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!


  1. Reply
    Iris Oquendo at

    Ist still available

  2. Reply
    Jonathan at

    Is green the original color? Pretty rare…

    • I “think” the green was only a European color for ’84, a friend of mine has one, it’s original. However it is highly likely this paint job is not. In all, looks like a good deal for a Kennedy Subaru as long as it’s not rusted through.

  3. Seems this one hit the market, fell off of it (possibly due to impending sale,) and has returned to the market once more.

  4. 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia camper, with an upgraded Subaru 2.2L engine with a lots of power. (Subie Westy)
    This was my late fathers van. So for the last 11 months I have had it. My dad bought it in July of 1995. I would love to keep it but my wife is ready for it to be out of our garage.

    *Powerful Subaru 2.2L engine install approx. 5 years ago
    *Runs and looks great, no body rust
    *Clear title
    *4 speed manual transmission
    *New 14 inch Michelin tires
    *New battery
    *Brakes are good
    *The paint has been touched up in a few places
    *Sleeps 4 people
    *Plenty of cabinet space
    *Two burner Propane stove works great
    *Micro fridge works on propane and electricity
    *Faucet and sink has a fresh water storage tank with electric water pump
    *Canvas tent top is in good shape, no leaks
    *Comes with a “tow bar” that attaches to the front bumper
    *Has always been parked inside of garage
    *VW and Subaru maintenance manuals included

    *The odometer does not work and reads all zeros.
    Since my dad has owned it he primarily drove it on camping trips or occasionally on a weekend. This was not a daily driver.
    Carfax report indicates mileage at 215,000 as of 2008.
    So I do not know how many actual miles are on the van or the Subaru engine.
    *There is no air conditioning
    *Windshield has a crack that runs vertically below the rear view mirror

    The tow bar was installed so my parents could pull the van behind their motorhome so that they would have a car to drive when they got their motorhome setup at a camp ground.
    Over the past 50 years my dad has owned many VW’s (beetles, dune buggies, square backs, vans, etc). So this van has been well maintained by a man that was a VW fanatic.
    Comparable vans with the Subaru conversion are listing for $13k-$14k so there is plenty of meat left on the bone at $11k.

    This is a great van to go camping in and we get lots of thumbs up from other drivers as we drive it down the road.
    Looking for someone to love and take care of this van for many years to come.

    VIN# WV2ZB0259EH007386
    I’m located in Pearland, TX. just south of Houston.
    Thanks, Jack
    Let me know if your seriously interested.

    • Reply
      Austin at

      Hey Jack, is it still available by chance?

    • Reply
      Dorrel T Hanks Jr at

      Jack, have you sold your Westy? If not, my wife and I are interested, would drive down.
      Dorrel H

    • Jack, were you able to see this Westy?

  5. I ran a carfax, clean texas title. has lived in Texas it’s entire life.
    it has 215k as of 2008, nothing was recorded after that.

  6. All exterior decals are all missing, can only means it has been repainted. Mismatched front end paint, can only means it has been repainted again there.
    Interior seat fabric is not the original, so it has been reupholstered.
    Used Subaru motor swap on an early westy, he has it priced just right.
    See it in person before considering buying it.

    • Thanks for the insights Dan, and for running the Car Fax!

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