The 1983 Volkswagen Watercooled T25 / T3 Westfalia Joker Model History.
Circa 1983 the new version of the Volkswagen Westfalia Joker was released. The main difference between this and the earlier versions was that it was now powered by a water cooled engine. Also the external colour options changed.
The information below is relating to the 1983 Watercooled Joker with the beige furniture and the brown/green or brown/blue upholstery. To read about the earlier air-cooled and diesel (water cooled) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Westfalia Joker manufactured and registered between 1979 and 1983 CLICK HERE.
1) Watercooled Volkswagen Westfalia Joker engine options and approx price (inclusive tax when new in standard form):
Prices from 10/83 price list. Prices are in German Deutschmark:
VWWestfalia Joker 1 (Pop Top)
Price For Volkswagen Transporter
Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre Otto Motor DF (1913cc) 44 Kw 60PS 4 speed manual gearbox 23,305 DM
Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre Otto Motor DF (1913cc) 44 Kw 60PS 5 speed manual gearbox 23,885 DM
Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre Otto Motor DG (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS 4 speed manual gearbox 23,930 DM
Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre Otto Motor DG (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS 5 speed manual gearbox 24,510 DM
Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre Otto Motor DG (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS automatic gearbox 25,857 DM
1) 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 a fridge.
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 off white surface finish and dark brown edging trim.
8) Front table on swinging arm (60 cm x 40 cm) with off white surface finish and dark brown edging trim.
The 1983 Watercooled Westfalia Joker had beige furniture and the upholstery was either “van Dyck KD” (brown and blue stripes) or “van Dyck KW” (brown and green stripes).
This material seems to be harder wearing than the earlier options but can still show signs of wear on seat edges etc.
If “van Dyck KD” (brown and blue stripes) upholstery was specified the curtains and rear armrest were made from material with blue and brown dots.
If “van Dyck KW” (brown and green stripes) upholstery was specified the curtains and rear armrest were made from material with green and brown dots.
5) Volkswagen Westfalia Joker Roof Specification
VW Westfalia Joker 1 Pop Top Roof Version:
Luggage rack over the drivers cab.
Inner lining of roof was a soft flock material.
Canvas had a large opening aperture at the front with a zippable mosquito net.
Fibreglass roof had an opening plastic window (290mm x 390mm) with mosquito net.
Double bed in pop top roof 185 cm x 122 cm.
VW Westfalia Joker 3 High Top Roof Version:
White coloured fibre glass roof.
with large plastic double glazed panorama window at the front.
Insulated with 25 mm insulation.
Front cupboard locker over drivers cabin.
One 40 cm x 40 cm lifting air vent with mosquito net.
2 x 12 volt lights inside roof.
Double bed in hightop roof 194 cm x 116 cm.
The double bed in roof on pop tops and high tops was light brown for all pre 1986 Westfalia Jokers.
The roof canvas on pop tops was light brown for all pre 1986 Westfalia Jokers.
6)Watercooled Volkswagen Westfalia Joker Flooring and Carpet Specification
The rear floor was a multi coloured lino type material and this was covered by a removable square dark brown carpet with a non slip rubber backing.
The front carpet in the cab was a tan coloured brown.
7) Watercooled Volkswagen Westfalia Joker Door Trim Specification
8) Watercooled Volkswagen Westfalia Joker Standard Model Specification
Insulated on all inner bodywork in the living area with 25mm thick mineral fibre plates. Floor area has a plywood sheet with PVC covering. Over the engine bay is insulating noise absorbing mat. The side walls and roof panels(only in Joker 3 Hightop) are made from lined wood panels.
Windows and Curtains
Joker 3 (High Top) has 5 tinted and double glazed windows in rear living area. The window above the cooker opens.
On the Joker 1 (Pop Top) the double glazed windows were available as an extra cost option.
Curtains all round. The curtains for the sliding door and front windscreen were clipped on when required.
220 volt External Hook Up with internal outlet socket and safety trip cut out. Hook up adaptor cable is included.
Leisure battery with split charge relay and automatic 220 volt charger.
2 Transistor Lights 12 Volts 8 Watt (two under the storage channel on the left over the kitchen channel).
Freshwater and Wastewater
50 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.
Diode control display system on the kitchen unit showing fresh water tank level, leisure battery charge level and indicator when fridge is running on gas.
Storage rail above kitchen.
42 litre fridge working from 12v, 220v and gas.
All furniture is five sheet laminated and 15 mm thick plywood with a beige PVC coating and brown PVC edging. The upholstery is either blue brown or green brown stripes on a beige base material.
Rock N Roll Seat Bed for 2 people in the rear with 120 cm wide 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.
Smaller rotating table (60 cm x 40 cm) on metal arm for front cab area.
Double bed when rock n roll bed folded down including cushion over engine bay (188 cm x 120 cm ).
Eberspacher 2300 thermostatically controlled night heater.
Additional Model Equipment
Two runners in rear floor to allow fitting of optional middle seat for two persons.
Velour carpet in rear living area.
Holders for two headrests on rear seat.
Seat belts for two people on rear seat.
Preparation for rear speaker installation in the rear roof locker including appropriate cable installation.
Joker logos and stripes on the outside of the vehicle.
9) Options available at extra cost included:
There were many options available at extra cost for your Joker. Below is a list of some of them taken from 10/83 price list. Prices include tax and are in German Deutschmark.:
M032 Lockable fuel cap. Cost 22.19 DM
M050 Dual circuit and hand brake warning light. Cost 59.52 DM
M054 Lockable glove box lid (Standard on Club Joker model). Cost 57.50 DM
M074 Rear mudflaps. Cost 85.75 DM
M089 Windscreen in laminated safety glass (Standard on Club Joker model). Cost 203.79 DM
M102 Heated rear screen (not in conjunction with M519). Joker 1 (Pop Top) Only. Cost 223.96 DM
M103 Stronger shock absorbers. Cost 122.07 DM
M194 Two convex door mirrors. Cost 22.19 DM
M206 Dipping rear view mirror (Standard on Club Joker model). Cost 27.24 DM
M208 Towbar with ball type hitch. Cost 530.66 DM
M220 Limited slip differential. Cost 973.54 DM
M288 Headlight washers. Cost 352.09 DM
M386 Carpet over front wheel arches inside bus. (Standard on Club Joker model). Cost 133.16 DM
M425 Rear screen wash / wiper (not in conjunction with M519). Joker 1 (Pop Top) Only. Cost 329.89 DM
M511 Instrument panel part padded (Standard on Club Joker model). Cost 100.88 DM
M519 Removal of normal glass in rear (required when ordering heat absorbing glass (M568) or double glazed plastic windows option for rear living area. Cost 93.82 DM
M534 Child lock on sliding door. Cost 28.25 DM
M551 Halogen Headlights (Standard on Club Joker model). Cost 162.42 DM
M561 Quarter light windows in front cab.(not in conjunction with Z05). Cost 143.25 DM
M568 Heat absorbing glass for driver and passenger door windows. Joker 3 (High Top) and all Club Joker Models come with double glazed plastic tinted rear windows so the replacement side and rear glass isn’t an option. Cost 59.52 DM
M568 Joker 1 - Heat absorbing glass for side and rear windows. An option for the Joker 1 (Pop Top) Only. (M519 required with this option). Cost 244.14 DM
M657 Power steering (not in conjunction with M156). Cost 1522.99 DM
M659 Halogen Fog lights. Cost 284.50 DM
S725 Removal of standard Volkswagen seats when ordering Westfalia Komfort seats in drivers cab as an extra (Westfalia Komfort seats were Standard on Club Joker model). Cost 321.82 DM
M987 Sliding window with fly net opposite the sliding door. Joker 1 (Pop Top) Only. Cost 226.91 DM
R39 Radio Braunschweig 2. Cost 346.04 DM
R44 Radio Emdem. Cost 464.07 DM
R60 Ingolstadt 2 Stereo CR . Cost 968.50 DM
Also there were a couple of packages you could buy such as:
Z01 Bad weather package including Rear fog lights, Intermittent windscreen wipers, Halogen fog lights. Cost 367.22 DM
Z05 M-Packet including Clock and speedometer with resettable mileage trip, Rubber trim on bumpers, Quarter light windows in cab, Reversing light (Standard on Club Joker model). Cost 382.36 DM
Also available as additional options:
Two Westfalia Komfort seats (Standard on Club Joker models) with armrests and integrated headrests in drivers cab instead of the standard VW Joker model seats. (Only in conjunction with S725). Order Number 216 001 808 030 (Green/Brown Striped Upholstery) or 216 001 807 030 (Blue/Brown Striped Upholstery). Cost 1095 DM
Available in either the green / brown or blue / brown upholstery material to match the interior of the bus.
Five plastic double glazed tinted windows in living area of bus (Only in conjunction with M519). The window opposite the sliding door above the kitchen is an opening window. This would be for Joker 1 (Pop Top) only as Joker 3 and Club Joker models had this as standard. Order Number 216 006 145 001. Cost 810 DM.
For both Joker 1 and Joker 3 it was possible to get a removable 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. Order Number 216 084 808 001 (Green/Brown Striped Upholstery) or 216 084 807 001 (Blue/Brown Striped Upholstery). Cost 1144 DM
This unit was available in either the green / brown or blue / brown upholstery material to match the interior of the bus.
For both Joker 1 and Joker 3 it was possible to get two loudspeakers (15 Watt) fitted in the rear roof locker (Standard on Club Joker model). Only in conjunction with radio R60. Order Number 216 001 346 001. Cost 75 DM
For vehicles with automatic gearbox there was a modification to the second hot air outlet in the rear in the living area.This was available in either the green / brown or blue / brown design to match the interior of the bus. Order Number 216 082 462 001 Joker 1 and 3 blue/brown or 216 082 463 001 Joker 1 and 3 green/brown. Cost 78 DM.
10) Accessories available at extra cost included (Prices in German Deutschmark and Order Number from Accessories Price List dated 05/86):
Freestanding Awning ( 350 cm x 230 cm ). Over roof complete with supports. Order Number 216 008 443 001, Cost 1395 DM.
Freestanding Awning ( 295 cm x 210 cm ). Over roof complete with supports. Order Number 216 009 443 001, Cost ? DM.
Freestanding Awning ( 350 cm x 280 cm ). Order Number 216 008 443 010, Cost ? DM.
Pull out side awning (300 cm x 200 cm). Order Number 538 220, Cost 1145 DM.
Installation kit for Pull out side awning for high top. Order Number 217 001 433 020, Cost 38 DM.
Installation kit for pull out side awning for VW Transporter roof rail. Order Number 216 009 433 020, Cost 90 DM.
PVC coated tarpaulin material luggage bag for the luggage rack above the front cabin (not for Joker 3 high top). Order Number 216 004 443 001, Cost 169 DM.
Cycle Rack for 2 bicycles for VW Transporter T3 tailgate . Order Number 539 130, Cost 387 DM.
Surfboard Rack for VW Transporter with steel roof, pop top or high top:
Roof bars for VW Transporter T3. Order Number 216 002 434 020, Cost 575 DM.
Swinging arm attachment set for one surfboard. Order Number 216 001 434 021, Cost 223 DM.
Adaptor bracket set for one surfboard. Order Number 216 003 434 021, Cost 154 DM.
Surfboard rack for Westfalia hightops with pre installed screw connection:
2 surfboard holders to be mounted on left and right of roof:
For Westfalia Joker high top (after 08/84). Order Number 216 004 434 020, Cost 202 DM.
Surfboard rack for Westfalia hightops without pre installed screw connection:
1 surfboard holder to be mounted on left and right of roof:
For Westfalia Joker high top roof bar (upto 07/84). Order Number 216 003 434 020, Cost 480 DM.
Adaptor bracket set for one surfboard. Order Number 216 003 434 021, Cost 154 DM
Ski Holder for VW Transporter tailgate. Order Number 539 080, Cost 396 DM.
Insulated cover for pop top canvas when roof is up. Order Number 504 572, Cost 345 DM.
Dividing curtains between front cab and rear. Order Number 216 003 ... 020, Cost 89 DM.
Dividing curtains between front cab and rear (Only for Joker 3 High Top). Order Number 216 004 ... 020, Cost 109 DM.
Insulated and quilted winter curtain for Windscreen and Driver/Passenger windows. Order Number 216 015 ... 020, Cost 252 DM.
Mosquito net for the double window over the sliding door. Order Number 216 005 238 001, Cost 54 DM.
Mosquito net for the tailgate. Order Number 216 004 238 001, Cost 70 DM.
Mosquito net for the sliding door. Order Number 216 006 238 001, Cost 104 DM.
Child bed that is suspended over the driver and passenger seats in the cab. Order Number 216 010 237 001, Cost 97 DM.
Child net for inside Joker 1 pop top roof. Order Number 216 007 237 020, Cost 68 DM.
Child net for inside Joker 3 high top roof. Order Number 216 015 113 050, Cost 68 DM.
Headrests for middle seat bank if ordered as an extra. Order Number 502 320, Cost 59 DM.
Rail track for middle seat bank if ordered as an extra. Order Number 216 087 200 032, Cost 130 DM.
Seat storage box for behind passenger seat:
with Green/Brown cushion. Order Number 216 015 808 020, Cost 282 DM.
with Blue/Brown cushion. Order Number 216 015 807 020, Cost 282 DM.
Timer for petrol or diesel Eberspacher heater. Order Number 216 001 446 001, Cost 161 DM.
12 volt magnetic light. Order Number 216 014 345 001, Cost 46 DM.
Connecting cable 1.4 meter long for between vehicle and cable drum. Order Number 507 698, Cost 32 DM.
Twenty five metre 220 volt mains hook up cable. Order Number 507 906, Cost 296 DM.
Black Plastic Front Spoiler. Order Number 216 001 127 010, Cost 163 DM.
Adaptor for filling gas tank in France and Italy. Order Number 523 266, Cost 40 DM.
10 metre water hose for filling fresh water tank. Order Number 503 465, Cost 90 DM.
Plastic air vent for passenger side window for ventilation while camping. Order Number 216 010 145 033, Cost 131 DM.
Step Tread - a small foldable step. Order Number 539 125, Cost 45 DM.
Water canister (12 litres) with funnel. Order Number 504 051, Cost 22 DM.
Front table on swinging arm for cab area. Order Number 216 025 227 001, Cost 118 DM.
Universal folding table stand. Order Number 216 027 227 001, Cost 69 DM.
Fire extinguisher with holder. Order Number 216 013 250 010, Cost 61 DM.
Carpet for rear living area. Light brown with non slip base. Order Number 500 280, Cost 111 DM.
Tableware set with stand. Order Number 216 096 210 025, Cost 158 DM.
Head cushions for comfortable sleeping:
Green/Brown cushion. Order Number 216 002 808 030, Cost 55 DM.
Blue/Brown cushion. Order Number 216 002 807 030, Cost 55 DM.
Cup Holder. Order Number 503 467, Cost 12 DM.
Toilet Bi-Pot 125 fits in seat storage box. Order Number 523 288, Cost 132 DM.
When ordering some of the above items replace the “...” with the correct code as listed below depending on the upholstery / curtains of the bus:
Curtains Green / Brown = dark brown code 872
Curtains Blue / Brown = dark brown code 871
11) Watercooled Volkswagen Westfalia Joker Side Stripes and Logos
VW Westfalia Joker side stripes and driver and passenger door decals.
12) VW Westfalia Joker Camper Rear Badges
13) Links to Volkswagen Westfalia Joker 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.