1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender - $7,000 in Eureka, CA

1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender – $7,000 in Eureka, CA

Due to the size of the region I live in, only a few times a year a decent deal appears on our local craigslist, however there’s another one I missed that was posted almost a week ago.  This van is a 1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender with stock 2.1L engine, fresh stock 4 speed manual transmission, seat belts for 6, a 3 window tent, Yakima racks, new shift linkage, new tires and a broken odometer with unknown mileage.  The upholstery does need a serious overhaul, however the van appears to be in generally good shape. If it’s mostly rust free and the engine doesn’t get hot or leak, this is probably a pretty good deal.  Find in it Eureka, California with an asking price of $7,000. Craigslist Link

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1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $9,000 in Oceanside, CA

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $9,000 in Oceanside, CA

Happy Friday everyone!  Today’s first van I thought was worth of mention is this 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 217k miles on the body, ~50k miles on rebuilt 2.1L stock engine, stock manual transmission, power windows, power inverter, functioning kitchen equipment and a the original tent in decent shape. The seller states they are expecting triplets in the near future, so the van needs to go.  It looks to be the original paint and the exterior and interior appear to be in good shape.  It does look like it has some seam rust starting in the usual places, but overall looks like a very clean Westy for under $10k. Find it for sale on The Samba for $9k, available in Oceanside, California. The Samba Link

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1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender Wolfsburg - $7k in Seattle,

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender Wolfsburg – $7k in Seattle, WA

Fresh on craigslist in the past hour is this 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender Wolfsburg with stock 1.9L engine, stock 4 speed manual transmission, original yellow paint with pin stripes,clean title and 176k miles on the clock.  The 18 pictures show that is has the one extra rear facing jump seat, an extra cabinet door built into the rear storage, minimal no 0 rust, and overall looks pretty clean.  With an asking price of only $6,950, this van will probably sell quickly as long as it runs, drives, doesn’t leak and the title history checks out.  I’d give it 36hrs.  Craigslist Link

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1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 3.0L Nissan V6 - $20,000 in

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 3.0L Nissan V6 – $20,000 in San Diego, CA

While I’ve heard stories of Japanese engines in Vanagons, I don’t think I’ve seen one up for sale yet, until now.  A cool $20k down in San Diego will get you this 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper fitted with a 3.0L Nissan V6 from a 1992 Maxima.  Not much is mentioned about the conversion, other than it’s CA DMV certified, which means it was likely done by a professional.  I can’t seem to find a whole lot of info on these, however there is a crazy honemoon story(link) about an adventure with a “MaxiWesty”.

Nissan Maxima 3L Engine In A Vanagon Wesfalia

Somehow a 3L Nissan Engine Fits - And Passes CA Emissions Requirements

This rig has enjoyed a variety of desirable enhancements including a three window tent, South African grill and headlights, fog lights, rhino lined lower, 4 wheel disc brakes,  Bilstien shocks, new clutch, 3 batteries, 17′  BMW wheels, Van Cafe bumpers, Yakima rack, new rv hookups and a heated shower (propane?).  If this thing is all legit and running well, I think this is a very fair asking price.  I have a feeling this will sell quickly.  Craigslist Link

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1986 VW Vanagon Synrco Westfalia Weekender Auction In Rhode Isla

1986 VW Vanagon Synrco Westfalia Weekender Auction In Rhode Island Ends June 27th

Who’s afraid of a little rust on an East Coast Syncro?  This no reserve auction in Rhode Island is definitely going to garner some eyeballs over the next few days.  What we’ve got here is a 1986 VW Vanagon Syncro (AWD) Westfalia Weekender Wolfsburg in red with 109k miles, stock manual transmission, stock 2.1L engine and no title (what up Rhode Island?).  There’s a photobucket album (link) with over 50 photos of this van showing a nice clean interior and uncracked dash, however the exterior appears to have some decent seam rust that will need immediate attention and might even require some cutting and welding to get it done properly. If you’re trying to sell a van of this nature, why not spend the extra $10.99 to get the auto check report to show potential buyers?  eBay Link

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1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 250hp Subaru WRX Engine - $1

1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 250hp Subaru WRX Engine – $16k in Mesa, AZ

Using the handy new Craigslist search tool I built (link), I came across this fresh craigslist listing for a nicely kitted Westy for a reasonable price.  This van is a 1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 114k miles on the chassis and a recently installed (not many details) Subaru WRX engine tuned up to 250hp, along with a rebuilt transmission. The seller states that this Westy has no rust and comes with new tires, shocks, brakes, battery and ball joints.  It also comes with the South African grill and headlights, pretty sweet.  Judging by the engine compartment, pics, I’m guessing the exterior has been repainted at some point, not sure.  I also noticed it appears to missing the pop top seal.  

So, about the engine. It appears this could have originally been a diesel Vanagon. Why?  Well, gas Vanagons before 1983.5 were air cooled and didn’t have the lower grill.  There are of course air to water cooled conversions where this grill can be added, but they are kind of rare.  It also appears to have the diesel badge on the reach hatch, I can’t quite read it in the photo, but I’m pretty sure it says diesel under Vanagon.  Do, what does this mean?  If the seller was smart and kept it registered as a diesel, it doesn’t need to be smogged in most states, so if you brought this van to say, California, and wanted to register it there, the title would still say diesel and you wouldn’t have to smog it.  If the title says gas, then you get into whether or not the engine is CARB compliant.  I’m going to ask the seller for more details here.  Find it on craiglist in Mesa, Arizona with an asking price of $16,000. Craigslist Link

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