1988 Volkswagen T3 Pritschenwagen

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The VW DoKa, ubiquitous in Europe but rare in North America, is a unique and funky approach to trucking. It’s not powerful, but it can carry 5-6 people and a light payload out back, making it well-suited for small business owners or amateur project enthusiasts. With a little over half of a Vanagon present, DoKas cut a familiar shape, just with a truncated rear. The Pritschenwagen (flatbed) models, with their significantly longer bed and just two doors, look much more like the cab-forward trucks produced by most Japanese manufacturers.

This clean white example can have folding sides or be a full-on flatbed lined with LineX to handle whatever your project is that day. Almost as endearing as the rarity and funky shape are the two checked option boxes – rear window defroster, fair enough, but also a power driver-side mirror! Isn’t that the easier one to reach? It’s like my grandma’s 1994 Subaru that didn’t have a passenger mirror because it was an “option.” With just 73k miles, it’s a sharp-looking worker with just enough flaws to keep it reasonable.

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Year: 1988
Model: T3 Pritschenwagen
Engine: 2.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 73,322 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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1988 Volkswagen Transporter Type 2 (T3) – “Pritschewagen” Single Cab!

A very rare VW Single Cab drop side pick-up truck for sale. Can be used as a flat deck. Under the bed there is additional lockable storage compartments! These single cabs were never imported into the United States – this is your chance to own something that was never sold in America. This is a gasoline powered rear-wheel drive work truck.

Only options are rear window defrost and power mirrors on drivers side – a very basic truck. It was spray painted white and the bed was lined with LineX bedliner protector in 2014. No mechanical issues. Comes with bucket seats and optional bench seats. Would make a great work truck, surf truck or you could completely restore it to original.

This truck will only go up in value! Rare VW’s like this are an excellent investment. Low mileage considering the year. Total weight is 2390 kilograms. This truck has a nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution. 4-speed manual with reverse. 2.1 L water cooled engine.

Built at the Graz plant in Austria. Originally imported into Canada. Truck is currently in Alberta Canada.

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2390 kilograms? I hope not – I’m guessing that’s pounds. The auction started at $7,500 which seems a little steep. These are cool trucks but admittedly basic, so they’re going to get all Westy on us and command huge prices. Minus points for a few dents, plus some for overall condition and look, I hope it sells but don’t see it going too far above the starting bid.


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