This Subaru powered Westy was up for auction on eBay back in October and closed with a final bid of $14,500 (previous auction link), however it appears to be up for auction/sale again by the same owner. I thought I had written about this Westy on the blog here, but can’t seem to find a record of it. So, here we go…. This van is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper powered by a Subaru 3.0L H6 engine and likely the stock 4 speed manual transmission. The current owner states that it belonged to her late husband and it was his baby that he’d spent quite a lot of time an money on. The odometer reads 159k miles, and the engine is reported to have roughly 60k miles. The kicker to it all, is that the seller says she can’t seem to start it, but that it did run well before the owner passed. If you live in the Texas area and are looking for a good deal on a nice looking Westy camper with serious Subaru power, this might be for you, if you know a mechanic who knows how to work on these(or maybe you do?). The auto check report shows a very high score of 40 and it has only seen about 2k miles in the past 10 years. The VIN is of course provided as well ( WV2ZB0250FH052671 ). However, since it currently doesn’t run, there’s no way to check and make sure the odometer actually works. The starting bid is $10,500, with no word on the reserve price. Because it doesn’t run or start, they’re going to have a very hard time getting more than $11k or so for it, though it could be a diamond in the rough if it only needs a grand or so to get it up and going. Find it for sale in Austin, Texas with the auction ending Saturday, December 20th at 1pm PST. eBay Link
As an Austin resident and Westy-porn fan this one was on my radar… but the fact that it didn’t run and her statement that “the wiring may need to be sorted out so it all works right” set off my alarm bells.
As long as it was just a wiring issue, this could have been a good deal for someone with H6/SVX know how. Put a couple grand of work into it, then flip it on the West Coast for $20k.
Sold for only $11,500? Did they take the offer? Or will we see it for sale again soon. Someone might have gotten an awesome deal here. Or not…