1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender – $4,900 in Bellingham, WA
Here's what looks like a nice entry level Westy for someone with some time and backup cash available. As with any 30 year old Westy, you never know what kind of issues will arise as soon as you drive away, though if you're ready for a journey and know someone you trust that likes working on Vanagons, then sometimes you just have to go for it. This van is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender with stock 1.9L engine, stock manual transmission, Wolfsburg badge, some bumps and bruises, but overall not too bad, especially considering the asking price of only $4,900. Go snag it this weekend in Bellingham, WA. Craigslist Link
It looks like it comes with the factory A/C, but in many cases these no longer work if they haven't been properly serviced. While there are some tears in the upholstery, the pop top tent canvas looks to be in good shape, and it even comes with what appear to be Yakima wide body brackets (set of 4) on the pop top, mounted a bit low in in my opinion, make sure to check for cracks around the blots. No mention if the actual towers and bars come with the package. The seller notes that is has a clean title, and aside from some dents and dings and seam rust showing in the usual places, if this is a running, driving, not leaking Westy for only $4,900, that's a deal in my book. Have an extra $5k set aside ready for ball joints, bushings, fuel tank reseals and other misc issues that could arise quickly.