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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:42 pm    Post subject: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

I have been looking for a nice Red Carat Vanagon but it seems not many tornado reds were produced in 90 & 91. Any input from fellow owners!!???
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:14 pm    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

Well at first I thought I'd see several in the Classifieds, but out of 46 '90/'91s, only 1 Tornado Red, a Syncro too. At least I think it's a Tornado Red.... Confused

Here is our '91 Carat/Wolfsburg, bought in 1998 w/ 45 K miles:

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:26 pm    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

no they didn't make alot of them..
it was a 'specialty' color and vanagons weren't moving fast or produced as many in 90/91..

so less overall units in production
a less offered color option
and less survive the last 30years.


some are likely disguised as pink Wink


I don't know if these are accurate
https://carsalesbase.com/us-volkswagen-vanagon/
VOLKSWAGEN VANAGON U.S SALES FIGURES
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1991 5.039
1990 6.368
1989 4.969
1988 5.227
1987 10.336
1986 12.288
1985 16.296
1984 21.352
1983 14.695
1982 13.234
1981 11.479
1980 14.101



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

there are some out there...

here's my TRed with wolfsburg badge.. I painted the roof white.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

They were rarer than other colors, but they used to be fairly easy to come by. I've owned two of them, and a close friend of mine has one, too. I think if you keep a close eye on the classifieds here and Craigslist, you'll find one eventually.

FWIW, they were only available as GL and Carat models. No Syncros were sold here in Tornado red.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:30 pm    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

There are at least two here on Fidalgo Island. One that belongs to a very picky individual who bought it down south with fresh paint and one that looks like a beater. I remember others being here before. Be careful what you wish for.

The 87 Quantum Syncro Wagon I had for a very long time was Tornado. Tornado from that time period was not clear coated. The paint oxidizes. I can't tell you how many times I had to polish it. At least once a year. Eventually the white primer started showing through at the creases. Freshly polished and waxed it glowed and looked wet.

If you had one re-painted you could get it clear coated like a modern red car. My wide has a Honda Fit that is Milano red. It is nine years old and still looks pretty good. You can still see all of the swirl marks in the paint from the dealer wash boys. She has a hard time with the concept of detailing a vehicle. I have never offended her by insisting that I detail her car. I am thinking of trying Griot's new ceramic wax on the Fit. If I do so I will probably polish out some of the swirl marks that it came with when we bought it new.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:25 pm    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

I have a Tornado.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:04 pm    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

Shopping for an antique, I would not limit my selection by focusing on color.

You will pass up a lot of Blue, Maroon or other color diamonds seeking a red lump of coal.

You want to shop by color? Visit the new car dealers.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:31 pm    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

Try shopping for a certain color van only offered in limited numbers for half of one production year. When you find one you buy it sight unseen, and then fly 1100 miles away and drive it back home. THAT'S dedication to a color.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:26 am    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

The ones I've seen over the years have been...shall we say, "resting." One in my work neighborhood (it sold for a grand, as I was later told by the owner)...
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... and another spotted near Philadelphia on a road trip.
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...at John's Car Corner in Vermont.
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...and an actual driver here in town.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:44 am    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

Dave, when one wants a Tornado red vanagon. they WANT a Tornado Red vanagon.. Wink

the hard part is not getting a Tornado pink van..

so to the OP, if you find a RED van, ask when it was repainted and be leery of a quality respray.. as a non-quality respray costs MORE to correct than having a pink van repainted.

but man this is a NICE VAN.
https://glenshelly.com/sales/sold-full/1990-volkswagen-vanagon-carat



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Shopping for an antique, I would not limit my selection by focusing on color.

You will pass up a lot of Blue, Maroon or other color diamonds seeking a red lump of coal.

You want to shop by color? Visit the new car dealers.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:51 am    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

djkeev wrote:
Shopping for an antique, I would not limit my selection by focusing on color.

You will pass up a lot of Blue, Maroon or other color diamonds seeking a red lump of coal.

You want to shop by color? Visit the new car dealers.

Dave


Dave, C'mon, you are not the OP. He has his desires, as do we all, and they are just as valid as yours.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:46 am    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

Here's one at wvSubaru spelled backwards in Buena Vista, CO...or maybe it's just a titan red van molting...or primer...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:31 am    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

Here's a "Titan Red Metallic" This 90 tintop was originally a burgundy color, I believe "Bordeaux Red metallic" was what it was called ?

By accident I gave the painter the wrong paint code, and it got shot with Titan Red Metallic. Honestly though, it was a fortuitous error, as I think this is a far more interesting color !


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:34 am    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

yeah that's FAR from TOrnado Red


maybe you can answer this color question below?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:36 am    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

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it got shot with Titan Red Metallic.


Titian Red Metallic Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:41 am    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

kamzcab86 wrote:
goubeaux wrote:
it got shot with Titan Red Metallic.


Titian Red Metallic Wink


I love me some Titian Red!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:13 am    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

Yes I "can read this" Maybe I'm not color blind just dyslexic ? Smile

I can NOW appreciate though why color codes, rather than names, are used in the painting/printing industry !

Titian Red Metallic (LE3T)

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yeah that's FAR from TOrnado Red


maybe you can answer this color question below?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:50 am    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

Go for it! Go get your red Vanagon.
I'm just pointing out the obvious antique condition point.
They stopped making these 30 years ago. There are a lot of old rotten apples in the Vanagon barrel.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:55 am    Post subject: Re: 90/91 Tornado Red Vanagons Reply with quote

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Here's a "Titian Red Metallic"
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I wonder if that's what color mine is. Mine seems a bit more maroon but it's hard to tell on a computer monitor. Can the paint name/code be found in the VIN or somewhere else on the van?
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