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1983 Westfalia air-cooled automatic   Price: 14000
I've owned this for about 14 years and throughout most of its time with me it's been stored under a carport. It has roughly 133,000 miles and yes, the odometer does work and these are actual miles. I had plans to use this after I retired but my wife has been persuasive in her efforts to encourage me to abandon that idea as she has no plans to do any camping. Ever. I have been a VW tech for most of my life and have owned two shops specializing in VWs so I know these extremely well. An air cooled Vanagon with an automatic transmission does not accelerate in a thrilling manner but it can get you where you want to go eventually. It has factory air conditioning that I have no intention of ever retrofitting and using as I never wanted to punish this 68 HP by asking it to drive a compressor. There is no rust as we really don't have much of a problem with rust in this part of the country. There are a few creases and some faded paint but it's really a very nice Westy. I have had so many of them in my shop lately and they've all been kind of nasty and smelly and mine is nothing like that! The engine was replaced with a factory rebuild at some point as there is still the sticker visible on the engine case. I replaced the top canvas and roof seals a few years ago and a few months ago I converted the starter to a VW TDI starter which made a huge difference in its cranking speed and my confidence level. The propane regulator valve was replaced a few years ago and all of the camper equipment worked as it should. My plan was to get rid of the refrigerator as they really are kind of a PITA and use something like a Yeti cooler so I can't really vouch for its functionality. Mechanically, everything is very sound and driving it is not some white knuckle experience although with the aerodynamics of this Vanagon, driving it in windy conditions can keep you on your toes! The seats are comfortable but worn, the rear kick panel under the seat is not original and the weird material Volkswagen used on the interior panels peeled off years ago and was just painted a tasteful off white. The tires are in good shape but they're old and should be replaced soon They are decorated with a mismatched assortment of cheap plastic hubcaps I found around the shop. It has new hatch struts, so no fears of the hatch dropping on your head. Hmm...the radio is some middle of the road Bluetooth receiver that I bought a few years ago and only used to stream my XM app and the speakers are probably from the eighties but they work adequately. There is a full set of curtains that are about four years old and are perfect. The battery is about a year old. If you have any questions I'll answer as quickly as I can.
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