1990 Westy Camper w/ Fresh Engine & Auto Trans – Auction in Sonoma, CA

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Auction in Sonoma, CA - WV2ZB0255LH087203

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Auction in Sonoma, CA ends 4/17/16 at 7pm PST

Those entwined in the Westy Camper hunt this spring will definitely be watching this auction come to a close this weekend.  There's a few reasons I decided to write about this Westy today.  It's spring, Northern California is a hot market, it has a fresh drive drain, there's a video(below) and it's in what appears to impeccable condition. It's been up on the auction block for more than 5 days, sitting at at $20k high bid after 33 bids from 14 bidders. This auction ends on Sunday April 17th at 7pm PST.

The Westy is up for sale by a dealer, Left Coast Classics in Sonoma, CA, and comes with a $27,500 sticker price on their website.  They do provide the VIN ( WV2ZB0255LH087203 ), but they haven't publicly provided any type of title report, so be sure to ask them for the CarFax report.

This specimen appears to be almost all stock with the exception of the upgraded 16" aluminum wheels, the 1,000lb trailer hitch and the stereo.  I just love when someone goes through the effort of really detailing their van.

The engine is said to be "A brand new, factory VW/Audi replacement engine was installed about 12,000 miles ago".  I'm curious, where do you get a brand new 2.1L Wasserboxer? I'd check on this, if so, it might even have some type of warranty? The seller states the transmission was rebuilt last year, but not other details are provided. I'd be sure to get as much color and documentation here as possible.

It's got all the bells and whistles of that year, including power mirrors and power windows.  If you're unfamiliar with the power windows in these, become familiar if you end up with them. While convenient, they are prone to acting up.  The kitchen is said to look great, but there's no indication the seller tested any of the appliances or propane tank.  If I was them, I'd include a video of the stove working, water tank, faucet pumping and fridge ignition. The A/C is said to blow cold, but it's the factory A/C that blows on the back of your head, taking up valuable storage space that's found in Westys w/o AC, or have the rare Behr dealer installed dash A/C, which leaves the upper rear compartment for storage.

What do you think it's worth? Have you gone to see it already? Let us know in the comments below, or head on over to the individual discussions about this van on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Left Coast Classic Link w/ stated asking price of $27,500

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’85 Westy Camper w/ 65k Original Miles – Auction in Longview, WA

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Manual Trans 65k Miles Longview WA Auction wv2zb0259fh042723

Rare 65k Original Mile Survivor '85 Westy Camper Up For Grabs In Longview, WA

Here's a great litmus test to see what Westy hunters in the PNW are willing to cough up for a early model survivor.  I've got a soft spot for the '85 campers in UPS brown, because, well, that's my ride too.  This beautiful specimen is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 1.9L engine, stock manual transmission and only 65k original miles.

It's almost all bone stock with the exception of the new curtain hooks, KYB shocks and some required tune up items. The detailed set of photos show more or less a showroom condition Westy.  Everything is said to work including AC, fridge (propane, battery and shore power), stove, sink, water tank, etc.

The seller claims they purchased this van from the original owners in Eugene, OR who could no longer drive the van.  The seller is definitely a flipper or dealer, as they've used up all their free eBay Auto Check reports. However, they have 100% positive feedback, and with a creative name like germanautoarcheology, I'd say they could be pretty legit.  The only minor drawbacks I see are

  • The tent canvas is original, might have some tears, doesn't look major though.
  • At one point there were rack mounts installed on the top, now they are filled in.  Be sure to check for cracks in the top, as maybe that is why they were removed?

I'm honestly not sure what else to say about this van, it's a beautiful, unmolested blank canvas.  The seller did provide the VIN ( wv2zb0259fh042723 ), so if you're serious, I'd be sure to check up on it with a CarFax report or similar. Since it's only had one owner, there may not be much to document the mileage, etc, but if you're going to drop $20k+, it's worth the investment.

The auction ends on Tuesday March 29th at 7pm PST. What do you think it's worth?  I'm going to say it will fetch $21k, especially in this region. If you've got some insight, or you're going to see this rig, let us know in the comments below, or head on over the individual discussions about this Westy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest and share your banter there!… Read More About This Westy

 

’82 Westy Camper w/ Fresh 1.8L Jetta Engine – Auction In Oakland, CA

1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper 1.8L Jetta Engine Manual Transmission - Auction in Oakland, CA Ends Saturday, March 26th at 6pm PST

1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper 1.8L Jetta Engine Manual Trans - Auction in Oakland, CA Ends Saturday, March 26th at 6pm PST

Ohhhhh la la California Westy hunters.  Here's a unique find that just went up on the eBay auction block with No Reserve ending Saturday March 26th at 6pm PST. This interesting specimen is a 1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 131k on the odometer, stock manual transmission, and a very special engine situation.

For those unaware of this vehicles uniqueness, it's kind of, um, against the rules, but sort of not. See, on the books, it's a diesel, as it originally came with the 1.6L naturally aspirated VW diesel that's slow as molasses, but got decent mileage. It now has a 1.8L inline 4 cylinder gas Jetta engine, which I don't believe is a CARB approved engine, however since it's still titled as a diesel, it never has to be smogged, so no one will ever know 🙂  According to the current seller, the previous owner had the engine put in about 8k miles ago to the tune of $12k. International Auto Service in Livermore, CA did the swap and full documentation is available. It appears it received a brand new long block, though  there's no mention of "which" 1.8L engine it is, though I'm hoping it's got close to 100 HP, if not more.  Maybe the seller is reading this and can clarify further here.

On that note, the seller is definitely a flipper or dealer, as they've used up their free auto check report on eBay, and they have quite a lot of vehciles listed on their feedback as a seller page, including this recent 1985 Westy Camper.  They've got 100% positive feedback, so it sounds like they're on point. However, it'd be a good idea to check the VIN on CarFax, or similar, or maybe you can convince the seller to buy and share a title report on their own (not sure why they don't do this anyways). However, they did go the extra mile to provider 3 detailed videos of the exterior / interior, engine running and a test drive.

Other Features I'm Enjoying About This Rig.

  • It looks to be mostly rust free, even the seams, door jams and other areas show that classic Aussan Brown paint.
  • Fresh 3 window tent canvas, possibly only a few years old.
  • It appears to come with all the standard curtains and screens, this is harder to come by than one may realize.
  • Upgraded wheels, they look like the 15" GoWesty Mercedes clones.
  • GoWesty Pop Top assist shocks already installed. I prefer the Jack Bombay interchangables, but these are nice
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1984 Westy Camper w/ Subaru EJ25 – Rebuilt Trans – Quebec, Canada – $12,750 USD

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ Subaru EJ25 - Rebuilt Trans - Quebec, Canada - $17,000 CAD

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ Subaru EJ25 - Rebuilt Trans - Quebec, Canada - $17,000 CAD

This Westy showed up for on The Samba last night, and I can't seem to find it listed anywhere else on the interwebs.   This interesting specimen is a 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with a Subaru EJ25 swap and a rebuilt manual transmission with a taller 4th gear.  There's some seam rust, an no interior pictures, though due a variety of factors, this could be a good deal for someone in the Northeast US.

It appears this is the guy that did the transmission, Michael Benoit in Quebec, Canada, where the van currently resides.  While I know very little about importing vehicles from outside the US, I do know it's much easier when they are over the 25 year rule hump, and also coming from the same continent, or neighbors in fact. The van doesn't appear to be an original Canadian van, as the shore power hookup is in the same place as the US models. With the current exchange rate being what it is, 0.75 of $17,000 CAD is $12,750 USD.  As long as the undercarriage isn't shot, and it runs and drives well without issues, that's a steal for an EJ25 swap in the US. Though be sure to check with your states DMV to be sure it's an easy registration (technically the EJ25 won't work in California, but there are, ways...).

Minimal details are provided, though it does state it has new Michelin Defender tires on that 17" wheels, which are kinda big, but probably ride really nice.  I run Defenders on my 16" wheels and love them.  It's got some bumps and bruises, some missing pop top seals, though it does come with a fresh pop top canvas.  There's no notes on the kitchen appliances, propane tank, or other functionalities or maintenance performed, but again, the selling point here is CAD to USD, Subaru EJ25 and a rebuilt transmission, for under $15k.

What do you think it's worth? Are you going to check it out?  Let us know in the comments below, or head on over the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest and share you wisdom there.  The Samba LinkRead More About This Westy

 

Nice ’86 Westy Weekender – w/ 196k Miles – Auction in Portland, Oregon

1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender 196k Miles Portland Oregon Wv2xb0259gh112178

1986 Westfalia Weekender 196k Miles - Portland, Oregon - Auction Ends Feb 10th

Here's a sweet specimen that made it's way be a no reserve eBay auction which ends Wednesday, February 9th @ 6:05pm PST.   This 1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender comes with 191k unverified miles on the chassis, a reportedly 50k on a professional rebuilt engine, and the stock manual transmission. At the time of this post, it's received 52 bids from 15 bidders with a current high bid of $13,100.  I'd be surprised if this clears $16k or so, but it might. So here we go...

  • The paint, the dash, the upholstery, cabinets, everything looks to be in good shape. A few dents, scrapes, but overall good looks.
  • The pictures the seller shared cover some pretty good ground, though there's no picture with the front bra removed.
  • The original tent canvas (likely) is in decent shape, which is a good sign for a 30 year old Westy.

 

The seller did provide the VIN Wv2xb0259gh112178, but they have used up all of their free eBay Auto Check reports, which means they're at least "flipper" status, if not a dealer status.  It's definitely worth the money to purchase a CarFax report if your'e truly interested, imo the sellers should be doing this. The odometer is currently at 196k, make sure it works and see how many stamps it's got on the Car Fax report.

I'd also be sure to ask about the transmission.  If it's never been rebuilt or replaced from the original, it's likely on it's way out in the next 50k miles, if not less. As a first time buyer, know this is a reality.

What do you think it's worth? Are you going to see it? Share your wisdom in the comments below, or head on over the unique posts about this Westy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest and share your banter there.  By the way, it looks eerily similar to this one on The Samba and Craigslist, but it's not.  eBay Link

 

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