1700CC ENGINE, 3-SPEED AUTO, POP-UP ROOF, CAMPING-RELATED GEAR, GREAT CONDITION!
VW has always been about minimalism with style, and it is perhaps best exemplified by this 1973 VW bus with the Westfalia camper option. Cleverly engineered to put your home away from home in a minimum footprint, this ultra-clean relic of the free-wheeling '70s is still a great way to get out and see the country.
It's not fast, it's not flashy, but this VW has the goods where it counts. The shape is instantly recognizable even if you didn't spend a decade following the Dead around the country, and it's as practical as it is distinctive. The basic VW bus was massively upgraded to become a house on wheels without altering the basic dimensions and the setup flat-out works. This one is nicely preserved and shows signs of having been owned by a genuine enthusiast who cared about the van and what it means to VW fans around the world. There's no sign that this bus has ever been rusty or wrecked, and all the Westfalia bits are intact and still ready to head out into the wilderness. The paint has a nice shine that gives the VW an honest disposition, with little details like the headlight visors and high-mounted roll-up awning suggesting that this one was really used as intended. The pop-up roof looks great and all the camping-related gear is still in place.
Inside, the transformation from a basic transporter to a camper is impressive. It's the clever little details that make a big difference, from tables that disappear and turn into beds, to the stainless steel sink, to the folding shelves and platforms that create a living environment from nothing out in the wild. Everything is in excellent condition, ready to head out today, and the neutral décor still looks appealing four decades later. The front buckets are in great condition and are comfortable enough for all-day driving to get to your favorite camping spot and the bus-like steering wheel and simple dash will feel familiar almost immediately. An AM/FM/cassette stereo provides entertainment just about anywhere. And kudos to those Westfalia engineers, who even provided things like window screens so you can have some open-air ventilation without worrying about bugs plus a children's hammock that's a lot of fun.
The VW bus will get you anywhere, reliably, as long as you have the time. This Westfalia does a little better than some with a Type IV period-correct engine displacing 1700 cc and delivering a few extra horsepower. Dual exhaust certainly helps, and it's all neatly tucked into that engine bay under the rear deck. It drives like you'd expect, starting easily and running down the road with that characteristic whistling exhaust note. A 3-speed automatic transmission makes it easy to get behind the wheel and head out on the road, and with typical VW reliability, you're assured to arrive without issues. Front disc brakes have been added, which are a big safety upgrade especially for a vehicle that potentially hauls so much precious cargo. Stock steel wheels with shiny hubcaps (yep, they're original) wear right-sized 195/70/14 radials with lots of life left in them.
VW bus values are exploding as a new generation of fans discovers these versatile and funky boxes on wheels. The Westfalia conversion makes for one heck of a fun weekender, and not many are as well-preserved as this. Call today!
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