My name is Andy and my love affair with the T3 campervan was cemented on 14th September 2014 during a romantic stroll along the the seafront at Woolacombe on a warm summers evening with my wife Mandy. A late T3 Syncro Westy caught my eye, and after a brief chat with the owner the cogs in my head started turning. Days later my mind was made up and the wheels were in motion to raise the funds to buy a campervan.
I developed an interest years previously with anything that had motoring pedigree, and was stripping down my first classic mini and messing around with motorbikes back in the 80s! I have been frequenting classic car shows, motoring events, scooter rallies and ….my garage for many years . I own a selection of interesting vehicles and parted with a 1972 Mini 1275GT to make way financially for the camper.
I wouldn’t say I was hankering uncontrollably for years to own a VW van, but they have interested and intrigued me much like they do for so many people. The splits and the bays draw attention as do many classic cars because of their rarity . But for what ever reason I have fallen in love with what many consider to be the ugly duckling of the family…the T3.
The first photo I saw of my new van was in an advert on the ‘Car and Classic’ website.
This was spotted late one Wednesday evening by my wife. It certainly looked like it ticked the box as far as what we were looking for in a camper. I contacted the owner who lived in Peterborough and ask for some higher resolution images so I could make a more informed decision on it’s condition. I received these on the Friday morning . I called the owner and told him I was interested and would pop over on the Sunday to view. However, he had a potential buyer driving over that morning. So I did what you should never do in that situation…and place a deposit to secure the van without even looking at it . Fortunately, I was happy with the condition when I finally went to collect, and the rest is history !
Our experience with this van has been truly life changing and it has been one of the best decision we have ever made.
Andy, Mandy & Wolfgang