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VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 1 

Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa (Mark 1) Camper Model History

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Camper

VW Holdsworth Villa Logo

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Poptop Camper

Circa 1980 Holdsworth introduced the T25 / T3 Volkswagen Holdsworth Villa. This was available in either tintop, poptop elevating roof or hightop roof versions. An early brochure from circa 1980 shows that initially there were two layouts of Holdsworth Villa either the “Super Two” or the “Family Five”. The brochure also refers to the model being called the Holdsworth Vigo although the associated price list refers to the Holdsworth Villa so it is possible that Holdsworth initially intended to call the model the Vigo ? The “Super Two” was designed for a couple and incorporated two singles beds and the “Family Five” was designed for a family and incorporated a double bed. After these first versions I believe Holdsworth consolidated the design into what became the typical layout for the Villa having cupboards along the side behind the drivers seat, a removable seat behind the passenger seat and a rear seat that converted into a 3/4 width double bed.

The Holdsworth Villa was fitted with either the petrol 1600 cc, 2000 cc air cooled engine or the diesel 1600 cc water cooled engine. Circa 1983  either 60 or 78 bhp water cooled petrol engines were available. At this time either four or five speed manual gearboxes or an automatic gearbox could be specified.

 

1) VW Holdsworth Villa MK1 camper engine options and approx price (inclusive VAT when new in standard form):

From 11/1980 price list:

Super 2 Tintop  model

Petrol Aircooled 1.6 litre CT Motor (1584cc) 37 KW 50 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 6827

Petrol Aircooled 2 litre CU Motor (1970cc) 51 KW 70 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 7273

Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre CS Motor (1588cc) 37 KW 50 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox ?

 

Super 2 Elevating Roof or Hightop model

Petrol Aircooled 1.6 litre CT Motor (1584cc) 37 KW 50 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 7357

Petrol Aircooled 2 litre CU Motor (1970cc) 51 KW 70 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 7803

Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre CS Motor (1588cc) 37 KW 50 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox ?

 

Family 5 Tintop model

Petrol Aircooled 1.6 litre CT Motor (1584cc) 37 KW 50 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 6877

Petrol Aircooled 2 litre CU Motor (1970cc) 51 KW 70 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 7323

Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre CS Motor (1588cc) 37 KW 50 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox ?

 

Family 5 Elevating Roof or Hightop model

Petrol Aircooled 1.6 litre CT Motor (1584cc) 37 KW 50 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 7544

Petrol Aircooled 2 litre CU Motor (1970cc) 51 KW 70 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox 7990

Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre CS Motor (1588cc) 37 KW 50 PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox ?

 

The Hi Flyer hightop roof could also be fitted the the “Super 2” or “Family 5” models for the same price as the elevating roof.

An automatic gearbox was available for an extra 448.50

 

From circa 1983 the water cooled petrol engines were available:

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DF Boxer Motor (1913cc) 44 Kw 60PS 5 speed manual gearbox ?

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DG Boxer Motor (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS 4 speed manual gearbox ?

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DG Boxer Motor (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS 5 speed manual gearbox

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DG Boxer Motor (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS automatic gearbox

 

 

Conversion extras:

Fold out “solid” roof bed (1676 mm x 1067 mm) - 62

RM122 Electrolux dual refrigerator - 156

RM120 Electrolux three way refrigerator - 174

220 Volt plug and socket - 19

Cab bunk (1422 mm x 660 mm) - 38

Louvre window (in lieu of fixed glass) - 62

Flyscreen for louvre window - 19

Swivel cab seats and pedestal table - 156

Cab seat covers. Dralon to match rear - 37

Cab carpet - 31

 

2) Dimensions

Length 4570 mm

Width 1840 mm

Holdsworth Villa MK1 Tintop Height 1980 mm

Holdsworth Villa MK1 Elevating Roof Height 2140 mm (with vent)

    2080 mm (without vent)

 

3) Volkswagen T25 Holdsworth Villa Colour Options

As far as I know the VW Holdsworth Villa MK 1 was available in 3 colours.

R1R1 Pastel White (L90D) (Pastellweiss) (with white roof)

B5B5 Bamboo Yellow (LH1B) (Bambusgelb) (with white roof)

J5J5 Medium Blue (LH5G) (Mediumblau) (with white roof)

 

PastelWhite

Volkswagen T25 Holdsworth Villa Elevating Roof Camper

BambooYellow

 

MediumBlue

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Camper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Furniture Specification

Furniture is finished in walnut faced plywood with work tops in genuine plastic laminate.

 

The Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa layout consisted of:

Note: To see earlier “Super 2” and “Family 5” layouts check out the sales brochure downloads at the bottom of page.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Interior Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Holdworth Villa Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A) Adjustable swivelling front driver and passenger cab seats.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Cab Seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B) Front and rear removable tables.

 

 

C) Two burner Leisure Princess cooker unit with grill

D) Sink unit.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Cooker and Sink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E) Storage unit.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa1 Storage Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F) Optional Electrolux RM 122 two way (gas / 12 volt operated) refrigerator. Fridge has internal ice cube tray.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Electrolux RM122 Fridge

Volkswagen T3 Holdsworth Villa Electrolux Fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G) Fold out flexi-seat with storage (can be used for either porta loo or bulky items). Faces rearwards for dining (a small flap folds out to provide a fourth seat around the table), forwards for driving and it lifts out altogether for more free floor space.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Mk1 Buddy Seat

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Buddy Seat

VW T3 Holdsworth Villa Mk1 Rear Buddy Seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

H) Rear wardrobe.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Rear Wardrobe

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Rear Cupboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J) Roof  Locker

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Roof Locker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other features include:

Full carpeting - 100% man made - wipes clean with a sponge.

Draylon curtains all round.

Draylon zippable seat covers.

Rear bench rock n roll seat converts to a large double bed (193 cm a 127 cm).

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa1 Rear Seat

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa1Lower Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear bench seat lifts up for storage and access to fresh water tank.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Mk1  Rear Seat Storage and Freah Water Tank Access

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluorescent lighting above kitchen.

Courtesy lights.

 

5) Options available at extra cost included:

From 11/1980 price list:

Fold out “solid” roof bed (1676 mm x 1067 mm) - 62

RM122 Electrolux dual refrigerator - 156

RM120 Electrolux three way refrigerator - 174

220 Volt plug and socket - 19

Cab bunk (1422 mm x 660 mm) - 38

Louvre window (in lieu of fixed glass) - 62

Flyscreen for louvre window - 19

Swivel cab seats and pedestal table - 156

Cab seat covers. Dralon to match rear - 37

Cab carpet - 31

Warm air central heating system.

 

6) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Mark 1 Elevating Poptop Roof Specification

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Elevating Roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low profile design (2140 mm high with vent or 2090 mm without vent)

Roof is called “Giant Riser” elevating roof.

Easy to raise roof and side material folds away automatically thanks to its concertina construction.

Nylon reinforced PVC construction seals in warmth.

Optional roof insulation pack provides double insulation.

Roof vent in top of roof (might have been extra cost option?).

Integral roof rack at front of roof.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Roof Rack

 

 

 

 

 

Large double bed in raised roof (1620 mm x 1010 mm)

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Upper Roof Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was also possible to have the Holdsworth Villa with tintop or with the hightop as used on the Hi-Flyer model (see Hi-Flyer model description for more info about the hightop).

 

7) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Side, Tailgate and Roof Stripes and Logos

Side Stripes And Logo

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Side Stripes

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Side Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Links to Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa MK1 Owners Instruction Manuals, Sales Brochures  and Price Lists

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa MK1 Sales Brochures Prospekt Download

1981 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa (and Holdsworth Hi-Flyer) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

Jan 1981 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa (Vigo) Family Five and Super Two Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

Download June 1981 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Company Information Sheet (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa MK1 Price Lists Download

Nov 1980 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 1 (Family Five and Super Two) and Hi Flyer Price List (PDF Format)

Download June 1981 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 1 (Family Five and Super Two) and Hi Flyer Price List and Order Form For Conversion Of An Existing Transporter (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Owners Instruction Manual Handbook Download

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Magazine Articles / Reviews Download

Download July 1980 VW T25 / T3 Richard Holdsworth Factory Open Day featuring Holdsworth Villa Super Two and Family Five Models - (PDF Format)

Download Aug 1980 VW T25 / T3 Richard Holdsworth Magazine Advert introducing new VW T25 Elevating Roof Camper - (PDF Format)

Download Jan 1981 VW T25 / T3 Richard Holdsworth Vigo Super Two and Family Five Magazine Test Report - (PDF Format)

Feb 1981 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Hi Flyer and Villa Super Two and Family Five Earls Court Caravan, Camping and Holiday Show (also includes Autohomes CI Kamper, Autosleeper Camping Car VT20, some LT based models such as Pampas and Cavaiier Coachman and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

Sept 1982 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Brands Hatch National  Motor Caravan Fair Report (also includes Westfalia Continental, Autosleeper VT20,  Autohomes CI Kamper, Cavalier Coachman and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

Feb 1983 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Hi Flyer and Villa Earls Court Caravan, Camping and Holiday Show Report (also includes Autosleeper VT20, Autohomes CI Kamper MK2, Westfalia Continental some LT based models and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

Download March 1983 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Magazine Review (PDF Format)

Download July 1983 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Motor Caravan SMTT Test Day Report (also includes Devon Sunrise, Autohomes Kamper 2, Autosleeper VT20, Diamond RV Autocruiser, Cavalier Coachman Classic and some other non VW models - (PDF Format)

 

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