The Volkswagen 1988 Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper Model History
In 1988 the VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin model was given a total interior redesign. The furniture in the new model was now in light grey with a dark grey edging, the upholstery material was changed and the opening rear door design was changed to a non opening full width plastic panel.
1) 1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper engine options and approx price (exclusive tax when new in standard form):
From 06/1988 price list. Prices are in German Deutschmark:
Volkswagen LT 28 Hightop Bus, Petrol Otto Motor 2.4 litre, 6 cylinder 66 KW (90 PS) . 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2500 mm, 70,812 DM
Volkswagen LT 28 Hightop Bus, Diesel Motor with 2.4 litre, 6 cylinder 55 KW (75 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2500 mm 72,103 DM
Volkswagen LT 28 Hightop Bus, Turbo Diesel Motor with 2.4 litre, 6 cylinder 75 KW (102 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 2800 kg, wheelbase 2500 mm 76,116 DM
Volkswagen LT 31 Hightop Bus, Petrol Otto Motor 2.4 litre, 6 cylinder 66 KW (90 PS) . 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 3200 kg, wheelbase 2500 mm, 73,358 DM
Volkswagen LT 31 Hightop Bus, Diesel Motor with 2.4 litre, 6 cylinder 55 KW (75 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 3200 kg, wheelbase 2500 mm 74,648 DM
Volkswagen LT 31 Hightop Bus, Turbo Diesel Motor with 2.4 litre, 6 cylinder 75 KW (102 PS), 5 Speed Gearbox, load weight 3200 kg, wheelbase 2500 mm 78,661 DM
2) 1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper Colour Options
The 1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper available in 1 colour.
R1R1 Pastel White (L90D) (Pastellweiss) (with white roof)
3) 1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper Furniture Specification
The 1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper layout consisted of:
1) Westfalia comfort seats.
2) Relocatable seat bank.
4) Fixed seat bank.
6) Shower Room.
8) Sink / Fridge.
9) Sideboard Cupboard.
1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper Interior Photos
The 1988 Volkswagen Westfalia LT Sven Hedin camper had light grey furniture with dark grey edging.
4) VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper Upholstery Specification
The upholstery in the 1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin camper was a brown beige multicolored pattern called “Baroness Grey/Blue” and was as far as I know unique to this model and year.
The curtains for the front and sliding door in the VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin camper were light grey.
The VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin had roller blinds on the windows in the living area and the rear kitchen window.
The roller blinds on the side and rear window had mosquito nets for use in the day time and the blinds would keep the light out when sleeping and stop people seeing in in the evening.
5) Volkswagen Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper High Top Roof Specification
The high top roof on the VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin camper was an original Westfalia hightop constructed using strong Glassfibre.
The interior has a standing height of 212 cm at the front and 186 cm at the rear.
In the front part is mounted above the cab a pull out double bed of 160 cm x 200 cm.
On the rear lowered part of the roof there is a luggage rack which can be accessed using the ladder mounted on the rear panel (note this model had a plastic full width rear panel instead of opening rear doors).
Three insulated lifting air vents each fitted with mosquito nets.
6) 1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper Flooring and Carpeting Specification
The flooring in the rear of the 1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin camper was a grey PVC hard wearing floor surface.
7) 1988 Volkswagen Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper Door Trim Specification
Door trims - grey vinyl finish.
8) 1988 Volkswagen Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper Standard Model Specification
Tinted, heat insulating and double glazed plexiglass windows in rear living area. One opening window on the side and one opening window at the rear above kitchen.
Curtains and Roller Blinds
The living room and rear kitchen window had roller blinds so that people cannot see in from outside and to prevent light entering the vehicle when sleeping.
For the front cab area and the sliding door there are grey curtains.
Living / Bedroom Area
At the center of the vehicle is the spacious living / sleeping room with 2 large padded seats.
The front bench, 1.30 m wide, can be folded using the 2 handles due to the original Westfalia fittings allowing - you sit either in the living position or in the direction of travel position.
Rear seat benches are both equipped with safety lap belts for 2 persons.
To sleep the seat can be folded by simply tilting the backrest of the back cushion to make a double bed of 195 cm length and 130 / 115 cm wide.
Another child bed of 160 cm x 100 cm can be installed in the cab (optional).
At the rear is the kitchen combination with two flame gas cooker, large sink with hot and cold water mixer tap, cutlery draw, fridge and large supply cupboard. Above the kitchen combination is a large storage locker with shelf.
45 litre fridge working from 12v, 220v and gas.
The vehicle is equipped with plenty of storage space. In addition in the kitchen there is a half-height tableware cupboard that can simultaneously serve as a countertop. In the rear part of the vehicle there is a wardrobe 35 cm wide. A linen closet, many overhead storage bins and the space under the seats give a you enough space for everything you need during a long journey. For the bedding there is additional space in the hightop roof in the area of the folded double bed.
The shower cell with wash basin is constructed from glass fibre plastic in one piece so is completely watertight. Equipment includes a hot and cold water mixer tap with integrated shower head, mirror with integrated light, toilet cabinet, hand towel holder and a place for a portable toilet.
The freshwater tank has a capacity of 100 litre. There is a central pump for running water and for hot water an automatically operating hot water boiler. Under the vehicle is a 70 litre waste water tank.
External underbody 7.8 kg LPG tank with fuel level gauge.
Thermostatically controlled Eberpacher night heater using either diesel or petrol depending on engine specified
220 Volt external hook up with two internal outlet sockets and safety trip cut out.
12 Volt circuit with 160 Amp leisure battery with split charge relay and automatic battery charger to power transistor lights, the water pump and the heater fan.
A 12 v socket, 1 inverter for converting 12 volt DC voltage to 220 volt AC voltage for using an electric shaver and 6 lights for the living, kitchen and shower rooms complete the equipment.
Above the rear kitchen unit there is an operation and control unit including 2 safety cut outs for the 12 volt circuits, a diode display showing the charge level of the second battery, a level indicator for the fresh and waste water tanks, a control indicator showing when the fridge is operating on gas and the operation and control unit for the hot water unit.
The side walls of the living room and the roof are insulated with 40 mm thick non-flammable mineral wool.. The insulation is strongly glued to the body. The roof and side wall paneling are coated with an imitation leather finish. Under the floor there is a 10 mm thick Bitumen insulating board. In conjunction with the optional padded and quilted curtains and with the heating switched on the Sven Hedin can remain fully operational at temperatures down to -15 C.
The flooring was a durable grey PVC in the rear and the front cab area was grey carpet.
Driver and Passenger Seats
The original Volkswagen seats with upholstery matching the seat banks in the living area.
9) Options available at extra cost included:
There were many options available at extra cost for your 1988 Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from 1988 Price List:
M025 Clock and speedometer with resettable trip. Cost 124 DM
M050 Dual circuit and hand brake warning light. Cost 87 DM
M074 Rear mudflaps. Cost 130 DM
M089 Windscreen in laminated safety glass. Cost 317 DM
M208 Towbar with ball type hitch. Cost 760 DM
M571 Rear Fog Light. Cost 133 DM
M597 63 Amp Battery (Only for petrol engine). Cost 43 DM
M652 Intermittent wipers. Cost 66 DM
M640 Long term underbody treatment (bitumen based). Cost 812 DM
There were many accessories available at extra cost for your Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper. Below is a list of some of them taken from 1988 Price List.
Radio Package - Blaupunkt. Order Number 217 002 346 001 Cost 1440 DM.
Radio Package - Phillips. Order Number 217 003 346 001 Cost 1020 DM.
Cruise Control. Order Number 217 001 446 001. Cost 906 DM.
Eberspacher Timer for petrol or diesel night heater. Order Number 216 001 446 002. Cost 196 DM.
Additional glovebox and storage. Order Number 217 005 226 001. Cost 161 DM.
Stands for levelling van (for front). Order Number 217 001 203 010. Cost 408 DM.
Stands for levelling van (for rear) (not in combination with M208. Order Number 217 001 203 015. Cost 408 DM.
11) 1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper Side Stripes and Logos
1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper side stripes.
2) Links to 1988 Volkswagen Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper Sales Brochures (Prospekt) and Price Lists (Preiseliste)
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.
1988 VW Westfalia LT Sven Hedin Camper Sales Brochures Prospekt