1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Syncro

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As Syncro Westies become the Holy Grail of campervans, a lot of the ones for sale are all kinds of crazy. Crazy colors, crazy upgrades, and crazy values have characterized the auctions, but today we have a 4WD pop-top Vanagon that flies under the radar in all the right ways. It’s in great condition inside and out, including a repaint last year, but the color brown over tan with black steelies keeps its true value hidden from all except those who can pick out the subtle “4WD” emblems on the front doors. It’s had a recent full tuneup, GoWesty exhaust, cat, and bumpers installed, and all new rubber seals and pop-top canvas. BFGoodrich All-Terrains complete the subtle but eminently capable package. The unknown mileage will raise some questions, but if you know what brown can do for you this no-reserve auction is a great chance at a Syncro Westy that doesn’t break the bank.

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Year: 1986
Model: T3 Vanagon Westfalia Syncro
Engine: 2.1 liter flat-four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: No-Reserve Auction
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1986 VOLKSWAGEN VANAGON CAMPER ( WESTFALIA ) SYNCRO 4WD

Overall great condition ready for your adventures! Interior in good original condition. No rips or odors. Fridge, stove, and sink pump work properly. Both tables included. Good tires all around. Removable roof racks included. Completely repainted 2015 in original color.

Recent work done in the past 4 months:

-New pop-top canvas (Bus Depot OEM style with 3 windows)

-New rubber seals around pop-top and luggage rack

-All fixed window glass rubber replaced

-GoWesty stainless steel exhaust system with catalytic converter

-GoWesty front and rear steel plate bumpers

-New main battery and camper battery (50AH AGM)

-Full tune-up including new belts, plugs, plug wires, fuel filter, air filter, oil and filter change, fuel pump

-Shift linkage completely rebuilt with new bushings and GoWesty aluminum shift selector elbow

-Engine oil pressure gauge added

-New wiper blades and rear hatch gas lift struts

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Bidding is understandably hot as there just aren’t that many chances to get Syncro Westies for less than an arm and a leg, especially not ones this nice. I like the color, the simplicity, and the functionality. If it stays around or under $20k, it’s a really solid 4WD camper with lots of potential.

-NR