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1988 Volkswagen Transporter Panel Van

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Panel vans are a cool look, and their industrious beginnings make them a great candidate for anything you want. Frequent readers know that what I want is an economical and capable camper, and I can see this one working out quite well. The lack of side windows renders going through the effort of making curtains unnecessary so that you can spend all of your time pulling the tacked-on laminate from the walls and start turning it into the mobile apartment of your dreams. You shouldn’t have to spend much time on the mechanicals as its diesel mill has covered just over 35k miles and the immaculate undercarriage corroborates the seller’s claims of “open wallet” maintenance. It may not possess the frills and accoutrements of most VW vans posted here – the blue Rhinolined lower half seems to be the most extensive addition – but that just underscores the vast possibilities available with this slab-sided blue canvas.

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Year: 1988
Model: Transporter
Engine: 1.6 liter inline-4 diesel
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 57,648 km (35,709 mi)
Price: No reserve auction

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Highest bidder gets this van.

1988 Vanagon Transporter DIESEL Panel Van
Only 57,468 documented km. (35,709 mi) VIN: WV2ZZZ25ZJH058570
Excellent condition.
Factory Diesel Engine
Factory 5-Speed Manual Transmission
45 MPG+ Fuel Economy
Color Matching Chrome Clad Wheels
Brand New Tires
European Square Headlights
South African Lower Grille
Walk-Through Partition
Extremely Clean Inside and Out
2+3 Passenger Seating
Custom Inside Panels
Removable Rear Seat
Modern Clarion Radio/CD/MP3 with USB and Remote Control
Modern Clarion Speakers
Custom Textured “Rhino Liner” Paint
Tow Package
And a whole lot more.
Just serviced and ready for the new adventures.
Runs, Drives, and Looks Excellent.
Completely Rustproofed and Undercoated since Day One.
Needs nothing.
Free and Clear NJ Title in hand.
No accidents. No Stories.
Spotless Carfax and AutoCheck Reports


Always garaged. Inspected, Maintained, and Serviced as needed with an open wallet after every outing and/or at slightest hint of anything needing attention.


If you’re not as campervan-inclined as I am, this could easily become an outstanding work or delivery truck, just as it was originally built to do. Lumber, tools, plants or animals – the world is your oyster. 45mpg is worth the lack of pace, as is knowing that it’s barely 10% into its potential lifetime mileage. Bidding is hot but reasonable, as the condition can’t outshine the lack of amenities. A pop-top would be comfy, but every VanLifer has a Westy. I see this Transporter as a very cool minimalist counterpoint to the every-box-checked megaVanagons.