’85 Westy Camper w/ 65k Original Miles – Auction 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

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 too.
  • Solar? It is mentioned, but no further details like charge controllers, house batter, inverter, etc.
  • Portapotty included!  I'm not sure if I would roll with one of these, but hey, it could deifnitely come in handy.

Addtional questionables To Follow Up On

  • Mold, yikes! Though it looks to have been cleaned some, there is evidence of mold on the pop top. Might not be too bad, but seller should have discussed this a bit
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1984 Westy Camper w/ Subaru EJ25 – Rebuilt Trans – Quebec, Canada – $12,750 USD

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

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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’87 Westy Camper – 200k Miles – No Rust – Auction in Castro Valley, CA

This no reserve auction in the East SF Bay will sure receive some attention over the next 24hrs. Ending at 5pm PST tomorrow January 30th a 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 200k miles on the body, 26k on a rebuilt engine, and stock manual transmission.  Overall, this van looks to be a pretty good deal, I estimate it will probably sell a teeny bit over $15k.  The seller also provided a Test Drive Video and a Walk Around Video that cover some good good detail, and have already passed 50 views each. With Burning Van last weekend at Ocean Beach, there's probably a higher than average number of new Westy hunters on the prowl in the Bay Area. There's quite a few receipts and records available for this 3 owner rig, dating back to 2003, as well as the original window sticker. Below are my thoughts in no particular order.



  • I love how clean and original this is, how well it sounds, and how everything appears to have been kept.
  • I'm going to guess that all of the kitchen appliances work, though it's not specifically mentioned. Make sure to check on this.
  • It's got an upgraded 3 window pop top tent, usually a $1,000 job after tent an labor.
  • It appears to be the original red paint from 1987, and while the clear coat on the rear hatch is peeling, at least it's likely never been resprayed.
  • It does have power windows, which can be a pain in the... if you don't know how to fix them. If they're original parts and never tamper with, have them checked out, especially the wires in the door jam.
  • The seller says this is a GoWesty engine, which is a bit confusing, as it appears it's an engine that GoWesty rebuilt to mostly spec 2.1L for the customer, rather than an off the shelf GoWesty upgraded engine. Either way, a nice bonus for this rig and will likely add it's weight to the final high bid.
  • Transmission Overhauled?  I'd get more details here. As unless it's been fully rebuilt at some point, it will need to be soon.
  • They attached the Yakima wide body rack tabs somewhat of a strange position, as they are super far apart.  This is usually for carrying things like canoes, kayaks, lumber, etc. So be sure to check for stress cracks around the areas where the rack tabs attach to the top.
  • The body panel seams look great, especially the dreaded kitchen seam.
  • It's got a bit of butt sag, I'd suggest having the suspension checked out, and possibly install a shim kit to the rear springs to lift it up 3/4 of an inch or so.

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