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1982 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Diesel


Westies have been showing up with a wide range of prices recently, from “what are they thinking?” $15k examples to “WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?!” decked-out $80k specialties. Today’s has had a beautiful restoration and a rebuilt 1.9l diesel swap, resulting in a beautiful and original-looking van. The original vehicle only had 52k miles to begin with, and a more powerful and like-new GoWesty engine means this van is ready for the next few decades. All work and modifications are subtle and well-chosen, with a price that seems surprisingly within reason.

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Heap of the Week: 1973 Volkswagen Thing

As my wife and I begin to look at houses in our fair state of Rhode Island, I have quickly turned traitor to my New England roots and have started looking at potential domiciles in Florida. Why? Because the northeast, particularly the Ocean State, is property-tax crazed and the same money or less buys alot of house in the Sunshine State. Also, no winter. Which is why I freaking love this ratty ’73 Thing. Talk about a beach cruiser, ready to slow-roll the streets of Pass-A-Grille, home of the annual VW Beach Bash that took place just a few weekends ago. Although the car looks cancerous at fist glance, the seller claims it’s mostly limited to the doors which he will include replacements of in the final sale. Great colors, and the slightly-worked motor sounds like a nice upgrade for this full-size beach buggy. And with all the tax-savings I’d enjoy in Florida, I just might be able to add this to the fleet without having to downsize…

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Learning Japanese: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

This Corrado is all kinds of interesting: automatic; low-mileage; Japanese market; and currently residing in Poland. Although the price is a bit of a shock, the mileage is impressively low. But what to do about that automatic? Given how torque-rich this motor is, I understand the pairing, especially being a Japanese market vehicle. So many exotics from that neck of the woods have automatics to contest with traffic congestion that it comes as no surprise a car like the Corrado has an automatic and saw limited use since 1992. Still, you’d have to really want one just like this to justify paying close to $12,000 before you put it on a boat and ship it over.

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2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI


Before the Touareg’s efficiency-minded V6 diesel, Volkswagen put their bonkers 5.0 liter V10 TDI in the family jellybean, a move that garnered little fanfare other than a brief internet stardom at the expense of a Chevy 2500 HD’s pride. With 313hp and 553lb-ft of torque, a small V10 TDI badge was the only indication that a monster lurked within. Today’s example comes in a quiet grey on grey, all the better to surprise the stump when you rip it out of the ground, or pull an unsuspecting 747 like the one a V10 TDI towed in 2006. I miss the gorgeous saddle brown leather of the last Touareg I wrote up , but this one is priced exactly where that one ended and has 30k fewer miles. It’s still well above Blue Book, but clearly there are diesel enthusiasts out there ready to pay for MOAR POWAH.

Click for details: 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI for sale on Richmond, Virginia’s Craigslist

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1964 Volkswagen Bus Walk-Through

A ’64 Volkswagen Bus with original paint? Really? That’s still possible? Apparently it is, as this rare Mouse Gray safari-window’d Bus shows us. With only 80,000 miles, it has not traveled far in its life. But its previous owners clearly cherished it, somehow managing to keep one of the best excuses for a roadtrip out of harm’s way, with only minimal rust issues for the next owner to keep an eye on. Personally, I like the lowering kit on the Bus, especially when dropped over the OEM-style steelies and balanced out with a period-correct OEM roof rack. And, it’s worth noting that next to headlamp washers, safari windows may be one of the coolest things to ever grace the front of a vehicle. This Bus is ready for Cars & Coffee or your next cruise night, but given the prices some of these have fetched, acquiring this example may not come cheaply.

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