1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – Auction In Katonah, NY

1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Auction In Katonah, NY

1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – Auction In Katonah, NY

Updated 9/9/14: Seller left some detailed comments below this post..

Here’s a interseting freshly painted eBay find that ends later this week.  This van is a 1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper with stock 1.9L engine, stock manual transmission and ~160k miles (I think).  The seller doesn’t give many specifics, however they do state that is has fresh paint (obvious) and a “refurbished” engine and drive train and that the interior was re upholstered, though the front seats still appear to be the original print.  This one is a bit of a crap shoot, like every Westy, though it’s hard to say what’s really going on here. The seller lists the mileage as 136k, but the Autocheck report shows that in 2013 it had 151k miles on it.  If it does have a legit pain job and a fully rebuilt engine and transmission, this rig is worth at least $10k, if not more, however the seller only provides a vague paragraph of details. Someone hit them up for more! Maybe I will? The van is located at Katonah, New York and the auction ends on September 12th. eBay Link

  1. After 5 bids from 3 bidders, this nice Westy sold for $11,200. My guess is someone got a pretty good deal here, hope all parties follow through!

  2. Thanks for the follow up Jim, nice looking van!

  3. Reply
    Jim Northrop at

    I’m the owner of this van and I have to say, I’m sad to be selling it. I bought it and restored it with the intent of using it for festivals but the reality is that I just don’t have the time to enjoy it to it’s potential. Here is what I’ve done to the van since I bought it.

    The odometer does indeed read 136K. The engine had a professional tuning including plugs, wires, distributor, belts and filters and exhaust. When I purchased the van it was in really good shape but I wanted to make sure that what little blemishes is had were fixed to prevent deterioration. All of the windows were removed and the chrome surrounds were replaced. The entire body of the van was painted to the original color. I replaced the front and rear bumpers and end caps. The wheels were upgraded to the alloys (the original wheels/tires and caps go with the van.

    The interior was in amazing condition as well. The rear bench seats were reupholstered and I had drapes made. There is a wool rug that appears to be wall to wall on the floor however I had it cut to fit snug. The carpet under is in perfect shape. I didn’t have the front seats done however it was on my list of things to be completed. I also have the Westfalia logos to be applied to the fiberglass top.

    The engine is running strong and I’ve had multiple mechanics and VW experts tell me that it’s in great condition. The gaskets on the transfer case were replaced this past winter and the vehicle has been stored in a garage for the time that I’ve owned it.

    As I said, I don’t want to get rid of it however, I just can’t justify keeping it and using it as infrequently as I have. I’m confident that whoever buys it will enjoy it to its true potential.

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