Here’s a new one to add to my growing list of possible vehicles for when I forsake this overly-busy life and decide to strike out on the open road indefinitely. Someone in Alaska has apparently already done it in this car, but was of the (proper) mindset that big repair bills would were just part of keeping it in great running order. That doesn’t mean beautiful – this proto-Sprinter O309D has a few blemishes and some needs – but the right care has been to taken to keep it ready for what I see it as made for: living in and covering tons of miles. It won’t get there fast with a terminal velocity of 65 mph, but it returns an alleged 24 mpg on average from the 3.8l turbodiesel 4-cylinder, which is insane for a vehicle of this size. With Westfalias commanding insane multiples of $10k, this is priced right for someone to start/make/restart a life in.
Sport Utility Vehicle. The term is a bit overused in modern vernacular. Most vehicles that fall under this category offer little sport and if they do, utility is compromised. However, Volkswagen really captured a niche in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the Vanagon Syncro. The number of vans that have offered four-wheel drive throughout history are few, but the Vanagon had a rugged air about it, something that hasn’t been lost on lovers of the great outdoors to this day. A trip to Montana might not be on everyone’s agenda during this extremely cold winter, but if you’re on the hunt for a good T3 Syncro, your search might take you there.
The ultimate apocalypse-buster might be the VW Synchro Westy, but my friend continues to prove that 2WD Westfalias can be capable companions through all types of weather. He has recently reached the American Midwest for the cold snap after a few months in Alaska and Northern Canada, all traversed in a 2WD Vanagon, albeit with a light lift kit. Winter tires on these can clear up connections to their Northern European roots and continue the fun year-round. This stock beauty has less than 70k miles and is fantastic condition for a 25 year-old van. The price is orders of magnitude higher than any other late-80s Volkswagen, but thus is the Vanagon’s market value as well as its worth. And it’s still fractions of a Synchro Westy.
Model: Vanagon Westfalia
Engine: 2.1L inline-4
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 67,500 mi
Price: $19,900 Buy It Now
The Volkswagen Type 2 (T3) was the third generation of the Volkswagen Transporter and was marketed under various nameplates worldwide – including as the Transporter or Caravelle in Europe, Microbus in South Africa, and as the Vanagon in North and South America. The T3 was available with amenities such as power steering, air conditioning, power door locks, electrically controlled and heated mirrors, lighted vanity mirrors, and a light above the glove box.
The VW camper vans, converted by Westfalia-Werke in Germany, were discontinued in 2003. They offered tremendous versatility, owing to their pop-top tent roof, and fully-equipped interior including a deployable table, a sink and two-burner stove, as well as a hybrid propane/electric-powered refrigerator. The pop-top contains one bed, and the rear seat folds down to create another. The front seats spin around to face rearwards when camping. The interior also has several storage cabinets.
This 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Westfalia Camper is in great condition with only 67,500 miles. This is the full Camper variant, meaning that it includes the pop-up roof and fully-equipped interior with fridge, stove, and sink. The van also has a roll-out side canopy. The grey exterior is in great condition with the exception of a couple of small scratches, and the grey interior has been similarly well-preserved. This Camper van is just waiting to head out on a cross-country road trip!
Yes it is, as am I. A friend thinks he wants a T4 Eurovan for his cross-country adventures, but I’ve always been partial to the T3. Any opinions out there on why to go either way?
A few VW vans have gone through our family, and I’d like to go through a few more. After an exhaustless Bus and a cheap-but-campable Vanagon, it’s no secret that I want one of those $80k Syncro-Westy-Subaru frankenbeasts to explore the world in. But why do what’s been done before? Today we bring you a VW LT35, essentially the Vanagon’s big brother which is probably a more common sight in Europe but never here in North America. It’s in fantastic condition and has some excellent features like a rear diff, spotlights, and dual sliding doors. The interior is ready for any conversion you want, a campmobile in my case! This would be an amazing and unique VW van while still being eminently functional.
This is the rarest of the rare a 1985 VW LT35 firetruck with differential lock in super solid condition. It has original 22,244 kilometers (about 13,900 miles) on it. VIN WV2 ZZZ 29 ZFHO12926. It comes with the super rare option of two sliding doors and differential lock for the rear axle. This van was build by vw and then delivered to rosenbauer ( a company for fire engineering works). This huge beast is overall in outstanding condition. I picked this up a while ago over in austria where it was used by a very small firedepartment. it was well looked after all its life and was actually mostly moved to keep it in good working order. It was never parked outside. It was kept in a heated garage.
It still has the blue signals on the roof (all working), I just had to tape them up to move it on the road legally (in the pics you can see the brown tape wraped around them) it also has two huge search lights mounted on the roof. There are two seats in the front and a full lenght benchseat in the rear facing backwards (you can open that and you have a big storage underneath).
this thing runs and drives perfect, it fires right up, there is no play in the steering and the brakes also work perfect (no wonder with that milage and service). It comes in its original paint and looks amazing.On the underside you can still see the factory wax clear code, which faded brown over the years. I’ve never seen one in this condition before and will probably never do again.
The only part which does not look too good is the exhaust there is some rust on it, but that is only the very last part of the tube.the muffler and everything before the very end is in good condition (see the pictures). There is a little piece cracked off left part of the rear bumper as shown in the pics. It weighs 2,1 tons and drives pretty good with its 90hp 6 cylinder. The first gear is a rolling gear and is super short, for the use on the road you use the second gear right away. On the floor on the right side of the drivers seat is a arm which allows you to put in the differential lock (only on loose or slippery ground). I have been using this to transport firewood once in a while and it is just too nice for that.
In the pics you do not really see how big this beast is. it always looks funny when there is a vanagon next to it. If you need to see anything what is not shown in the pics let me know and i will send more pics of whatever you would like to see. The car is located in Bielefeld, Germany and is ready for the export. The shipping is included in sales price to New York, NY, Long Beach CA, Oakland CA, or Houston, TX. I can also arrange delivery to your place, but that is optional.
I’d love to have this thing continue to look as crazy as it does but have it be a completely functional van. Bids are at $7,500 with reserve not met, and I have absolutely no idea what the market is for a rare German firevan. Buying cars from overseas always has two huge caveats: how do you inspect it, and how do you get it? The prior is still a question here, but the latter is taken care of with free shipping included in the final price. That’s huge. Personally, if it stayed under $15k it’d be worth it.
I usually don’t get too fired up about restored VW vans. They aren’t really sporting in nature and just not that interesting to me. Then the fellow down the street started to restore one. It was a fascinating process to behold, every time I left the house I had to stop and chat him up. Little by little he made his way through the arduous process of rebuilding one of these vans. His finished product is a thing of beauty, much like this 1964 Kombi.
From the seller –
“Here is Your Chance To Own a Very Beautifully Restored to Perfection 1964 Dormobile Kombi Deluxe Model Micro Split Window Screen Bus
13 Window van
What Makes it a Dormobile is the Poptop Extends to Open Like an Accordion And They are Hard to Fine And You Rarely See Them For Sale If You Do
We have Posted 24-Pictures on E-bay & 2-Videos W/ Photobucket & also a slideshow W/ 24 Extra Pics For you to View
For Sale WorldWide
The Paint & Body is Absolute Beautiful with an Amazing Show Quality paint job that Glows it is Less than a Year old. The Original Color Was Red
Everything Inside The Interior is New Except the Radio/Cassette Player & it can Easily be Taken Out if You want
New Upholstery That is Flawless
New Headliner Throughout
New Custom Door Panels & Paneling
New Full Matching Privacy Curtains
New Pop-Top canvas & the 2 Top Sleeper Bunks are also New
Runs & Drives Excellent With a an 4-cylinder That Has Been Upgraded to an 1600cc Duel Port Engine with Manual stick shift Transmission and .009 Distributor
All brake lights. headlights. turn signals. Hazard lights. all work fine.
The emergency brake works
I have a clear Washington state title In Hand
I am selling it AS IS. NO Warranties. NO Guarantees. NO Returns with this item You are welcome to Order an independent inspection done at your cost.”
I have not seen one of these in as long as I can remember and I am certain it was nowhere near this nice. Kudos to the seller on a fantastic restoration, pictures, and description.
Bidding currently sits at $17,750 with no reserve, this van will sell. $20k seems reasonable but I would not be surprised if this van fetched more.
Well I decided to post that high mileage 500E so if I’m not going to shy away from vehicles like that then how about this 207,000 mile Vanagon that looks great. A 200k mile Vanagon is not that unusual nor is it something really exciting enough to be included on this blog, but this one is a little different. Being a California car has probably helped this one stay looking super clean on the outside, but even the interior does not look like it has seen 200,000 miles.
What really got this van listed here though is the custom work, the H&R lowering springs a 17″ 5 spoke rims, and the Projektzwo full body kit really set this one off from the crowd. It even has a short shift kit and Neuspeed exhaust installed. I think the big Hella driving lights compliment the look of the body kit as well. The kit, which the seller says he bought direct from Projektzwo in Germany probably cost the seller over $3000 to get finished all told.
The seller says the engine was rebuilt at 100,000, but that was 100,000 miles ago so even though the seller states it doesn’t leak oil and has good compression you may want to give the engine a good listen.
Pricewise the opening bid price is $11,000 with the reserve not met. So to put that in perspective with the previously mentioned 500E, this Vanagon, which is several years older, has similar high miles, but was obviously never considered to be in the super car category like the 500E is being valued by at least $3000 more. That certainly makes you think a bit. What do you think? I think the seller may get more bids if they didn’t spell projektzwo wrong in their ad three or four times. (As of this posting they spelled it “projektwzo”.