1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – 128k Miles – Auction in SF, CA

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 128k Miles - Auction in SF, CA

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 128k Miles - Auction in SF, CA

Happy Friday Westy Hunters! Here's a nice looking freshly painted Westy up for grabs in the Bay Area, an eBay auction that ends on Sunday. This rig is a 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 2.1L engine and stock 4 speed manual transmission both rebuilt in the last three years.  It is said to be 100% rust free, and the seller can provide pictures from before it was painted as well. Aside from a fresh coat of paint, it's also received new springs, new shocks, new coolant system, new steering rack, new tie rod ends, new windshield, new rear hatch struts, new 3 window tent canvas, new fiberglass bumpers, GoWesty floor mats, aftermarket stereo & speakers, new GoWesty RV Hookups, along with some authentic BusLab & AA Transaxle stickers.

While the 128k miles on the odometer could be accurate, the free eBay Auto Check report shows a roll back between 2005 and 2008, from 115k miles back to 99k miles.  I'd be sure to get the details on this, and since it's on its 5th owner, they may not even been aware.  It'd be a good idea to double check with a Car Fax report. The seller did provide the VIN ( WV2ZB0251HH023747 ), making a history checkup an easy task.

For those hoping for a fridge, this one has been converted to storage, though the seller says they still have the original Dometic one if you'd like to refurbish it.  The propane tank, stove and sink are all said to be in working order, though the tank has not been recently refilled.  The A/C system is there, but currently inoperable. Sometimes they just need a recharge, sometimes they need a full overhaul.

The current high bid sits at $14,900, with 7 bidders stepping up to battle it out. The auction ends on Sunday at 7:05pm PST, and if there is a reserve price, it's already cleared the hurdle. I'm thinking this will go for near $20k, due to the condition, region and season. What do you think it will sell for?  Let us know in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share you banter there!  eBay Link

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One thought on “1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – 128k Miles – Auction in SF, CA

  1. Mike – thanks for featuring my Westfalia!

    I think your description is pretty accurate. I do indeed have the original fridge but once you have tasted (no pun intended) the pleasure of a Engel/ARB fridge, I can’t imagine going back. The A/C on the other hand definitively needs more than a recharge – the compressor is gone and I remove the overhead rear heavy evaporator (but it will come with the van), saving a few hundred pounds and getting more HP in the process.

    One additional comment:

    You pointed out that the AutoCheck report shows a discrepancy in the odometer report which I hadn’t noticed before.

    I went back in my old emails and checked the CarFax report that I pulled out when I bought the van and it does not have that entry. The mileage is continuous and go from 98k to 99k to 100k – no rollback.

    So I am honestly not sure what happened and which company is right between the two. It is kind of strange to me that they would provide different entries.

    All I would say is that given that so many components (engine, transmission, etc) have been replaced, I don’t pay that much attention to the actual mileage of a 25+ years old van – I am much more concerned about the actual reliability and the existing condition of the van. I have seen Vanagon with 300K that were in better condition than van with 90K. And as I also pointed out, the engine has excellent compression number and passed smog easily – I rarely see sellers willing to guarantee the same when selling their vans online.

    Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns – I would be happy to share the CarFax report (I wish there was a way to attach a document to Ebay) and any other information you may need.

    Thank you and good luck!


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