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VW T25 / T3 Devon  Sundowner 

Volkswagen T25 / T3 Devon Sundowner Camper Model History

VW T25  Devon Motor Caravans Logo

Circa 1980 Devon introduced the T25 / T3 Volkswagen Devon Sundowner. A practical vehicle that could carry up to 8 people in comfort. It had a side elevating “Double Top” pop top roof .The interior had  rear bench seat for 2 or 3 people with a single seat adjacent to it on the nearside.  It also had a two seater front bench seat that had a  reversible backrest so passengers could face the front or rear. It was possible to slide this seat backwards or forwards.  The engine options for the earlier versions used either the 1600 cc or the 2000 cc CU air cooled engines.  Circa 1982 the Devon Sundowner was available with the new water cooled diesel engine option and circa 1983 the petrol air cooled engine options were replaced with petrol water cooled engine options.

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

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From circa 1980:

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

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

 

From circa 1982:

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

 

From circa 1983 water cooled engines replaced aircooled options:

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DF Otto Motor (1913cc) 44 Kw 60PS 4 speed manual gearbox ?

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DF Otto Motor (1913cc) 44 Kw 60PS 5 speed manual gearbox ?

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

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 ?

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 ?

 

2) Dimensions

Length 4570 mm

Width (excl mirrors) 1850 mm

 

Side Elevating “Double Top” Poptop Roof

Height (roof down) 2210 mm

Height (roof up) 2970 mm

 

 

 

3) Volkswagen T25 Devon Sundowner Colour Options

In 1980 the VW Devon Sundowner was available in 3 colours.

R1R1 Pastel White (L90D) (Pastellweis)

H4H4 Orient Red (LH3B) (Orientrot)

E1E1 Brilliant Orange (L20B) Leuchtorange)

 

PastelWhite

 

OrientRed

 

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4) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Devon Sundowner Furniture Specification

The Volkswagen T25 / T3 Devon Sundowner layout consisted of:

Daytime Layout:

VW T25  Devon  Sundowner  Daytime Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nightime Layout:

Volkswagen T25  Devon Sundowner Nighttime  Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Devon  Sundowner Minibus Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Drivers seat.

2) Passenger seat.

VW T25 Devon Moonraker Front Seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Double seat (forward or rear facing) with storage under.

4) Forward facing seat with storage underneath. Seat pulls out to make a large double bed (?? mm x ?? mm)

5) Single seat with storage behind and below.

6) Adaptable dining table for inside and outside use. For inside use the table top is located below the offside window and supported by a single screw in leg.

7) Portable two burner cooker. When not in use the gas bottle is stored behind the backrest of the single seat in a storage cupboard vented to the outside.

8) Daytime storage area. Cushion is seated on a fibreglass plinth.

9) Rear wardrobe with hanging rail.

10) Two water carriers each holding 11.5 litres (2 1/2 gallons).

VW T25 Devon Sundowner Water Canisters

 

 

 

 

 

 

11) Patterned vinyl floor covering..

 

Side sliding door.

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Other features include:

Opening sliding window on offside.

Interior lighting.

Courtesy lights.

All the windows are fully curtained.

Carpet style trim to walls and ceiling.

 

5)  Options available at extra cost included:

Childs safety seat (Kangol Universal).

Fire Extinguisher.

Side Step.

Cab Hammock Bunk.

 

6) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Devon Sundowner “Double Top” Poptop Side Elevating Poptop Roof

VW T25 Devon Moonraker Double Top  Poptop Roof1

1980 VW T3 Devon Moonraker Side Elevating Roof

1980 VW T25 Devon Moonraker Poptop Roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devon “Double Top” fibreglass roof runs full length of the vehicle.

Gas filled struts assist with raising roof, hold the roof in place and take weight when lowering.

Roof light with fly screen provides variable ventilation.

Fully upholstered bed in roof (?? cm x ?? cm).

Two solid based bed mattresses.

Can be used as twin beds for children or pushed together to make double bed.

1980 VW T25 Devon Moonraker Roof Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Autohomes Kamper Upper Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Devon Sundowner Side Stripes and Logos

Devon Sundowner Side Stripe And Door Logo

1980 VW T25 Devon Sundowner Side Strip And Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Devon Sundowner Sales Brochures Prospekt Download

Download 1980 VW T25 / T3 Devon Moonraker And Devon Sundowner Poptop Elevating Roof Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

Download 1980 VW T25 / T3 Devon Moonraker And Devon Sundowner Poptop Elevating Roof Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

Download 1980 VW T25 / T3 Devon Moonraker And Devon Sundowner Poptop Elevating Roof Sales Pamphlet (PDF Format)

 

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