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