I’ve always dug the Carat edition of the Vanagon. This top of the line non-Westy version came stacked with all the options and exudes a classy aura, helped by the great 5-spoke blocky wheels and a cladding/bumper combination that makes a more cohesive look. Today’s example is a Weekender, so while it doesn’t have the pop-top, the rear seats fold flat into a bed. Looking at the pictures of the passenger area, it looks so comfortable I kind of just want to use it as my living room. With 150k miles on the original engine and transmission, it still has some good life left in it, but as is the case with Vanagons, a fun engine swap is always a possibility. The non-Westiness helps keep the price extremely reasonable, especially compared to most nice Vanagons you see on the market.
Click for details: 1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Carat on eBay
Model: Vanagon Carat Weekender
Engine: 2.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 150,500 mi
Price: $12,870 Buy It Now
WOW!! GORGEOUS 1991 VW Vanagon Carat Westfalia Weekender! This one is finished in Bordeaux Red Metallic over the Ash Gray interior! Has the desirable Westy Weekender interior that includes the Folding Rear Bed and Table!! Also has the rare Automatic transmission! Clean Carfax and lots of recent service including a FULL New Exhaust system! A/C blows cold! Drives at 75mph like a DREAM! Don’t miss this one!
The Bordeaux Red has always been a favorite. Throw some South African lights on this and a Subaru engine and you’d have a great-looking and simple van that could cruise the highway and still have some campability. Considering that it’s about half the price of a comparable Westy, I’m starting to think I could do without the pop-top.