The third generation (T3) of VW's legendary 'Type 2 Transporter' continued the formula set up by its predecessors of slow, tippy (or is that trippy?), and reliable. It was marketed in the USA as the Vanagon from 1979-1993 and the one to get is the Westfalia camper version in which you get a pop up top, a full kitchen and sleeping accommodations for four adults! Find this 1981 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Camper offered for $9,000 in Carpenteria, CA via craigslist.
Nine large might seem like a princely pile of benjamins for such an abysmal driving experience, but the Type 2 is more than an automobile -- it is an experience. Experience the joy star filled night sky, the endless open road, and the freedom of going potty in the woods (or in a bucket).
This Camper comes with a pop up top, which is useful for standing in the kitchen if you aren't a hunchback or a filthy hobbit. Power comes from a 2.0 liter aircooled horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine that puts out 67 horsepower and 101 ft-lbs of torque. The family is optional.
The T3 (3rd-generation) Transporter is a big step up from the earlier buses, in the sense that it has beefy structural "frame rail" members, some crumple zone ahead of the dash, and was designed from the beginning to accommodate a radiator for the Wasserboxer, diesel inline fours, and whatever other modern engine swap you may be pondering (STi?).
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