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VW T3 Transporter Double Cab Pick Up (DoKa) FOR SALE

This VW DoKa (Doppel Kabine, or Double Cab in English) was registered new in March 1987 by a VW Dealership in Germany and used by them for just over a year.
In June 1989, the vehicle was purchased from the original VW Dealer by the Volunteer Fire Brigade in the small town of Gifhorn, which is only about 20km from VW’s Wolfsburg factory in Germany.
The Gifhorn Fire Brigade had the vehicle resprayed in the Fire Service colour; VW’s L256 Feuer Rot (RAL3000 Fire Red). The vehicle was also fitted with the metal tilt frame and waterproof canvas covering the rear load bed, which it still has.

Other original features still fitted to the truck include a working PA System, two-tone sirens and the revolving blue light on the cab roof (this has been de-activated to save any undue attention from the Police, but all the parts are there if you want to re-connect it). The vehicle also has a giant fully working search light which can be removed for normal driving and even has the original first aid kit and one of the fireman’s jackets, which was found under the seat!

The Truck was in service with the Gifhorn Fire Brigade from 1989 until 2008, when Mark Reynolds from Bus Brothers in Clitheroe bought this truck, and a number of other T3 / T25 fire busses direct from the Fire Brigade in Germany.
Throughout it’s time with the Gifhorn Fire Brigade, my DoKa obviously had quite an easy life, covering just 56,000km (35,000 miles) over it’s first 29 years. It was garaged the whole time and regularly serviced and maintained, which is probably why it is still in such remarkably good condition.
Mark at Bus Brothers brought the DoKa back to the UK and registered it with the DVLA. It was issued with the age-appropriate numberplate D670DCK.
The Truck made it’s debut at the Stanford Hall VW Show in the summer of 2008, picking up an award for Commercial VW and catching the eye of Peter Mellen from Peterborough, who bought the DoKa from Bus Brothers.
It was magazine featured in November 2008 (I have a copy of the Volksworld Camper Magazine it appeared in).
Peter Mellen kept the DoKa for the next 5 years, covering only about 11,000km (6,800 miles), before seling it in March 2013 to Alan Jackson from Cornwall.
The truck covered just 2,000km while owned by Alan Jackson, who sold the vehicle on in June 2016 to fellow Cornishman, Jack Biggs.
That year, Jack used the vehicle all summer to tow his mobile Pizza Oven on a trailer to the local Cornish beaches.
In 2017, Jack began using his landrover’s instead to tow the portable Pizza trailer to the beach and the DoKa was tucked away in the barn and left unused.
In October 2020 a good friend of mine heard about an ex-Feuerwehr DoKa tucked away down in Cornwall and went to check it out. Knowing I’d had a few ex-German Firebrigade T3’s and an ex-Cold War VW Bay Window command vehicle, and that I love quirky and unusual old VWs – he sent me a couple of photos and the deal was done. In October 2020 the Doka was mine.
The mileage then was still just 71,000km (44,000 miles).
I’ve used the Truck quite a lot – it's just so useful and such a cool thing to drive around in.
It had a fresh MOT on 2nd October 2021, which it passed with no advisories. The mileage is now 76,000km or just 47,000 miles. This mileage is genuine and supported by the vehicle’s documented history, and the MOT History on the DVLA website, which you are welcome to check online.
Over the past few months I’ve had a lot of work done to the DoKa:
In May 2021 I took the truck to local VW Specialist, Beetlelink. I spent £600 on putting right every little thing on the truck, replacing the fuel lines (as a precaution for the future) and giving it a full service. The truck starts ‘on the button’ every time and drives exceptionally well – just as you’d expect a low mileage T3 to do.
I had the wheels sandblasted and powder coated and fitted a set (including the spare) of brand new Maxxis All Terrain tyres (£75 each) which really suit the look of the truck and are fabulous on and off road.
T3 standard headlights aren’t that great, so I bought a brand new pair of genuine Hella headlights and a set of uprated bulbs. These were fitted to an uprated headlight wiring loom from Slaughter House Customs and installed in the truck. The improvement over standard T3 headlights is amazing.

Slaughter House Customs also supplied a GPS Digital Speedo, which fits neatly in the dash and is handy, as the original speedo isn’t that accurate and is only marked in KM on the dial.
A new Pioneer CD Radio, speakers and aerial were also fitted this year. All the locks work off one key.
The load bed and fold down sides are in excellent condition and the load bed even still has the original wooden fitted slats to protect it.
Well done if you’ve kept reading so far!

In summary:
This is a really rare classic VW. When did you last see and ex-Feuerwehr DoKa?
The condition is excellent for it’s age and considering it spent 29 years as a working commercial vehicle. There is the odd small rust scab and scratch on the bodywork as you’d expect in an unrestored, original vehicle, but no real rust anywhere.
It has 6 seats, all with seat belts. It has the 1.9 water cooled petrol engine with a 4 speed manual gearbox and has done a genuine 45k miles from new. Fitted towbar and electrics. The seats are in great condition, and I’d trust this truck to go anywhere.
Only selling as the family are pressing me to get another camper and I don’t have the space for both.

Call Kerry on 07799 887128 if interested. The DoKa can be viewed in Woking, Surrey


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This is a good buy for someone. I used to have a Dutch army crew cab. Had loads of fun in that going shows n kipping in the back of it. 👍
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