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VW T3 Danbury Showman 

Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Showman Camper Model History

VW T25 Danbury Showman

Circa 1981 Danbury introduced the T25 / T3 Volkswagen Danbury Showman. This seems to be a model based on the Danbury Series II but with some additional extras as standard. As with the Series II it had a fully automatic side elevating pop top roof called the “Autoroof”. The Showman was advertised as being a six seater. The layout consisted of a middle seat with reversible back rest and a rear seat that folded to create a double bed. The Showman had cupboards along the offside wall. Incorporated into the side cupboards were a 2 burner stove and grill, sink and drainer and a fridge. The engine options were either the 1600 cc or the 2000 cc CU air cooled engines. 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 Showman engine options and approx price (inclusive road tax and VAT when new in standard form):

Prices shown are from Jan 1981 pricelist

From circa 1981:

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 9040

Petrol Aircooled 2 litre CU Motor (1970cc) 51 KW 70 PS Automatic Gearbox 9400

 

 

2) Dimensions

Length 4570 mm

Width (excl mirrors) 1850 mm

 

Side Elevating Poptop Roof

Height (roof down) 2083 mm

Height (roof up) ?? mm

 

 

 

3) Volkswagen T25 Danbury Showman Colour Options

In 1981 the VW Danbury Showman was available in 4 single colours.

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

1980 VW T3 Danbury Showman Poptop Camper

TimorBeige

 

a_BambooYellow

 

a_MarsalaRed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an extra price option the VW Danbury Showman was also 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Showman Camper Furniture Specification

The Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Showman layout consisted of:

1981 VW T25 Danbury Showman Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Units have teak finish.

Upholstered in latest easy clean fabric from USA.

102 mm high density foam cushions.

All cupboard doors have crank hinges so they fold back flush against units.

Cutlery drawer.

 

 

1) Drivers seat.

2) Passenger seat.

3) Easy fit “coffee break” table between driver and passenger seats.

4) Forward facing seats. Seats can be repositioned to create a large double bed (1956 mm x 1346 mm).

5) Double seat with reversible back rest that could be flipped to make the lounge. A dinette can be created by locating the removable table using the central leg.

6) Unit on offside wall contains Lytham Adventurer two burner stove with grill.

1980 VW T25 Danbury Showman Cooker And Grill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Sink and drainer located in unit adjacent to cooker. Tap is switched on and off via a retractable foot pump.

8) Electrolux RM 122 Fridge.

1980 VW T25 Danbury Showman Electrolux Fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9) Jacket length wardrobe.

1981 VW T25 Danbury Showman Rear Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other features include:

The windows were fully curtained.

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

240 volt hook up / plug socket.

Start inhibitor to prevent vehicle being started when hook up plugged in.

Zig CF6 Electrical control panel with fuses, battery condition indicator and vehicle battery recharging facility.

12 Volt television socket.

Two fluorescent lights.

Fully carpeted floor.

Side step.

Sliding window.

Ashtray in rear.

 

5)  Options available at extra cost included:

 

 

6) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Showman  Poptop Side Elevating Poptop Roof

Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Showman Fully Automatic Poptop Side Elevating Poptop Roof Specification

1980 VW T25 Danbury Showman  Poptop Roof

1980 VW T3 Danbury Showman Elevating Roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980 VW T25 Danbury Showman Elevating Roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Danbury Showman had an electrically operated fully automatic elevating roof called the “Autoroof”.

Danbury fibreglass elevating roof runs full length of the vehicle.

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

Fluorescent light and bedside table in roof.

Switch for roof is in a lockable cupboard.

Easy to use hatchway access to double roof bed.

1980 VW T25 Danbury Showman Roof Access Hatch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Showman Side Stripes and Logos

Side Stripe And Door Logo

1981 Danbury  Door Stripe and Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tailgate Logo

1981 VW T25 Danbury Tailgate Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Showman Sales Brochures Prospekt Download

Download Dec 1980 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Showman Sales Leaflet (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Showman Price Lists Download

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

 

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

Download 1980 VW T25 / T3 Danbury Series II (Series 2) Camper Owners User Instruction Manual (PDF Format)

Note the owners manual above is for the Series II model which is very similar to the Showman. If you have the owners manual for the Showman model please send me a copy and help improve the site ;-)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Danbury Showman 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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