1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia High Top w/ 1.6L Turbo Diesel – Auction in Cambridge, Mass

1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia High Top w/ 1.6L Turbo Diesel - Auction in Cambridge, Mass

1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia High Top w/ 1.6L Turbo Diesel - Auction in Cambridge, Mass

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.
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1983 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 108k Miles – Auction in Kirkland, WA

1983 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 108k Miles - Auction in Krikland, WA

1983 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 108k Miles - Auction in Krikland, WA

This Westy was originally up for sale on eBay last month and ended at $11,300 with 63 bids from 9 bidders.  For whatever reason, the sale didn't go through and the van was listed again, with an auction end date of Monday, August 17th at 11:46am PST.  This van is a 1983 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with a stock 1.9L engine, stock manual transmission, and a reportedly 108k original miles. The seller did provide the VIN ( WV2zb0253dh114139 ) so you can go dig up the full scoop over at CarFax.  The seller describes it as a well cared for and mostly stock, though let the pictures do most of the talking, 16 of them in fact.

As far as I can tell this thing is almost 100% stock with the exception of the stereo and possibly the wheels.  The seller went to great lengths to have it detailed up nicely, so I'm surprised it only fetched $11k last time.  Aside from what appears to be a paint discoloration from a likely body repair on the drivers side rear section, it looks impeccable  The original tent canvas is in great shape, the dash is in excellent shape, the upholstery, the pop top seals, everything looks great.  The seller does state it has had an undercarriage coating since new, however they didn't post any pictures of what it looks like underneath.

If everything works, there's no rust, it runs and drives well, etc, I think this is worth at least $13k in the Pacific north west.  What do you think the high bid will be on Monday? Let us know in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google + and share your thoughts there.… Read More About This Westy

 

1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender w/ Subaru Engine & Extras! – $25k in Humboldt, CA

1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender w/ Subaru Engine & Extras! - $25k in Humboldt, CA

1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender w/ Subaru Engine & Extras! - $25k in Humboldt, CA

Wow, it's been a crazy couple of weeks.  Sorry I've been absent from posting here, however it seems people are still stoked as we just cleared 1k Facebook fans last week, thanks everyone!  I've been waiting for the right Westy to spark my attention again, and I found it today, so here we go...  This van is a 1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender with 177k miles on the clock, 57k miles on a 2.2L Subaru conversion (CA Legal) and a freshly rebuilt manual transmission. While some might balk at the $25k asking price, I've seen this beautiful rig around town and drool a little every time. I definitely think it could be worth at lest $20k, if not the full $25k.  If I didn't have a Westy and I had to that to spend, I would highly consider this van. I'd love to just drive it around the block a few times.

The engine conversion, interior and exterior all show considerable well.  I can't quite tell if those are 14" or 15" alloy wheels, but they're definitely an upgrade from stock.  The Van Cafe front and rear bumpers with the metal plate are awesome. While it's not a full camper, it's got 6 seat belts vs. the standard 4 with a camper. The listing states it also had a full front end rebuild (likely all the bushings and pieces that commonly wear out), along with Bilstien shocks, the van's overall stance in the photos looks solid. As far as the engine conversion, it is said that Seth Hatfield did the work, and it appears he works for Mastercraft Motors in Santa Barbara, which has a 4 star rating on Yelp and Google.  The seller did provide the VIN ( WV2XB025XGH061077 ) so you can check up on the scoop with a title report from somewhere like CarFax.

Some things I would ask about.  Why was it painted in the first place? This aussan brown color wasn't offered in '86.  Were the rust issues? Have any records of the paint job or before/after pictures?  Definitely check the VIN to see if the mileage is accurate, since the seller did state they replaced the speedometer. Check near the rack mounts on the pop top for cracks or stress, these appear to be the smaller mounts which cover less surface area and therefore a bit more prone to damaging the top. Always hard to tell from photos. Otherwise this van looks spot on to me.

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1982 VW Vanagon Diesel Westfalia Camper – 13k Original Miles – Auction In Akron, Ohio

1982 VW Vanagon Diesel Westfalia Camper - 13k Original Miles - Auction In Akron, Ohio

1982 VW Vanagon Diesel Westfalia Camper - 13k Original Miles - Auction In Akron, Ohio

After just over a year with it's new owner, this 1982 Diesel Westy Camper is back up for sale.  I originally found it for sale in North Carolina back in May of 2014, where the eBay final bid was only $10k?  I think every find's it hard to believe that it only has 13k miles on it, however the free eBay Auto Check report shows this could be legit, though I'd suggest getting a Car Fax report or similar to back it up.  From the details in both listings, here's an aggregated highlight reel.

  • The original owner was driving it sometime over a decade ago and the engine overheated, so he parked it
  • In 2013 a college mechanics class got a hold of it and rebuilt the engine as a project.
  • Last year the college sold it to the current owner, who cleaned it up nicely and added some nice upgrades.
  • Nice electrical upgrades include Renogy 100 watt solar panel, UB12220 batteries, PMW charge controller, LED lights, headlight relay and other odds and ends.
  • Recent mechanical work includes rebuilt brake calipers and fresh brake lines, new brake booster and new front heater fan blower.
  • Other fresh parts include, Go Westy Hookups, fresh water tank hose, front bra and a wood floor.
  • It's said that the fridge will still run on propane and the solar set up, which is awesome.
  • The seller also has a bench seat, though while not matching, will fit into the tracks under the removable wood floor.
  • It's got the proper 6 ply shoes, fresh with lots of tread remaining. Though I can't determine which brand or model they are.

The current owner claims to have put about 3,000 miles on it since buying it early last year.  Here's the photo set from when they brought it home, here's it's current state.  It appears to have the original tent canvas, which looks practically new. If you've never driven a stock 1.6L naturally aspirate diesel Westy,and you're thinking about buying one, please drive one or two first.  This will be the slowest car you've likely ever piloted, but it will net you more than 25 MPGs in most cases, which is much better than the 17 MPG average I get in my stock '85 1.9L gas wasserboxer.

What do you think it's worth? Have you seen this Westy yet? Let us know this scoop in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share your wisdom there.  The current high bid is $8,100, with 44 bids from 13 bidders.  The auction ends on Tuesday July 28th at 7:30pm PST. … Read More About This Westy

 

1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper – Auction in Hailey, Idaho

1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper - Auction in Hailey, Idaho

1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper - Auction in Hailey, Idaho

As any seasoned syncro hunter has probably seen, earlier this week Sun Valley Auto Club posted up this aesthetically pleasing all stock 1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia with an asking price of $40k, which also appeared on craigslist, and now has an eBay Auction w/ a Buy It Now price of $40k, a current high bid of $13,400 (reserve not met),

The are two videos of this van, a detailed walk through and a test drive, both are embedded at the bottom of this post. At some point this van emigrated from Canada from the US (the lower shore power hookup), and while it does come with a VIN provided WV2ZB0255GG061373, the dealer has used up their free Auto Check reports, so you'll have to find another means of digging into its history, like CarFax.  Keep in mind since it was Canadian, the report may only contain history from after it was imported.

Some things I like about this Westy.

  • They seller detailed it up nicely, I love when folks do this. You get to drive away in something all fresh and clean, seems like that'd better be the case if you're going to drop $40k
  • It comes with an additional propane heater installed.  Maybe I'm just dreaming, but I've yet to go winter camping in a Westy, say, colder than 30 at night.
  • All of the seams, seals, lines, dashboard, carpet, panels, everything about this looks very clean and rust free.
  • There's a newer three window tent installed, fresh tents are sweet.
  • The undercarriage looks good, though the propane tank should be blasted and painted.
  • It sounds good, even when the guy accidentally revs the engine in the video.
  • It probably has a rear differential locker, but I don't recall the guys mentioning that in the videos.

The eBay auction has seen a total of ten bids from six bidders, with a current high bid of $13,400, along with an unknown and unmet reserve price.  What do you think it's worth? Are you going to check it out? We'd love to hear more. Let us know in the comments below, or head on over the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterset or Google+ and share your wisdom or questions there!  I'd bet they're hoping for at least $37k, but may settle for $35k if it hasn't sold in the next few weeks. These stock, rust free and well cared for specimens are becoming much harder to find.


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