Welcome to Daily Turismo’s Syncro de Mayo, our May 5th celebration of Volkswagen’s four wheel drive system known as Syncro. First up in our symphony of syncronicity is a somewhat scurrilously scandalized example of the Volkswagen Type 2 (T3) which is variously known as the Transporter, Caravelle, Microbus, Vanagon, Kombi, Westfalia and TippyMcDeathtrap. Find this 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro bidding for $8,100 in Elgin, IL via ebay.
Tomorrow is Syncro de Mayo over here at Daily Turismo, which is where we celebrate by featuring cars equipped with Volkswagen’s viscous center coupling device that put what little power the Vanagon made into all four wheels…wait…STOP THE PRESSES. I just found out today that the Vanagon (technically the Type 2, known as the Kombi/Bulli/Transporter/Caravelle/T25/Microbus) name is a portmanteaux of van and wagon. Van-wagon. Vanagon. VW was trying to give buyers the impression that the Type 2 was more like a wagon than a classic van. Maybe? What do you guys think? Also, send us your Synchro de Mayo tips for tomorrow! Find this 1987 Volkswagen Type 2 T3 Vanagon Syncro offered for $15,000 in Reno, NV via craigslist.
You can get a pretty nice late model 7-passenger minivan for a lot less than the asking price of this next Vanagon. That 2010ish Honda/Toyota/Kia minivan will be more reliable, more comfortable, and faster…but it won’t be cool and it won’t come with a manual gearbox. So, what is the price of driving something cool? Pay more up front, pay more to repair, and pay with bad driving experience…but this is the burnt avocado toast of the automotive world versus the Kia Sedona (peanut butter on Wonder Bread.) It might be overpriced and horrible…but you’ve got a reputation to uphold yah dirty hipster. Find this 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon offered for $14,000 in South Florida via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
This next car comes from tipper Art C who writes; Been starting to formulate a plan for a cross country month long road trip next summe Naturally, have to start looking for appropriate vehicles. This one seems pretty sweet. Compared to some of the overpriced Vee Dub Vans you find littering craigslist/ebay/etc, this thing seems to offer a lot of space for the asking price and has a “manuel” transmission to boot! Find this 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon offered for $5000 in Woodstock, CT via facebrace makingbook.
Welcome to Daily Turismo’s Syncro de Mayo, our May 5th celebration of Volkswagen’s four wheel drive system known as Syncro. Those pop-top Westfalia camper things used to be cheap and easy to run on a budget, but some kind of nostalgic hypnosis has convinced people they are worth somewhat more than scrap value, and you’ll […]
The original Volkswagen Beetle “People’s Car” aircooled rear-drive platform was adapted over the years to just about every possible kind of vehicle, from the people hauling Bus/Van to the off-road ready Thing…but I don’t believe VW ever built a semi-truck version. Thankfully, we have hilly billies with welders to fix that mistake. Find this 1959 Volkswagen […]
Volkswagen built a utility/pickup version of their iconic Type 2 (T3) Vanagon with a strange hinge-sided bed that is impractically high and strange looking to boot. But this next car is an example of what a blow torch wielding customizer can build that is probably better than the factory and certainly cheaper.. Find this 1984 Volkswagen […]
Words and tip from Zach: Subaru gas or diesel, Ford ecotec, Tiico, upsized wasserboxer or something else entirely – you choose. Looks like it is either solid sheetmetal or else repainted. Denver shouldn’t be too rusty, so at least worth a look. Should clean up well with a bit of elbowgrease (and monkeywrenching on an […]
Find this 1981 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Camper here on eBay bidding for $4,550 with 1 day to go, located in Van Nuys, CA. See a better westy? firstname.lastname@example.org
Somewhere along the way while I was living under a rock, the bizarro world known as VeeDub Universe realized T1/T2 vans were becoming unobtanium and stumbled across the obscure bread loaf Vanagon of the ’80s. All of a sudden every hipster wanna-be needs one, and prices are rising faster than collective intelligence. Find this 1984 Volkswagen Westfalia […]