Here is another example of how "Cheap Vanagons are the most expensive." This Weekender was purchased "for only $3500," and brought to GoWesty for refurbishment. When they got the full list of all it needed, well, it was not so cheap after all. They decided to cut their losses, and sell it to us for what it was REALLY worth. We picked this one up for only $1500. We are marking it up 20% ($300). That, plus the $300 it cost to ship it here, comes to $2100 to buy it. That is more like it for this Vanagon as a starting point.
This is a Wolfsburg Weekender, not a full camper. It has the pop-top and sleeps 4 like a full camper, but DOES NOT HAVE sink, fridge, or stove. Instead, it has more room, less weight, and seating for six: The two front seats, full width rear bench seat for three, and one rear-facing seat behind driver with storage underneath. These models are much more rare than the full camper, and command an equal if not higher price than the same year full camper in same condition.
It is not rusty, has never been crashed, but it needs EVERYTHING. Except for the damage at the RR fender, the body is very straight and rust free. Please note: We have done very little to the outside of this Westy, and it is not much to look at right now. But it is definitely a KEEPER. The paint will polish out beautifully, and once the RR fender, nose, and top are painted (included in the price listed above)… it will look great. We don’t waste our time or our client’s money on vehicles that are not worthy!
This Weekender DOES NOT HAVE AC. This is rare; most 85-91 Vanagons sold in the USA had AC. So, this vehicle is about 300 lbs lighter than the same vehicle with AC, and is less complicated. The AC systems in pop-top Vanagons sucks anyway. If you really want AC, you don't want this Vanagon. AC is not worth adding, just get one with AC if you want AC.
The pop-top tent is original, and is in extraordinarily good condition, as is the dash board. That is what is cool about this particular year Weekender: It has the soft tan color interior with brown dash instead of the gray with black, which is what 80% of all 86-91 pop-top Vanagons came with. If you prefer that, this is your ride! Usually in Vanagons with brown dash boards, the dash is typically very badly deteriorated—black dashboards by contrast seem to last forever. The dash in this Weekender was obviously kept covered, or the vehicle just kept out of the sun.
Eric snapped this puppy up and had it done up RIGHT, and as a SYNCRO.
The total out the door price included:
GoWesty super duper maintenance service
-all maintenance items back to zero miles
GoWesty full restoration inside and out
-everything that is supposed to be there is guaranteed to be there
-everything that is there is guaranteed to work!
-complete disassembly and repaint back to original white
-black texture around the bottom
-GoWesty plate steel bumpers, rear with integral hitch
-all new door panels and upholstery
-GoWesty 3-window acrylic tent
Fresh GoWesty 2.5 liter engine with 48/48 warranty
Fresh GoWesty transaxle with 48/48 warranty
-custom geared for the 2.5 liter
-torque-biasing :posi traction differentials front and rear
-driveshaft decopuler (single knob)
Undercarriage stipped to bare body-completely rebuilt and converted to Syncro (4WD)
All brand new cooling system installed
All new brakes-big brakes up front
All new fuel hose and tank re-seal
Rebuilt suspension and steering
16" steel whees powder coated black,l Michelin 215/70-16 LTX tires
Old Man Emu shocks all around with GoWesty 2" lifting springs
Over $2700 worth of just in case, preemptive reliability enhancing items.
Fiamma 10 foot awning in black case
South African grill and headlights
South African leather steering wheel
Nice mats throughout
and, and, and...
And more... Twelve pages of invoices in all. Basically, a line new Wolfsburg Weekender SYNCRO.
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:55 AM
To: S. Lucas Valdes
Subject: Syncro WB WE
...You guy's have been great and the van has been everything I'd
hoped for and then some. I get approached everywhere I go by all kinds
of people. They all have lots of questions and some of there own VW
stories. I'm slowly getting use to it.
....Thanks for all the help. Eric