Here’s a hot find that’s going to turn some heads today. Usually reserved for the “well north of $30k” asking price bunch, this 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper comes with a freshly rebuilt 3.3L Subaru SVX engine (~230 ponies), manual transmission, original two tone paint job, 158k miles on the chassis and a ton of extra goodies and upgrades. It went up for sale on craigslist in Eugene, Oregon last night with an asking price of $23k. Craigslist Link
The Subaru SVX(or other Subaru H-6 engines) are the only naturally aspirated (non-turbo) engine you can put in a Vanagon that will produce over 200 horse power. The only common engine conversion that competes here is an VW/Audi 1.8 Turbo, but only when it’s heavily modded and tuned. The SVX engine is reportedly so reliable, they’re occasionally used in small aircraft. The downsides are it’s pretty heavy and reduces rear end clearance by at least a few inches, if not more. Also, if you live in California or a state with strict emissions laws, you may have trouble getting it to pass a smog test if the correct parts are not used. I believe if it’s an older OBDI SVX, it’s much more practical of an application for these states. There’s no mention of who performed this particular conversion, but it does state it was completed 7,000 miles ago.
According to the seller, this Westy has seen a wide range of upgrades and fixes including:
- Drivetrain: head gaskets, water pump, idler bearings T-belt, custom exhaust, all seals, vacuum hoses, radiator, coolant hoses, stage 2 clutch, German drive shafts, shift linkages, short shifter kit.
- Underneath: shocks, upper & lower ball joints, brakes, steel braided brake lines, master cylinder, 16″ wheels and tires.
- Bonus: South African grill and head light kit w/ high power set up, GoWesty front steel bumper, Fat Matt(sound) and recycled denim(heat) Insulation, new carpet up front, custom front door panels, Go Westy floor mats.
A few more thoughts… The dash appears to be in excellent shape. The original curtains and rear screen seem intact and included. There’s a full length Catalina awning that is shown, but not mentioned. There’s no VIN provided, so there’s no way to do a title history check to review the stated 158k miles, so be sure to check up on those. The fridge has been removed and it appears the Go Westy fridge delete kit is in it’s place. While there’s a great picture of the stove and sink, there’s no word on how well they work, of if the propane tank is legit. Any rust underneath?
What do you think it’s worth? I think they’ll sell it quick at their asking price if it’s all legit(all as stated, not leaking anything, drives & sounds well), especially if it’s California legal. Share your wisdom in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and get your banter on there!