Late-model burgundy Vanagons were the first to ever catch my eye, and even as I’ve spent the last several years exploring the many variations and degrees of modification available for this versatile van, it’s still the look I find most appealing. This 1991 model has steel bars instead of the clean fiberglass, body-colored bumpers available at the end of the lifecycle, ostensibly to protect your legs and engine from the natural weak points of the cab-over design. They may not be sleek but they don’t look bad, and it seems practical to protect where this guy has put most of his money – the engine. It doesn’t say how long into its 198k-mile life it received the rebuild, but the engine was redone into 2.2-liter form and apparently all engine parts were specially hardened before assembly. The original interior is in great shape for having covered almost 200k, and the upper bed has only been used once. This no-frills, all-business Westy is available for a reasonable $18,300.
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SAFE, Rare and unique 1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia MULTIPURPOSE/WEEKENDER. This vehicle is safe and reliable and has Super Heavy Duty front and rear custom bumpers TO PROTECT YOUR LEGS (Front) and your BUS MOTOR (rear). (After DRIVING VW BUSES FOR 50 YEARS, I WOULD NEVER DRIVE A BUS WITHOUT THIS PROTECTION). Powered by a rebuilt 2.2L, (not 2.1) 4-cyl engine and rebuilt automatic transmission. All motor parts have been professionally hardened and tempered before being assembled. This vehicle is in very good condition, has passed California Emissions, very clean, never smoked in, and runs well. Factory installed features and options include: CD/DVD Player, Power Windows, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Pop Top Bed (only used once) Alloy Wheels, and a host of other amenities. This vehicle has a new Bosch Battery, Changed Oil (Mobil one Synthetic) Transmission flush w/ Valvoline Max-Life Full Synthetic ATF, and California approved new Catalytic Converter.
Care and maintenance are paramount in the Westy market, as some mid-mileage examples may have blemishes and unknown histories, whereas some have gone to the moon and back but can account for every detail being covered. This one seems to be in the middle – the history isn’t fully known but it seems like a van that has been loved and smartly cared for. For mid-teens, it’s a good value in the Vanagon market right now.