1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in Costa Mesa, CA ends 12/28

1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in Costa Mesa, CA ends 12/28

Here’s a sweet 10 day auction that just launched on eBay last night.  If you’re in the Southern California area, check out this 1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 1.9L engine, stock manual transmission and 135k miles.  The eBay seller is actually a company called Performance Vintage International located in Costa Mesa and they appear to mainly deal with exotic 30+ year old European cars, however this nice looking Westy has found it’s way into their inventory.  It looks like someone has taken quite a bit of time to fully restore this van, though specific details are provided.  I don’t believe white was a factory option in the 1983.5, and this paint job is definitely of recent. Aside from what appear to be the original rear bench seat and bed cushions, this rig looks totally restored.  There’s no mention of an engine rebuilt, however the pictures of the engine bay show either a brand new engine, or someone went through the whole thing with a toothbrush, and it looks factory new.  There’s definitely a newer propane tank and regulator, and the front seats from an ’85 or ’86 Vanagon.  White the seller did provide the VIN ( wv2zb0251dh082551 ) , they’ve used up their free Auto Check reports with eBay and did not provide any kind of title report, though the brief Auto Check summary shows only 3 records found, which could mean this is a one or two owner vehicle. Car Fax could help you get the full scoop here.  While the seller does provide some very detailed pictures, there are none of the undercarriage or suspension.  There’s also no mention if, or how well, the stove, sink and fridge work, which again shows they’re not that up to speed when it comes to selling Westy’s like this.  All things considered, they will honor a buy it now price of $16,995, and if this van drives and runs as good as it looks, it likely a very fair price.  The eBay auction ends on December 28th at 9:52pm PST.  eBay Link


1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekdner - $6,500 in SF Bay Area

1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekdner – $6,500 in SF Bay Area

Here’s what looks like a great deal in the San Francisco Bay Area that popped up on craigslist yesterday.  This van is a 1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender Wolfsburg with likely stock 2.1L engine, stock manual transmission and unknown mileage.  The seller states it is a daily driver, has been recently smogged and has a small oil leak.  There’s no pictures of the pop top canvas, and interior does look like it’s been on some great adventures.  Keep in mind this is likely not a beginner Westy unless you’ve got the time/money or know a good VW mechanic, however, if you’ve got a nice place to keep it and plans to restore it, it could be a good find if the title is clean, frame is straight and there’s minimal rust. All in all it’s definitely a little rough around the edges, but with an asking price of only $6,500, it will be gone today or tomorrow.  Finding a running pop top Westy in the Bay Area for under $7k is a steal.  Craigslist link

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1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction - ST. Louis, Missouri

1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction – ST. Louis, Missouri

Up for auction on eBay just outside St. Louis, Missouri is this 1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock rebuilt 2.1L engine, stock manual transmission, original (likely) white paint, original pop top tent canvas and some overall decent looks.  The seller states all the kitchen appliances work, though no photos or notes regarding the propane tank. There is some seam and window area rust starting to take hold, which is definitely going to detract from the final sale price, however it doesn’t look to be too bad in the photos provided.  There’s one fuzzy photo of the undercarriage, but it actually looks ok.  An aspect the seller fails to mention (but may not even be aware of), is that according to the free Auto Check report on the eBay listing, the mileage went off the map about 10 years ago, so there’s no way to know or verify how many miles it actually has. Originally from Utah (while dry desert style, there is salt on the winter roads), this Westy has lived between Oregon and Illinois for the last decade and is said to have been garaged regularly by it’s current owner. If this van runs and drives well with no leaks or coolant system issues, if you can snag it for $8k or less, it’s likely a bargain. The eBay auction ends on Saturday December 20th at 7:41pm, PST. eBay Link

A Note For Potential Buyers:  This sucks for the seller, but the mileage became inaccurate about a decade ago, and unless they can figure out how to rectify it (sometimes these can be in error), anyone doing a title check on this rig will notice the discrepancy.  That could knock the price down by more than 25%.  Also, be sure to check for rust underneath and elsewhere, some of the window rust issues can become expensive.   And of course, check out my Westy Buying Tips page here.


1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $7,500 in Rhode Island

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $7,500 in Rhode Island

Just another manic Monday… ohhhooohhh…  To start the work week off here’s a low priced find on the east coast that could use a new owner.  This van is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 1.0L engine, stock manual transmission, 160k miles on body and original engine (head gaskets done at 143k miles) and could use some cosmetic TLC.  This is one of those scenarios where the seller isn’t trying very hard and could have done a much better job with just giving it a wash and wax, along with some better pictures, or maybe they’re just hoping the dirt will cover some seam rust?  The seller does openly state the propane tank is toast, and that the fridge likely doesn’t work.  As far as recent work it’s seen new  exhaust, struts, and fuel pump.  As long as the rust and the oil leak are not too bad, $7,500 could be a decent price for the rig. Make sure to get the VIN from the seller and run an Find it for sale in Providence, Rhode Island with an asking price of $7,500.  Craigslist Link


1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ Subaru H-6 3.0L - Auction in

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ Subaru H-6 3.0L – Auction in

This Subaru powered Westy was up for auction on eBay back in October and closed with a final bid of $14,500 (previous auction link), however it appears to be up for auction/sale again by the same owner.  I thought I had written about this Westy on the blog here, but can’t seem to find a record of it.  So, here we go…. This van is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper powered by a Subaru 3.0L H6 engine and likely the stock 4 speed manual transmission.  The current owner states that it belonged to her late husband and it was his baby that he’d spent quite a lot of time an money on.  The odometer reads 159k miles, and the engine is reported to have roughly 60k miles.  The kicker to it all, is that the seller says she can’t seem to start it, but that it did run well before the owner passed.  If you live in the Texas area and are looking for a good deal on a nice looking Westy camper with serious Subaru power, this might be for you, if you know a mechanic who knows how to work on these(or maybe you do?).   The auto check report shows a very high score of 40 and it has only seen about 2k miles in the past 10 years.  The VIN is of course provided as well ( WV2ZB0250FH052671 ).  However, since it currently doesn’t run, there’s no way to check and make sure the odometer actually works.  The starting bid is $10,500, with no word on the reserve price.  Because it doesn’t run or start, they’re going to have a very hard time getting more than $11k or so for it, though it could be a diamond in the rough if it only needs a grand or so to get it up and going. Find it for sale in Austin, Texas with the auction ending Saturday, December 20th at 1pm PST. eBay Link


1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $9,000 in Eugene, OR

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $9,000 in Eugene, OR

Not many details on this one that just showed up on The Samba about 5 minutes ago.  This van is a 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 2.1L engine, stock manual transmission, ~250k miles and supposedly only minor surface rust and a few dents. The current owner states they’ve had it for about 12 years and have put 75,000 miles on it since purchasing from the original owner.   A late model Westy camper with no structural rust that runs for under $10k in Oregon, see ya later.   Aside from the photos no other significant detail are provided, with the exception of the VIN ( WV2ZB0258LH032485 ) so you can do some homework on the mileage, ownership history, etc.  Find it for sale in Eugene, Oregon and listed on The Samba with an asking price of $9,000. The Samba Link