The Volkswagen Westfalia T4 Transporter California Camper Model History
Circa 1990 Volkswagen phased out the rear engined T3 model (also known as the T25 in the UK and Vanagon in the USA). The replacement for the T3 was the front engined T4 Transporter (called the Eurovan in USA). Westfalia started production of a camper version of the T4 and named it the California. The Westfalia T4 California was available in both hightop and poptop roof versions. The base vehicle for the VW California was the short wheel base “short nose” version of the VW T4 Transporter.
1) 1990 - 1993 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Camper engine options and approx price (inclusive tax when new in standard form):
From 09/1990 (1991 model year) price list. Prices are in German Deutschmark:
Volkswagen California Petrol Otto Kat Motor 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, 62 KW (84 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2615 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, 48,000 DM
Volkswagen California Petrol Otto Kat Motor 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, 62 KW (84 PS), Automatic 4 Gearbox, load weight 2615 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, 50,776 DM
Volkswagen California Petrol Otto Kat Motor 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 81 KW (110 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2690 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, 50,417 DM
Volkswagen California Petrol Otto Kat Motor 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 81 KW (110 PS), Automatic 4 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2690 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, 53,192 DM
Volkswagen California Diesel Motor 1.9 litre, 4 cylinder, 45 KW (61 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2615 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, 46,791 DM
Volkswagen California Diesel Motor 2.4 litre, 5 cylinder, 57 KW (78 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2690 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, 49,145 DM
Volkswagen California Coach Diesel Motor 2.4 litre, 5 cylinder, 57 KW (78 PS), Automatic Gearbox, load weight 2690 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, 51,921 DM
The upholstery material in the VW Westfalia T4 California camper for driver, passenger and rear seat/bed was a grey flat woven fabric with blue stripes and pattern known as “Flockwürfel” which translates to something like “Flock cubes”.
The curtains for sides and rear in the VW Westfalia T4 California camper were grey.
5) 1990 - 1993 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Camper High Top Roof Specification
The high top roof outside finish for the VW Westfalia California Camper is in the same colour as the vehicle.
The inside headroom of the vehicle with hightop was 203 cm.
Lockers left and right in hightop front.
Two opening side windows in roof (one on each side) with mosquito nets and roller blinds.
Upper bed in hightop is 190 cm x 109 cm and bed cushion foam is 6.5 cm thick.
1990 - 1993 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Camper Pop Top Roof Specification
The inside headroom of the vehicle with poptop is 135 cm.
Upper bed in poptop is 184 cm x 106 cm and bed cushion foam is 4.5 cm thick.
Ventilation window in the front canvas of the pop top with mosquito net.
6) 1990 - 1993 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Camper Flooring and Carpeting Specification
The flooring in the rear of the VW Westfalia T4 California camper was a hard wearing grey PVC material. The step is made from black plastic.
Grey carpet floor lining in drivers cab.
7) 1990 - 1993 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Camper Door Trim Specification
Door interior trims made from grey plastic with cloth material trim insert.
8) 1990 - 1993 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Camper Standard Model Specification
Length - 4655 mm (short wheelbase).
Width - 1840 mm
Height - Poptop 1970 mm / Hightop 2570 mm
Double glazed windows in the rear living area. Two sliding windows in rear living area (one in sliding door and one above kitchen unit).
Grey curtains all round for the living and cab area.
220 volt external CEE hook up socket on the outer wall at the rear left with one internal outlet socket in living area and safety trip cut out (FVLS 0.01A). Hook up adaptor cable is included.
12V socket in living area.
Fuses for electrical equipment in living area.
Automatic battery charger.
Leisure battery 12V 80 Ah (maintenance free) with split charge relay for equipment in living area (freezer / fridge etc). Charged by alternator or battery charger.
Alternator 90 Amp (or higher capacity for 5 cylinder engines).
Central electronic control unit in drivers cab above the mirror with LCD display for outside temperature, charge level of the batteries, operating status of the cool box / fridge, freshwater / waste water tank levels, push button adjustment for cool box / fridge temperature.
Single tone horn.
Two reversing lights.
Rear fog light.
Adjustable instrument panel lights.
Warning light for hand brake and brake fluid level.
Windscreen wipers with intermittent wipe function.
Two transistor lights.
Living / Bedroom Area
Two person seat bench that slides and folds to make a double bed in conjunction with rear bed cushion.
Sliding rear seat bench has one three point safety belt and one lap belt safety belt.
Linen cupboard with various compartments.
Locking storage for valuables.
Fold down draining board above the cooker.
Preparation for acceptance of headrests in rear seat.
Storage compartment under the seat bank.
Three storage compartments in the seat bank front.
Double bed is 194 cm x 117 cm and bed cushion foam is 8 cm thick.
Deep wardrobe on the left hand side.
Storage cabinet at the rear left hand side.
Roof storage locker in the rear with a mirror.
The kitchen cupboard is opposite the sliding door with a sink / cooker combination with an adjustable cover, cutlery drawer and storage for tableware and provisions.
Spirit cooker with two burners (performance with strong flame approx 1100W, consumption at rated power approx 0.27 litre / hour). Option to have gas cooker at extra cost.
Sink dimensions 27 cm long x 27 cm wide x 12 cm deep. Finished in enamelled steel with single hand tap (with switch for water pump), flexible hose, and adjustable head can be used for shower outside.
Removable table (72 cm x 40 cm). Stored in rear seat bench.
40 litre Electrolux fridge with 12 V compressor to -18 C.
Freshwater and Wastewater
53 litre freshwater tank.
Filled using a rotating neck at the rear.
Emptied outside under the vehicle. Cleaning opening on tank.
Freshwater tank has a submersible pump.
Freshwater line with separate emptying.
33 litre wastewater tank (frost protected inside vehicle). Emptied using tap accessible in kitchen cupboard.
Adjustable outside mirrors with drivers side flat and passenger side convex.
Sliding door on right hand side to access living area.
Closed window aperture for the living area at the rear left.
Locking Fuel Cap.
Rear windscreen wiper.
Bumpers in black.
Two front swivel seats with armrests and height adjustable head rests.
Height adjustable three point safety belts.
Speedometer with resettable mileage trip and analogue clock (rev counter and digital clock with automatic gearbox).
12 V Outlet (Cigarette Lighter).
Fresh air supply with 4 speed fan.
Heating with mechanical control.
Two swivelling and folding sunvisors.
Make up mirror with light on passenger side sun visor.
Dipping rear view mirror.
Front and rear mud flaps.
Headlamp range adjustment.
Open storage under dashboard on left hand side.
Locking storage under dashboard on right hand side.
Storage trough in the dashboard on the right hand side.
Grab handle in roof frame on the right hand side.
Storage pocket on passenger door.
Tyres 195/70 R15 97 S reinforced.
Interior light with turn off delay.
Child locks on all doors / flap in living area.
Floor heating with plastic safety covers.
Inner cladding made from plastic with cloth material insert.
Rod aerial blank.
Radio suppression kit to prevent interference on UKW and MW reception.
9) Options available at extra cost included:
There were many options available at extra cost for your Westfalia T4 California Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from 09/1991 (1992 model year) price list. Prices include tax and are in German Deutschmark:
Activated carbon filter - for motors with controlled catalytic converter. Cost 168 DM
Towbar (various options). Cost between 722 and 933 DM
Anti lock braking system (ABS). Cost 3501 DM
Electrically adjustable and heated outer mirrors:
on drivers side flat and on passenger side convex. Cost 410 DM
on driver and passenger side convex. Cost 410 DM
Bugle outer mirrors (convex) on driver and passenger side. Cost 182 DM
Second auxiliary battery 80 Ah for the living area for fridge etc. Cost 522 DM.
Rev counter and digital clock. Cost 217 DM
Fanfare with dual tone horn. Cost 79 DM
Electric windows in drivers cab. Cost 725 DM
Cruise control (not for 1.9 l and 2.4 l diesel motors). Cost 743 DM
Hightop (in same colour as vehicle) with 2 sleeping places (length 1900mm, width 1090mm), 65mm foam cushion and sorage lockers right and left in hightop front. Cost 3776 DM
Gas cooker installation instead of spirit cooker 2 burners (cylinder 4.5kg) (performance with strong flame approx 1650W, consumption at rated power approx 120g / hour). Cost 1329 DM
Make up mirror with light for drivers side. Cost 103 DM
Engine bay light. Cost 36 DM
Front fog lights. Cost 385 DM
Tyres 205/65 R 15 98 S reinforced (only with steel wheels) Cost 398 DM
Alloy wheels. (7 J x 15):
with tyres 205/65 R 15 98 S reinforced Cost 1777 DM
Mud + Snow tyres 205/65 R 15 98 S reinforced. Cost 241 DM
radio preparation with front screen aerial instead of rod aerial. Cost 204 DM
radio “Gamma” (Stereo radio cassette). Cost 838 DM
Headlight wash / wipe system. Cost 478 DM
Heated windscreen washers. Cost 65 DM
Rear mud flaps. Cost 117 DM
Front mud flaps. Cost 117 DM
Front and rear mud flaps. Cost 235 DM
without timer, thermostat in roof frame (only with 2 additional batteries). Cost 3174 DM
with timer, thermostat and timer in roof frame (only with 2 additional batteries). Cost 3427 DM
Underbody protection for extreme conditions. Cost 369 DM
Central locking. Cost 756 DM
10) Accessories available at extra cost included:
There were many accessories available at extra cost for your Westfalia T4 California Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from xx/xx price list. Prices include tax and are in German Deutschmark
Coming soon !
11) 1990 - 1993 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Camper Side Stripes and Logos
VW Westfalia T4 California side stripes and logos.
12) Links to Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Camper Sales Brochures (Prospekt) and Price Lists (Preisliste) and Owners Instruction Manuals
Please note that some of the links take you to an external site called vwpix.org, which is an excellent source of sales literature for all versions of VW camper van. Most of the brochures are in German language as this was the main market.