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Volkswagen Caravelle

Based on the VW Transporter, the Volkswagen Caravelle may never achieve the same level of incredible popularity as the original Type 1 and Type 2 Transporter. Yet despite this, the Caravelle may be one of the most versatile MPVs (Multi-passenger or Multi-purpose Van) on the road today. They are often seen being used as family vehicles, taxis and commercial vehicles. Used Volkswagen Caravelle vans in South Africa span the entire gamut of purposes and come in all models and years.

The Caravelle Camper

The original Volkswagen Caravelle models feature pop-up roofs with cloth walls and were designed to be used as campers. In this particular guise, there was room for up to four adults to sleep. Even today, the latest second hand Volkswagen Caravelle models for sale in South Africa mirror the original concept by having seating for seven. As a camper, the Caravelle featured an icebox-style refrigerator cabinet complete with a sink, a manual lever operated water pump/tap and a built-in water tank.

Since these sink/refrigerator units were extremely popular with conversion van builders during the sixties and seventies, you may find that many of the early Caravelles for sale in South Africa are missing this vital piece of equipment. This may not detract from the overall value, but is considered a vital piece of the original equipment if you are planning a restoration project.

No More Camping

Most late model second hand Volkswagen Caravelle vans are more like a small bus than they are a camper. These VW vans offer comfortable seating for up to seven adults. They are available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive models. Unlike their predecessors with air-cooled engines, modern Caravelles not only have water-cooled engines, but also offer air conditioning to ensure your comfort.

The latest used Volkswagen Caravelles for sale in South Africa also offer a choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG gearbox. You can also find a number of long wheelbase models that are 529,2 cm long instead of the standard 489,2 cm long giving you even more space to work with. The new Volkswagen Caravelle is a comfortable family van with plenty of room. It features important safety equipment such as airbags for both the driver and passenger, making them a great choice for driving conditions throughout South Africa.

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