1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in Tacoma, WA

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in Tacoma, WA

Another familiar face on the eBay auction block.  Small Car Performance  in Tacoma, WA has been trying to sell this 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper since March of 2014 (The Samba Link), but in my opinion it was priced a bit high, but not too high, but just a bit high, and a friend of mine made them an offer of I think $16k earlier this year, and they turned them down. Now it’s down to just $16,500, but has an auction with an unknown reserve price (eBay Link).  It’s a very nice 2 owner Westy that has lived in this region since arriving in the US, Small Car does provide the VIN (wv2zb0251hh063455) and the eBay Auto Check report looks good.  It’s got unknown mileage (but records should indicate ~170k) and looks really, really good. It’s got a fresh transmission w/ new clutch, new heads(top end rebuild?), new water pump, new muffler & no seam rust. It also comes with a hard to find rear facing passenger side jump seat.  I’m surprised they don’t state(or tout) the working condition of the propane tank, fridge, stove and sink.  If this van is absolutely flawless,   I’d say this might be worth $15k in the region, though someone is likely prepared to by their current asking price of a grand more.

A Note For Potential Buyers: They’re likely not going to go below the $16k mark. Make sure the kitchen, propane and hookups all work. If you have the extra coin to spare, they’re offering 10% off all upgrades. 
A Note For The Seller : One of these days when I hit the jackpot I’m going to see if you’ll put a Subaru Boxer Diesel in my 1985 Westy :)


1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender $4,500 in Creswell, Oregon

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender $4,500 in Creswell, Oregon

Here’s a low priced in the Pacific Northwest that popped up on craigslist yesterday.  This van is a 1985 VW Vanagon that the previous owner added a Westfalia pop top to.  I guess it could be called a weekender, but I there are no pictures of the interior, so your guess is as good as mine.  It’s got 253k miles on the clock, a clean title and what sounds like the original engine, but has been rebuilt at some point with AMC heads.  However, the seller did go to great lengths in providing a long list of fixes, upgrades, conditions, etc.  Here’s an abbreviated list of the noteables.

100 watt solar panel with controller and 3 house batteries
– < 7k miles  on 15″ tire wheel package from Van Cafe 
– < 3k miles on new transmission from German Transaxle
– Lots of new rubber seals in various places
– Uninstalled set of front suspension bushings from Van Cafe
– New exhaust
– New master cylinder, brakes, wheel bearings
– New fuel lines and fuel pump
– JVC stereo with speakers and sub
– Rear Van Cafe bumper with receiver hitch
– 3 Thule bars & 6 towers (4 on pop top, 2 on front rain gutter). This setup is great for ensuring the pop top stays down when you have stuff on it, as you can tie say, a surfboard between the poptop and front to keep it all together.

So, this is definitely a project van, and the seller obviously felt that showing the innards wouldn’t help with the sale, however at only $4,500 for a running pop top with all these ad ons, that’s a decent deal for the part of the country.  Find it for sale in Creswell, OR with a firm asking price of $4,500. Craigslist Link

A Note For Potential Buyers:  This is a $4,500 Westy where you can’t really sleep upstairs. Ask for the VIN, do a title check. Check the undercarrige for structural rust.  Know if the seller bought the front end bushing kit, it will need it, and that’s maybe 4hrs of labor at a shop? If not more. 

A Note For The Seller : Great price for a running van like this.  Add some interior and undercarriage pics, provide the VIN and you’ll likely get more interest. Good luck!


1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 117k - Auto - $19,500 in Florida

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – 117k – Auto – $19,500 in Florida

Here’s a beautiful two owner Westy that went up on eBay the other day, another great looking Florida find. This van is a 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 2.1L engine, stock automatic transmission and 117k original miles.  This is an all power version with power locks, power windows, cruise control  The seller states the engine had a top end rebuild at some point, it’s got a recent rack in pinion replacement, new condenser fans in the fridge, a newer 3 window tent canvas, newer full set of curtains and new tires on freshly painted wheels. The paint shines well because it had a new coat about 2 years ago and there was reportedly no rust issues prior. The seller provided the VIN WV2ZB025XLH061129 and the free Auto Check report, which shows a very high score of 46.  Check it out for sale in Deltona, Florida with an asking price of $19,500.  eBay Link

A note to potential buyers : Find out what was underneath the paint job and how much the spent here.  New paint is awesome, when it’s not hiding other issues.  Westy Buying Tips

A note to the seller: More description and details here, especially on the paint job and engine rebuild.

Speaking of Florida, did this Westy really sell for only $5,600?


1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ Subaru SVX Engine - $19,500

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ Subaru SVX Engine – $19,500

Here’s a nice looking find for the midwest Westy fans that showed up for sale on The Samba classifieds yesterday.  This van is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 172k miles on the odometer, manual transmission and a nice looking Subaru 3.0L 3.3L SVX engine conversion with approx 166k miles on it(the engine).  No word of when the swap was done or if the parts used would allow it to pass a California Smog referee.   The seller notes that “It has been extensively restored and lovingly maintained by anal-retentive aircraft mechanics. It has lived inside an airplane hangar for the past 15 years.”  It comes with color coordinated curtains, new upgraded stereo and the fridge, stove and sink all work along with a new propane tank.  The van is described as having no rust and no accident history, you could do an Auto Check report as the provided the VIN vw2zb0257fh021580.  Find it for sale in Saint Charles, Missouri with an asking price of $19,500. The Samba Link

A note to potential buyers : If you’re in a state that has strict emissions regulations like California, make sure the components used in the SVX swap will get you over any hurdles in your state.  SVX swaps are great when done right, though you do loose a couple inches of clearance in the back.  With 230hp, you may want to upgrade the brakes if they haven’t been already, though know that you’ll have to find some 1986 or later spindles, which are hard to come by.  Otherwise, by the pics and description, this looks to be a nice find for under $20k. Westy Buying Tips

A note for the seller: Would love to know more about the engine swap and if the parts used would make it CARB compliant.


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?

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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.