The Volkswagen Westfalia T4 Transporter California Exclusive Camper Model History
Mid 1994 the VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Exclusive model was introduced. The Westfalia California Exclusive was based on the long wheel base VW T4 Transporter (3.32m) and had the kitchen at the rear. The Westfalia California Exclusive was available in hightop roof version only. Circa 1996 Volkswagen made changes to to the base model T4 transporter. The old model became known as the “short nose” version and the new model as the “long nose”. Although both versions look fairly similar the main changes related to the front doors, front wings, bonnet, front grills and headlights. The changes were made to increase the engine bay size in order to accommodate the new VR6 TDI engine option. At the same time the above changes were made Westfalia updated the T4 Transporter California Exclusive model. The external colour options were updated and the standard equipment specification improved (when compared with the original 1994 - 1996 version). The information below refers to the 1994 - 1996 VW T4 California Exclusive. To see more information about the updated 1996 - 2003 VW California T4 Exclusive Click Here.
1) 1994 - 1996 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Exclusive Camper engine options and approx price (inclusive tax when new in standard form):
From 01/1995 (1995 Model Year) price list. Prices are in German Deutschmark:
Volkswagen California Exclusive Petrol Otto Kat Motor 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 81 KW (110 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 3320 mm, 62,359 DM
Volkswagen California Exclusive Petrol Otto Kat Motor 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 81 KW (110 PS), Automatic Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 3320 mm, 65,562 DM
Volkswagen California Exclusive Diesel Motor 2.4 litre, 5 cylinder, 57 KW (78 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 3320 mm, 60,898 DM
Volkswagen California Exclusive Diesel Motor 2.4 litre, 5 cylinder, 57 KW (78 PS), Automatic Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 3320 mm, 64,101 DM
Volkswagen California Exclusive Diesel Motor 1.9 litre Turbo-D Kat, 4 cylinder, 50 KW (68 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2750 kg, wheelbase 3320 mm, 58,777 DM
The upholstery material in the VW Westfalia T4 California Exclusive camper for driver, passenger and rear seat / bed was a Jacquard woven design using a grey material with multi coloured cactus pattern known as “Kactus”.
The curtains for sides in the VW Westfalia T4 California Exclusive camper were grey.
5) 1994 - 1996 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Exclusive Camper High Top Roof Specification
The high top roof outside finish for the VW Westfalia California Exclusive Camper is in the same colour as the vehicle.
High top is insulated with 30mm thick mineral wool.
The inside headroom of the vehicle with hightop was 205 cm.
Two opening side windows in roof (one on each side) with mosquito nets and black out for sleeping (double roller blinds).
Roof air vent (middle) with mosquito net, sloping and parallel adjustment.
Upper bed in hightop is 200 cm x 107 cm and bed cushion foam is 6.5 cm thick.
Fixing point for awning (right side) and sport rack (left and right side) up to max 25 Kg load.
6) 1994 - 1996 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Exclusive Camper Flooring and Carpeting Specification
The flooring in the rear of the VW Westfalia T4 California Exclusive camper was a hard wearing grey PVC material with multi coloured speckles. The step is made from black plastic.
Velour carpet floor lining in drivers cab.
7) 1994 - 1996 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Exclusive Camper Door Trim Specification
Door interior trims made from grey plastic with cloth insert.
8) 1994 - 1996 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Exclusive Camper Standard Model Specification
Length - 5055 mm (long wheelbase).
Width - 1840 mm
Height - Hightop 2610 mm
Double glazed windows in rear living area (front right and rear left and right). Rear window (bonoplex double glazed) opening with mosquito net and black out (double roller blind).
Insulated in the side walls of the living area with 10 mm thick PE matting.
Grey curtains all round for the living and cab area.
220 volt External CEE Hook Up socket on the outer wall at the rear right behind the waste disposal flap with two internal outlet socket in living area and safety trip cut out (FV/LS 0.01/13A). Hook up adaptor cable is included.
Automatic battery charger (13.8 V 10 A).
Leisure battery 12V 135 Ah (maintenance free) with split charge relay for equipment in living area (fridge etc). Charged by alternator or battery charger.
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.
Halogen headlights with range adjustment.
Two reversing lights.
Rear fog light.
Adjustable instrument panel lights.
Warning light for hand brake, brake circuit failure and brake fluid level.
Windscreen wipers with intermittent, two speed and wash / wipe functions.
Three 11 Watt transistor lights (Warmton).
Living / Bedroom Area
Two person seat bench that slides and folds to make a double bed in conjunction with separately stored bed extension.
Has a folding and adjustable armrest on right hand side.
Rear seat bench has two automatic safety belts.
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 189 cm x 117 cm.
Fold out table with support foot on the left side wall under the opening window (37 cm x 33 cm).
Dining table with support leg on the left side wall above the folding table (96 cm x 44 cm). Table is stored in the wardrobe when not in use.
The kitchen is at the rear left of the vehicle and has a sink / cooker combination with cupboard underneath.
Cabinet on the left side wall with fridge that has a shaped lid for draining dishes.
Wardrobe at the rear right with folding door, telescopic clothes rail, locking valuables safe box.
Unit on right hand side with one drawer, two doors, two shelves and a garbage bag holder.
Shelves above the right hand side unit in the hightop area and also below the fold out table.
Roof storage lockers with louvre doors at rear left in kitchen area and bathroom.
Gas cooker with two burners (performance between approx 1000W - 1800 W. Gas pressure regulator, quick release connection with shut off valve for gas connection. Separator made from 6 mm thick safety glass with chrome nickel edging between cooker and backrest of seat bank.
Sink with electric tap.
40 litre Electrolux compressor fridge.
Bathroom is at the rear of vehicle.
Fold down wash basin in the left hand side wall moulding with fixed tap and drain outlet.
“Thetford” cassette toilet with 20 litre holding tank and electric water flush.
Hinged door between bathroom and living area (with 180 degree hinge action).
Mirror on the back of the door inside bathroom.
Freshwater and Wastewater
55 litre freshwater tank.
55 litre wastewater tank (frost protected inside vehicle).
Emptied using drain connection with valve located under the vehicle.
Preparation for radio installation with front screen aerial and 6 loudspeakers (2 in the dashboard, 2 in the drivers door storage pockets and 2 in the living area at the rear.
Anti theft system with immobilizer.
Solid rear panel (instead of tailgate) in composite construction (GRP) with 30 mm thick insulating layer of mineral wool and attachments for luggage rack or bicycle rack (rear load max 40 kg).
Waste disposal flap for toilet.
Interior light with turn off delay.
Rear step has built in light that can be switched off.
Adjustable outside mirrors with drivers side flat and passenger side convex.
Sliding door on right hand side to access living area.
Locking Fuel Cap.
Bumpers in black.
Two front swivel seats with armrests and height adjustable head rests.
Height adjustable automatic three point safety belts.
Speedometer with resettable mileage trip, rev counter and digital clock.
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.
Inner light (with separate reading light).
Locking storage under dashboard on right hand side.
Open storage under dashboard on left 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.
Child lock on sliding door.
Floor heating with plastic safety cover.
Roof inner cladding with integrated curtain rails.
Radio suppression kit to prevent interference.
9) Options available at extra cost included:
There were many options available at extra cost for your Westfalia T4 California Exclusive Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from 01/1995 (1995 model year) price list. Prices include tax and are in German Deutschmark:
Storage cubby under the dashboard in the middle (standard when airbags specified). Cost 80.50 DM
Airbags for driver and passenger side and extra storage cubby in middle under dashboard (replaces glovebox and cup holder). Cost 989 DM
Towbar (various options). Cost between 794 and 995 DM
Preparation for fitting of towbar. Cost 201 DM
Anti lock braking system (ABS). Cost 2530 DM
Electrically adjustable and heated outer mirrors:
on drivers side flat and on passenger side convex. Cost 449 DM
on drivers side and passenger side convex. Cost 449 DM
Stronger battery (various options dependent on engine spec.). Cost between 70 and 196 DM
Dual tone horn. Cost 89 DM
100 Amp (only for for 2.4 l diesel motor with 5 speed gearbox). Cost 83 DM
120 Amp (not for diesel motor). Cost 236 DM
Windows in cab area:
Tinted glass instead of clear glass. Cost 316 DM
Windows in living area:
Sliding window (double glazed apart from sliding part of sliding window), front right. Cost 397 DM.
Electric cab windows. Cost 799 DM
Cruise control (only with 2.5 l petrol motor). Cost 851 DM
without timer, outlet only in living area, temperature control via central electronic control unit. Cost On application DM
with timer, outlet only in living area, temperature and timer control via central electronic control unit. Cost On application DM
Climate control with mechanical control and vents in drivers cab (the 2.5 l otto, with 5 speed must have 60A battery, with 2.5 l otto must have stronger 120 Amp alternator, not with 1.9 l turbo diesel motor or 2.4 l diesel with automatic gearbox). Cost 3393 DM
Metallic paint. Cost 2162 DM
Air filter (dust protection) with filter saturation indicator (not with airbags). Cost 242 DM
Make up mirror with light for drivers side. Cost 114 DM
Front fog lights. Cost 426 DM
Increase the total vehicle weight allowance to 2810 kg (only with 2.5 l otto and 2.4 l diesel motor). Cost N/A
Alloy wheels. (7 J x 15 H2) with 205/65 R 15 99 S reinforced tyres Cost 1518 DM
Mud + Snow tyres 205/65 R 15 C 100 T. Cost 265 DM
radio “Gamma” (Stereo radio cassette). Cost 817 DM
Headlight wash / wipe system. Cost 523 DM
Rear mud flaps. Cost 129 DM
Front mud flaps. Cost 129 DM
Front and rear mud flaps. Cost 259 DM
Anti tamper speedometer (seal with seal wire). Cost 51 DM
Anti tamper speedometer (with paint). Cost 51 DM
Underbody protection for extreme conditions. Cost 408 DM
Central locking. Cost 834 DM
10) Accessories available at extra cost included:
There were many accessories available at extra cost for your Westfalia T4 California Exclusive 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) 1994 - 1996 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Exclusive Camper Front and Rear Logos
VW Westfalia T4 California Exclusive front and rear logos.
12) Links to Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Exclusive Camper Sales Brochures (Prospekt) and Price Lists (Preisliste)
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.
Circa 1996 Volkswagen made changes to to the base model T4 transporter. The old model became known as the “short nose” version and the new model as the “long nose”. Although both versions look fairly similar the main changes related to the front doors, front wings, bonnet, front grills, indicators and headlights. The changes were made to increase the engine bay size in order to accommodate the new VR6 TDI engine option.