Vanagon Westfalia Restored! new plaid upholstery Price: 24400
Vanagon Blue/White with new custom paint in and out and PLAID seats, fully restored.
This is a long description. I figure if you are going to spend this much on a vintage vehicle, you might as well have all of the details. (I'll be posting youtube videos soon) Hopefully this listing will answer most of your questions... but that said, I'm always happy to talk on the phone if you'd rather call —> (8o5) 7-two-9-56.O6
I have owned 10 Westy's and have 2 for sale right now...and one more in the restoration process as you read this, which you could have restored anyway you'd like it (color, upholstery, etc) :-) The other one is Porsche Classic Grey and black with a custom interior. It should be listed today.
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This 1984 water-cooled California, rust-free Vanagon Westfalia edition with a highly sought after Automatic Transmission (more about that below) Brand new, customized paint with incredible dash/cockpit area, Brand New plaid seats/upholstery, custom paint on the interior, and exterior. You'll never find another like this. And it's a totally rust-free, ORIGINAL California, Wolfsburg Westfalia...with the original California pink slip. It's been in one family it's whole life.
----- AESTHETICALLY -----
Looks brand new inside and outside. Very cool vintage looking plaid seats. No rust at all.
~This is a professional paint job with a high-quality, 2-stage, and 2-tone paint job (actually it's 3-tone). The windows were removed, along with every other light, lens, mirror, door handle, etc. before being painted inside and out. In other words, it was "done right". The blue and white paint matches perfectly with the plaid interior seats. We chose the fabric first and then painted the van to match. Actually, it's a 3-tone van because we accented with black on certain locations, like along the bottom, around the front windshield, around the running lights, and a stripe of black was added to the back lift gate. So, the seats are white, blue, and black...and so is the van.
~The tent is a "brand new" GoWesty brand "grey" (as opposed to tan) tent. This is a very high-quality tent. and looks great. This is the upgraded 3-window model which allows for better ventilation. And you can look to the left and right side of the van when camping...or keep them closed. It's a really nice feature.
~The cockpit is "customized", with the dash being painted (properly) in 2-tone light beige and brown which matches the stock camper interior from Westfalia. I think that it looks spectacular. The cockpit alone demonstrates the care taken by my painter. He's a true artist. This is not some cheap paint that is going to chip off. This was properly applied with a special process (that is above my pay-grade to be able to explain). Simply, it won't chip off. This two-tone dash has become a trademark on my vans. It just looks great and unique.
~The door panels are the same custom light beige as well (as opposed to the old brown). And the window handles have been upgraded to not scrape the door panel (and to allow for bigger front speakers)
~On the inside, the seats have completely new foam seat cushions and automotive quality fabric upholstery.
~Additionally, ALL the other interior plastics look good or have been properly painted as well.
~On the exterior, all of the trim, grills, door handles, mirrors, etc have been painted black. This is not some "rattle-can" paint. This is all proper paint that won't be chipping off.
~All the "rubber: was replaced on all of the windows and all of the poptop with brand new GoWesty seals.
~The windshield is brand NEW as well. (really nice to not have all the glare from headlights at night)
~Full camper interior with sink, stove, frig, water tank, cabinetry, etc
----- MECHANICALLY -----
~~I had the entire vehicle gone through by my personal mechanic. His name is Wilhelm and he's 82 years old He was trained at the factory (and in Tilburg Holland) when these were first made. He know's his stuff. Being that it's a 1984, it's water cooled. It runs perfectly. I wouldn't hesitate taking it anywhere!
~~About 40,000 miles ago the engine was rebuilt...and it runs really strong. I'm really impressed by how well it runs. It's the larger 2.1 liter engine which is a nice upgrade. It runs strong and with the with the automatic trans, it gets better gas mileage (exactly 20.4mpg on a recent trip from San Fran to Santa Barbara)
~~The transmission is an automatic (read this section if you think a manual is better) These transmissions are FAR more reliable than the manual transmissions and they have a "taller" or "higher" top gear. So as they go down the freeway, the engine isn't as strained as the manual transmissions. Also, the automatics are better on hills. (keep reading) There is an excellent article (although slightly technical) comparing these transmissions. In a nutshell, the torque converter allows the horsepower to remain steady during hill climbs so they actually do better on hills and on the flatlands. And they never need a clutch replaced. And they don't pop out of gear (which is common on the stick shifts). Suffice it to say, that in my opinion, the automatic wins. But really, it's all in the driving. Driving a stick shift is work. And you certainly aren't going to be drinking an iced frappuccino while both hands and both feet are busy. The automatic transmission is a dream to drive. The "refined choice" of transmissions. We've owned both. In our opinion, there's really no comparison. The auto is by far our favorite. That's one of the reasons that we bought this van.
~~The tires are nearly new. They look great with a semi-aggressive tread.
~~The gas tank hoses have been replaced...they all need it at some point. This one has been done
~~The frame, body, and undercarriage are all completely rust free.
~~The brakes are fine and they were renewed about 20,000 miles ago.
~~The lights all work, the windows do their thing, the wing windows don't whistle, the seats are comfortable (being that they are new), it has a front and rear heater, the windshield wipers work as expected, and even the cigarette lighter (12V socket) works.
----- What does it need? -----
~~What would I do to it? I'd add cruise control. But I'm a huge cruise-control fan. But I also average about 38k miles per year in my other car and I really like using cruise control. But if most of your driving is in town, it might not be of importance to you. Cruise control was a very rare feature. I had one that had it and I thought it was awesome. :-) If you want to go all-pro, you can upgrade the tires and wheels at some point. But where the tires are like new, I'd say to wait until you wear the tires that are on there. I wouldn't bother but that would be your call and you'd have plenty of time to decide (at least 3-4 years from now). I do have a set of 16" wheels and BRAND new tires that I'd sell separately. They still need to be drilled out but if you're interested, let me know.
----- WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THIS ONE -----
Rarely will you find a van that has had a proper "windows out" paint job INSIDE and OUT. And most of the other vans out there have seats that are worn and/or ripped. And most have "just a little bit" of rust...and regarding the rust, when you see that tiny rust bubble under one of the window, what you don't see is how far back that rust goes. There was an issue with the OEM window rubber that wicked the water behind it causing unseen rust. This van has none of this, and it has the new and improved rubber.
The reason why I personally would buy this van is that all of the difficult stuff (that no one ever ends up doing) is complete. The other reason is that it's unique. It doesn't look like everyone else's gold, brown, or white van. You can take this camping, drive it around town, or show it off at car shows. I'm selling this van for much less than it could go for. I have two that are finished and one more that I'm restoring now. I'd like to get them sold before I leave for Italy this fall. You could literally buy this van and relist it for $4000 more and sell it and make money. Go ahead, I'd be happy for you. :-) I just don't have the time. This van will only go up in value...try that with your Prius. The automatic transmission is a big plus too. Someone will definitely buy this. I have done this enough to know that this will sell quickly. I hope you buy it. They are an absolute blast. Call with any questions. I'm always happy to help.
----- LOCATION -----
~~The van is located in beautiful SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA. I'd be happy to arrange (or help arrange) shipping anywhere. Also, you can very easily fly into Santa Barbara and we would be happy to pick you up. Or you could fly into LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and take the shuttle bus to SB where we can pick you up...or take an Uber/Lyft. Rent a car for a one-way or the Amtrak comes into downtown SB as well.... Or whatever makes sense to you. I would possibly deliver it to you as long as it's paid in full first. I like driving and it would be a fun "farewell" trip.
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