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VW T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate 

Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Camper Model History

VW T25 Danbury Logo

Circa 1980 Danbury introduced the T25 / T3 Volkswagen Danbury Family Estate. It had either a standard tin top or a side elevating pop top roof initially. On later models it was also possible to specify a high top fixed roof option. It was advertised as having seven forward facing seats. The layout consisted of two swivelling buddy seats behind the driver and passenger seat. The seats folded to allow either two single beds or a double. In circa 1983 the specification changed and the two middle buddy seats were replaced with a single double seat. A cupboard next to the rear seat contained a 2 burner stove and grill. The engine options for the earlier versions used either the 1600 cc or the 2000 cc CU air cooled engines.  Circa 1982 the Danbury Family Estate 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. Note that during the production period of this model various changes were made to the specification including changes to upholstery materials, electrical control panels, furniture design etc. Where possible I will try and show examples of any updates and the approximate date of any change in the descriptions below.

1) VW Danbury Family Estate engine options and approx price (inclusive road tax and VAT when new in standard form):

Prices shown are from Jan 1980 pricelist

From circa 1980:

Petrol Aircooled 1.6  litre CT Motor (1584cc) 37 KW 50 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 7900

Petrol Aircooled 2 litre CU Motor (1970cc) 51 KW 70 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 8346

Petrol Aircooled 2 litre CU Motor (1970cc) 51 KW 70 PS Automatic Gearbox 8706

 

From circa 1982:

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

 

Prices shown are from June 1984 Magazine Pricelist

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 8292 Tintop, 8896 (Elevating Roof)

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

 

From circa 1986:

Petrol Watercooled 2.1 Litre DJ Injection Motor (2109cc) 82 Kw 112PS 5 speed manual gearbox ?

Petrol Watercooled 2.1 Litre DJ Injection Motor (2109cc) 82 Kw 112PS automatic gearbox ?

Turbo Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre JX (1588cc) 51 Kw 70PS 5 speed manual gearbox ?

 

2) Dimensions

Length 4570 mm

Width (excl mirrors) 1850 mm

 

Side Elevating Poptop Roof

Height (roof down) 2083 mm

Height (roof up) ?? mm

 

Hightop Fixed Roof Available circa 1985 onwards.

Height ?? mm Hightop

 

 

 

3) Volkswagen T25 Danbury Family Estate Colour Options

Initially in 1980 the VW Danbury Family Estate was available in 4  duo-tone colour combinations.

E1E1 Brilliant Orange (L20B) Leuchtorange) / B9B9  Ivory Beige (L567) (Elfinbein)

T1T1 Agate Brown (L86Z) (Achatbraun) / B9B9  Ivory Beige (L567) (Elfinbein)

T6T6 Assuan Brown (LH8B) Assuanbraun) / Samos Beige (LH1N)

B5B5 Bamboo Yellow (LH1B) (Bambusgelb) / B9B9  Ivory Beige (L567) (Elfinbein)

 

OrangeIvoryPaint

 

agatebrownIvoryPaint

 

SamosBeigeAsswanBrownPaint

 

BambooYellowIvoryPaint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was also possible by 1981 to order single tone options at a lower price than the dual colour option.

Other colours may have been available so if you see a Danbury in another colour please send me a photo ;-)

R1R1 Pastel White (L90D) (Pastellweis)

B5B5 Bamboo Yellow (LH1B) (Bambusgelb)

D6D6 Timor Beige (LH8T) (Timorbeige)

H3H3 Marsala Red (LH3D) (Marsalarot)

 

 

PastelWhite

 

TimorBeige

 

a_BambooYellow

 

a_MarsalaRed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Camper Furniture Specification

The Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate layout consisted of:

Initial Layout:

1980 VW T25  Danbury Estate Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Circa 1983 the two swivelling middle seats were changed to a double seat with reversible back rest as can be seen in photos lower down the page.

 

1) Drivers seat.

2) Passenger seat.

3) Forward facing seats. Seats can be repositioned to create either two single beds or one large double bed.

1980 VW T25 Danbury Forward Facing Seats

1980 VW T25 Danbury Estate Single Beds

1980 VW T25 Danbury Estate Double Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1983 the two swivelling middle seats where replaced with a double seat with reversible back rest allowing conversion to a double bed (but not two singles as earlier model allowed).

1983 VW T3 Danbury Estate Forward Facing Seats

1983 VW T25 Danbury Estate Double Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Two forward facing middle seats can be swivelled to create a lounge or a dinette using the removable table that fastened to the side wall.

1980 VW T25 Danbury Estate Dinette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1983 the two swivelling middle seats where replaced with a double seat with reversible back rest that could be flipped to make the lounge / dinette.

1983 VW T3 Danbury Estate Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Cupboard next to rear seat contains Lytham Adventurer two burner stove with grill.

1980 VW T25 Danbury Estate Cooker And Grill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Rear clothing locker wardrobe.

1980 VW T25 Danbury Family Estate Rear Wardrobe

1980 VW T25 Danbury Estate Rear Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) All the windows are fully curtained.

1980 VW T25 Danbury Estate Curtains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other features include:

Three two gallon water containers (six gallons of water storage in total).

Washing up bowl.

Flame resistant cabinet at rear for Camping Gas cylinder.

 

5)  Options available at extra cost included:

Full length manually operated side opening rising roof with double bed.

 

6) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate  Poptop Side Elevating Poptop Roof  and Fixed Hightop Roof  Specification

 

Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Poptop Side Elevating Poptop Roof Specification

1980 VW T25 Danbury Family Estate Poptop Roof

1980 VW T3 Danbury Family Estate Elevating Roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980 VW T25 Danbury Family Estate Elevating Roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danbury fibreglass elevating roof runs full length of the vehicle.

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

Fully upholstered bed in roof (1829 mm x ?? mm).

 

 

Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Fixed Hightop  Roof  Specification

Fixed Hightop Roof

Available from circa 1985 onwards.

1985 VW T25 Danbury Estate Hightop

 

 

 

 

 

Window in front and both sides.

Two roof vents with flyscreens.

Front roof rack

 

7) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Side Stripes and Logos

Side Stripe And Door Logo

1980 Danbury  Door Stripe and Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tailgate Logo

1980 VW T25 Danbury Tailgate Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links to Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Owners Instruction Manuals, Sales Brochures  and Price Lists

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Sales Brochures Prospekt Download

Download 1980 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

Download 1981 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

Download May 1981 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Series II (Series 2) And Family Estate Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

Download Oct 1983 VW T25 / T3 Dawson Danbury Family Estate Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

Download March 1984 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Sales Sheet (PDF Format)

Download circa 1985 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Price Lists Download

Download Jan 1980 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Camper And 12 Seater Pricelist (PDF Format)

Download Jan 1981 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Camper Family Estate, Executive Estate, Series II (Series 2), Series II Hire, Showman And 12 Seater Pricelist (PDF Format)

Download June 1982 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Camper Family Estate, Series II (Series 2) And Diamond Magazine Pricelist (PDF Format)

Download June 1984 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Coronet And Family Estate Camper Magazine Pricelist (PDF Format)

Download July 1985 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Coronet And Family Estate Camper Magazine Pricelist (PDF Format)

Download Nov 1986 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Coronet, Family Estate And Luxury Lounger Camper Magazine Pricelist (PDF Format)

Download Nov 1988 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Coronet, Family Estate Luxury Lounger and Renegade Camper Magazine Pricelist (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Owners Instruction Manual Handbook Wiring Diagram Download

 

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Family Estate Magazine Article / Adverts / Review Download

Download July 1980 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Camper National Motor Caravan Fair Brands Hatch Show Report (also includes Holdsworth, Motorhomes International, Devon, Cavalier and some other VW LT models - (PDF Format)

Download Aug 1980 VW T25 / T3 MI Xxplorer Magzine Advert Featuring Danbury Elevating Roof (PDF Format)

 

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