The Volkswagen Westfalia T4 Transporter California Biker Camper Model History
In mid 1995 the VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Biker model was introduced. The Westfalia California Biker was a special limited edition bus designed to appeal to cyclists. The Westfalia California Biker was available in poptop, hightop and a new type of roof called the “Compact” roof. This was a solid roof that was lower than a standard hightop and did not have an integral bed but had extra storage compartments. The basic model equipment was the same as the 1994/ 95 California Coach but it also had some extra equipment fitted as standard (including a cycle rack) and was available in only two exterior colours.
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 engine option. The first California Bikers were made using the “short nose” T4 as a base and then models after circa 1996 were made using the “long nose” T4 version as a base.
1) 1995 - 1996 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Biker Camper engine options and approx price (inclusive tax when new in standard form):
From 07/1995 price list. Prices are in German Deutschmark:
Volkswagen California Biker Petrol Otto Kat Motor 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, 62 KW (84 PS) . 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2725 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof 56,385 DM, Compact Roof 56,385 DM, Hightop Roof 60,697 DM.
Volkswagen California Biker Petrol Otto Kat Motor 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 81 KW (110 PS) . 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof 59,835 DM, Compact Roof 59,835 DM, Hightop Roof 64,147 DM.
Volkswagen California Biker Petrol Otto Kat Motor 2.5 litre, 5 cylinder, 81 KW (110 PS) . Automatic Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2920 mm, Poptop Roof 63,101 DM, Compact Roof 63,101 DM, Hightop Roof 67,413 DM.
The upholstery material in the VW Westfalia T4 California Biker 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 and rear in the VW Westfalia T4 California Biker camper were grey.
5) 1994 - 1997 Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Biker Camper High Top Roof Specification
The high top roof outside finish for the VW Westfalia California Biker Camper was 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.
Vehicle with high top roof can potentially have sleeping space for four people.
Upper bed in hightop is 190 cm x 109 cm and bed cushion foam is 6.5 cm thick.
Two opening side windows in roof (one on each side) with mosquito nets and roller blinds.
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.
Halogen headlights with range adjustment.
Two reversing lights.
Rear fog light.
Immobilizer device (for Otto petrol engines).
Preparation for immobilizer device (for diesel engines).
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.
Two 11 Watt transistor lights.
One swan neck 5 Watt halogen light.
Living / Bedroom Area
Two person seat bench that slides and folds to make a double bed in conjunction with rear bed cushion.
Rear seat bench has two three point automatic safety belts.
Two 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.
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.
Removable gas cooker.
Sink dimensions 27 cm long x 27 cm wide x 12 cm deep. Finished in enamelled steel with single tap (with switch for water pump), flexible hose, and adjustable head for jet and shower.
Removable table (72 cm x 40 cm). Stored in rear seat bench.
40 litre Electrolux compressor fridge.
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.
27 litre wastewater tank (frost protected inside vehicle). Emptied using tap accessible in kitchen cupboard.
Bike rack suitable for up to 4 cycles on the rear tailgate.
Rev counter and digital clock (for all models).
Radio / Cassette “Gamma” and 6 loudspeakers (2 in dashboard, 2 in the door pockets and 2 in the rear roof locker).
Front screen antenna.
Two swivelling and folding sunvisors.
Make up mirror with light on passenger side sun visor.
Additional storage under the dashboard in the centre.
Interior light with turn off delay and contact switches on front cab doors.
Electric front windows.
Side cladding with cloth material insert.
Furniture surface finish with “Kactus” design.
Furniture front finish in multicoloured speckle design.
Double tone horn.
Electrically adjustable heated outside mirrors with drivers side flat and passenger side convex.
Light in the sliding door step.
Bumpers pained in same colour as vehicle.
Wheel trim covers.
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 with rear wash wipe (not when double glazing is specified).
Two front swivel seats with armrests and height adjustable head rests.
Height adjustable automatic three point safety belts.
Fresh air supply with 4 speed fan.
Heating with mechanical control.
Drivers cab roof is lined.
Dipping rear view mirror.
Inner light (with separate reading light).
Locking storage under dashboard with cup holder / parking coin holder / light 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 driver and passenger doors.
Child lock on sliding door.
Two warm air vents in living area supplied by engine temp (ie not night heater).
Floor heating vents with plastic safety covers.
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 Biker Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from 07/1995 price list. Prices include tax and are in German Deutschmark :
Airbag on drivers side. Cost 552 DM
Airbag on driver and passenger side with extra storage under dashboard in middle (instead of glovebox and cupholder.) Cost 1,006 DM
Heated windscreen washers. Cost 72.45 DM
Headlight wash / wipe system. Cost 535 DM
Air Filter (protective cover) with filter full indication. Cost 247 DM
Front fog lights. Cost 431 DM
Anti lock braking system (ABS). Cost 2582 DM
Stronger battery (various options dependent on engine spec.). Cost between 71 and 202 DM
Second auxiliary battery (only with night heater). Cost 587 DM
Make up mirror with light for drivers side. Cost 116 DM
Alloy wheels. (7 J x 15):
with tyres 205/65 R 15 88 S reinforced and wheel cover middle Cost 1990 DM
Climate control with mechanical control and vents in drivers cab (only with 2.0l and 2.5l otto, with 5 speed must have 60A battery, only with 120A alternator). Not with 1.9 litre turbo diesel or 2.4 litre diesel with automatic gearbox. Cost 3456 DM
with timer, vents in living area (thermostat and timer in central electric display in the middle above dashboard). Cost 3,071 DM
Towbar (various options dependent on engine spec.). Cost between 811 and 1,012 DM
Standard for 2.4 litre Diesel motor
120 Amp (only for 2.0 l with Climate control). Cost 242 DM
Not for 1.9 litre Turbo diesel motor
Window in living area - sliding window (in tinted glass) with fly net (Front right). Cost 529 DM
Cruise Control. Cost 834 DM
Underbody protection for extreme conditions. Cost 414 DM
Rear mud flaps. Cost 132 DM
Front mud flaps. Cost 132 DM
Front and rear mud flaps. Cost 264 DM
Metallic paint. Cost 2202 DM
Optional equipment package:
ABS, Double glazed tinted glass, night heater and timer (thermostat and timer in central electric display in the middle above dashboard), Second leisure battery 80 Ah. Cost 3,692 DM
Stabilisers - front (strong) and rear. Cost 483 DM
Anti tamper speedometer (seal with seal wire). Cost 52 DM
Anti tamper speedometer (with paint). Cost 52 DM
10) Accessories available at extra cost included:
There were many accessories available at extra cost for your Westfalia T4 California Biker Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from xx/xx price list. Prices include tax and are in German Deutschmark
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11) 1995 - 1996 VW Westfalia T4 Transporter California Biker Camper Front, Rear and Side Logos
VW Westfalia T4 California Biker front, rear and side logos.
12) Links to Volkswagen Westfalia T4 California Biker 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.