Curbside Classic 1990 VW LT 4×4 Westfalia Camper – The Vanagon… — Volkswagen LT

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Curbside Classic: 1990 VW LT 4×4 Camper – The Vanagon Syncro’s Globe-Trotting Big Brother (And The Niedermeyer-Mobile?)

June 20, 2012

The VW especially the Syncro AWD version, an ideal that no other can quite match: the maximum of utility, interior living and vagabonding capability in the smallest package, a vehicle that can be to the store as well as a remote lake. Its multi-functionality might be compared to a Swiss Army no wonder it has such a cult But for some jobs, something a bit and gnarlier is called for: a for instance. Or even a machete. And the automotive equivalent: the VW LT 4×4. to make the world a smaller all wrapped up in one tidy box.

this globe-trotter sitting in Eugene is anything but likely, but I’ve given up being The LT was never imported, and this one up here when a genuine globe-trotter decided to sell it in the US heading back home. How do I A VW LT google search led me to this where there is a reference to it offered for sale at samba.com in of 2011. The asking price was Well, looks like bit, and an Oregonian at that. a small world after Here it is in its country of origin it set sail for the New World.

Lest you think that the LT is sort of Vanagon/Transporter on steroids, not. The LT was VW’s first truck, designed in the early when they realized the classic VW rear-engine format was not to scale up. The LT has a conventional front and rear wheel drive the only VW to ever have configuration, except perhaps the Anorak pickup. It first in 1975, and was built until with some upgrades and along that long

The second generation LT was a joint with Mercedes, and the two shared of what was sold as the Sprinter by (and Dodge/Freightliner in the US). But the VW was built in its own factories, and had its own engines, with a 2.8 L diesel by Brazilian

The current version is called the and is essentially a badge-engineered current-generation built by Mercedes. Apparently, LT hasn’t been all that in recent years. Butt-ugly.

The LT arrived with short mm), and long (2950 mm, as in our van) wheelbase versions. an even longer 3650 mm was added. Its configuration is the classic control van, with the between the front seats. But it had a capable independent front and developed a rep for being a better and riding van than average. is not a German Dodge A1oo.

that VW wasn’t exactly in the of building rwd-compatible engines, it had to get The original gas engine was the 2.0 L four originated in the Audi 100, as used in the Porsche 924, and eventually was sold off to AMC, it ended its days in Gremlins and Yes, it is a small world

Lacking a diesel engine then, VW purchased Perkins a rough number indeed. But by VW had created a six cylinder version of its new based diesel, an engine also found its way under the of the Volvo 240 (I won’t repeat mesmerizing Disneyland line Early versions of the 2.4 six diesel 75 hp, but it evolved along with the of the VW/Audi diesel line, getting a turbo (90/102 and eventually direct injection A gas version of the 2.4 six replaced the 2.0 after it was to AMC. You didn’t know VW inline sixes?


Needless to the LT came in wide variety of styles and variations, from vans, motor home and trucks of all sorts. The numbering of the LT designates its maximum vehicle which ranges from the 2.8 ton LT 28 lbs) to the 5.6 ton LT 56 (12,320 lbs). All the LTs the 35 up have a leaf-sprung beam axle.

But the most interesting version is of the 4×4. This is not a Steyr-Puch but VW’s own development. It has a central case, and solid axles and rear. The 4×4 was available only in LT 40 and LT 45 Our featured van is an LT 40 (8800 lbs max vehicle This orange one is an early as evidenced by the round headlights.

The gearing and locking differentials in a climbing ability of 45 degrees. stuff indeed. Just the to make molehills out of mountains.

those wheels, axles and Made in Germany (and It’s a….

From their it appears that the former were planning a trip both North and South but called it quits on the southern after venturing as far as south as and ended the trip in Arizona an extensive tour of North That’s where the van was put up for sale. globe-trotting wasn’t quite thing after all.

Westfalia made various of the LT, with their usual Leatherman efficiency and fold-out-ability of and other accoutrements. This one has a galley and bathroom.

The main area obviously folds for the primary bed. There’s likely another one that out in the tall roof too.

In Teutonic fashion, there’s a for everything, unlike the much cramped Vanagon.

Here one has the at one’s fingertips. Can I see myself I’m purposely spending all my energy on the dry facts and history, because if I to let my emotions flow, it might get Let’s just say this all the problems I have ever in combining all the desired features one reasonable-sized package. And a bathroom for as well. The ultimate Niedermeyer-mobile? although its off-road capabilities are beyond my actual needs, and probably doesn’t help the Still…

It didn’t help that I today about a former who retired, sold everything, and hit the in a VW bus. And is very happy Maybe this is his?

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