VW T3 Karmann Gipsy Motorhome 1983 by Autocult
the early 1970s during a holiday in South Africa, Wilhelm Karmann became aware
of the camper vans named Autovilla of the African company Jurgens. He was so
taken by the idea that he decided to offer such camper vans in Germany too.
Back home he seized his idea and offered his first camper versions without
alcove (overhead bay). Starting from May 1977 the regular production started.
the model change from VW T 2 to T 3 the era of the alcove design began and was
continued with the T 4 in 1990. In the camper scene the compact camper van
quickly met with good response. The interior was practical, zeitgeisty and
equipped with everything you need as a globetrotter. Hot water heater, mirror
cabinet, shower, gas stove and refrigerator were always on board. Beside all
the enthusiasm for the interior, the Karmann-Gipsy was also and is even today popular
for the easy and elegant way of travelling it offered/ offers to its passengers.
Due to the organized and ingenious interior design with alcove beds in the
niche above the driver’s cab and the fitted awning at the right side of the
roof, everything was prepared for the holiday and all you had to do was to park
the camper van at the desired spot. While the design of the camper found favor
with the camping community, the low-powered engine of the original Volkswagen
chassis was one of the major points of criticism. By 1992 a total of 778 VW T 3 Karmann Gipsy camper vans were produced at the
production facilities in Osnabrück. In 2000 the camper division was sold.
|Description: ||VW T3 Karmann Gipsy Motorhome 1983 |
|Catalogue#: ||ATC09008 |
|Product Type: ||Resincast |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||Road |
|Colour: ||- |
|Drivers: ||- |
|Sponsors: ||- |
|Dates: ||1984 |
|Race/Position: ||- |
|Release Date: ||November 2018 |
|Weight: ||450 grams |
|Comments: ||Limited edition of 333 pieces |
A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.