In these strange times, there are many questions people are trying to answer. Such as, with things opening up so that you can take your classic car on a road trip, what do you do if that drive lasts more than an afternoon? Would you really want to stay in a hotel, Airbnb or VRBO rental with the ongoing risk of COVID-19 infection?
The Pick of the Day presents a possible solution, a 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon CL Westfalia Deluxe Camper advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Marietta, Georgia.
A little history on these VW Campers. In 1947, the idea of a VW Bus was created when Dutch VW importer Ben Pon saw the motorized trolleys used to transport parts around a VW factory in Wolfsburg. These vehicles were built using a stripped-down Beetle chassis with a boxy body in place of the sedan.
Ben thought that these could easily be turned into passenger vehicles that could carry more people as well as deliver goods. Pon penned a sketch on April 23, 1947, of a van based on the Beetle. This idea would become the VW Type 2 bus in 1949.
VW watched carefully how people used the Type 2. One thing they saw was families using them for extended vacations. To offer a better option for those customers, VW contracted with Westfalia-Werke in 1951 to develop and create the legendary VW Westfalia camper van.
This Westfalia – Westie as VW aficionados refer to them – is painted Pastel White with a beige Interior. The van is power by a 1.9-liter fuel-injected flat-4-cylinder engine with a 4-Speed manual transmission.
The Vanagon received a fully documented restoration, including exterior, interior, brightwork and mechanics, according to the seller, and the VW boasts a portfolio of photos and receipts. The restoration, including a professional engine rebuild, was completed during the past 5,000 miles and includes a new German fabric 3 Screen Canvas Top, the seller notes.
The Vanagon also includes a complete set of all manuals (owner’s manual, supplement to VW Vanwagon owner’s manual, VW maintenance, plus owner/dealer Protect-O-Plate card, refrigerator manual and listings of factory service centers for refrigerator, generators and air conditioners) and its original window sticker.
This Vanagon is equipped with the special Westfalia camping options, which all function properly, the ad says, including the original sink, stove, refrigerator, cupboards, folding tables and, of course, the iconic pop top.
Vanagon Westies are quite affordable and represent the last of the classic VW van before the advent of the redesigned front-engine Eurovan. They are also the most usable of the rear-engine VW vans and can actually cruise at freeway speeds.
This van could easily be driven cross country and can sleep 4. The kids probably will fight over who gets to sleep in the pop top.
This is a fun classic and with an asking price of only $39,950, offers a lot of usability for the money. And think of the savings on hotel bills.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.