Updated 11/30! (see comments below post)
Looking for a Black Friday weekend special on a Westy? If this find is 100% legit, $16k is a more than reasonable asking price. Posted just a couple of hours ago on craigslist is this 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with a 108k miles on the body and a fresh 2.2L Subaru engine conversion. The seller provided the VIN, 24 photos and minimal text details in their criagslist ad, but in this case pictures speak a thousand words. It’s even got all the filter and belt part numbers written on top of the engine lid in sharpie. I’m gonna say it, this looks almost too good to be true. A Westy like this in California (that is CARB compliant) would sell for well north of $20k. There’s no word on if or how well the propane tank and kitchen appliances work, though there is a picture with a thermometer in the fridge at 30F. To top it all off it’s got freshly mounted 15″ or 16″ GW Wheels and Michelin Defender tires.
A Note To Potential Buyers: Call and make sure they are legit, Do a VIN check somewhere like CarFax, if all of this checks out, go see it now and be prepared to buy it, as it won’t last long. Find it out who did the Subaru conversion, and if it used the proper components to pass smog is all 50 states. Do a check underneath for more signs of rust. It does look like it has some early stages of seam rust, so that will need to be addressed.
A Note To The Seller: Why?
Hello, My name is Keith. Been a VW guy all my life. Interested in the camper. Please call me if it is still available. I live in Longmont. 406-871-8625
I ran a carfax on this westy based on the license plate and it came from at least 2 and maybe 3 cold weather states; meaning it may have rust issues (i.e. undercarriage or soon within the seams).
I’ll be in Denver on the 9th thru the 11th and would like to inspect the vehicle.
Hi Dennis, I believe this Westy has been sold. Good luck in your quest!
This is what I just received from the seller via email… “Thank you for adding my vehicle ( George ) to your blog. The van passed Colorado emissions with flying colors two years ago and runs with a catalytic converter with an oxygen sensor. The engine was just rebuilt 600 miles ago by the same local shop who builds all the Wild Westy engines. Wild Westy is a vanagon shop in Boulder known for its owners five star work. The van utilizes a KEP conversion and is managed by a Link LEM. The map program is scheduled to be updated on Tuesday and will ensure a clean, proper running engine + a little extra horsepower for years to come. You are correct about the first sign of seam rust, very minor and that’s it for any oxidation. Just replaced the primary battery a few weeks ago and the bottom of the battery tray is rock solid. The van came from St. George Utah – that’s were his name came from: ) The upper pillars on the back corners are little scuffed up like somebody backed into a shelf or something. The fridge works fine on 110 shore power, never tried the lp or the battery. Also I never used the stove, however I might give it a shot just incase somebody asks. Again thanks for posting George to your blog.”
What a so beautiful van