Wine-Colored Westy: 1987 Volkswagen T3 Westfalia Camper – Sold!

Mar 2020 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Despite being out of production for nearly years, Volkswagen’s Transporter-based Westfalia camper conversions remain highly sought after by enthusiasts to this day. While the all-wheel-drive “Synchro” models command a premium, the rear-wheel-drive variants such as this 1987 example listed on Craigslist in Chatham, New Jersey with an asking price of $23,850.  A check of the NADA Guides Classic Car Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his C10 priced within the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $8,950, $23,200, and $34,500, respectively.  If you are serious about buying this Westy, you can start the conversation by calling Ed at (908) 872-7356.  Be sure to tell him you first saw his post on!

Volkswagen marketed the Westfalia camper variant throughout the T3 production from 1979 through 1991, with features including a raised roof (in either fixed fiberglass or pop-up tent configuration such as the example featured here), refrigerator, sink, and stove. While early models continued with traditional air-cooled Volkswagen flat-four cylinder engines, by 1984, emissions regulations forced VW’s hand to convert T3’s to water-cooled power.

A mid-cycle refresh for 1986 model year models received revisions including a tachometer, more fabric choices, redesigned air conditioning, enlarged water-cooled engine with a more advanced engine management system, and redesigned transmissions. Exterior changes included rectangular headlights (on selected models), and different paint options. Alloy wheels, larger and squarer plastic bumpers with trim along the rocker panels were optional.

While Volkswagen’s van enjoyed an unfilled niche for many years, Chrysler’s launch of its new minivans in 1984 had VW competitively advertising against them.  Check out this TV ad from 1984:

With a new tent and seal just installed combined with a the completion of a major service, as long as a pre-purchase inspection doesn’t reveal any major problems, you should be able to hit the road with camper to start your adventures.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1987 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper – Titan Red Metallic (#LE3T) with Tan interior – Sleeps 4 adults –
4 speed manual – ICE COLD Factory A/C – Power Steering – Power mirrors – New Chemical Toliet
Alloy Wheels – 4 matched Michelin tires
ONE previous owner with 101k Actual Miles – Carfax verified
Rust Free – Non Smoker – No Pets
Recent work preformed: New Tent Top and Seals, Major service & Safety check, New battery, wipers, exhaust etc.
Tire tools, Shop manual, screens, Owners manuals, Clean NJ Title and History verification by Carfax Report are included in the sale.
Clean, Safe, Dependable with everything working as it should and ready for the start of your adventures.
Elderly collector reducing collection size. $25000. Ed 908 872 7356

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