1986 VW Vanagon Syncro 4wd Westfalia Camper – Los Angeles, CA

I spotted this 1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Weekender today up for auction on eBay, with no reserve price, worthy of fresh post indeed.

First off, lets talk about mileage. While the seller states the true chassis  mileage is unknown, providing an estimate 235k, the eBay Auto Check title report shows the van could have north of 400k miles on it. It appears to have been registered in Alaska for most it's life, with a few recent years in Airzona. Currently donning Arizona tags, this syncro is for sale in Los Angeles, CA. Be sure to get a CA smog check before buying if you plan to also register it in CA. The seller states it's had a fresh repaint, and Alaska winters, they're harsh on vehicles. Interested buyers should try to get before/after photos of the paint job.

Aside from what's above, this could be a nice all stock pop top syncro at a great price. It's a weekender, no kitchen, but they're much lighter this way sans cabinets, fridge, etc. Added bonus is that does have a rear locking differential, along with an upgraded stereo. The seller mentions it has an Audi engine, but as far as I can tell, it's a stock 2.1 wasserboxer.

The auction ends on Tuesday February 24th at 6:54pm PST. What do you think the high bid will be? Let us know in the comments below, or head on over to this post on Facebook or Instagram and share you banter or wisdom there.



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1991 Vanagon Syncro High Top Westfalia Auction In Florida

The further away Vanagons get from the 25 year import rule, the more we've seen coming into the US market. This one caught my eye this week. A 1991 VW Vanagon Syncro European High Top w/ a traditional Westfalia kitchen set up. It's implied that it was imported to the US from Europe likely within the last year, and dons a rear Florida license plate, so it's likely been properly titled in Florida.  While the current high bid is $30k, the van is also listed for for sale on The Samba as of yesterday, for, well, a lot.

According to the description, this van was completely stripped down to the frame and rebuilt, and by the included pictures, it looks pretty legit. While I personally think the red is a bit loud, it still shines quite nicely.


Aside from fresh paint and upholstery, it comes with a great list of desirable upgrades including; truck mirrors, a full width awning and truck fridge. The wheels look like blacked out 16x7 Mercedes CLK type, fitted with some fresh Yokohama Geolanders. The front and rear bumpers appear to be from Rocky Mountain Westy, with their matching swing arm tire carrier in the rear.

I'm guessing this is just a standard syncro with a viscous coupling and no lockers or decouplers, there's no photos of the dashboard where the knobs would be. I believe there's a lightly more powerful European version of the 2.1 WBX that might not pass a California smog inspection. Be sure to get the engine code and type from the seller and check if you're in a state or city with high emissions standards.

The auction ends April 18 and 3:51pm PST.  The current high bid is at $30k, with 28 bids from 4 interested parties. Leave your comments or thoughts below, or join the discussion about this van on Facebook or Instagram.Read More About This Westy


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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1990 Westy Camper w/ Rebuilt Engine & 164k Miles – Auction In Sacramento, CA

Every now and again there's a reasonable looking auction that pops up on eBay, here's a fresh one just listed 4 hours ago. This 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper features a recently rebuilt stock 2.1 L engine, automatic transmission and a great Auto Check score.  The original silver paint appears to be quite oxidized, however there doesn't seem to be any noticeable rust in the pictures.  The Auto Check store (VIN WV2ZB0257LH053473) is very high, and the title records come through with flying colors and what appear to be accurate mileage, currently sitting at 164k.

It does have a trailer hitch, and no note about what it was used to tow, hopefully just a bike rack or occasional light trailer. While the tent appears to be in OK shape, the inner picture of the pop top shows that it likely had a mildew issue at some point. The pictures show this van came equipped with factory AC, but no word from the seller if it works or not.  The photos of the kitchen appliances and cabinets look good, but no statement with regards to the working order of the stove, sink, fridge or propane tank. Definitely inquire with the seller about these items before taking the time to see it. Lastly, has some odd center console in the front I've never seen before, almost looks like a middle seat, thought I doubt it is. Auction Ends Wednesday February 14th at 12:24pm PST. Happy Valentine's Day!  eBay LinkRead More About This Westy


1983 Westfalia Camper w/ Subaru SVX 3.3L Engine $26k in Ann Arbor, Michigan

It takes an interesting specimen to catch my eye these days, and this 1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper powered by a 3.3L Subaru SVX engine, loaded with all kinds of desirable upgrades, is what brings us here today. It's up for grabs in Ann Arbor Michigan for $26k.

It's pretty hard to find a nice SVX camper for under $30k these days. The SVX engine is great because it's reliable (they are sometimes used in airplanes!), it fits nicely in the vanagon engine bay, and it produces north of a whopping 200 horsepower. The seller says they purchased it in California, and I'm wondering if it has a CARB sticker and has passed smog in CA before?  I'd almost consider buying this van if I knew for sure. The weak link in the chain here is the stock transmission, which isn't the best solution for this much horsepower or torque. Plan on saving up an extra $3k - $4k for when it goes, or a little more coin to do a Subaru Gears 5 speed swap.

Mechanically it is said to be well cared for, with a variety of new parts and service over the past couple of years including steering rack and pinion, clutch and slave master cylinders, timing belt, machined heads, instrument cluster circuit foil, Go Westy 1.5 lift springs, Bilstein shocks, propane tank and a variety of other odds and ends.

  • The pop top was professionally refurbished last year and looks great, all that fuzzy mold prone fabric is gone and it's got a new tent! Not an easy job.
  • Van Cafe tube bumpers with the roo bar style grill guard and rear hitch receiver.
  • Truck mirrors, awesome from personal experience, and usually at least $300 a pair, if you can find them.
  • House battery set up with isolator and all the fixins to power a Truck Fridge and an inverter.
  • Yakima towers, bars and box. Custom ladder that mounts to the jack spot underneath.
  • Chrysler stow and go fabric seats. Though not original VW seats, these are are widely known upgrade and it appears they were installed with the correct mounting brackets so they can still swivel, and they fold down. I'm personally considering these same seats for my van someday as they're a relatively inexpensive option at about $150 each (w/o mounting hardware or install).
  • It sits nicely on 16" allow wheels and tires less than 2,000 miles old, but I can't seem to tell which kind in the photos.

I love when the seller goes the extra mile to describe and document the details. In fact, if more sellers did this, there'd really be no reason for this website. At any rate, you can read the full scoop here on the seller's own website, which also includes these two videos. Walk Around / Test Drive. Both videos have been seen over 100 times in the past two days, so there's definitely some interest here.  I originally noticed it for … Read More About This Westy