Volkswagen Westfalia T25 / T3 California Model History
The Westfalia California was introduced in late 1988 and the Westfalia Atlantic a few months later in mid 1989. As the names might suggest the California was aimed at people using the bus in summer as in standard form it came fitted with single glazing and without an Eberspacher night heater. The Atlantic was aimed more at people who intended to use the bus all year round or in winter conditions as it came in standard form with double glazing and an Eberspacher night heater.
1) VW Westfalia California engine options and approx price ( inclusive tax when new in standard form):
From 07/1989 price list unless stated. Prices are in German Deutschmark:
The VW Westfalia California was available in 2 colours.
R1R1 Pastel White (L90D) (Pastellweiss) (with white roof)
H3H3 Marsala Red (LH3D) (Marsalarot) (with red roof)
3) Volkswagen Westfalia California Furniture Specification
The new 1989 T25 / T3 Volkswagen Westfalia California Camper was available in two different configurations known as pop top and high top.
VW Westfalia California Pop Top
The Westfalia California Pop Top layout consisted of:
1) Kitchen Block 87 cm wide x 45 cm deep with 2 flame gas cooker, sink, electric pump for tap, draining board and cover plate.
2) Cupboard unit with integrated freshwater tank.
3) Wardrobe and storage unit over the engine bay.
4) Roof locker below roof bed.
5) Cushion 120 cm wide over the engine bay.
6) 3/4 width rock n roll bed for 2 persons (bed is 188 cm x 120 cm when folded out) with bedding storage area under seat.
7) Rear table on swinging arm (80 cm x 40 cm) with light grey surface finish and dark grey edging trim.
8) Optional (at additional cost) front table on swinging arm (60 cm x 40 cm) with light grey surface finish and dark grey edging trim.
Westfalia California Pop Top Interior Photos
The 1989 Volkswagen Westfalia California had light grey furniture and grey velour upholstery.
VW Westfalia California High Top
Having the same layout as the Westfalia California Poptop but with a hightop.
VW Westfalia California High Top Interior Photos
4) Volkswagen Westfalia California Upholstery Specification
The interior upholstery material was a light grey velour material.
Curtains were grey with a darker grey/red stripe pattern.
5) Volkswagen Westfalia California Roof Specification
VW Westfalia California Pop Top Roof Version:
With aero dynamic wind deflector over the drivers cab. Inner lining of roof was a polyamid soft flock material.
Canvas had a large opening aperture at the front with a zippable mosquito net.
Fibreglass roof had an opening plastic window (29 cm x 39 cm) with mosquito net and black out curtain.
Double bed in pop top roof 185 cm x 122 cm.
Roof exterior was in vehicle colour.
VW Westfalia California High Top Roof Version:
Large plastic double glazed panorama window at the front.
Insulated with 25 mm insulation.
Two 40 cm x 40 cm lifting air vents with mosquito nets.
Two x 12 volt reading lights inside roof.
Storage Cupboard above drivers cabin.
Double bed in hightop roof 194 cm x 116 cm.
Roof exterior was in vehicle colour.
6) Westfalia California Flooring and Carpeting Specification
The rear floor was a hard wearing grey lino type material and this was covered by a removable square grey carpet with a non slip rubber backing.
The front cab area was carpeted with grey carpet.
7) Volkswagen Westfalia California Door Trim Specification
Door trims and interior panels were grey vinyl with a matching material padded insert. There was a storage pocket on the drivers side door panel.
8) Volkswagen Westfalia California Standard Model Specification
Insulated on all inner bodywork in the living area with 25mm thick mineral fibre plates. The side walls and roof panels (only in Hightop) are made from lined wood panels.
Windows and Curtains
Green tinted heat absorbing glass on sides and front windscreen.
Sliding windows in sliding door and opposite with fly nets. (because the Atlantic had plastic double glazing in the living area it did not have sliding windows although the one opposite the sliding door above the kitchen unit did open via hinges.)
Curtains all round. The curtain for the front windscreen was clipped on when required.
220 Volt external hook up with internal outlet socket and safety trip cut out.
Three transistor lights 12 volts. (additionally there were two reading lights in roof bed on hightop models)
Freshwater and Wastewater
55 Litre freshwater tank with electric pump and lockable cap.
20 Litre waste water tank under the vehicle.
External underbody 8kg LPG tank with Eis-ex (gas preheater for extreme cold temperature use) and 3 tap control.
Combination cupboard 87 cm wide x 45 cm deep on the left behind the drivers seat with sink, two flame cooker with splash plate. The splash plate folds down and can be used to drain dishes after washing. Also the unit has a cutlery draw, a large cupboard for tableware and the fridge.
Storage rail above the cooker.
Diode control display system on the kitchen unit showing fresh water tank level, leisure battery charge level, indicator when fridge is running on gas and Eis-ex switch and LED indicator to show when Eis-ex is switched on (LPG preheater for use in extreme cold conditions).
42 litre fridge working from 12v, 220v and gas.
All furniture is five sheet laminated and 15 mm thick plywood with a light grey PVC coating and dark grey PVC edging. The upholstery is grey velour material.
Rock N Roll Seat Bed for 2 people in the rear with upholstered cushion over the engine bay.
Roof locker cupboard above rear seat with shelf accessible from rear tailgate area.
Wardrobe and small cupboard rear left over the engine bay.
Storage unit along the side with 3 stowage areas.
Rotating table (80 cm x 40 cm) on metal arm for rear living area.
Holders for two headrests on rear seat.
Seat belts for two people on rear seat.
Double bed when rock n roll seat folded down including cushion over engine bay (188 cm x 120 cm).
California logos stripes on vehicle side.
California logos front and rear.
Additional Model Equipment.
Front grill with double square headlights.
Plastic coated moulded front and rear bumpers with bumper strip.
Front spoiler and short side planks on front doors (Atlantic had planking down entire side.)
Special upholstered dashboard.
Velour seat upholstery.
Driver and passenger swivelling captains seats with adjustable armrests.
Rev counter and a digital clock.
Opening quarter light windows for driver and passenger.
Forced ventilation via rear vents in side windows left and right.
Heated Rear Window (there is a plastic double glazed rear window on Atlantic so it does not have this option.)
Rear Window wiper (there is a plastic double glazed rear window on Atlantic so it does not have this option.)
Extra warm air vent in living area supplied by engine temp (ie not night heater).
12 volt cigarette lighter and accessory socket.
Make up mirror and light on passenger sun visor.
Dual circuit and handbrake warning light.
Lockable glove box lid.
Storage pocket inside drivers door.
Dipping rear view mirror.
Carpet inside covering front wheel arches.
Convex passenger outside mirror.
Child lock on sliding door.
90 amp alternator for 70KW and 82KW Engines.
Four silver wheel trims.
Padded trim in the sliding door panel and right side next to rear seat made in matching material.
Preparation for radio stereo installation with aerial.
Gas filled telescopic struts for tailgate.
Artificial leather surround on gear stick.
All window frame surrounds had a chrome insert trim.
“Vanagon” badge on tailgate.
220 volt adaptor cable.
Removable velour carpet in the living area.
9) Options available at extra cost included:
There were many options available at extra cost for your Westfalia California. Below is a list of some of them taken from 7/89 price list. Prices include tax and are in German Deutschmark:
M026 Active oil filter for engine with catalytic convertor. Cost 145.92 DM
M060 Additional heating for petrol engines. Cost 2017.80 DM
M060 Additional heating for diesel engines. Cost 2700.55 DM
M099 M+S Tyres 185 R 14 C 6 PR 99/97 N Fulda “Krystall”. Cost 214.32 DM
M103 Stronger shock absorbers. Cost 151.62 DM
M156 Zyklonfunction airfilters. Cost 201.78 DM
M165 Locking access flap ( behind registration plate for oil and water top up). Cost 57 DM
M173 Steel belt tyres Michelin 205/70 R14 -97 R reinforced. Cost 652.08 DM
M558 Two batteries with split charge relay for Otto engines. Cost 253.08 DM
M558 Two batteries with split charge relay for Diesel engines. Cost 318.06 DM
M571 Rear Fog Light. Cost 70.68 DM
M622 Cigarette lighter and 12 volt accessory socket. Cost 57 DM (Extra 89 Model Standard 90 model)
M640 Long term underbody treatment (bitumen based). Cost 404.70 DM
M651 Electric windows. Cost 922.26 DM
M659 Halogen Fog Lights. Cost 352.26 DM
M697 Steel belt tyres. Conti 185 R 14 C 8 PR 99/97 N RS 771. Cost 47.88 DM
M954 Steel belt tyres. Michelin 185 R 14 C 8 PR 99/97 N X2X. Cost 47.88 DM
10) Accessories available at extra cost included:
There were many accessories available at extra cost for your Westfalia California. Below is a list of some of them taken from 9/89 price list. Prices include tax and are in German Deutschmark:
Driver and passenger Westfalia (ISRI) Comfort Seats (instead of the standard model seats). Order number 216 081 824 031. Cost 1243 DM
Two runners in rear floor to allow fitting of optional middle seat bank for two persons. Order Number 1 030. Cost 199 DM
Two seat middle bank unit that sat behind the driver and passenger seats and in front of the rear seat and fastened to rails in the floor. This unit was in grey upholstery material to match the interior of the bus. Order Number 216 116 824 001. Cost 1306 DM (Only in conjunction with two runners mentioned above).
Protective cover for 2 Westfalia comfort seats in drivers cab. Order number 216 081 230 031. Cost 97 DM
Protective cover for 2 VW seats in drivers cab. Order number 216 112 230 031. Cost 97 DM
Protective cover for 2 seat Westfalia seat bank. Order number 216 112 230 032. Cost 129 DM
Protective cover for engine bay cushion in grey. Order number 216 019 235 031. Cost 78 DM
Folding head cushion (when folded can be used as armrest). Order Number 216 002 821 031. Cost 62 DM
2 Headrests for rear seat or middle seat bank if ordered as an extra. Order Number 216 112 230 030, Cost 129 DM
Dividing curtains for between cab area and rear living area on Pop Top. Order Number 216 006 881 025. Cost 148 DM
Dividing curtains for between cab area and rear living area on High Top. Order Number 216 004 881 025. Cost 186 DM
Insulated and quilted clip on winter curtain for front windscreen. Order Number 216 015 881 021. Cost 268 DM
Child bed / storage for the cab area. Order Number 216 012 237 020. Cost 126 DM
Child nets for inside roof bed for Pop Top. Order Number 216 039 113 020. Cost 116 DM
Child nets for inside roof bed for High Top. Order Number 216 010 237 030. Cost 116 DM
Mosquito net for sliding door. Order Number 216 010 238 005. Cost 194 DM
Mosquito net for rear tailgate. Order Number 216 009 238 005. Cost 99 DM
Sleeping bag with head cushion (grey striped). Order Number 216 112 230 050. Cost 158 DM.
Sleeping bag with head cushion (grey-black sail). Order Number 216 112 230 055. Cost 164 DM.
Blackout fitting for air vents in hightop roof. Order number 216 010 145 041. Cost 45 DM
2 Loudspeakers in rear top locker (Standard on Atlantic). Order number 216 004 346 001. Cost 85 DM
Universal storage / seat box for behind passenger seat (Standard on Atlantic). Order Number 216 025 824 020. Cost 302 DM
Eberspacher night heating with leisure battery and split charge relay system and battery charger (Standard on Atlantic):
Petrol-heating B2L. Order number 216 117 400 002. Cost 2981 DM
Diesel-heating D2L. Order number 216 117 400 003. Cost 2981 DM
Eberspacher heater timer control with digital display (Standard on Atlantic). Order number 216 003 446 001. Cost 284 DM
Translift System for High Top. Order Number 216 006 434 011. Cost 409 DM
Translift Surfboard attachment hightop. Order Number 216 005 434 025. Cost 111 DM
Translift Ski attachment hightop. Order Number 216 005 434 040. Cost 141 DM
Translift System for Pop Top. Order Number 216 005 434 010. Cost 546 DM
Translift Surfboard attachment poptop. Order Number 216 005 434 025. Cost 111 DM
Translift Kayak attachment poptop. Order Number 216 005 434 030. Cost 108 DM
Translift Ski attachment poptop. Order Number 216 005 434 040. Cost 141 DM
Translift Connector 150. Order Number 216 005 434 015. Cost 59 DM
Translift winding fitting. Order Number 216 005 434 020. Cost 9 DM
Aluminum cycle rack and Luggage Carrier. Order Number 216 001 434 030. Cost 399 DM
Luggage bag with securing straps. Order Number 216 004 443 004. Cost 198 DM
Westfalia Awning (without poles) in grey. Order Number 216 010 433 010. Cost 949 DM
Aluminium poles for awning. Order Number 216 010 433 020. Cost 247 DM
Inner sleeping compartment for awning. Order Number 216 010 433 010. Cost 198 DM
Carpet for awning in grey. Order Number 216 010 433 050. Cost 131 DM
Awning complete with clamping bar for the vehicle gutter (not for hightop vehicles). Order Number 216 010 433 050. Cost 199 DM
“Automatic box” wind out awning 250 cm long 200 cm deep for pop top. Order Number 216 009 433 030. Cost 979 DM
“Automatic box” wind out awning 300 cm long 220 cm deep for high top. Order Number 217 001 433 030. Cost 999 DM
Awning mounting set Pop Top. Order Number 216 009 433 030. Cost 96 DM
Awning mounting set for High Top. Order Number 217 001 433 021. Cost 122 DM
Glass sunroof integrated with the roof spoiler. Order Number 216 013 145 015. Cost 934 DM
Insulated cover for Poptop roof canvas. Order Number 216 015 113 045. Cost 378 DM
Air vent that fits into passenger window frame. Order Number 216 010 145 031. Cost 139 DM
Cable drum. Order Number 216 002 345 010. Cost 296 DM
12 v Magnetic Light. Order Number 216 014 345 002. Cost 47 DM
Adaptor for gastank for France and Italy. Order Number 216 016 246 030. Cost 54 DM
Gas hose set. Order Number 216 017 246 020. Cost 32 DM
Compact water hose system. Order Number 216 101 210 035. Cost 91 DM
12 Litre Water Canister. Order Number 216 101 210 030. Cost 24 DM
Table with swinging arm for drivers cab area. Order Number 216 035 227 001. Cost 146 DM
Universal folding table stand. Order Number 216 027 227 002. Cost 73 DM
Tableware Set. Order Number 216 096 210 028. Cost 164 DM
Fire extinguisher. Order Number 216 013 250 010. Cost 67 DM
Chemical Toilet Bi-pot 125. Order Number 216 004 209 010. Cost 145 DM
Folding Step. Order Number 216 053 203 030. Cost 49 DM
63 Amp Leisure battery with split charge relay and battery charger. Already included when ordering Eberspacher heater package-Standard on Atlantic). Order Number 216 046 345 010. Cost 513 DM
11) Volkswagen Westfalia California Side Stripes and Logos
VW Westfalia California side stripes
VW Westfalia California logo front and rear.
12) Links to Volkswagen Westfalia California Sales Brochures (Prospekt) and Price Lists (Preisliste)
Please note that some of the links take you to an external site called vwpix.org, which is an excellent source of sales literature for all versions of VW camper van. Most of the brochures are in German language as this was the main market.
VW Westfalia California Sales Brochures Prospekt Download