20k: Syncro de Mayo: 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro

Welcome to Daily Turismo’s Syncro de Mayo, our May 5th celebration of
all Volkswagen’s four wheel drive system known as Syncro.  Up first is this tip and story by DT reader Andy L:

I am going to be off the grid again this year for May 5th, so here is my early submission for Syncro de Mayo.  Find this 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Camper Syncro offered here on eBay for $24,000 buy-it-now (currently bidding for $15,100 reserve-not-met) with 1 day to go, located in Eugene, OR.

What could an 86 camper Vanagon with 140,000 miles
possibly be worth, you wonder?  20 cents per pound?  Well, it’s not 1995
anymore and this is not your typical VW camper Van. That’s right, all four
wheels are powered on this one so it can be bought for about 20 thousand
2015 dollars.


For the ability to go 70 MPH
flat-out, pay a VW specialist to do your repairs and have the luxury of
doing your stove-top cooking standing up while camping (who does this,
anyway?) you can trade a year-old Mini Cooper S or a low mile Jeep

The upside is that you will get ALL
the hipster cred you can ask for.  A $5000 Winnie in similar condition
and vintage may be many times more practical, reliable and comfy.  The
problem is that it doesn’t have the minimalist kitsch to project your
image as a refined and worldly trust fund custodian in just the right
way.  Nothing says I am rugged yet tasteful quite like a syncro camper van.  

Enjoy your new ride, bearded one!  

Thanks to Andy for the link and story!  See another Syncro for cheap? Send it here: tips@dailyturismo.com