1989 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Syncro Westfalia

If you want to go camping in your vehicle these days, there’s not a lot of ready made options out there on the market short of specialty RVs these days. But years ago, Volkswagen was more than happy to meet the need to take your home out on the highway with the Vanagon. The Westfalia Camper was offered through most of the Vanagon’s life, offering a pop-up camper top and miniature kitchen. To this day, few have matched this van’s utility, especially when coupled with Syncro four-wheel drive. This Vanagon GL Syncro Westfalia for sale in Oregon is ready to tackle the scenery of the Pacific Northwest with aplomb.

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1976 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper

Camping isn’t my bag. Much like skiing, I view it as a big schlep. I gave it a shot once out in Arizona a few years back and, well, I haven’t been back for more. Maybe it’s the urbanite in me, but packing up a bunch of your belongings and getting back to nature isn’t my thing. I can see where the escape appeal comes in, though. Having the right tool for the job certainly makes said holiday a little bit easier. Like this 1976 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper. We’ve featured a lot of Vanagon Westfalias here on GCFSB, such as this 1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro Westfalia from last week, but the T2 Transporter based Campers are a bit harder to source in good nick, given that a lot of them were driven by peaceniks and potheads who didn’t have vehicle preservation at the top of their agenda. But this particular Camper has weathered the years well. Rarely is a collector vehicle so very usable.

Year: 1976
Model: Westfalia Camper
Engine: 2.0 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 15,555 miles
Price: $19,995

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You are viewing a great 1976 Westfalia Campmobile, original, a beautiful survivor that looks great and drives great. This is a highly sought after make, model and color combination Westfalia Camper. Buy It Now or put your best offer in, these sell quick. This Westy is freshened up, not restored. Free shipping in the Continental US and Hawaii, or port to port transport from LA to select UK/European ports with Buy It Now.

Mechanically….It is very tight and solid, and is ready to cruise and camp. It is powered by A GD code 2.0 liter just tuned motor. New wires and gas lines. The manual transmission shifts properly through all gears. Electrical system is in good working order. Exterior lighting including headlamps, turn signals, tail lights, are working properly.

Exterior…….This Westy is eye catching. It was just repainted in its original Marino Yellow (L20A). All the fixed/stationary windows and exterior fixtures were removed before paint and replaced with new or good condition originals. There is a new front windsheild seal, rear side window seals and back window seal. There are new side markers, mirrors and antenna. There is a new canvas in the poptop and new poptop seal. The body is nice and straight. The floor and underside are solid.

Interior is nice as you can see in the pictures. Door panels are original, new seat stand mats and new front seat upholstery with original vinyl. There are four seat belts – two lap/shoulder belts for front bucket seats and two lap belts for the rear bench seat. The front passenger seat swivels to face the rear. Passenger compartment has original upholstery on rear bench and original carpet.

Campmobile equipment includes:

Rear bench
seat converting to double bed with locker below.
Rear deck mattress.

Swivel seat
Clothes closet with vanity mirror
Linen closet
12 volt fluorescent ceiling lamp
110-125 volt AC
electrical hook-up receptacle
Double outlets, master switch and circuit
Louvered windows
Cabinet with stainless steel sink.
12 volt
water pump
7 gallon water tank
City water hook up
Pop-up roof
Luggage rack
Double bunk inside pop-up roof

If you are interested in owning this vehicle, you must act quickly. This is not a regular auction with a set time frame. This “Buy It Now/Best Offer” auction can be ended at any time if buyer hits “Buy It Now” or submits an acceptable offer. Do not wait to make an offer until the last day or hours, or you may miss out on this nice Westy.

All in all, this is a nice driving, nice looking Bus. Take a look at all the pics. Please do not make an offer if you do not intend to buy. If you are making an offer and need shipping to be included, please state that in the terms of the offer. Otherwise it will be assumed that you are handling the shipment of the vehicle yourself.

Early T1 Transporters are bringing a mint these days, so if you are shopping on a budget, the T2, or Kombi as it is known in some markets, is a great compromise that gives up little in appeal. I wouldn’t necessarily call this particular Camper original, as it has had a repaint and some freshening around the edges, but it has stayed honest to its origins. The asking price of just under $20,000 is a bit on the high side for one of these. In comparison to a T3 Westy, however, it’s a bargain even if you are giving up a little bit of modernity in the process.


1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro Westfalia

With summer underway, it’s time to start planning that holiday. Whether it’s the woods or someplace seaside that you are headed, a Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia would be an excellent rig to get there in. This well sorted Syncro Westy comes to us from our reader Pete and has a few practical add-ons to make this Swiss Army Knife on wheels a bit more usable for those long excursions.


Year: 1991
Model: Vanagon Syncro Westfalia
Engine: 2.5 liter boxer-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 182,500 miles (less than 6,000 miles on new engine)
Price: $73,995

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’91 VW Syncro (4WD) 2.5 Westfalia Full Camper. $99,500. VIN: WV2ZB0253MG003421.

We priced this after comparing the last 22 Syncro campers in past 6 years by GoWesty, looking at mileage, condition, upgrades, & restorations on all 22 w/ours. This price is quite fair, considering everything the others don’t have. This is our first VW Westy camper, bought from 2nd owner-a private party 1/’06. Finally the configuration’s exactly as we want, but hurt my knee & shoulder causing pain getting in/out w/2” lift kit. Almost all of very significant upgrades/restoration/repairs were done by the GoWesty experts, & it has always been garaged. YOU MUST SEE!

All GoWesty & other invoices plus CARFAX report (totally clean & w/all their guarantees offered) available online. Please email me for links at pete@unityadjustments.com.

5 speed manual w/Granny low, all 3 knobs: 4WD + true front/rear lockers, A/C, front/rear heaters & defrosters, cruise, PS, PB, PW, front/rear windshield wipers/washers, power door locks, keyless entry, stereo, all original curtains, Dometic 3-way refrigerator, sink, & 2 portable eating/work tables w/poles.

Upgrades and Restoration:
GoWesty 2500 cc (was 2100 cc) waterboxer motor w/indestructible pistons (125 hp. = +39%/175 ft-lbs torque = +50%): replaced at 176,910 mi. on 11/21/10, & now about 182,500 mi. (less than 6,000 mi.), GoWesty Road Warrior 4 year/48,000 mi Nationwide transferable (no cost) warranty. Same fuel economy if driven the same (15/16 city, 19/20 hwy. w/cruise). After break-in period, only Mobil 1 synthetic oil & filter (15-50 oil/M1-205 filter), & changed every 3,000 mi. (not 3,500 as rec’d.). 2.5 VW matching emblem beside Syncro emblem on PS of the rear hatch.

GoWesty gears: 2nd (1.18:1=8.7% higher) / 3rd (1.18:1=4% taller / 4th (0.77:1=9% taller).
GoWesty custom-geared transaxle & front diff: 5.43:1 final drives, front & rear (12% lower).
Original (4WD) Viscous coupler replaced w/a true 4WD (drive shaft de-coupler & solid shaft).
South African BIG brakes.
South African upper & lower grills.
2 in. GoWesty lift kit.
Porsche 911 power window system w/dash switches.
Porsche 930 Turbo rear axle system.
GoWesty custom, double, swing-away bumper-mounted rear steel shelves/racks: DS=mounted
spare & 5 gal. gas can, PS=shelf for 2 KW gas generator.
Yakima roof rack system.
GoWesty steel plate bumpers w/integral 2 in. hitch in rear.
GoWesty’s off-road kit: 5 Michellin P250x70Rx16’s & GoWesty alloy wheels w/5-locking nuts.
Bed-liner (black) texture coat on entire lower body.
Deluxe aux. 2nd battery system w/2 Interstate MTP-91 heavy duty batteries.
Jensen stereo w/surr. sound: TV/CD/DVD/AM-FM w/7 in. tilt-up/swivel touch screen, w/remote.
Drop down SSL DVD/TV 15 in. monitor/2 wireless/infrared headphones & remote.
500 watt JC Audio amplifier & woofer speaker below rear seating.
Fiamma F45 10 ft. x 10 ft. x 6+ ft. high awning.
Old Man Emu shocks & struts all around.
Cobra C/B system w/dash speaker, high power amplifier & high power antenna.
3 vent 100% acrylic pop-top tent, w/zippered/covered/screened openings.
2 GoWesty’s snap on mosquito screens for side (zippered), & rear openings.
GoWesty snap on Rainfly: waterproof tent cover.
Coleman 1200 watt inverter w/2-110 volt receptacles: 6 total in Westy.
4 illuminated 12 volt connections: 2 in kitchen & 2 on dash.
Refrigerator has an extra custom electric exhaust fan… keeps food at 32-33 degrees.
Side step for sliding door entryway, w/heavy-duty grab handle at entry.
3 heavy-duty grab handles total: both front doors & sliding door entryway.
Repainted factory Bordeaux (Burgundy) with all decals – black.
Halogen outside & Hella inside headlights: w/high output load reduction relay kit for Halogens.
Wurth rubberized undercoating, complete steam-cleaning, & all rusted parts replaced.
Grover diesel truck air horn & compressor with tee configuration w/rubber hose & air fitting.
Roadmaster tow setup & RV wiring, w/auxiliary synchronized airbrakes.
Keyless entry w/2 remotes.
Updated propane tank.
Skid plate w/air compressor above it.
Hot Wire air mass sensor replaced old-fashioned air flow meter.
Bosch high-powered, clear lens fog lights for back up lights.
4 smoked signal lens covers.
2 new fluorescent lights above in kitchen: cooktop & storage/closet area.
Solar trickle charger for start battery, hard-wired, on dash.
Roof painted silver: reflects heat from camper’s interior.
4 GoWesty mud flaps.
Curved tailpipe end to help avoid water intrusion into exhaust system.
Rubber floor mats, heavy-duty: front/aisle/rear – black.
Campmobile cargo area matching grey carpet mat.
1 hidden anti-theft kill switch.
Streamlight Strion always-charged, super bright flashlight behind driver’s seat.
Covercraft® car cover.
Complete VW service manual, & all OEM owner manuals.
And on, and on, and on, and on…

Repairs and Replacements: All normal maintenance timely, Syncro tranny, A/C condenser & all the seals/gaskets/hoses, Bosch alternator, aluminum OEM radiator, OEM water pump, full Vanagon GL waterboxer clutch job & w/fly wheel, wheel cylinders, cooling/fuel/elec. systems gone thru completely, w/many replacements, proportioning valve, dash instruments replaced/repaired/recalibrated, straightened gas tank neck so if fuel gauge’s at red line… it has 2 gals. in the tank… when at empty… it’s EMPTY!, spring pads, $1,600+ reliability servicing-Inv. 75995P 7/01/2006 w/lots of Bosch® parts, $2,500+ GoWesty super-duper ultra-major service w/all items back to zero miles… & lots, lots more.

QUESTIONS? CALL PETE: 626.333.0199, 7am-8pm PDT, daily.

For those not paying attention, the market for these campers is hot. Very hot. Find a good one and it will set you back a decent chunk of change. This final year Syncro has to be one of the most well-sorted examples of its kind that I’ve run across in recent memory. It doesn’t seem like one square inch of this van was left alone in the quest to make this Westy nicer and more convenient for travel. At almost six figures, a lot of people will scoff, but if you must have the best Syncro Camper out there, few are going to measure up to this one.

For those interested in this Westy, you can contact the seller, Pete at (626) 333-0199 or via email at pete@unityadjustments.com . Good luck with the sale, Pete!


1990 Volkswagen T3 Westfalia Camper

It’s rather funny. With the SUV craze in full force for the last twenty years, the van has lost popularity. I sure don’t see as many of them on the streets as I do the atypical urban assault vehicle. Volkswagen’s van offerings have always been for those who drive to the beat of a different drummer, and one of my favorites was the T3 Camper Van. I remember playing around in one of these as a child when my father went to purchase a brand new 1987 Volkswagen Golf GT. It was always fascinating to me to have a half kitchen inside a vehicle.

Here’s a clean, low mileage Westfalia Camper for sale in California.

1990 Volkswagen Camper on eBay

I am selling my 1990 VW Westfalia Camper Van with a 4-speed transmission and a clear title. The vehicle has 42.8K miles (67,343 km) on the odometer. This a low-mileage rust-free van with a gorgeous interior and extremely strong engine. It has a new CD player and brand new front and rear Pioneer speakers. The van has alloy rims and 6-ply load-rated tires. It has a current California smog certificate. I am selling this Westfalia van with NO RESERVE price.

Recent repairs include:
> new rear brake shoes and wheel cylinders.
> new rear KYB shocks.
> complete tune up including new oxygen sensor, spark plugs, plug wires, distributor cap and rotor.
> new valve cover gaskets and a new tail pipe.
> new oil filter, seal and oil change (20W-60 Castrol GTX oil).
> new front cross-drilled and vented rotors for cooler braking on hills and new ceramic brake pads for greater stopping power.
> the body was recently painted the original burgundy paint and the bumpers and grills were painted a special semi-gloss formula.
> a new clear sun-roof cover and winder.
> new utility covers and stickers were purchased from Van-cafe and installed along with new rear hatch struts (shocks) and a new locking radio antenna.

Included with the van are all the correct privacy curtains, front and rear tables and table stands as well as the original jack. This is a gorgeous, low-mileage van just looking for its next adventure.

With about five days left and no reserve, there has been no interest yet. The Doka trucks built on the T3 chassis have been pulling large sums as of late, and a clean, low mileage Camper such as this is bound to be attractive to the right collector. Whether someone is willing to pay almost $20,000 for the privilege remains to be seen. One thing is certain, this is one of the nicest Campers I’ve seen in quite some time.

And now all Volkswagen sells is the Volkswagen Caravan. Excuse me, Routan. Perish the thought.