We all live in a yellow submarine.... Here's an eye catching beauty up for grabs on the East Coast with only a few days left to bid. This van is a 1982 VW Vanagon 1.6L Turbo Diesel that used to be a Westfalia Camper pop top, though at some point it received an AdventureWagon high top in place of the pop top. It's up for auction in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an auction end date of Wednesday, August 26th at 2:16pm PST. eBay LINK I honestly don't even know where to start with this thing....
The 1.6L Turbo Diesel is an odd and rare engine, especially for North America. It currently has an oil leak from the head somewhere, though it is stated to be very slow an manageable. The current owner states the van get's about 21mpg city and 24mpg hwy, with a top speed of 65mph. While this is a relatively desirable powerplant, it's weak, and if driven to the floor for a while, it will probably blow up sooner than later. If you buy this, drive it gently, slowly, like it's made of glass. The seller references an upgraded transmission, however no other details are provided. It likely just got taller 3rd and 4th gears on a rebuild at some point.
It got a fresh coat of yellow paint and a fresh undercoating as well. The build thread on the Samba shows the before and after, so it's wasn't in too bad of shape to begin with, though the body is approaching 300k miles. The seller did provide the VIN ( WV2YG0256CH037262 ) and the free eBay Auto Check report shows a very high score of 41. If you're going to drop some serious coin, you may want to consider a Car Fax report as well. Next, amenities.
- TF49 Truck Fridge to replace the old Dometic. This is pretty much the fridge of choice for Vanagons these days. It runs on electric only, but is far more efficient than the original Dometic, and has a great freezer too.
- Solar power set up. This appears to have all the proper goodies, relays, charge controllers, monitors, etc in place. Not just a slap it together a cheap as possible job, this looks close to pro. The 140 watt module alone is $250. Let alone all the time, wiring, do dads and batteries involved in setting this all up.
- Propex HS 2000 Propane Heater. This is where I really start to get jealous. These are $800 just for the parts, not to install. It would be amazing to post up on a 20 degree night somewhere and just roll that thermostat.
- Heavy Duty LT Truck Mirrors.