Friday, June 10, 2016

NSync Syncro: 1987 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Syncro w/ Subaru power

by Adam -- Want near 50/50 weight distribution, sleeping accommodations, and off road capability? Look no further. To Baja and beyond this four wheel drive can get you to the start of the race and when the pavement ends the fun doesn't stop.  Setting the tone of your adventure starts with the vehicle driven. Arrive in style.  These 4 Wheel Drive Volkswagen Type 3 Vanagons take all the utility of a regular Vanagon and add a Steyr-Daimler-Puch four wheel drive system. Find this 1987 Volkswagen Type 2 Westphalia with Subaru SVX power for sale in Bend, Oregon for $48,200 via craigslist.

The van appears to be in good shape with several upgrades for modern convenience and utility with only two small rust areas noted by the seller. Inside a stove and sink allow you to prepare the meal, but the fridge delete means you need to pack a cooler. Tinted windows, awning and LED lights help to modernize and provide a more pleasant experience. Three deep cycle batteries and a master cutoff switch to the starter battery means not waking up to find the engine does not start because the kids plugged in their lap tops into the inverter supplied power.   

A transplanted 230 horsepower Subaru SVX engine will provide a power upgrade. The 1.9 and 2.1 engines originally powering the gas versions reached as high as 112 horsepower, but that output was only available in Europe.  In the United States between 59-95 horsepower was more common. The Subaru power plant is a common engine swap and the new owner will be more than pleased when trying to keep up with modern traffic or probably happier to be able to get out of town faster. With more demand than supply for these vans there are plenty of enthusiast web sites to get you NSync with your new Syncro.

See a better van to live in down by the river? Better yet buy this and take us with you!

A refugee from the frozen north who loves running and water sports, Adam can be found looking for the next slow car to drive fast when he has access to electronics he hasn't immersed in liquids. He's and analog kid not a digital man.  


  1. Forty Six THOUSAND dollars!?!?!! You'd think it was a rusty Porsche 356 or something....

  2. I think one could buy a house in Bend Oregon for $48,000

    1. Bend Oregon is one of the top vacation areas of the PNW. It is home to some of the richest people in the PNW, and if they don't live there year round, they have a vacation home there.

      The median home price is 348K according to zillow, and I completely agree with that estimate.

    2. I stand corrected and Zillowed.
      One can only afford a Westy in Bend Oregon.

  3. Damned google, even the best expressions of the gross overpricing of objects is called into question. LOL

    Anonymous, is this better?: "I think one could buy two houses in Arkansas for $48,000.

    PS: Fact checked on Zillow.

  4. BTW, did the silly spike in prices for these rigs coincide with the legalization of pot?

    Just trying to make some sense of it is all and that's the best I can do.

  5. $48k? I need a skid plate for my skivies. And only 212k miles too. Did I miss where the Subie H6 was W123-like long-lasting? I didn't think so.

  6. Let me chime in...nice but not $48K nice, not even $30K, maybe $20K. No fridge and probably no A/C.


Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.