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This two-owner 1973 Volkswagen Wesfalia camper van is a real throwback. While RVs today can be 40 feet long and weigh 30,000 pounds, with multiple slides and 1,200 ft-lb diesel engines, this one keeps things much simpler - and a whole lot smaller. We’re talking less than 15 feet and 3,500 pounds. Yet you still have a well-featured camper with all the charisma of a 70’s Volkswagen, and with a rare first-year automatic transmission to boot.
This example has been with the same owners for the last 35 years and has seen almost $10,000 in maintenance since 2020. Be sure to see some of the records and receipts in the photo gallery along with the original owner’s manual and customer ID card. The van wears an older repaint in its original orange color. The body and underside appear solid (especially for a 70's VW) with only some bubbling observed ahead of the left rear wheelwell. This one also comes with an attaching tent kit as shown in the gallery.
The original 4-cylinder air cooled engine received a complete rebuild in May 2020 at a cost of almost $8,000 (receipts shown in the gallery). It has only 1,100 miles since! It starts easily and runs like new, giving all the performance available from the 1.7L platform. This bus is also equipped with the optional automatic transmission that was new for this model year. Note a 2-3 flare has been observed during hard acceleration. The brakes, steering, and suspension are all in good operating condition. The Michelin P195/75R14 white stripe tires are from 2001 and have logged 3,000 miles.
The interior is a real treat and demonstrates what these old VW campers are all about. Let’s start in front where the dual bucket seats, dashboard, and door panels are all in great condition. Same with the headliner panel. All the gauges and instruments work properly as well. Next up is the main living area which offers a forward facing bench seat and a rearward single seat with a flip-up table between them. There is also an icebox and sink pedestal with flip-up work surfaces. A small closet is also provided along with 120V outlets. In the back is a bed section that adjoins the folding bench seat. The interior is adorned with carpeting and plaid curtains all around. A small Coleman stove is also included along with the previously mentioned tent attachment.
These Westfalia campers are in a class all by themselves and represent the 1970’s as much as any other vehicle. Further, they are very efficient and make great use of a small space. This one is in nice condition throughout with limited ownership, a well documented history, and a fresh engine. Not to mention you can really take it camping!