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VW T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 

Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa (Mark 3) Camper Model History

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Camper

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Hightop Camper

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Elevating Roof Camper

Circa 1986 Holdsworth introduced the latest version of the Holdsworth Villa called the T25 / T3 Volkswagen Holdsworth Villa 3. This was an updated and improved version of the Holdsworth Villa Mark 2

This was available in either tintop, poptop elevating roof or hightop roof versions. The interior had cupboards along the side behind the drivers seat and the rear seat converted into a 3/4 width double bed.

The improvements over the Holdsworth Villa 2 included better specification including the addition of a mains hook up with earth leakage circuit breaker, 220 volt socket, second battery, reading lights at head height, special underseat compartment for porta loo, three way fridge, freshwater tank with low water level gauge and improved furniture design and finish.

The Holdsworth Villa MK3 was fitted initially with either 60 or 78 bhp water cooled petrol engines or 50 bhp diesel or 70 bhp turbo diesel water cooled engines. Four or five speed manual gearboxes or an automatic gearbox could also be specified. Later on it was possible to specify the 112 bhp petrol engine.

1) VW Holdsworth Villa MK3 camper engine options and approx price (inclusive road tax and VAT when new in standard form):

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Prices shown below are taken from May 1986 magazine review. See also prices from October 1988 Magazine Article and    April 1990 Magazine Article.

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DF Boxer Motor (1913cc) 44 Kw 60PS 4 speed manual gearbox - Elevating Roof 11,482, Hightop Roof 11,926, Tintop Roof 10,490

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  - Elevating Roof 11,759, Hightop Roof 12,203, Tintop Roof 10,767

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

Petrol Watercooled 2.1 Litre DJ Fuel Injected Motor (2109cc) 82 Kw 112PS 4 speed manual gearbox ?

Petrol Watercooled 2.1 Litre DJ Fuel Injected Motor (2109cc) 82 Kw 112PS 5 speed manual gearbox ?

Petrol Watercooled 2.1 Litre DJ Fuel Injected Motor (2109cc) 82 Kw 112PS automatic gearbox ?

Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre CS Motor (1588cc) 37 Kw 50PS 4 Speed Manual Gearbox - Elevating Roof 12,263, Hightop Roof 12,707 Tintop Roof 11,271

Diesel Watercooled 1.7 Litre KY (1716cc) 42 Kw 57PS 4 speed manual gearbox ?

Diesel Watercooled 1.7 Litre KY (1716cc) 42 Kw 57PS 5 speed manual gearbox ?

Turbo Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre JX (1588cc) 51 Kw 70PS 4 speed manual gearbox - Elevating Roof 12,807, Hightop Roof 13,251, Tintop Roof 11,815

Turbo Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre JX (1588cc) 51 Kw 70PS 5 speed manual gearbox ?

 

2) Dimensions

Length 4570 mm

Width 1840 mm

Holdsworth Villa 3 Tintop Height 1980 mm

Holdsworth Villa 3 Elevating Roof Height 2150 mm

Holdsworth Villa 3 with VW Hightop Roof Height 2440 mm

 

3) Volkswagen T25 Holdsworth Villa MK3 Colour Options

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

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

D6D6 Timor Beige (LH8T) (Timorbeige) (with white roof)

H3H3 Marsala Red (LH3D) (Marsalarot) (with white roof)

PastelWhite

1989 VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 White Tintop Camper

VW T3 Holdsworth Villa Mk3  Camper

HoldsworthVilla3HighWhite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TimorBeige

 

Volkswagen T3 Holdsworth Villa Mk3 Camper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MarsalaRed

 

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Mk3 Red Poptop Camper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa MK 3 Furniture Specification

Furniture is timber finished with hand crafted beech wood edgings, cappings and handles.

 

The Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 layout consisted of:

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Interior Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A) Adjustable front driver and swivelling passenger cab seats.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Front Seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B) Front (optional) and rear removable tables.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa MK3  FrontTable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Rear Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C) Spinflo 2 burner cooker unit with grill

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Cooker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D) Enamelled sink unit. Sink and cooker and drainer top are a one piece unit.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Cooker And Sink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E) Storage unit.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Storage Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F) Drinks / Cocktail cabinet (not on all models probably year dependent - is a cupboard on front face of rear wardrobe).

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Mk3  Drinks Cabinet

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Mk3 Drinks Cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G) Rear wardrobe

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Rear Wardrobe

VW T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 Rear Wardrobe

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Rear  Drinks Cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K) Roof locker (for hightop see later section for locker arrangement). Earlier vans seem to have double doors and later vans a single door.

HoldsworthVilla3DoubleLocke

HoldsworthVilla3RearLocker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M) Drainer

N) Electrolux RM 212 three way (gas / 12 volt / 240 volt operated) refrigerator (with electronic ignition system) below sink. Fridge has internal freezer compartment.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3  Electrolux RM212 Fridge

VW T3 Holdsworth Villa 3  Electrolux RM212 Fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O) Special under seat compartment for Porta Loo.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3  Underseat Stoarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other features include:

Gas cylinders stored in cupboard next to fridge. Shelf slides out at touch of a finger for easy access.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Gas Bottle Shorage Cupboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mains electric hook up with earth leakage and overload circuit breakers.

220 volt plug socket.

Second battery with split charging (was an option on earlier vans and included as standard on later vans).

Full carpeting - wool twist with a 5 year guarantee.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Carpet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draylon curtains all round.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Curtain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draylon fabric seat covers for all seats including the cab seats. Several different fabrics were used over the production life of the Holdsworth Villa 3.

Built in 54.5 litre (12 gallon) underfloor freshwater tank with low level warning indicator (or water level gauge in later models).

Rear bench rock n roll seat converts to a large double bed (193 cm a 127 cm). Foam is 5 inches thick.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Rear Seat

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Lower Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early models had a Warner Electric CTF5000 Caravan Control Unit

Holdsworth Villa Mk3 Warner Electric CTF5000 Control Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later models had Zig CF8 Electrical Control Panel incorporating battery charger, fuses and battery condition indicator.

HoldsworthVilla3ZigCF8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last models made were fitted with Zig SP-4 control panel with master switches for 12 volt lighting and water pump and Zig water gauge WG-2000.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa3 Zig SP-4 Control Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluorescent lighting above kitchen.

Individual reading lights at the bed head.

Courtesy lights.

 

5) Options available at extra cost included:

Prices shown below are taken from May 1986 magazine review.

Childs cab bunk (1422 mm x 660 mm).

Propex thermostatically controlled blown air heating system.

Front cab table and drivers seat swivel to make second dinette 127.

41 litre waste water tank.

Flyscreen for louvre window 30.

Second battery with split charging 97 (was an option on earlier vans and included as standard on later vans).

 

6) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Mark 3 Elevating Poptop Roof Specification

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Poptop Roof

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Elevating Roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fully insulated solid sided elevating roof.

Simple fail safe one-action raising and lowering mechanism assisted by four gas struts.

Adjustable ventilation by adjustment of roof height.

Double glazed acrylic plastic window in each side of roof.

Roof vent in top of roof.

Integral roof rack at front of roof.

VW T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 Roof Rack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large double bed in raised roof (1625 mm x 1118 mm)

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Roof Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Mark 3 Hightop Roof Specification

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Hightop Roof

 

 

 

 

 

Uses Volkswagens factory fibreglass hightop with standing height from the rear seat right to the front windscreen. Due to the design of the roof there are no interrupting roof beams.

Opening windows on each side of roof.

Cupboards at the front of the hightop. Earlier vans seem to have two doors and later vans a single door.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Roof Locker

HoldsworthVilla3FrontLocker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optional lift out shelf at front for extra storage.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Front Roof S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear roof lockers arranged to maintain headroom.

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Rear Roof Locker

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optional roof bed  (1625 mm x 1118 mm).

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa Mk3 Overcab Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was also possible to have the Holdsworth Villa with tintop roof.

 

8) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 Front, Side and Tailgate Stripes and Logos

Holdsworth changed the exterior stripes and logos several times during the production life of the Holdsworth Villa 3. Below I will try and show the different variations used over the years.

Circa 1986-1988 Holdsworth Villa 3 Decals

Roof Stripes, Side Stripes And Logo

1986 VW Holdsworth Villa 3 Side Stripe

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Side Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front Logo

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Front Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tailgate Logo and Sticker

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Rear Sticker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1988 - 1990 Holdsworth Villa 3 Decals

Side Stripes And Logo

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Side Stripes

 

 

 

 

 

VWT25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Side Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front Stripes and Logo

VW T25 oldsworth Villa 3 Front Stripes and Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tailgate Sticker

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Rear Sticker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1990 Onwards Holdsworth Villa 3 Decals

Side Stripes And Logo

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Side Stripes

 

 

 

 

 

VWT25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Side Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front Stripes and Logo

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Front Stripes And Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tailgate Sticker

VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Rear Sticker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Links to Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 Owners Instruction Manuals, Sales Brochures  and Price Lists

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa MK3 Sales Brochures Prospekt Download

1986 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 (and Holdsworth Vision) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

1987 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 (and Holdsworth Vision) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

1988 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa MK3 Price Lists Download

August 1987 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Mk3 and Holdsworth Vision Pricelist (PDF Format)

Sept 1987 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Mk3 and Holdsworth Vision, Autohomes Kamper, Karisma, Kameo and Komet, Autosleeper VT20, VHT and VX50 Price List From Magazine Article (PDF Format)

April 1990 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa Mk3 and Holdsworth Vision Price List From Magazine Article (PDF Format)

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 Owners Instruction Manual Handbook Download

1987 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 Owners Instruction User Manual And Wiring Diagram (PDF Format)

1988 VW T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 Owners Instruction User Manual And Wiring Diagram (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Holdsworth Villa 3 Magazine Article / Advert / Review Download

May 1986 VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Magazine Review (PDF Format)

Feb 1987 Holdsworth Model Range Magazine Advert (PDF Format)

Oct 1988 VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 Magazine Review (PDF Format)

April 1989 Holdsworth Open Weekend Magazine Advert featuring VW T25 Holdsworth Villa and Vision (PDF Format)

Jan 1990 VW T25 Holdsworth Villa and Vision Magazine Advert (PDF Format)

April 1990 Holdsworth Open Weekend Magazine Advert featuring VW T25 Holdsworth Villa, Vision and Celebrity (PDF Format)

Feb 1991 VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3, Celebity and Vision Magazine Advert (PDF Format)

Download Jan 1992 Magazine Article featuring 1991 VW T25 Holdsworth Villa 3 (PDF Format)

 

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