A unique rendition of Volkswagen’s iconic T3, this four-door T25 Doka (Doppel Kabine or Double Cab) is reported to have been one of just three units specifically built for the NATO forces with four doors rather than the standard 3-door configuration. This 1992 example is said to have been refinished in Beige Cappuccino from Fiat’s paint collection and features a custom-fabricated frame that supports the canvas cover. Acquired by the seller in 2017 and since undergone a multi-year restoration, this pickup is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Holland, Netherlands.
This rare 4-door example is said to have been professionally stripped, primed, epoxied, and refinished in Beige Cappuccino (231/B), borrowed from Fiat's paint collection. It rides on original 14” wheels with black-painted centers. The seller states that a custom-fabricated and paint-matched frame has been added to the bed, supporting a German-made Sonnenland waterproof canvas cover. Black powder-coated front and rear bumpers have also been fitted. Additional images are provided in the gallery.
The cabin has been customized with NW NOS (Volkswagen New Old Stock) chocolate brown vinyl and brown/grey tweed seat inserts. The dashboard has been reconditioned and a new headliner has been fitted. Other equipment includes VDO instrumentation, a two-spoke steering wheel, a locking glovebox, roll-up windows, door-mounted grab handles, rear lap belts, and black rubber floor mats. The seller adds that all gauges and accessories are working properly.
Power is derived from a rear-mounted 1.9-liter flat-four diesel engine which sends power to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. The seller adds that a new clutch, battery, and alternator have been fitted as part of the restoration. No outstanding maintenance items have been reported at this time.
This sale will include a registration, owner’s manuals, and a toolkit.
The seller would like you to know: “After 2 years of searching, we located a low mileage rust-free example in Rotterdam; the coolest thing about the find is that this DOKA had 4 doors! The other interesting detail was that it was an ex-NATO vehicle which in and of itself, offered some distinct pros and cons. The big positive was it had an extensive service history with top-notch repair records. The other side of the coin was that there were some unique features on the vehicle that had to be either removed or corrected. For example, the bed was covered by an inset Bakelite material that provided a base for a series of metal slotted channels; whether this design was used to secure gear and equipment, or a stable platform for the latest secret weapon, I never found out. I decided to have it removed to get down to the original corrugated floor surface. Another challenge was/were the various dents located in specific areas on the sheet metal. These dents were certainly something that needed to be taken care of for sure. This is a unique example because it is one of three trucks built for NATO forces with 4 doors rather than the standard 3 door configuration. VW did manufacture a 4-door luxury version of the t3 called the TriStar which was only available with the Synchro 4WD system and very expensive. Another feature that sets this truck apart is the custom-fabricated frame which supports the canvas cover. The frame was designed to drop the height of the canvas top flush to the truck’s cab to provide a more streamlined look. The steel frame was powder coated and a German-made Sonnenland waterproof canvas was selected for the covering. This top was designed for easy on-and-off access to whatever might be in the truck bed. Roll-up side panels and rear vinyl window panels make it easy to get to stuff with the canvas top in place too. High-quality fasteners have been used in keeping with the high standard of restoration. The truck has all original sheet metal except for the five-foot-long nose panel that runs below the windshield. This is a notorious spot where moisture accumulates in the corner seams allowing corrosion to set in. The new panel was NOS and was welded and epoxy seam-sealed before it was primed and painted. The seams in all these vehicles are the weak link once panel expansion and contraction cause the paint to allow moisture into the original unsealed seam areas. The remaining sheet metal panels and seams on this truck have all been brought down to bare metal and filled with epoxy seam-sealer to prevent this from happening and then of course primed and painted.”
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