For some reason, VW buses like today’s Good price or no dice Vanagon tends to charge high prices. This single-owner Type 2 can be an exception. Let’s see what it’s all about.
As far as first-world problems go, where to place your convertible sports car’s removable hardtop when detached has to be among the most vexing. It was definitely a problem with the one yesterday 1997BMW Z3 2.8, but not enough to cause similar consternation over the car’s $8,450 price tag. That earned little Bimmer a commendable and unproblematic 85% Nice Price win.
An old joke asks “what’s the last thing that crosses a fly’s mind when it hits your windshield?” The answer, of course, is “his ass.” And that’s why, my friends, in the United States we don’t have consumer forward control pickups like this Volkswagen Vanagon 1990 for sale new today.
Safety issues aside, VW’s Type 2 is an incredible wrap, having taken what was apparently the Beetle platform and stretched the bodywork over it in a form that offers the absolute maximum passenger and/or cargo capacity. . Doing this meant placing the two (or three) front seats over the front wheels and the steering column well ahead of those wheels. As one might posit, this isn’t the best place to be in a head-on collision.
That has not stopped classic VW Busses and even later models like this Vanagon to creep up in value as desirability seems to outweigh death and disfigurement in the minds of the model’s most money-flush advocates.
This is a fairly box-stock Vanagon, which, per the ad, has been a single-owner car up until the present. It comes in deep blue over silver and wears a set of handsome factory alloys. Seriously, does anyone do better alloy wheels than the Germans? Maybe the Italians. I don’t know.
At any rate, the seller says the boxy bus has been an Arizona resident all its life so rust should be a foreign concept. Age, however, as well as the brutal Arizona sun are evident in the paint on the rear bumper and the ominous presence of a toupee stop the dash, the latter being cleverly held in place by a pair of standard binder clips.
The rest of the cabin presents well, with the gray cloth upholstery showing little wear and lots of padding. A long tube mounted to the ceiling circulates the A/C throughout the cabin. Of course, with just 90 horsepower on tap from the Vanagon’s 2.1 liter pancake four, cranking up that A/C may mean relegating the van’s progress to a walking pace.
The seller doesn’t give any deets on the condition of that water-cooled engine or its four-speed manual drivetrain companion. There are 147,000 miles on the clock, and it’s not unreasonable to assume that anyone who owned a vehicle like this for so long and that many miles would have maintained it in some fashion.
What the seller does note in the ad—actually it’s more of a veiled threat—is that lacking responses on Craigslist, the van will go up on some undisclosed auction site, calling the current post a “small window to buy directly,” whatever that means.
The ad sets the sale at $11,995, and it’s now up to us to determine if the Vanagon is a deal at that price. What do you say, will it sell at that asking and thus save the seller from having to list it elsewhere? Or, does that price make this a Bus that you would kiss goodbye?
H/T to Bill Needam for the hookup!
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