Find of the Day: Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Syncro Diesel

When it was originally introduced, the T3 Vanagon had huge shoes to fill.  The outgoing model was a cultural icon, after all.  Volkswagen unveiled the T3 in 1979, and while not a pretty as the T2 models, it still sold quite well and remained on sale for 23 years.  During that time, different versions were available from the common front-drive gas models, to the unobtainuim Porsche B32 and Oettinger WBX6 models which had flat-6 power plants.  Our Find of the Day is one of the more rare versions that you can still get your hands on, but you’ll have to bring your checkbook.


Coming to us via Craigslist, this 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Syncro Diesel features every factory option, including front and rear locking axles.  Powered by a 1.6L Turbo Diesel mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox with low range, the Vanagon is not exactly what we would consider fast.  In fact, with only 70hp on tap when it was new, we’d imagine that this struggles to maintain cruising speeds on most highways.  Even still, this Vanagon Westfalia comes with a full kitchen and is probably one of the coolest vehicles you could pull up to a campsite with and that doesn’t require a special license to operate.


The Vanagon Westfalia Syncro Diesel is currently for sale on Central New Jersey’s craigslist for $69,995 (to quote the article’s author, “Yes, that is Seventy Thousand Dollars”).  More images can be found below, and contact info can be found on Craigslist.

Thanks to George for the tip!