Non-Westfalia Vanagons with Syncro are an interesting proposition. Obviously the Westies are the clear choice if you’re planning on living in your van for any extended period of time, but what if you just do short weekend camping trips? In that case, the full kitchen and investment involved with the pop-top may be a bit overkill. You could fit plenty of gear (including a camping stove and a cooler) in this van and have room to sleep two on the fold-down bed in the back, all while having the all-terrainability of Syncro 4WD. This example looks great with a gold repaint and on GoWesty wheels, striking a more subtle tone than many of the accessorized Vanagons we see. If light off-roading is a higher priority than having a home-on-wheels for weeks at a time, then this Vanagon could save you $20k compared to a full Westy Syncro.
Click for details: 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro on eBay
Model: Vanagon Syncro
Engine: 2.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 140,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction, $24,000 Buy It Now
Very nice original Vanagon Syncro. 2.1 engine with 5 speed manual transmission with the ultra low first gear. New professional paint in 2014 ($5K) , stored in garage ever since until last week when I pulled it out for spring. Zero rust vehicle. New Go Westy wheels, new tires last week, new G.W. driveline, all new window gaskets when painted last year, new windshield, original VW of South Africa mud flaps, new front heater fan, etc, etc.
This van is a rare find, not off roaded or abused. Original interior is very nice, original carpet is showing it’s age but not really bad though I have a new carpet kit coming, it will be included. Has folding rear seat, curtains etc. Ready to camp.
We have decided to move out of the country so it needs to go. Come check it out!
I love the originality and simple look; it’s just a very quality, very capable tin-top. The $24k Buy-It-Now may seem like a lot for a fairly basic van, but when viewed in relation to the Vanagon market these days, it makes a little more sense. It’s been well cared-for and has no real issues, making it a great starting point for a new owner’s years of adventure.