53k Mile Barn Find! 1985 VW Westy Weekender - Auction In Berkley, Mass

53k Mile Barn Find! 1985 VW Westy Weekender – Auction In Berkley, Mass

Fresh on the eBay auction block a few hours ago is what appears to be a low mile barn find on the East Coast.  This 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender is said to be a 1 owner original with 53k miles and hasn’t been to the DMV in close to 14 years.  It features the stock 1.9L engine and likely the 4 speed manual transmission (they didn’t state, but the photos appear to show the manual).   The seller states…

“I replaced the fuel tank, all fuel lines around tank and expansion tanks, grommets and fuel pump. I flushed the fuel system and the van started right up. I drove it around the block and it seemed to shift great and felt nice and tight”

The seller does provide the VIN Wv2zb0259fh028191 and the free Auto Check score on eBay was a whopping 53 points.  I don’t exactally know how their grading scale works, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything in the 50s before.  The photos show the van will at the very least need a new tent canvas, and it does come with a few scrapes and bruises, though overall it does show very well.  The auction ends next Thursday the 27th at 1pm PST, yes that’s Thanksgiving here in the states.  You’ll definitely want to see this one in person before bidding, so head on up to Berkley, Massachusetts and check it out. eBay Link

A Note For Potential Buyers: I have no idea how to title or register a vehicle without one.  Check your state laws, there may be fines, dues, etc to take care of.  I think it’s a safe bet (and in most cases) to come see a rig like this before making a bid.  I think it will fetch at least $12k, if not closer to $18k if it really does prove to be immaculate. 

A Note For The Seller: Nice find, wish you had more details to share. Would be great to get a video of the engine running, and the van driving.  You’d likely get a lot more people to come up and see it this coming weekend.  Did you realize you set the auction to end on Thanksgiving day?


Clean!! 1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $12,495 in Tuscon,

Clean!! 1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $12,495 in Tuscon, AZ

Here’s a nice desert dweller that appeared on craigslist about an hour ago in Tuscon, Arizona. This van is a 1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 131k miles, stock 1.9L engine (first year of water cooled), stock automatic transmission. It appears to be mostly stock, with the exception of some GoWesty 15″ wheels which come with some brand new Michelin tires.  There’s no word on whether or not the propane tank, stove, fridge, sink, etc work, or how well. Overall, this looks like a very clean, rust free well kept early model Vanagon Westfalia. The original tent canvas looks great, the exterior and interior are close to showroom condition, the dashboard looks flawless (especially considering this thing has been living in sun country).  Find on craigslist in Tuscon, Arizona with an asking price of $12,495. Craigslist Link

Notes For Potential Buyers: Find out if/how well the kitchen appliances work.  Check for rust on the undercarriage.  Ask if the gas tank has ever been resealed, or if the fuel lines have been replaced. Check the front suspension bushings, ask when they were last replaced.  The desert is great for rust, but not for rubber.  Check window seals, door seals, etc for cracking. 

Notes For The Seller:  Great pictures, but no VIN, title report or service history.  This is an amazing looking Westy.  A video of the engine starting, running, the van driving, and the kitchen appliances working. 


1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Auction In Bellevue, WA ends 11/21

1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – Auction In Bellevue, WA ends 11/21

Back up on eBay again is this is 1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper in superb condition for sale by TDI Motors in Bellevue, WA.  This good looking rig appears to be the original orange paint and the Car Fax report is nice and tidy, showing a life lived in southern California and what appears to be accurate mileage.  The sellers state this is a one owner Westy and is almost all original, with the exception of a new 3 window tent canvas AND a freshly rebuilt 1.9L engine.  While there’s no mention of how well the kitchen appliances work, the pictures of the fridge is one of the cleanest I’ve seen in a long time.  This was listed on eBay a couple of weeks ago and sold for the Buy It Now price of $21k.  However I spoke with the seller and they stated it was actually purchased by someone in Germany who had actually found a diesel in the meantime and no longer wanted this one.  There’s a stack of service records in the large photo set, and aside from a loose pop top seal, I can’t find any other flaws with this van in the photos provided.  Is it worth $21k?  To the right person, probably.  I definitely think it’s worth at least $15k, if not a few grand more than that. Find it for auction in Bellevue, Washington, with and end date of Friday, Nov 21st at 5pm PST. No word on reserve price this time around.  eBay Link


1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $8,500 in Atlanta, GA

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $8,500 in Atlanta, GA

Here’s a nice looking deal that showed up on craigslist in Atlanta, Georgia about an hour ago.  This rig is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with uknown mileage, stock 1.9L engine, stock manual transmission, no rust and a pre installed cargo carrier in place of the back bumper.  This Westy appears to be the original UPS brown paint, and aside from the cargo carrier and a power strip (inverter installed?) it is mostly stock and unmolested. The seller states it doesn’t leak and runs strong.  One thing that stands out to me is that the front has no visible chipping in the picture provided. I have an ’85 with only 130k miles and it’s got all kinds of rock chips up front, maybe it wore a bra for a while, or there are no pebbles in the south east? The price is right with this one at only $8,500.  Craigslist Link

A note for potential buyers: As with most Westys this age… Get the VIN and do a title check at CarFax or similar and look for mileage issues, accidents, etc.  Also find out if the gas tank has been resealed and the last time the front suspension bushings were replaced.  If the engine has never been rebuilt, it will need it soon.

A note for the seller: Provide the VIN and maybe even pay for a CarFax report to share. Do you know where else this van has lived? Has the engine ever been rebuilt?


1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Auction in Asheville, NC

1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – Auction in Asheville, NC

I once owned a 1986 Westy with a salvage title and it for what it was, it ran and drove great.  I think the main worry with any salvage title is whether or not the frame is straight.  There are endless other things to worry about, but most of them are visible, unless it went for a swim at some point.  At any rate, here’s what looks to be a good deal on a Westy with  a salvage title on the East Coast.  This van is a 1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper with stock 2.1L engine, stock manual transmission, 116k miles and nice list of maintenance and upgrades over the past few years including: newer transmission, clutch, axles, brakes, tent canvas, 100W solar panel, power inverter and 16″ Audi wheels.  It’s also got some Yakima wide body brackets installed on the pop top with 4 towers, 2 bars and a cargo cage. It   Not much is known as to why the title was branded, but the vehicle history report shows an accident in 1995.  Considering this vehicle has been running and accumulating miles for the last 20 years, this is likely a good bet if you’re looking for a low priced Westy, though keep in mind the title will always be salvaged which will make it harder to sell. There’s the free Auto Check report provided in the listing, but if you wanted to do you own homework, the seller provided the VIN (WV2ZB0253GH071183). Find it up for auction in Asheville, NC ending Wednesday the 19th at 7am PST. eBay Link


A Note To The Seller: Go get a fresh alignment and share the details with potential buyers.  Maybe add some pictures of the undercarriage as well.

A Note To Potential Buyers: Make sure this rig tracks straight at highway speeds.  Ask when it last had an alignment.  Check underneath for rust, blown out bushings and other possible issues.  Check for cracks in the pop top near the rack brackets.



1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $12,000 in Washington D.C.

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $12,000 in Washington D.C.

Here’s one with minimal words but lots of pictures that showed up on the Washington DC craiglsist yesterday.  This van is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 1.9L engine, stock manual transmission, 128k miles, a full length awning, sunroof in the pop top and some overall pretty good looks with what is likely the original white paint. The seller did provide the VIN so you can do a CarFax report, however aside from what I’ve just said, all that’s left are pictures. Craigslist Link

A Note For Potential Buyers: Do the VIN check, look for mileage discrepancies, accidents, etc. Also, make sure the undercarriage looks as good as the body panels in terms of rust and use. This one appears all original, so see if the engine has ever been rebuilt, if the fuel lines or gas tank have ever been resealed, take a look at all the front suspension bushings (look for rot, blown out rubber, loud squeaks over speed bumps on your test drive, etc)

A Note For The Seller: More details please! Great pictures, (could have used some undercarriage ones), but otherwise, more details, owner history, etc would take this listing a lot further.