1998 Westfalia California Exclusive VWT4 2.5TDI LHD in Barton Upon Humber


Westfalia California Exclusive, 4 Berth Left Hand Drive Camper. Based on the 1998 VW T4 long wheel base with the 2.5TDi 5 cylinder engine , 5 speed manual gearbox with cruise control and power assisted steering. Mileage 285000 Km's ( 177000 miles ) Length 5.2 metres, width 1.84 metres, height 2.56 metres.GVW of 2800kg with a payload of 437kg .
This has to be one of the smartest Westfalia California's around. Regardless of the mileage it has clearly been looked after with service history back to 2011 and a major service and cam belt change in December 2019 and all new tyres at that point.
Very good original cream bodywork fitted with Fiamma awning, tow bar, cycle rack for three bikes,
As you enter through the sliding door behind the cab is a double forward-facing seat with head restraints and backing onto this is an L- shaped kitchen. Opposite the kitchen, behind the side door, is a slim storage unit, beyond which is the wardrobe. Opposite the wardrobe, in the other back corner, is the loo.
It's not just the floor plan, but the decor that is out of the ordinary. The seats (front and rear) use VW automotive upholstery with a blue, yellow and green cactus pattern on a grey background (a theme that is repeated on the table and right-hand worktop). The furniture, which feels incredibly solid, is finished in a speckled grey board, while the inside of the high top is a GRP double skin. The floor in the living area is a non-slip studded vinyl (again grey with slashes of colour).
In the rear you have a washroom with a Thetford cassette toilet with a folding washbasin above and a storage locker above that. The door can be clipped back in front of the loo to give better access to the wardrobe and a greater feeling of space in the rear of the van.
In the middle of the van is the L shaped kitchen area. The cooker is a Cramer two- burner hob with glass lid, and alongside is a ceramic sink fed by cold water only. Completing the L is a top-loading compressor fridge, just dial in the desired temperature on the console above the driver's mirror and switch on.
At the front is the cosy lounge with a forward facing two seater ( fitted with two seatbelts ) and the front captains seats swivel to create a sociable space. There is a small drinks table or the larger dining table stored in the wardrobe.
To make the main bed in the Exclusive you must first have the front seats facing forward. The rear seat then slides forward and folds flat on a rock 'n' roll mechanism (after first removing the head restraints). A hinged flap with cushion attached then bridges the gap between the flattened seat and the end cushion of the bed (which is beneath the kitchen).
In the roof is a second bed that is longer, almost as wide and even easier to make. In the stored position, the two-piece mattress rests with one section atop the other and, at night, you simply slide the second one out, its base gliding along runners set into the sides of the high top.
Rear speakers for the stereo are fitted in the roof and there's a courtesy light in the step well of the sliding door.
The fresh and waste water tanks are both inboard, making the Exclusive surprisingly practical for winter camping. And all except the cab windows are double-glazed. The roof windows and the left- hand lounge window are the familiar top- hinged acrylic type, while the remainder are fixed, glass double-glazed units.
Heating is by thermostatically-controlled, diesel-fired, blown-air into the lounge. There is a set of internal silver screens for the cab windows.