decals

VW T25 AutosleeperVX50 Logos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Links to Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VX50 Owners Instruction Manuals, Sales Brochures  and Price Lists

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper VX50 Sales Brochures Prospekt Download

1983 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Poptop Elevating Roof VX50 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 VX50 Price Lists Download

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

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 VX50 Owners Instruction Manual Handbook Download

1984 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VX50 Poptop Camper Owners Instruction User Manual (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper  VX50 Magazine Articles / Reviews / Adverts

Download April 1984  Magazine Review VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VX50 Review (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).

Download Apr 1989 Magazine Review 1987 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper VX50 Review - (PDF Format)

 

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