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Formed in 2008, the Karmann Coachbuilts Club is the original and largest community of Karmann owners.


Our members live all around the globe, from the UK, mainland Europe (Germany, Sweden, Holland, Norway etc), the USA, Canada and yet farther a field to Australia and back again. Our members own a wide variety of Karmanns ranging from the early Volkswagen Type2 (Bay Window) Karmanns to the very latest Karmann's models which are still being manufactured today.

The club owns and operates the only "Karmann Coachbuilts Register" and at present this Register contains details of in excess of 500 Karmann's.


In June of each year the Karmann-Coachbuilt Club hold their UK National Treffen (meeting) in Leicestershire This provides our UK (and European) members with the opportunity to meet the other Karmann owners and friends both old and new.


Our website and forum have been created to allow all Karmann owners to share information about these vehicles and with a specific aim of helping all the VW Karmann owners enjoy Karmann experience to the full.


We hope you enjoy your visit to our site and if you own a Karmann or you are thinking of buying one, please do join the forum.





The UK National Karmann Treffen 2012


Germany National Karmann Treffen 2012


Details of the current events are in the Karmann Forum




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T3 Karmann Gipsy and Cheetah's


In total 741 T3 Karmann Gipsy’s were manufactured on the chassis of Volkswagen T3 (T25 / Transporter / Vanagon). This number excludes 30+ 14" wheeled Syncro models made between 1986 and 1989 and 7 Syncro 16″ wheeled models made between 1990 and 1992. Parallel to the Gipsy production, 113 Karmann Cheetah’s were manufactured by Karmann between 1980 and 1992 to make a grand total of 891 T3 examples.


At present the "Karmann Register" contains details of 378 surviving Gipsy's and Cheetah's, but there are many more out there we don't know about. It is understood that there are 6 of these vehicles in North America, but 4 of these need to be confirmed. To our knowledge, 8 examples have so far been 'written off' or 'scrapped'  representing a 2.12% lost. If we were to apply that 'lost' percentage to the total Karmann production figures, this means there are a maximum of 870 surviving examples, however the exact number of surviving examples may never be known.


The Gipsy and Cheetah's on these pages and represented on the forum are just a mere 44.26% of the total Karmann Gipsy/Cheetah survivors. One wonders where are the others!


Total Gipsy's Produced: 778 Known examples surviving: 318 Survival Rate: 40.87%
Total Cheetah's Produced: 113 Known examples surviving: 52 Survival Rate: 52.00%


Considering that some of these vehicles are now 35+ years old it goes without saying that the Karmann brand

were built to last.


Come on you Gipsy & Cheetah owners, let us know who and where you are!!


Updated May 2021.


Details of the Gipsy and Cheetah production figures and lots of other information can be found in the Members Area


Karmann LT Distance Wide's


During the years of 1978 to 1996 approximately 3,164 Karmann Coachbuilt LT Distance Wides were produced. These models were named the LT "M", LT "L 1", LT "L 2", LT "L Distance Wide", LT "L Distance-Wide Gold", LT "H Distance-Wide", LT "H Distance-Wide Gold", LT "S Distance-Wide" and the ultimate Karmann of that time, the LT "Distance-Wide Autovilla" (see here).


At present we have 60 Karmann LT's on our Karmann Register. Therefore  the Karmann LT's we know about represent just a mere 1.93% of the total Karmann LT production. We look forward to seeing the other 3,043 join us!


Updated May 2021.


Details of the Karmann LT Production figures and lots of other information can be found in the Members Area



Other Coachbuilts - Foster & Day, Tischer and Jurgens


Although this is site dedicated to Karmann Coachbuilts, we welcome among our members three other coachbuilts types, these being the Foster and Day, Tischer and Jurgens.


Foster & Day Coachbuilts were British made (Foster and Day, 1050 Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale, Lancashire), but sadly they no longer exist. We currently know of 21 T3 based Foster and Days. While Foster and Day produced a limited number of Motorhomes and the VW T3 was just one base vehicle they used. They also built some larger motorhomes which based on the VW LT, GMC and Iveco chassis (the latter being all ex-Ambulances).


Tischer are more famously known for the demountable living units and we know that only 3 (possibly 4) Tischer Coachbuilts were ever made. These were built specifically for a customer of Tischer for the rental market. We know 2 Tischer Coachbuilts are still alive - one is in the UK. This makes the Tischer Coachbuilt the rarest of all the T3 Coachbuilts.


As all knowledgeable Karmann owner knows, the Karmann Coachbuilts design originated from Jurgens of South Africa back in the early 1970's. It is not known how many surviving Jurgens there are, but we do have one member who owns a T3 Jurgen. The T3 Jurgen's conversion is quite unique. We would welcome any further information on the Jurgens conversion (or indeed any of the coachbuilt types mentioned above).


Updated May 2021.




Karmann Marketplace


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Club Flyers

No doubt you have spotted other Karmann's during your travels and thought "If I had a pen and paper,

I'd leave a note on their windscreen". Well, here is a club flyer for you to download. Simply save a copy to your PC, print a few copies and put them into your Karmann glove compartment for such occasions. Easy!

Club Flyer (English) Club Flyer (German)
Club Flyer (Dutch)  


T3 Karmann Gipsy & Cheetah - General Information


Gipsy and Cheetah Layouts

Gipsy and Cheetah Differences


Chassis Construction
Where can I find my Karmann Plate? What Gipsy Model do you Own?
Frequently Asked Questions


T3 Karmann Gipsy & Cheetah - Restoration Projects



VW T3 Karmann Gipsy Restoration

 by Grenjs


VW T3 Karmann Cheetah Restoration

by Marv & Clare Jenings

(under construction)


*NOTE* A another 8 detailed restoration projects are inside the Members Area. These include 4x Gipsy's, 3x Cheetah's, a Tischer and soon to come A Foster and Day. *NOTE* 



T3 Karmann Gipsy & Cheetah - Technical Articles


How to TDI your Karmann Gipsy / Cheetah

by Chrismogs

A detailed and step by step guide on how to replace your 1.6JX TD with a 1Z 1.9 TDi Engine. What

Parts you need, Work Sequence and a Pictorial Work Sequence containing over 100 photographs.

Another Gipsy TDi Conversion

by GrenJS

Another detailed TDi conversion from a 1.6 TD JX to a Volkswagen 1Z 1.9 TDi engine.

Parts you need, Work Sequence and a Pictorial Work Sequence containing over 100 photographs.



Gipsy TDI Turbo Intercooler Modification

by Chrismogs





Karmann LT Information


Which LT Model do you own? The LT Gold - The Ultimate Karmann? 
Karmann LT Models Differences Volkswagen LT Club Holland
German LT Site


LT Distance Wide - Restoration Projects



1995 LT Distance Wide

 by stephenc

(under construction)




Karmann Missouri & Colorado Information


Colorado Layouts  


General Karmann Information


Location Map - Where are we all? "In The Press"
Bungalows With Attitude!! Dimensions (Weight / Sizes etc etc)
How to connect the Electrical Hook-Up  


Useful Links


Looking to buy a Karmann? Try these links


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The Official Karmann Site
The Karmann Brochure Download Site
The Karmann Mobil Club in Germany
Professional Engine Conversions

Recommended to all T3 Owners

Club80-90. The Essential site for any

1980-1990 T25 / Vanagon / T3 / Gipsy owner

This forum is both friendly and very helpful.  Dutch Karmann Gipsy & Cheetah Site
Brochures from C.Boltze   Karmann Brochures & Pricelists




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