1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ New GoWesty 2.2 Engine w/ 3yr Warranty – $29k in Eureka, CA

I purchased this 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper six years ago, with the dream of it being my forever Westy. However, my body is starting to age, and at 6'4" 230lbs, with 4 knee surgeries under my belt, I've realized the sad truth the drivers seat and room available is just too small for me.  I recently too her on the longest trip yet, from Eureka CA to Colorado Springs, with all kinds of adventure in between. We were on the road for 6 weeks. My right knee just can't stay at that angle for more than a few hours without starting to hurt and getting stiff. I know that's not going to get better with time. I'm also having issues with my right shoulder, to where I'd like to eliminate shifting a manual transmission from my daily routine. If I can't sell it for $29,000 this time around, I may wait another year or two and enjoy the new engine and recent upgrades/work for a while. So for now, the price is very firm.

I've likely got $20k into this amazing van just in the past 18 months alone (have had it six years), I'm afraid to add it all up, but I have all the receipts. Here's a quick run down of recent work, which was ALL performed at highly reputable shops.

  • (Nov 2018) Brand New GoWesty 2.2L engine with many fixings including new injectors, new air flow meter, new coolant reservoirs, new clutch, new fuel lines, new coolant & O2 sensors. The engine started with transferable 4 year 48k mile warranty (Road Warrior Warranty Info)  ($13,000)
  • (Mar 2019) Dash taken off and replaced front heater core, front blower motor w/ resistor, foam and other odds and ends cleaned up. ($1,000)
  • (Mar 2019) New Bilstien XHD Shocks. WOW, these are amazing. ($1,100)
  • (Dec 2019) Had specialty restoration shop get front end prepped, repainted with new window seal and new windshield. I have a full photo set of the before, during, after. It will be 20 years before you have to worry about dreaded and common windshield seal rust. ($2,000)
  • (2017) New brakes all the way around (calipers, rotors, drums, pads, everything), also master & slave cylinder. I think this bill was nearly $4,000
  • (2018) New power steering rack ($1,000)
  • (2015) Manual Transmission rebuild by German Transaxle in Bend, OR w/ Peloquins Limited Slip Differential. I paid the extra $1,400 to have this added at the time of rebuild.  It's worth every penny to have true 2wd in the rear.  Is an absolute monster on packed sand, gravel, dirt, snow and even ice. It was basically my excuse not to try and find a 4wd syncro. ($4,500)
  • Go Westy 16" steel wheels with Nokian Rotiva tires (2018)
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1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper 125k Miles – $18k in Michigan

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper 125k miles michigan WV2ZB0254FH107350Now that everyone is full on Turkey, feast your eyes on this good looking find for the holiday shopping weekend. Located in Michigan, this 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper comes with 125k miles and what appears to be a fairly thorough restoration, most notably new paint. Up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $17,500. The same van is also listed on Autoquid with an asking price of $17,500. Overall this looks like a great blank canvas to start from, as it's most stock features, with the exception of a new updated tent canvas. Check out a You Tube walk around the seller post here.

The free title report from Auto Check (scroll down here) looks to be in order, with no major marks or incidents listed. The seller includes a laundry list of mechanical odds and ends that have been replaced, including fuel system/tank, power steering lines, rear brakes and even some new shoes.  The manual 4 speed transmission is said to shift smooth without issues. While there appears to be a new propane tank, or a freshly painted one, there's no mention of whether or not the stove and/or fridge are functional. The van does come with the factory A/C setup, which isn't in working order, but the plumbing and parts are all present.

Overall this is nice find, particularly for Michigan.  I'd almost be afraid to drive it anywhere up there until the spring. The action end on Sunday, with a buy it now of $20k. $17k is much more reasonable, and while still quite a high price, this van looks like a pretty nice blank canvas for a entry level Westy. Share your thoughts in the comments below, or head on over to the discussion on Facebook or Instagram.



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1990 Westfalia Weekender w/ Automatic Trans in Orly Blue – Auction in L.A.

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender - WV2YB0251LH014082Everyone loves that sought after orly blue color, so here we go. This very clean and well kept find is a 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender with under 200k miles, rebuilt engine and automatic transmission. According to the seller it was original owned by a disabled person who may have had a wheelchair lift it in. It was then sold to a VW lover who took it to car shows, etc, then it was sold to the current seller, who's had it for an unspecified amount of time. The current seller is likely a bit of a dealer/flipper, as they didn't qualify for the free auto check report on eBay, which means they've listed more than a certain amount of vehicles for sale over the past year.  This VIN is WV2YB0251LH014082 so you could pay for your own Car Fax report, or similar. The odometer reads 180,000, which is decent for a 28 year old vehicle.

The seller claims the van has no rust and has recently had fat mat sound dampening added to the interior.  Fresh brakes and tire only two months ago means you can be sure footed on the road when you drive it away. This is an all power everything Vanagon, so door locks, windows & mirrors are all electric, which is fun, but they are known to fail so be prepared to have a Vanagon specialist take a look at the the wires in the front door jams for these features, among other things. Overall it looks very clean and well cared for. Auction Ends Wednesday August 29th at 3:09pm PST. The van is currently located in Los Angeles, CA. eBay LinkRead More About This Westy


1986 VW Vanagon Syncro 4wd Westfalia Camper – Los Angeles, CA

I spotted this 1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Weekender today up for auction on eBay, with no reserve price, worthy of fresh post indeed.

First off, lets talk about mileage. While the seller states the true chassis  mileage is unknown, providing an estimate 235k, the eBay Auto Check title report shows the van could have north of 400k miles on it. It appears to have been registered in Alaska for most it's life, with a few recent years in Airzona. Currently donning Arizona tags, this syncro is for sale in Los Angeles, CA. Be sure to get a CA smog check before buying if you plan to also register it in CA. The seller states it's had a fresh repaint, and Alaska winters, they're harsh on vehicles. Interested buyers should try to get before/after photos of the paint job.

Aside from what's above, this could be a nice all stock pop top syncro at a great price. It's a weekender, no kitchen, but they're much lighter this way sans cabinets, fridge, etc. Added bonus is that does have a rear locking differential, along with an upgraded stereo. The seller mentions it has an Audi engine, but as far as I can tell, it's a stock 2.1 wasserboxer.

The auction ends on Tuesday February 24th at 6:54pm PST. What do you think the high bid will be? Let us know in the comments below, or head on over to this post on Facebook or Instagram and share you banter or wisdom there.



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1991 Vanagon Syncro High Top Westfalia Auction In Florida

The further away Vanagons get from the 25 year import rule, the more we've seen coming into the US market. This one caught my eye this week. A 1991 VW Vanagon Syncro European High Top w/ a traditional Westfalia kitchen set up. It's implied that it was imported to the US from Europe likely within the last year, and dons a rear Florida license plate, so it's likely been properly titled in Florida.  While the current high bid is $30k, the van is also listed for for sale on The Samba as of yesterday, for, well, a lot.

According to the description, this van was completely stripped down to the frame and rebuilt, and by the included pictures, it looks pretty legit. While I personally think the red is a bit loud, it still shines quite nicely.


Aside from fresh paint and upholstery, it comes with a great list of desirable upgrades including; truck mirrors, a full width awning and truck fridge. The wheels look like blacked out 16x7 Mercedes CLK type, fitted with some fresh Yokohama Geolanders. The front and rear bumpers appear to be from Rocky Mountain Westy, with their matching swing arm tire carrier in the rear.

I'm guessing this is just a standard syncro with a viscous coupling and no lockers or decouplers, there's no photos of the dashboard where the knobs would be. I believe there's a lightly more powerful European version of the 2.1 WBX that might not pass a California smog inspection. Be sure to get the engine code and type from the seller and check if you're in a state or city with high emissions standards.

The auction ends April 18 and 3:51pm PST.  The current high bid is at $30k, with 28 bids from 4 interested parties. Leave your comments or thoughts below, or join the discussion about this van on Facebook or Instagram.Read More About This Westy