’87 Westy Camper – 200k Miles – No Rust – Auction in Castro Valley, CA
This no reserve auction in the East SF Bay will sure receive some attention over the next 24hrs. Ending at 5pm PST tomorrow January 30th a 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 200k miles on the body, 26k on a rebuilt engine, and stock manual transmission. Overall, this van looks to be a pretty good deal, I estimate it will probably sell a teeny bit over $15k. The seller also provided a Test Drive Video and a Walk Around Video that cover some good good detail, and have already passed 50 views each. With Burning Van last weekend at Ocean Beach, there's probably a higher than average number of new Westy hunters on the prowl in the Bay Area. There's quite a few receipts and records available for this 3 owner rig, dating back to 2003, as well as the original window sticker. Below are my thoughts in no particular order.
- I love how clean and original this is, how well it sounds, and how everything appears to have been kept.
- I'm going to guess that all of the kitchen appliances work, though it's not specifically mentioned. Make sure to check on this.
- It's got an upgraded 3 window pop top tent, usually a $1,000 job after tent an labor.
- It appears to be the original red paint from 1987, and while the clear coat on the rear hatch is peeling, at least it's likely never been resprayed.
- It does have power windows, which can be a pain in the... if you don't know how to fix them. If they're original parts and never tamper with, have them checked out, especially the wires in the door jam.
- The seller says this is a GoWesty engine, which is a bit confusing, as it appears it's an engine that GoWesty rebuilt to mostly spec 2.1L for the customer, rather than an off the shelf GoWesty upgraded engine. Either way, a nice bonus for this rig and will likely add it's weight to the final high bid.
- Transmission Overhauled? I'd get more details here. As unless it's been fully rebuilt at some point, it will need to be soon.
- They attached the Yakima wide body rack tabs somewhat of a strange position, as they are super far apart. This is usually for carrying things like canoes, kayaks, lumber, etc. So be sure to check for stress cracks around the areas where the rack tabs attach to the top.
- The body panel seams look great, especially the dreaded kitchen seam.
- It's got a bit of butt sag, I'd suggest having the suspension checked out, and possibly install a shim kit to the rear springs to lift it up 3/4 of an inch or so.
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