1989 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia

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The last Westy I posted was an exercise in extremes. Every mod imaginable and a 1.8T engine swap led to the van selling for the best offer, obviously less than the $110k asking price but probably not by that much. Today I present a counterpoint, a late-model, all-stock Westy with fewer than 50k miles. Silver on gray and about as close as possible to what you found on a VW showroom floor in 1989, this is a van that can keep chugging away for at least another 25 years and probably more. No racks, no lights, and no lift kit, yet it’s just as attractive.

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Year: 1989
Model: Vanagon Westfalia
Engine: 2.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 47,454 mi
Price: Reserve auction
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1989 VW WESTFALIA GL PRISTINE IN AND OUT
LOW MILES – only 47,000 miles FLY INTO TORONTO AND DRIVE IT HOME
NO RUST
NO SCRATCHES
FLAWLESS SILVER PAINT
INTERIOR IS EXCELLENT
FRIDGE
STOVE
AC
POWER MIRRORS
ORIGINAL 2.1 MOTOR RUNS SMOOTH AND QUIET with no leaks or noises.

NEW 3 WINDOW GERMAN MADE TOP OF THE LINE POP TOP TENT.
NEW FRONT ROTORS,BRAKE PADS CALIPERS AND FLEX LINES.
NEW REAR DRUMS AND SHOES
NEW SKYLIGHT LENS AND SEAL
RECENT MAJOR TUNE UP-PLUGS, WIRES,ROTOR AND CAP,OIL CHANGE AND OIL FILTER AND AIR FILTER

THIS WESTFALIA STARTS, RUNS, DRIVES,BRAKES AND STEERS LIKE NEW.
THE ENGINE RUNS SMOOTH AND QUIET
THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTS PERFECTLY IN ALL GEARS AND THE CLUTCH IS VERY STRONG WITH NO SLIPPAGE.
THE VEHICLE IS FOR SALE LOCALLY AND RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CANCEL AUCTION EARLY.
RESERVE AMOUNT IS SET NEAR STARTING BID.

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Standing as a beacon of originality in a sea of altered Vanagons, the auction started at $30k and the reserve is allegedly not much higher. That’s strong money for a non-Syncro Westy, but you don’t get many opportunities at finding one as nearly-new as this. Minor cosmetic and mechanical replacements have happened, but none are real upgrades and just show that the previous owner intended on keeping this van as nice and original as possible. Let’s hope that someone crosses the reserve – probably around $33k – and is able to use this Vanagon well while maintaining its awesome time-capsule condition.

-NR

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