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1983 VW Vanagon High Top Custom Adventure Wagon – $18k in Delaware

Many of us Vanagon and Westfalia enthusiasts have seen this van for sale for a while now, and I'm surprised it hasn't been sold at its current asking price. While not a true Westy, I would personally consider checking this out if it was near me and easy to register where I live, however it's the exact opposite. It's in Delaware, and I'm in California. This camper van van is a 1983 VW Vanagon Hightop Conversion with a Subaru 2.5L and relatively low miles on recent engine and manual transmission rebuilds.

While the odometer is a hair shy of 300,000 miles, the evidence shows this van has seen a complete overhaul in recent years, with one photo showing the van down to bare bones before painting and new insulation. Between the fresh paint and high top, to the custom cabinetry, the powertrain, the solar power, water, wiring, bumpers, wheels, propane heater, fridge, stero, everything.... a large percentage of the parts on this van are new. I'm not quite sure how long it's been for sale, but the current eBay Auction ends on Sunday March 3rd. The free eBay Auto Check Report (VIN WV2YA0256DH003518) shows a good score, no incidents and a couple of odometer reading verifications.

Find the current auction on eBay, with a starting bid of $18,000, or The Samba classified listing (with more photos) for $19,500. As I mentioned, California buyers would likely want to avoid this unless you know a sensible and lax CARB referee.

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Unique! ’84 Westy Camper w/ 2.7L Subaru & Extras – $19k in WA

Updated 10/18 11am PST.  Asking price has been lowered to $17k, and they provided the VIN too. ( WV2ZB0254EH022717 ). Jump on a CarFax report here for $39.  Brian says he's the 3rd owner.  Trying to get more info on the engine.

We're back! Sort of... In case you're wondering where we've been, check this out.  Here's a crazy build that sure to get some discussion over the next few days.  This van is a 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with unknown mileage, serious powertrain upgrades, awesome interior upgrades and overall is said to have most of the common mechanical failure points addressed.  It's definitely rough around the edges on the outside, but makes up for that in performance and comfort.

By far the most interesting thing about this specimen, is the stated engine in place, an EJ27 Subaru, which is supposedly the H6 design, but only 2.7L of displacement.  I can't even find it on the Subaru EJ Wikipedia page. I think this is the first time I've ever seen this particular engine in a vanagon, and I'm pretty sure it was never offered in the US, so California buyers and others, beware of your states' smog laws.

Some things I like about this van.

Powertrain.  As long as you can find someone who knows how to work on and EJ27, this engine sounds interesting. It sounds like it might not pass emissions in some states, especially with a "free flowing" exhaust.  Whoever did the work knows they need special transmission modifications to keep up with the toque of 6 cylinders.  German Transaxle knows what's up.  I'd be sure to check up on the stated warranty though, as I know there are exceptions when the engine exceeds 150hp.

South African Grill & Electrical Upgrades.  Gotta love these, and they're not cheap. There's a ton of other electrical work that's been done here as well including isolator for house battery, more fuse boxes, custom stereo, new batteries and more.

Interior upgrades.  Later model dash and front seats (armrests!), fresh vinyl and memory foam on the rear seats and cushion, pergo floor, fresh sunbrella 3 window tent.

More Performance. Audi 5000 front brakes.  Yeah, gotta find a way to stop when I've got a six cylinder subie engine. 15" Wheels from a VW Passat and new Bridgestone Ecopia tires. Four new Powerflex Poly Urethane control arm bushings, which are a pain to replace.

Some issues with this Westy.

There's no VIN provided in either ad, the seller states the odometer stopped working recently.  So basically, go into this sale knowing the title could be full of issues, and the body may have over 300k miles on it.  Basically, assume the worst, and maybe it will turn out better than expected.  The exterior needs some love, and it could have some seam rust.  However, I do like the idea of having a nice Westy with a slightly shotty exterior, kind of a sleeper and less likely to … Read More About This Westy


1990 VW Vanagon Syncro Adventure Wagon – $19k in San Rafael, CA

Updated 4/22/15 - See comments below post.

Strikingly similar to this syncro I wrote about a while back in the same region, this one looks like a sweet deal sans some rust and dings.  Posted on The Samba yesterday is this 1990 VW Vanagon Syncro Adventure Wagon high top with likely stock 2.1L engine, stock manual transmission (4+low) and a low 123k miles.  The seller doesn't state many specifics, though they do claim it features a propane or gas heater and 2 extra house batteries with a solar panel set up, along with a new bosch starter.  The pictures do show some rust that was attended to, and it may also come with a full length awning. No VIN or additional mechanical details were provided, though it does appear to have a rear locker knob on the dash, and the interior looks to be in good shape as well.  If the mileage is accurate, the syncro all wheel drive works, the locker works, it doesn't leak or get to hot, this rig will sell very soon, if it hasn't already.  Find it listed for sale on The Samba Classifieds in San Rafael, California with an asking price of $19,000. The Samba Link

One thing I like about this Adventure Wagon is the insulated high top roof + propane/gas heater.  While a standard pop top Westy can sleep 4 with the roof up, there's no way to keep the upstairs warm, and a popped Westy draws significant attention of you're trying to stealth camp.  With this rig, you can sleep 4, in sub zero temps, and not be as conspicuous as there's no roof to pop, it's already up!  These are a great alternative to Syncro Pop Top Westys mainly due to price, as for whatever reason Adventure Wagon Syncros are usually about 20%-30% easier on the wallet.

Some things I would check out.  Definitely get the VIN and do a title check on CarFax or similar to confirm mileage and title status are accurate.  Get a good look at the drivers side exterior, and the undercarriage,  as there are no pictures of these.  Take it for spin, do some sharp turns in water or slick surfaces to see if the syncro works or makes any weird noises.

Got any thoughts to share? Have you seen this Westy? Going to check it out? Feel like bantering? Leave your comments below or head on over to the individual posts about this van on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+.  The Samba LinkRead More About This Westy


1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper -129k Miles – 1 Owner – $19,500 in San Diego, CA

This one owner 1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 2.1L engine & automatic transmission just went up for sale in the San Diego, CA area.  Not many details are provided other than the 18 pictures and the VIN ( WV2ZB0252KH023831 ), I wish the seller would have provided better pictures of the seams, undercarriage and other rust prone areas.  It appears to be mostly original and intact, however there's not photos of it with the bra removed  If this Westy is 100% rust free (sans rock chips, etc), someone might be willing to pay near that asking price of $19,500, though I think $16k might be a deal depending on what's been serviced in the last 3-5 years. Any thoughts on what you'd pay for it? Find it for sale in Rancho Penasquitos, California.  Craigslist LinkRead More About This Westy


1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – 117k – Auto – $19,500 in Florida

Here's a beautiful two owner Westy that went up on eBay the other day, another great looking Florida find. This van is a 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 2.1L engine, stock automatic transmission and 117k original miles.  This is an all power version with power locks, power windows, cruise control  The seller states the engine had a top end rebuild at some point, it's got a recent rack in pinion replacement, new condenser fans in the fridge, a newer 3 window tent canvas, newer full set of curtains and new tires on freshly painted wheels. The paint shines well because it had a new coat about 2 years ago and there was reportedly no rust issues prior. The seller provided the VIN WV2ZB025XLH061129 and the free Auto Check report, which shows a very high score of 46.  Check it out for sale in Deltona, Florida with an asking price of $19,500.  eBay Link

A note to potential buyers : Find out what was underneath the paint job and how much the spent here.  New paint is awesome, when it's not hiding other issues.  Westy Buying Tips

A note to the seller: More description and details here, especially on the paint job and engine rebuild.

Speaking of Florida, did this Westy really sell for only $5,600?… Read More About This Westy