Ending Soon – What We’re Watching

I’ve got my eye on another interesting and diverse set of affordable no reserve auctions this week. Take a look and feel free to chime in where you think cars will end! Let’s get things rolling with this BMW E28 with only a few hours remaining:

Click for Details: 1987 BMW 535is

This 1987 BMW 535is is definitely on the driver-quality side rather than a show piece; but all the important bones are there and the rust-free claim is worth its weight in 1980s Bavarian metal, anyway. Overall, though there are some obvious needs, for a 200,000 mile car it looks reasonably tidy and so far bidding is only at $2,500.

Click for Details: 2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDi Wagon

In an era of Volkswagen production that saw a sharp upswing in quality and performance, who would have guessed that the second most desirable model in the used market (outside of the R, obviously) is a Jetta Wagon with the diesel motor? Unlike its bigger brother Passat TDi Variant, the Jetta could be had with a 5-speed manual and they’ve developed a cult following. This one ticks the right boxes with lower miles, what appears to be good condition and the ALH/5-speed manual combination in a wagon, so bids are nearly at $7,000 with a few hours to go on the no reserve auction.

Click for Details: 1997 BMW M3 Sedan

After yesterday’s polarizing M3 Lightweight, we’re back to normal series production (and lower prices) with this still desirable M3 Sedan. In -3/4/5 configuration, these have quickly become the preferred weapon of choice for the practical E36 lover. In Artic Silver with Dove interior, this one isn’t stock, but with under 100,000 miles and in good condition, it looks like a solid investment at under $9,000 at time of writing.

Click for Details: 2000 Audi S4

An interesting, and more potent, counterpoint to the M3/4/5 is the Audi S4.…

Wilder West: 1973 Volkswagen Microbus Wild Westerner

The Volkswagen Van was, and is, a part of our culture. It’s like Peter Frampton Comes Alive!, Pet Rocks and Star Wars; not the best of their ilk, but they enjoy near universal popularity. The VW Van appeared everywhere. It was ubiquitous with the Hippie movement. It was counter-culture, yet eminently practical as transportation. It was pretty uncool as a design, and yet massively cool. And, it should come as no surprise that it has created a cult-like following.

Yet, we infrequently look at them. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because they’re cliche?

I learned how to drive in a VW Microbus. It had no clutch, so you had to start in gear. If you were really clever you could get into second, but most of the time I just felt pretty special crawling around the fields behind my house in first. But I feel no particular attachment to the model, unlike my first car.

Still, they make me smile, and when I came across this lightly modified one, I wanted to take a closer look. I’m not sure if it was the Porsche Phonedial wheels or the color scheme that most attracted me, but I have to admit I was a bit surprised when I looked closer:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Volkswagen Bus Wild Westerner on eBay

1972 Volkswagen Type 2 Tandem Axle Flatbed

 

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Custom conversions can either go really well, or really poorly. Most of the time it is really poorly. But not today. What started life as a Volkswagen Type 2 factory single cab dropside pick-up is now a flatbed hauler with an extra axle thrown on there for good measure. Now before you get excited about that extra axle, it’s only along for the ride as it looks like only the second axle is functional. Once I started digging into the (sparse) information on this T2,  it was built and used to be a working car hauler — save for one big problem. So let’s check out this once Californian T2 that now resides in the Netherlands.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Volkswagen T2 Tandem Axle Flatbed on Classic Trader

2013 Volkswagen Transporter “56 Years Last Edition”

Fellow GCFSB contributor Nate features a lot of Volkswagen people movers, many of which are the T2 like you see here. However, most people are not aware that this particular Volkswagen just ceased production. That’s right, you could buy a new Volkswagen T2 Transporter in certain markets up until 2013. To mark the end of this very long production run, VW decided to commemorate the event with a special edition model, “56 Anos Kombi Last Edition.” Fifty six years. More than half a century with minimal changes. Outlasted the beloved Beetle. That’s just a few points the T2 notches up on its resume. This example of the ultimate T2 for sale in Monaco has yet to cross the 2,000 mile mark, so for those who can register this van legally in their country, you have one more chance to buy a new Bus.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2013 Volkswagen Transporter 56 Years Last Edition on Classic Driver

1971 Volkswagen DoKa

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Click for details: 1971 Volkswagen DoKa on eBay

I love the VW T3 DoKa, especially in Syncro trim, but today we have a beautiful example of the earlier T2 DoKa. It’s about as utilitarian as a 50hp air-cooled truck can be, seating 6 and with plenty of bed to haul light but voluminous loads. With year-old exterior paint and a brand-new rebuild, this Bustruck is sure to garner lots of attention. The interior displays its 46 years a little more clearly, with some original paint and decades of use showing through. The seats look to be in good shape though. A nice carpet set would probably clean that up the floors a bit, but overall the interior keeps this from being a total resto-creampuff. In my eyes that’s for the best because you can look good while putting it to work, but the seller is still expecting over $20k for it. …

1964 Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab

If it weren’t for trade wars, we might still be able to buy Volkswagen commercial vehicles in the US to this day. Every time I see articles on social media from Volkswagen touting new developments with their Transporter range, I pine for the days when you could still buy a Eurovan stateside. Sure, these vans always lurked at the back of the showroom, but I always marveled at how functional and sturdy they were. With everyone clamoring to buy SUVs this was an unorthodox choice for a people mover, but you still seem them on the road occasionally. Something about them still appeals to the inner anorak in me.

Dial back a few decades before the Chicken Tax came into effect, and you could spec a pickup body based on the old Volkswagen Bus. This 1964 Type 2 Double Cab for sale in Minnesota has an upgraded 12 volt electrical system, newly rebuilt 1600cc motor and wears a patina that wouldn’t make you shy using it for hauling duties.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1964 Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab on eBay

Convertible Week: 1976 Volkswagen Ragtop Bus

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Few things say “summer love” like a ragtop VW Bus, elevating the free-love van to the next level by opening up the whole roof like the tin can that it is and creating huge apertures allowing for the sun to flow in and your favorite herbal vapors to flow out. This bus has been beautifully restored with a level of modification that helps it look exceptional without going over the top. The exterior looks perfect in tan and black over Porsche Empi wheels and is backed up by a 2.0-liter Porsche motor. The interior nicely flips the color scheme for black leather and tan piping on a limo-style dual couch setup in the back, creating a very inviting space to chill. The tasteful and detail-oriented restoration means the seller is probably looking for a hefty price, but in return for the value of several bricks of contraband you’ll get one of the nicest T2 Buses we’ve seen.

Click for details: 1976 Volkswagen Bus on eBay

Axis Power 2: 1978 Volkswagan Bus with Acura 3.2 V6 swap

In my continuing line of “Axis Power” vehicles, here’s one I wasn’t expecting to come across. Motor swaps on Volkswagen Vans are pretty popular; I’ve seen a bunch, from Audi turbocharged inline-5 and Subaru flat-4 conversions, Eurovan diesel swaps, 1.8T and even the crazy odd-911 or SVX flat-6 swap. But this is a new one to me – dropping the 3.2 V6 out of a Acura CL Type S. Rated at 290 hp, it’s a little over four times the horsepower the model originally came with. Think about that in an M5! Of course, the M5 was intended to go fast, whereas the Bus was intended…well, not to. Despite this, the execution on this crazy ride is pretty cool:

Year: 1978
Model: Bus
Engine: 3.2 liter V6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: “10” mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1978 Volkswagen Bus with Acura 3.2 V6 on eBay

Up for sale is a 1978 VW Bus, it is powered by an Acura 3210 cc V6. This motor is out of a 2001 Acura CL Type S and puts out approx 290HP. The following video will illustrate all the parts and modifications involved in this build. There are more than 1450 hours invested over a time frame of 2yrs and 8 months. All aspects of the Bus have been reworked. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have. The sale of this vehicle is available after the 10th of November. It is slated to compete at Bug Jam at the Pasco County Fair Grounds on the 10th. Please feel free to stop on by to see it in person. Mileage is unknown, I just finished the build and did not have mileage when started. Thank you,
Jarrad
youtube video link

Please click the link below read the build thread on this web site.

Wagon Week: 1966 Volkswagen 21 Window Microbus

Let’s be honest. While we all sit back and cry about the E30s and early 911s we should have bought, it’s hard to predict which models – and which sub-models within a model range – are going to be the ones that really take off. You can be mad that prices have crept up, and you can think the people that pay $30,000 for an E30 or over $100,000 for an early 911 are crazy, but the market dictates the prices generally, and if people are willing to buy said cars, the Dude abides. Speaking of the Dude, few people have been as horrified as they are with the current trends when talking about the original market star – the Volkswagen Microbus, and specifically the 21 and 23 window variants.

Originally intended as Alpine tour models, these Samba models have been setting the market for T2s since the early 1990s. I remember flirting with the idea of getting one back around 1995; I was pretty young and I thought it would be awesome to cruise around in an old window-bus, since I had first learned to drive in one. Then I saw the price – then, from memory, around a shocking $30,000, and that dream quickly evaporated. Turns out it may have been smart to buy one then, after all:

Year: 1966
Model: 21 Window Microbus
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: “12” mi
Price: $120,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Volkswagen 21 Window Microbus on eBay

This is an exciting opportunity to purchase the most beautifully restored and factory correct 21 window bus this year! I personally think it belongs in a museum. It’s a rare California original, final year 1966 21 window Deluxe walk through Samba, that has just finished a long and meticulous 2 year nut and bolt rotisserie restoration.

1970 Volkswagen T2 Double Cab

It’s always a surprise to me the cars and trucks that cause the most commotion here on GCFSB. Two weeks ago, we featured a 1971 Volkswagen T2 Single Cab that was the focus of a lot of attention on both our site and Facebook page. In the end, it turned out to be an affordable classic, with a final bid of $9,701. Now just a few days later, here comes a 1970 Double Cab for sale in Colorado that is in unrestored, yet very mint condition. Perfect for the small business owner that needs to tackle some light hauling while conserving fuel, this truck makes me long for VW to reenter the commercial vehicle space in the US.

Year: 1970
Model: T2 Double Cab
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 74,244 mi
Price: $27,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1970 Volkswagen T2 Double Cab on eBay

1970 VW Double Cab Pickup

White with Tan

Only 74,244 Original Miles

Never Restored, Never Rusty

Runs and Drives Like New!

Color change decades ago from light tan to white

The ultimate advertising vehicle for your winery, orchard, or ?

Everyone, and I mean everyone looks at this pickup

I can envision oak casks in the back and a winery logo on the side. Priceless!

Questions?

Please call Mike Hughes at 303-358-2241

The asking price of $27,500 is considerably more than the Single Cab brought at auction. I’m not sure the added cab space or unrestored condition is worth that much of a premium in this case. Realistically, somewhere around the $15,000 mark is more like it, but there are those who are laying out serious money for T2s of all kinds. Given that this truck is in original condition and depending on who gets involved in the bidding, the seller might just get close to his price.…