Volkswagen Transporter T4
Welcome to the first installment of Classic or not. It will be an ongoing series where I’ll bring up the question of whether the car in question will eventually become (or already is) a classic and you can give a simple yes or no answer (or answer however you want). Feel free to speak your mind!
The first car comes from the land of great beer and sausages and isn’t a car at all, it’s a van. The Volkswagen Transporter T4, which is called the Eurovan in the U.S., is a throwback to the original Volkswagen Transporter T1.
The T4 was built from 1990 to 2003 but unlike the original Transporter, it had a front water cooled engine with front wheel drive instead of being rear air cooled.
Plenty of configurations were offered on the T4 to make everyone happy; Panel Van, Kombi (half-panel), Multivan (full-windows), Westfalia (campervan), and Doka having a double cab and pick up style platform at the rear. The original Transporter was available in about twice as many configurations. These configurations plus multiple wheelbase sizes and roof heights made it a viable workhorse, people carrier, or a camper.
In 1996, the van got a facelift to fit a new addition, the VR6 engine. This made for two versions; the T4a (non facelift) & T4b (facelift). Over the years, it was powered by lots of different engines including a 4-cyl, 5-cyl, VR6, diesel, & TDI.
Conversion kits for surfers, businesses, pickup trucks, rescue vehicles, and bespoke conversions for the interior have all become available for the T4 much like the original T1 Transporter.
So what’s the answer? Is it a Classic or not?