1990 Westy Camper w/ 112k Miles & Auto Trans – Auction in Palm Springs, CA

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Automatic 112k Miles WV2ZB0251LH118608 Palm Springs CA Auction

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Automatic 112k Miles - Palm Springs, CA Auction

This auction has been stealing some eyeballs over the past few days and is another great litmus test to see what folks on the West Coast are will to pay for a unmolested late model Westy.  What we have here is a 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 2.1L engine, stock automatic transmission, and pretty much stock everything as far as I can tell.

A big highlight of this specimen is that the seller provides the VIN ( WV2ZB0251LH118608 ) and the Auto Check report, which shows a very likely verifiable mileage of only 112k. Being all stock, this is a blank canvas for anyone to build out their dream Westy.  It also looks to be rust free, with the interior and exterior in great shape, including what is likely the original pop top tent.  While there's no mention of whether or not the kitchen appliances work, they look hardly used at all.

However, the photos the seller provided do kinda suck, and there's no clear picture of the notoriously rusty kitchen seam on the drivers side.  If I were the seller, I'd take a new set of clear pictures of all the seams, seals, undercarriage,  along with a video walk around, and document the engine starting, running, and of the appliances working in all modes. Going the distance here will always lead to a higher final bid value.

What we did see with the most recent auction I posted about, is that automatic transmission still seem to fetch far less (10% - 20% or more) than their manual counterparts, for obvious reasons.  However, there is one main benefit to an auto trans in my opinion. Your friends and family can drive it, if you let them.  Driving a manual vanagon is an art form, and even if you've got experience with a stick, the vanagon will take some getting used to, especially if your stick experience is with newer high revving short shift vehicles.

At the time of this post it has 38 bids from 8 bidders with the current high bid at $12,800. Auction Ends Sunday January 3rd at 1:45pm PST. eBay Link   I have a feeling the seller is hoping for more than $20k, but I'm not sure if the high bid will clear that price.   What do you think it's worth? Are you going to see it?  Let us know what you think in the comments below, or head on over the individual discussions about this Westy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest and share your wisdom there.… Read More About This Westy

 

Nice ’85 Westy Camper – 112k – Auto Trans – Everything Works – Auction in Turlock , CA

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Rebuilt Engine 121k Miles Turlock CA

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Rebuilt Engine 121k Miles Turlock CA

As some of my regular readers know, I've got a soft spot for '85 campers as that's what I've been rolling for the past 3 years or so.  While it's not the same color, and this one is an automatic, still would make a great last minute Holiday Gift for that special someone 🙂  This great looking specimen is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 121k miles, stock rebuilt 1.9L engine with 8k miles and stock automatic transmission.  It's up for grabs near Modesto, CA with a relatively low starting bid of $11,800, and not too high Buy It Now of $14,500.  The seller specifically states "This is a no reserve auction.", So maybe they're really willing to let it go for $12k?  eBay Link - Auction ends Thursday December 24th at 1:38pm PST (Christmas Eve)

 

Potential Awesome

  • According to the free eBay Auto Check report, the 121k miles might be accurate.  There's a ton of mileage stamps on this one.  You could double check the VIN WV2ZB0258FH038257 at Car Fax too.
  • The seller states they spent $5k on rebuilding the engine only 12k miles ago, with receipts of all work.
  • The sink, stove and fridge are all said to work.  There's no picture of the propane tank, so you'll want to factor that as well.  The original tanks on these are now 30 years old.
  • Fresh 3 window tent canvas and associated seals. Always a major plus, and $1,000 in labor and parts easy.
  • It's been worked on by Mahoney Motors in Modesto, CA, which by all accounts seems like a reputable VW shop.
  • It's got some extra electronic bells and whistles like a fresh battery w/ cut out switch, remote alarm, Kenwood 6 disc changer, Rockford Fosgate rear speakers.
  • This looks mostly original and would be a great blank unmolested canvas for a new owner.  The chrome on the drivers side rain gutter even shines, as these usually fade and fall off by now.

I'm not really sure what else I'd ask the owner.  Make sure to drive it around and see if it shifts smoothly.  Check out the propane tank and valves, look at the undercarriage. Otherwise, especially considering the engine rebuild, this could be a nice find for the right person looking for a potentially reliable automatic camper for under $15k.

What do you think it's worth? Are you going to see it?  Let us know in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest and share your wisdom there.… Read More About This Westy

 

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – Auto – Seattle, WA Auction

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Automatic Burgundy Seattle WA Auction or $25k

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Automatic Burgundy Seattle, WA Auction or $25k (click image for details)

Here's an interesting find that's going to be catching some eyeballs this week. This van is a 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 2.1 L engine, stock automatic transmission and only 113k miles on the odometer. There's quite a lot of color provided by the seller in terms of pictures (84 photos on Photobucket), including a variety of photos of the undercarriage, seams and minutia, which is super nice of them to provide.  However, not much mechanical history is provided.  The seller does provide the VIN WV2ZB0254LH002402 and the free eBay Auto Check report shows relatively believable mileage (only 7k in the past decade?). Also note the seller is brand new to eBay with only 1 feedback (positive) as a buyer, so be sure to make some human contact with them before handing the cash (as always).

 

Potential Awesome!

  • It looks like it's great shape, and "might" be the original Bordeaux Red Metallic paint, however the "Westfalia" stencil on the rear of the van might mean otherwise.
  • Nice 15" Mercedes style wheels, fairly standard on nice Westys these days, but a nice upgrade no the less.
  • According to the details, everything works.  This includes the propane, stove, sink, fridge, lights, everything works.
  • It's really, really, clean.  Even underneath. Someone took the time to detail this Westy, and overall appears to have been cosmetically well cared for.

Potential Not Awesome.

  • While there's a new tent canvas, there's no windows... Who does that?  It might be a thicker more heat retaining material, which could be a benefit if you're sleeping 4 on cold nights.
  • It is listed on The Samba for $25k, while not astronomical, the seller has likely set the reserve price at or near that. The seller knows what the market is willing to pay, and they're likely searching for top dollar.

Depending on of course a variety of unknowns, I'd estimate this Westy is worth around $20k in the current market and region (PNW), possibly more.  What do you think it's worth? Are you going to see this Westy?  Tell us in the comments below, or head on over the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest and share your wisdom there!  eBay Link - Auction ends Thursday, Dec 10th at 7:15pm PST.

 

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WOW ’84 Westy Camper w/ a Subaru 2.2L Kennedy Swap – $11k Texas

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Subaru EJ22 Kennedy $11k Texas WV2ZB0259EH007386

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Subaru EJ22 Kennedy Kit $11k Texas

Updated 12/2 noon PST.  One of our users ran a Car Fax and claims it checks out. See the comments below the post.

BOOM!  Check out this screaming deal that just popped up for sale in Texas last night.  This van is a 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with a Subaru 2.2L engine, manual transmission and unknown mileage.  The engine and conversion are key here.  It appears to be done with the Kennedy Engineering kit, which means it "might" be California smog legal.  Usually a Subaru powered Westy that passes CA smog will sell for no less than $16k on the West Coast.

The appliances are all said to work. The paint and body look good, the top looks good, the interior looks good.  It is said to have been covered when not in use, and I'm not surprised. While it has what appears to be the original pop top tent, the interior upholstery looks newer.

The only possible issue I see based on the photos and description provided, is that it looks like maybe the front has been repainted at some point, or it wore a bra for a very long time. This could be signs of a fender bender, but maybe not? The seller provided the VIN WV2ZB0259EH007386 so you can run a CarFax report or similar to check up on accident history, mileage, etc.

Swoop it up soon in Austin, Texas for only $11,000.  Craigslist Link.  What do you think it's worth?  Have you seen it? Driven it? Are you the seller reading this right now?  Tell us more in the comments below, or head on over the the individual discussion about this Westy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest and share your wisdom there!

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1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper GoWesty 2.3L Engine + Warranty – $14k in Los Angeles

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper GoWesty 2.3L Engine $14k wv2zb0256eh022976

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper GoWesty 2.3L Engine $14k

Could this be your cyber Monday special? Posted last night on craigslist and The Samba is this 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with a GoWesty 2.3L engine that's still got a year left on the warranty. The body is a bit rough, but mechanically this could be a sound rig to just swoop up and drive.  The asking price seems reasonable at $14k in the current market, and it might sell fairly quick.

The Awesome.

  • The GoWesty 2.3L engine is a nice upgrade from stock, and still under warranty. The get mixed reviews from mechanics and VW forum discussions, however from what I know, if you take care of it and treat it well, they can last for a long time.
  • The kitchen appliances are all said to work.  New water pump for the sink, fridge runs cold.
  • Karmakanix in Berkeley, CA has done most of the recent work. This is a good reputable shop.
  • Front suspension bushings and ball joints have all been done recently. This job is a pain in the ass and is common on all Westys. More piece of mind here.
  • Stainless steel exhaust and new CA catalytic converter.  Even has a nice picture of this.
  • The high end gold tint looks pretty good with that original ivory paint.
  • Yakima wide body brackets mounted on the top in the right places.  Always be sure to check the fiberglass around these for cracks, as it can happen.

Potential Sore Spots.

  • No notes on the transmission. If the body really has 324k on it, find it when/if the transmission was ever rebuilt. The GoWesty engine is a "bit" more powerful that stock, and therefore could possibly put more strain on the transmission. Worst case scenario you've got a trans rebuilt at a cost of $2k-$3k+, depending on what you get. But at that point, you should have a very reliable power train.
  • The body is a bit rough around the edges, with tiny bits of seam rust showing through here and there. Overall though, it looks pretty manageable.

So what do you think it's worth? Are you going to see it? Share you wisdom in the comments below, or head on over the individual discussions about this Westy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest and share your wisdom there.… Read More About This Westy