1983 VW Vanagon High Top Custom Adventure Wagon – $18k in Delaware

Many of us Vanagon and Westfalia enthusiasts have seen this van for sale for a while now, and I'm surprised it hasn't been sold at its current asking price. While not a true Westy, I would personally consider checking this out if it was near me and easy to register where I live, however it's the exact opposite. It's in Delaware, and I'm in California. This camper van van is a 1983 VW Vanagon Hightop Conversion with a Subaru 2.5L and relatively low miles on recent engine and manual transmission rebuilds.

While the odometer is a hair shy of 300,000 miles, the evidence shows this van has seen a complete overhaul in recent years, with one photo showing the van down to bare bones before painting and new insulation. Between the fresh paint and high top, to the custom cabinetry, the powertrain, the solar power, water, wiring, bumpers, wheels, propane heater, fridge, stero, everything.... a large percentage of the parts on this van are new. I'm not quite sure how long it's been for sale, but the current eBay Auction ends on Sunday March 3rd. The free eBay Auto Check Report (VIN WV2YA0256DH003518) shows a good score, no incidents and a couple of odometer reading verifications.

Find the current auction on eBay, with a starting bid of $18,000, or The Samba classified listing (with more photos) for $19,500. As I mentioned, California buyers would likely want to avoid this unless you know a sensible and lax CARB referee.

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1990 Westy Camper w/ Rebuilt Engine & 164k Miles – Auction In Sacramento, CA

Every now and again there's a reasonable looking auction that pops up on eBay, here's a fresh one just listed 4 hours ago. This 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper features a recently rebuilt stock 2.1 L engine, automatic transmission and a great Auto Check score.  The original silver paint appears to be quite oxidized, however there doesn't seem to be any noticeable rust in the pictures.  The Auto Check store (VIN WV2ZB0257LH053473) is very high, and the title records come through with flying colors and what appear to be accurate mileage, currently sitting at 164k.

It does have a trailer hitch, and no note about what it was used to tow, hopefully just a bike rack or occasional light trailer. While the tent appears to be in OK shape, the inner picture of the pop top shows that it likely had a mildew issue at some point. The pictures show this van came equipped with factory AC, but no word from the seller if it works or not.  The photos of the kitchen appliances and cabinets look good, but no statement with regards to the working order of the stove, sink, fridge or propane tank. Definitely inquire with the seller about these items before taking the time to see it. Lastly, has some odd center console in the front I've never seen before, almost looks like a middle seat, thought I doubt it is. Auction Ends Wednesday February 14th at 12:24pm PST. Happy Valentine's Day!  eBay LinkRead More About This Westy


1983 Westfalia Camper w/ Subaru SVX 3.3L Engine $26k in Ann Arbor, Michigan

It takes an interesting specimen to catch my eye these days, and this 1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper powered by a 3.3L Subaru SVX engine, loaded with all kinds of desirable upgrades, is what brings us here today. It's up for grabs in Ann Arbor Michigan for $26k.

It's pretty hard to find a nice SVX camper for under $30k these days. The SVX engine is great because it's reliable (they are sometimes used in airplanes!), it fits nicely in the vanagon engine bay, and it produces north of a whopping 200 horsepower. The seller says they purchased it in California, and I'm wondering if it has a CARB sticker and has passed smog in CA before?  I'd almost consider buying this van if I knew for sure. The weak link in the chain here is the stock transmission, which isn't the best solution for this much horsepower or torque. Plan on saving up an extra $3k - $4k for when it goes, or a little more coin to do a Subaru Gears 5 speed swap.

Mechanically it is said to be well cared for, with a variety of new parts and service over the past couple of years including steering rack and pinion, clutch and slave master cylinders, timing belt, machined heads, instrument cluster circuit foil, Go Westy 1.5 lift springs, Bilstein shocks, propane tank and a variety of other odds and ends.

  • The pop top was professionally refurbished last year and looks great, all that fuzzy mold prone fabric is gone and it's got a new tent! Not an easy job.
  • Van Cafe tube bumpers with the roo bar style grill guard and rear hitch receiver.
  • Truck mirrors, awesome from personal experience, and usually at least $300 a pair, if you can find them.
  • House battery set up with isolator and all the fixins to power a Truck Fridge and an inverter.
  • Yakima towers, bars and box. Custom ladder that mounts to the jack spot underneath.
  • Chrysler stow and go fabric seats. Though not original VW seats, these are are widely known upgrade and it appears they were installed with the correct mounting brackets so they can still swivel, and they fold down. I'm personally considering these same seats for my van someday as they're a relatively inexpensive option at about $150 each (w/o mounting hardware or install).
  • It sits nicely on 16" allow wheels and tires less than 2,000 miles old, but I can't seem to tell which kind in the photos.

I love when the seller goes the extra mile to describe and document the details. In fact, if more sellers did this, there'd really be no reason for this website. At any rate, you can read the full scoop here on the seller's own … Read More About This Westy


’82 Westy Camper w/ Fresh 1.9L Turbo Diesel – $20k in Oakland, CA

Locating a good condition 1.9L turbo diesel Westfalia for sale, at a reasonable price, is becoming more of a challenge every day (especially this time of year), and even more so in California. Browse through the diesel Vanagon listings on the The Samba HERE and notice the current general availability is either kinda beat and rusting, or super expensive. Not much of a middle ground these days. That's where I feel this Westy comes in, though up front I will disclose a slight bias, the sellers are friends of mine. With that being said, I've obviously seen this van in person many times, and it's a winner at their current asking price of $20k. The beautiful original assuan brown paint speaks for itself, and most notably, the new engine and rebuilt transmission have less than 5,000 miles on them. This work (along with other maintenance) was done by the well respected Karmakanix in Berkeley, CA.  The engine installed was a brand new AAZ long block, with a mechanical injection pump, so no complex wiring harness, a very simple design. The transmission has a taller ratio ring and pinion, which means it might actually be new (vs. rebuilt).

This 1982 VW Vanagon Diesel Westfalia Camper comes with a working Dometic fridge, working propane tank, working 2 burner stove, working water faucet & tank, auxiliary battery & inverter and upgraded later model front seats(with arm rests!). Icing on the cake is the highly sought after South African grill and headlight kit. This is the only '82 diesel I've seen that has A/C, even though it's described as sub par. It's currently located in the East Bay / Oakland, CA area with an asking price of $20k, boasting a original 139k original miles. Find it on craigslist here.  Check out what others are saying about this Westy on FacebookInstagram, Pinterest & Twitter.… Read More About This Westy


1990 Westy Camper w/ Subaru WRX Turbo & Transmission – $34k in AZ

Sorry for the severe lack of posts over the past year or so, life is crazy.  At any rate, this particular van is what brought me out of hibernation. It's a 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper is powered by Subaru 2.0L Turbo linked to a FIVE speed Subaru Gears transmission and features good looks and many other highly desirable upgrades.

The Engine.  Not only does it produce 225 horsepower, it's a Subaru boxer style, very similar to the stock engine proportions, which means it might be the best fitting engine swap that produces over 200hp.  The work was performed by a shop in Phoenix, AZ called Montz Auto Renditions at least 7 years ago.

The Transmission.  A fresh Subaru gears flipped 5 speed transmission, with an OBX limited slip differential. I don't know much about the OBX, but adding and LSD or TBD to a vanagon is an AWESOME upgrade. On the performance side, it will move at 75 mph (with cruise control) at only 3100 rpm, having similar MPGs compared to a stock 2.1 VW Engine.

Plenty of other reasons to own the van include....

  • Propex HS2000 heater - Installed under the fridge and connected to a fresh and legal propane tank.
  • Truckfridge TF49 refrigerator - Likely the most common fridge upgrade out there. Electric only.
  • Dual Zone Working A/C - This is usually stupid expensive to add, but it's here, and sounds like an amazing set up.
  • Big Brake Kit - Installed up front, helps you slow and stop those 225 ponies a bit ("a bit") better than stock brakes.

I don't usually see 2wd Westys above $30k that I'd be interested in,, but this one could definitely be an exception. It's a southwest desert van, likely no rust. Paint looks original and shines like it's well cared for. Wheels, tries, suspension, upgraded sway bar, extra large intercooler, house battery set up, newer tent, all of these are desirable and come with high price tags. All of this on a chassis with a reportedly low 135k miles.

The seller provided the VIN ( WV2ZB0256LH028595 ), which you could do a Car Fax or similar report with. In these types of transparent sales with lots of detail, the title report is usually clean and the mileage might even check out too.  Personally I'm a bit weary of power windows and locks in Vanagons. Those familiar with the switches and actuators work in Vanagons will usually have a kit with the parts and tools necessary to address them on the road.   On a sad note for California buyers, you probably can't pass smog with this engine setup. sad face.

Find it for sale listed on The Samba, residing in Tuscon Arizona with an asking price of $34,500.  Got thoughts on … Read More About This Westy