1988 Volkswagen T3 Caravelle Syncro

Three owner.  Restored. ****86,000 KMS****  Full time 4wd.  Locking rear differential.  Seats for 8 passengers.

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VEHICLE History

Three owners from new.  Originally purchased and registered on Tenerife.  Original motor and interior, fresh paint  and restored in 2018.  Overall the Syncro is very clean.  Never in an accident nor any noticeable damage to the body or chassis.  The body is clean without rust although the new paint shows minor defects.
86,000 kms show on a 5 digit odometer.  The interior has aged well but the seats and headliner have damaged areas.

MOTOR AND TRANSMISSION

1.6L 4 cylinder diesel motor mated to a 4 speed manual transmission with low speed gear.  Full time 4WD with vacuum actuated rear differential locker.  Syncro drivelines were manufactured by Puch in Austria.
The engine bay is clean with factory matting in ok condition.  The engine is very responsive and has been overhauled and rebuilt.  All gears shift smoothly.  The clutch and brakes function properly.  The vehicle handles well and the suspension is in good condition.

INTERIOR

Clean, original seats in fine condition.  The Syncro´s interior color is beige with light grey vinyl seats.  Seats for 8 passengers with 60/40 rear bench seats and fold down third row.  Manual locking doors and operated windows,  radio, and interior lights.  The dash is complete with all the buttons and controls working properly and without damage or wear.  The headliner is intact and clean but there is a large tear along a seam of the rear driver side pillar.  The rear seats exhibit tears in the vinyl.  The floor matting is original and in good condition; driver seat is comfortable.  Non smoking.  All electronics work properly.  Heater is hot.

EXTERIOR

Repainted in Beige in 2018 with minor blemishes.  The lines of the Syncro are straight and doors shut properly.  Wipers and water sprayer function properly.  Tires are new but inexpensive.  Overall well presented.

TEST DRIVE

Highway test.  The Syncro performed well on the road, accelerating gradually and merging into heavy traffic.  Cruises at 90-100 kph, and can reach speeds in excess of 115 kph.
The motor, transmission and suspension performed well and did not exhibit bad vibrations or noise.  Drives well, handles fine, comfortable suspension, shifted smoothly through all gears.  Overall a pleasure to drive on and off road.

THE POSITIVES

It is fully restored.
The vehicle is original in motor and interior.
It is very clean inside and out.
The motor is strong and sounds good.
The drive is comfortable and correct.
Like new appearance for a Veteran Vehicle.

THE NEGATIVES

The new paint shows drips and imperfections.
The axles and some underbody components are painted black and may be hiding oxidation.
The tires are new but inexpensive.
The interior seats and roof liner have damage.

ADDITIONAL SPECIFICS

The motor was overhauled and rebuilt in 2018.
Brake pump rebuilt.
Clutch replaced.
Coolant hoses replaced and new radiator.
New battery.
The vehicle was first registered in 1988.

CONCLUSIONS

This Syncro is a good driver and restored mechanically and aesthetically.
Judging by the quality of paint work, the restoration was of ok quality.
Being a national vehicle to Tenerife, the original condition prior to restoration was not poor and photos are available of the documented process.
All receipts are available for restoration work.
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This Volkswagen T3 Caravelle Syncro, like all Canary Island Rover vehicles, features the steering wheel on the left side like in North America and Mainland Europe.

This Syncro is available for sale by a private owner in the Canary Islands and available is for exportation worldwide.

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