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- ISBN-10: 1847975542
- ISBN-13: 9781847975546
by Richard Copping
At a time when vehicles of a similar age produced by other manufacturers are rapidly heading to the scrapyards, Volkswagen's fourth-generation Transporter is attracting the cult status worthy of its predecessors. Attendance at any of the many VW events held each year confirms its popularity in the sheer numbers on show, or in the car-parks. Campsites see one T4 rubbing shoulders with another and inevitably the asking price for such vehicles, when they are offered for sale, remains firm.
Here, Volkswagen enthusiast and prolific author Richard Copping examines the complete story of the T4, from the Transporter concept originated forty years before its presence at VW's Hannover factory, through its development period and full production life, including the decision made in 1996 to redesign its frontal appearance, at least as far as passenger-carrying vehicles were concerned. It was during the production span of the T4 that not only did the diesel engine "come of age", with both power and economy to its credit, but also at long last there were petrol-engined Caravelles capable of out-manoeuvring both the opposition and the average family saloon.
Beautifully illustrated throughout with a sparkling mixture of archive and modern-day imagery, including three specially commissioned photo-shoots, this is the first book in the English language to have been written, illustrated and published solely about the T4. Presented in an authoritative but lively style, embracing all the models produced, from humble Chassis Cab Pick-Ups to top-of-the-range Caravelle Limousines and highly desirable Multivans, with its wealth of specification details, comprehensive year-by-year analysis and coverage of popular camping conversions, it will appeal to many more than just the already dedicated enthusiast.
- Before the fourth-generation Transporter
- Breaking the mould - the path to production
- A tale to be told - marketing the new model
- The specifications and the models - launch period
- An evolving story - the early years
- Production and chassis numbers, paint colours
- Powering the T4 Transporter and Caravelle
- A new look for the later years
- T4 Camping - from Bilbo's Design to Westfalia
- After the T4 - comparing the T4 with its successor
Buch, Hardcover, 21,5 x 30 cm, 208 Seiten, 300 farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text