CC Outtake: 1990 Volkswagen T3 1.7 D, Typ(e) 247 – Doppelkabine Pritschenwagen

The other day I caught this Volkswagen T3 double cab pickup truck in a temporary parking lot. It represents the last rear engined, rear wheel drive generation of the Transporter. At its introduction in 1979 the T3 was offered with an air cooled 1.6 or 2.0 liter 4-cylinder boxer engine, three years later these were replaced by a water cooled 1.9 liter flat-four with 60 or 78 DIN-hp.

From 1981 onwards the T3 was also offered with a diesel engine, initially a mighty 1,588 cc inline-4 with a maximum power output of 50 DIN-hp. In 1984 a 70 DIN-hp, 1.6 liter turbodiesel became available.

The most powerful factory T3 had a 2.1 liter flat-four with fuel injection; the 112 DIN-hp gasoline engine was introduced in 1984.

This little green truck is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.7 liter inline-4 diesel engine, which superseded the 1.6 D in 1987.

57 German DIN-horses drive the rear wheels of this pure work truck. The standard transmission in all diesels was a 4-speed manual, a 5-speed manual was optional.

Curb weight 1,419 kg, payload capacity 1,081 kg. Add up these numbers and you get a legal maximum GVM of 2,500 kg (5,512 lbs).

That’s not all, you’re also allowed to tow a 1,200 kg trailer. But keep in mind folks, GVM and towing capacity are merely registrations…

A flat-floor, yet no flat-four underneath. Naturally the cargo bed has dropsides.

The airy office. Most meetings were held by burly guys with a strong hands-on mentality.

This is the current T6 Doppelkabine Pritschenwagen ~ double cab pickup truck. Front engine, front wheel drive, and still a bestseller.