Ending Soon – What We’re Watching

I’ve got my eye on another interesting and diverse set of affordable no reserve auctions this week. Take a look and feel free to chime in where you think cars will end! Let’s get things rolling with this BMW E28 with only a few hours remaining:

Click for Details: 1987 BMW 535is

This 1987 BMW 535is is definitely on the driver-quality side rather than a show piece; but all the important bones are there and the rust-free claim is worth its weight in 1980s Bavarian metal, anyway. Overall, though there are some obvious needs, for a 200,000 mile car it looks reasonably tidy and so far bidding is only at $2,500.

Click for Details: 2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDi Wagon

In an era of Volkswagen production that saw a sharp upswing in quality and performance, who would have guessed that the second most desirable model in the used market (outside of the R, obviously) is a Jetta Wagon with the diesel motor? Unlike its bigger brother Passat TDi Variant, the Jetta could be had with a 5-speed manual and they’ve developed a cult following. This one ticks the right boxes with lower miles, what appears to be good condition and the ALH/5-speed manual combination in a wagon, so bids are nearly at $7,000 with a few hours to go on the no reserve auction.

Click for Details: 1997 BMW M3 Sedan

After yesterday’s polarizing M3 Lightweight, we’re back to normal series production (and lower prices) with this still desirable M3 Sedan. In -3/4/5 configuration, these have quickly become the preferred weapon of choice for the practical E36 lover. In Artic Silver with Dove interior, this one isn’t stock, but with under 100,000 miles and in good condition, it looks like a solid investment at under $9,000 at time of writing.

Click for Details: 2000 Audi S4

An interesting, and more potent, counterpoint to the M3/4/5 is the Audi S4. With two turbos and two more wheels driven, the driving dynamics might not be quite as sublime in the B5, but they’re still nice places to be in on a drive and pretty shocking with the amount of performance that can be massaged out of the V6. With Alcantara sport seats and a 6-speed manual in mostly original configuration and under 110,000 miles, this one looks like a good sleeper in nice shape. But without the ///Markup, the current bid is only an outlandishly low $2,100.

Click for Details: 1990 Volkswagen Transporter Double Cab (Doka) Syncro

Like the earlier Samba, utter the words “Transporter”, “Doka”, and “Syncro” in a sentence and you get VW fanboys all wobbly in the knees. But unlike most auctions which have accompanying astronomical asking prices, the seller of this 1990 is taking a risk by offering it at no reserve. Condition is great and the options tick the right boxes, but unlike the S4 this auction isn’t likely to be overlooked. Bidding, with four days left, is already over $12,000; still, less than a third of the ask on a similar example I recently saw.

Click for Details: 2001 Mercedes-Benz 500SL

An interesting counter-point to Andrew’s 1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SL, the more affordable and easier to live with 500SL variant of the R129 is no stranger to the used market. This one has not many more miles and the condition looks good with a clean history, plus it has some great looking AMG wheels. Truth told, I like the pre-refresh, more angular look of the early R129s, but this one is tidy and currently yours for only a bit over $7,000.


Wilder West: 1973 Volkswagen Microbus Wild Westerner

The Volkswagen Van was, and is, a part of our culture. It’s like Peter Frampton Comes Alive!, Pet Rocks and Star Wars; not the best of their ilk, but they enjoy near universal popularity. The VW Van appeared everywhere. It was ubiquitous with the Hippie movement. It was counter-culture, yet eminently practical as transportation. It was pretty uncool as a design, and yet massively cool. And, it should come as no surprise that it has created a cult-like following.

Yet, we infrequently look at them. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because they’re cliche?

I learned how to drive in a VW Microbus. It had no clutch, so you had to start in gear. If you were really clever you could get into second, but most of the time I just felt pretty special crawling around the fields behind my house in first. But I feel no particular attachment to the model, unlike my first car.

Still, they make me smile, and when I came across this lightly modified one, I wanted to take a closer look. I’m not sure if it was the Porsche Phonedial wheels or the color scheme that most attracted me, but I have to admit I was a bit surprised when I looked closer:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Volkswagen Bus Wild Westerner on eBay

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1972 Volkswagen Type 2 Tandem Axle Flatbed



Custom conversions can either go really well, or really poorly. Most of the time it is really poorly. But not today. What started life as a Volkswagen Type 2 factory single cab dropside pick-up is now a flatbed hauler with an extra axle thrown on there for good measure. Now before you get excited about that extra axle, it’s only along for the ride as it looks like only the second axle is functional. Once I started digging into the (sparse) information on this T2,  it was built and used to be a working car hauler — save for one big problem. So let’s check out this once Californian T2 that now resides in the Netherlands.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Volkswagen T2 Tandem Axle Flatbed on Classic Trader

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2013 Volkswagen Transporter “56 Years Last Edition”

Fellow GCFSB contributor Nate features a lot of Volkswagen people movers, many of which are the T2 like you see here. However, most people are not aware that this particular Volkswagen just ceased production. That’s right, you could buy a new Volkswagen T2 Transporter in certain markets up until 2013. To mark the end of this very long production run, VW decided to commemorate the event with a special edition model, “56 Anos Kombi Last Edition.” Fifty six years. More than half a century with minimal changes. Outlasted the beloved Beetle. That’s just a few points the T2 notches up on its resume. This example of the ultimate T2 for sale in Monaco has yet to cross the 2,000 mile mark, so for those who can register this van legally in their country, you have one more chance to buy a new Bus.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2013 Volkswagen Transporter 56 Years Last Edition on Classic Driver

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1971 Volkswagen DoKa

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Click for details: 1971 Volkswagen DoKa on eBay

I love the VW T3 DoKa, especially in Syncro trim, but today we have a beautiful example of the earlier T2 DoKa. It’s about as utilitarian as a 50hp air-cooled truck can be, seating 6 and with plenty of bed to haul light but voluminous loads. With year-old exterior paint and a brand-new rebuild, this Bustruck is sure to garner lots of attention. The interior displays its 46 years a little more clearly, with some original paint and decades of use showing through. The seats look to be in good shape though. A nice carpet set would probably clean that up the floors a bit, but overall the interior keeps this from being a total resto-creampuff. In my eyes that’s for the best because you can look good while putting it to work, but the seller is still expecting over $20k for it.
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1964 Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab

If it weren’t for trade wars, we might still be able to buy Volkswagen commercial vehicles in the US to this day. Every time I see articles on social media from Volkswagen touting new developments with their Transporter range, I pine for the days when you could still buy a Eurovan stateside. Sure, these vans always lurked at the back of the showroom, but I always marveled at how functional and sturdy they were. With everyone clamoring to buy SUVs this was an unorthodox choice for a people mover, but you still seem them on the road occasionally. Something about them still appeals to the inner anorak in me.

Dial back a few decades before the Chicken Tax came into effect, and you could spec a pickup body based on the old Volkswagen Bus. This 1964 Type 2 Double Cab for sale in Minnesota has an upgraded 12 volt electrical system, newly rebuilt 1600cc motor and wears a patina that wouldn’t make you shy using it for hauling duties.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1964 Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab on eBay

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Convertible Week: 1976 Volkswagen Ragtop Bus

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Few things say “summer love” like a ragtop VW Bus, elevating the free-love van to the next level by opening up the whole roof like the tin can that it is and creating huge apertures allowing for the sun to flow in and your favorite herbal vapors to flow out. This bus has been beautifully restored with a level of modification that helps it look exceptional without going over the top. The exterior looks perfect in tan and black over Porsche Empi wheels and is backed up by a 2.0-liter Porsche motor. The interior nicely flips the color scheme for black leather and tan piping on a limo-style dual couch setup in the back, creating a very inviting space to chill. The tasteful and detail-oriented restoration means the seller is probably looking for a hefty price, but in return for the value of several bricks of contraband you’ll get one of the nicest T2 Buses we’ve seen.

Click for details: 1976 Volkswagen Bus on eBay

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Axis Power 2: 1978 Volkswagan Bus with Acura 3.2 V6 swap

In my continuing line of “Axis Power” vehicles, here’s one I wasn’t expecting to come across. Motor swaps on Volkswagen Vans are pretty popular; I’ve seen a bunch, from Audi turbocharged inline-5 and Subaru flat-4 conversions, Eurovan diesel swaps, 1.8T and even the crazy odd-911 or SVX flat-6 swap. But this is a new one to me – dropping the 3.2 V6 out of a Acura CL Type S. Rated at 290 hp, it’s a little over four times the horsepower the model originally came with. Think about that in an M5! Of course, the M5 was intended to go fast, whereas the Bus was intended…well, not to. Despite this, the execution on this crazy ride is pretty cool:

Year: 1978
Model: Bus
Engine: 3.2 liter V6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: “10” mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1978 Volkswagen Bus with Acura 3.2 V6 on eBay

Up for sale is a 1978 VW Bus, it is powered by an Acura 3210 cc V6. This motor is out of a 2001 Acura CL Type S and puts out approx 290HP. The following video will illustrate all the parts and modifications involved in this build. There are more than 1450 hours invested over a time frame of 2yrs and 8 months. All aspects of the Bus have been reworked. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have. The sale of this vehicle is available after the 10th of November. It is slated to compete at Bug Jam at the Pasco County Fair Grounds on the 10th. Please feel free to stop on by to see it in person. Mileage is unknown, I just finished the build and did not have mileage when started. Thank you,
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Please click the link below read the build thread on this web site.

Working full time on this bus, that’d be 36 weeks straight to complete it – this bus has obviously experienced a major overhaul. I love the color combination, the custom wood interior is pretty neat, and NACA ducts look cool on just about anything. The integration of the tailpipes is an especially neat detail, as is the burled wood shift knob. Overall the only item I really don’t like is the wheels, which I would probably swap out for some original steelies or even neater, some 911 Fuchs. Now, that would look sweet. Bidding is in the $8K range with reserve still on; I’d expect the seller is hoping to make it solidly into the mid-teens on this creation but I’m not sure it’ll do it. What’s the price you’d pay for such a creation?


Wagon Week: 1966 Volkswagen 21 Window Microbus

Let’s be honest. While we all sit back and cry about the E30s and early 911s we should have bought, it’s hard to predict which models – and which sub-models within a model range – are going to be the ones that really take off. You can be mad that prices have crept up, and you can think the people that pay $30,000 for an E30 or over $100,000 for an early 911 are crazy, but the market dictates the prices generally, and if people are willing to buy said cars, the Dude abides. Speaking of the Dude, few people have been as horrified as they are with the current trends when talking about the original market star – the Volkswagen Microbus, and specifically the 21 and 23 window variants.

Originally intended as Alpine tour models, these Samba models have been setting the market for T2s since the early 1990s. I remember flirting with the idea of getting one back around 1995; I was pretty young and I thought it would be awesome to cruise around in an old window-bus, since I had first learned to drive in one. Then I saw the price – then, from memory, around a shocking $30,000, and that dream quickly evaporated. Turns out it may have been smart to buy one then, after all:

Year: 1966
Model: 21 Window Microbus
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: “12” mi
Price: $120,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 Volkswagen 21 Window Microbus on eBay

This is an exciting opportunity to purchase the most beautifully restored and factory correct 21 window bus this year! I personally think it belongs in a museum. It’s a rare California original, final year 1966 21 window Deluxe walk through Samba, that has just finished a long and meticulous 2 year nut and bolt rotisserie restoration. The goal of this particular restoration was to bring back as close as possible, a factory original Samba to be enjoyed just how they were made originally. All of the work was completed by the best and brightest VW guru’s in Southern California. This is the most beautiful original Titian Red/ Beige Grey with OG mesh platinum interior bus out there.

Some of the key highlights are:

~ All matching M code plates, Current California Registration and pink slip, Certificate of Authenticity from Germany showing the port of Los Angeles as the imported destination, Original Black and yellow license plate, All original glass, parts, frame, doors, locks etc., original T key that opens all locks including the ignition, original style white wall tires, Safari Windows, fully rebuilt sunroof kit, rebuilt original big nut transmission with reduction boxes, all original door handles and original front VW emblem re-chromed, Original steering wheel recast, New wire harness by Wireworks, rebuilt motor with original German case, new rubbers and seals throughout, Original year correct Sapphire III radio etc. All lights, buttons, clock lights, radio, and emergency switch work as they should! All doors and lids line up, open and close as good as they did the day they left the factory! ~

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More Detailed Description:

Sand/Media Blasting: I had every part, panel and piece on this bus media and sand blasted by a company that specializes in collectibles and sensitive aviation parts and planes. The outside of the bus was media blasted to ensure there was no warping of the metal, then any parts that had rust were sand blasted very carefully. Because this is a California original bus there was mostly only surface rust to begin with.
Front: Completely disassembled and rebuilt with only German parts, painted and replaced all bolts, nuts etc., Spindles rebuilt by Russ at Old Speed, sway bar, new German tie rods, new shocks, new brakes etc.
Transmission: Original big nut transmission with reduction boxes professionally rebuilt by Kevin at TransWest. All new linkage and seals, new emergency brake cable, wheel cylinders, etc.
Body Work : Replaced the front floor panels on driver and passenger side, new corrugated cargo floor, any rust was already sand blasted so no need to cut away metal. Old school hand torch bronzing was done to fill any holes or metal that was eaten away to ensure the least amount of bondo was used as possible! Underside and frame areas media blasted and then urethane primed and painted with PPG (the same paint used on Ferrari’s). Every part on the body was painted inside and out. Original Sekurit windows and glass throughout the bus, new German Safaris installed, door assemblies rebuilt and painted as well. Gas tank was cleaned and sealed inside and painted in the original grey on the outside. Belly pan was removed for sand blasting and then welded back on the frame.
Engine: Fully rebuilt, 1600 dual port with period correct accessories. New: rod bearings, heads, fuel pump, distributor, carburetor, coil. Original oil bath air filter. New rear main seal and clutch plate. Original heater tubes, new German muffler and working heater boxes.
Brakes: All new metal and rubber lines, new master and wheel cylinders, new wheel springs and new brake shoes all around.
Electrical: Brand new wiring loom by WireWorks (converted to 12 volt), all flasher and relays rebuilt, new turn signal switch. Everything works: horn, wipers, turn signals, headlights, high beams, interior dome lights, brake lights, parking lights, radio, gas gauge, all dash lights, hazards flash and hazard knob lights up and flashes as well! The clock, speedometer and gas gauge were rebuilt. New German starter and battery. Engine has correct original rebuilt 12 volt generator system.
Interior: All seats were sand blasted and painted black. All have new Wolfsbug West coconut hair pads and soft upholstery padding. Brand new platinum upholstery throughout (this includes the chrome trim). Panels were fastened with correct push pins, screws and rivets where they were supposed to be. All of the doors, sides and cargo area were padded with noise reducer foam insulation. New pebble white headliner. New Wolfsburg West floor mats, Oatmeal carpet for the rear. Included is a brand new spare tire on original bus rim. Correct jail bars and luggage bar across the back seat. Middle bench is a 2/3 fold down with original side kick panel re-upholstered, new grab handles from WW.
Paint & Exterior: Everything was painted with the highest quality paint and clear (PPG), color sanded and buffed. All colors are factory correct inside and out. New 3-ply pearl canvas sunroof top. Sunroof assembly complete nut and bolt by VW sunroofs! Wheels were sand blasted, primed and painted as well as the bumpers inside and out. Wolfsbug West Deluxe exterior trim kit complete with rocker trim.

This bus underwent a true step by step restoration:

1. The bus was disassembled completely 2. I had every part, panel and piece media and sand blasted. 3. Replace and repair damaged or rusted metal (panels, floors etc) 4.Paint inside and out including the suspension parts and underside of the bus in original colors 5. Quality build up with original parts and glass or original VW German replacement parts. 6. Used original seat and floor upholstery 7. Fix the running gear properly, galvanized or zinc bolts, re-chrome parts etc. 8. Rebuild the engine with German Core. 9. Rebuilt transmission with original parts (reduction boxes etc) 10. Put it back together and she lives again!

A picture is worth a 1000 words, so I’ll let the work speak for itself. Also, I have video footage cataloging the whole restoration process so you know exactly what we did (available to the final buyer). There is nothing hidden here and you will know exactly what you’re getting which is rare in and of itself with these buses!

Serious buyers only! I have a wife and children so please don’t call unless you are a serious bidder/buyer. Call me with any questions: (310) 245-7948

You’re not reading a misprint, that’s $120,000 for a VW Bus. Of course, just take a look at the photos – this particular model is as close to new as possible, and likely better than most T2s left the factory. It’s also one of the desirable 21 window variants, and in a pleasing Titian Red over Beige Grey color combination. If you want one of these, it doesn’t get much better than this. In terms of value, this bus far exceeds the top value listed by Hagerty; they top a 66 21 Window out around $70,000, but it’s easy to see with the quality of the restoration on this particular model that the $50,000 premium may be justified for the right buyer. It’s also important to note that this particular model falls an amazing $100,000 below the record Barrett-Jackson sale of $217,800 for a 1963 in 2011. While it may be shocking to see VW Vans in this price range, I’d expect to see more pristine restored examples of not only the T2, but the T3 heading that way as well. Take that, E30 crowd!


1970 Volkswagen T2 Double Cab

It’s always a surprise to me the cars and trucks that cause the most commotion here on GCFSB. Two weeks ago, we featured a 1971 Volkswagen T2 Single Cab that was the focus of a lot of attention on both our site and Facebook page. In the end, it turned out to be an affordable classic, with a final bid of $9,701. Now just a few days later, here comes a 1970 Double Cab for sale in Colorado that is in unrestored, yet very mint condition. Perfect for the small business owner that needs to tackle some light hauling while conserving fuel, this truck makes me long for VW to reenter the commercial vehicle space in the US.

Year: 1970
Model: T2 Double Cab
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 74,244 mi
Price: $27,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1970 Volkswagen T2 Double Cab on eBay

1970 VW Double Cab Pickup

White with Tan

Only 74,244 Original Miles

Never Restored, Never Rusty

Runs and Drives Like New!

Color change decades ago from light tan to white

The ultimate advertising vehicle for your winery, orchard, or ?

Everyone, and I mean everyone looks at this pickup

I can envision oak casks in the back and a winery logo on the side. Priceless!


Please call Mike Hughes at 303-358-2241

The asking price of $27,500 is considerably more than the Single Cab brought at auction. I’m not sure the added cab space or unrestored condition is worth that much of a premium in this case. Realistically, somewhere around the $15,000 mark is more like it, but there are those who are laying out serious money for T2s of all kinds. Given that this truck is in original condition and depending on who gets involved in the bidding, the seller might just get close to his price.