1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 10k on GoWesty Engine – $12,500 in Indiana
Indiana has been a of a media grabber recently, so we're following the trend today with this clean and tidy looking craigslist find that is sure to garner some attention this week.
This specimen is a 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 154k miles on the odometer, 10k miles on a GoWesty engine (type?) and a stock manual transmission. The seller states they are the 2nd owner and purchased it in California 12 years ago. As an added bonus it and also comes with the single rear facing seat and the double bench seat. There's something kind of fishy about this listing, however it does show the top of an Indiana license plate in one of the pictures. It's hard to tell if it's the original paint, there's something wrong with the picture compression that makes the white appear almost be a matte finish respray. Check it in Indianapolis, Indiana with an asking price of $12k. Craigslist Link
Downsides. Well, no VIN or title history report provided. No pictures of the undercarriage, front seats, dash, engine. No notes on whether or not the sink, stove, fridge, propane work or how well.
Upsides. Does have a fresh pop top canvas. The extra seats are pretty rad if they exist.
Questions to ask. Which GoWesty motor was put in? Was it warrantied? Was the entire cooling system replaced upon install? Who installed it? How hot does it get? Is there anything that doesn't work (various lights, switched, kitchen, etc). What does it look like underneath? Do you have the metal covers for the seat tracks?
Let's say this van has 0 structural rust, a properly installed GoWesty 2.2L engine, clean title, runs/drives well and doesn't leak. It's worth much more than the $12k they are asking, especially on the West Coast. More like $16k. However, you're stuck in the midwest, in Indiana, so that drops the highest likely offer back down to around $13k or so, maybe more. If engine wasn't properly installed, leaks, doesn't have a new cooling system, has rust underneath, etc, then you're looking at well below $10k
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