Bargain Mystery Van: 1973 VW Transporter


Look what Casidy found, a $1000 Transporter! Thanks Cassidy! There is very little revealed in the craigslist posting, but for $1,000 I wonder how bad this van could be. Do you think that’s rust around the windshield or dirt? If this van is not a rusted hulk this would be a real bargain. What do you think you’d find if you were in Salt Lake City and had a look at this? This is an example of why it would be nice to have someone take a look. All you’d need to know is how bad the rust is, not a full inspection. Even with the price of a rebuilt engine and the necessary mechanicals, this is still a bargain. It would be worth a lot more of course if it was an older split window instead of a bay window. If I still had friends in Salt Lake City, I’d have them take a look at it. Unfortunately, it’s a little early for a trip up Little Cottonwood Canyon for a couple of days skiing.


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  1. jim s

    it would be hard for it not to be worth $1000 as a parts vehicle. but with just the 3 photos it does need a PI then an offer. i think seller needs to put more work in the listing. interesting find

  2. Capt RD

    My daughter does live out in Cottonwood Canyon, but if I asked her to go take a look for me? — “Dad, you don’t need another old car!”

  3. Mark

    That looks like dirt around the windshield and not rust to me. That area of the country is that really noted for having a lot of rust in vehicles anyway. For somebody in the area it’s certainly worth a look and probably agreed buy!

    • toolbox

      It’s a Bus, they all rust under the windscreen rubber on the bottom.

  4. KO

    I’m in London now, but will be home in SLC this weekend. Can take a look at it next week if someone is serious. I have considerable bus experience, mostly in the splits, but friends with newer bay windows.

  5. saintmike801

    According to the map, I live about 10 blocks from this bus, but I really don’t have a place to store it nor the money to spend on it, darn it.

    1973 was the year I started selling VW’s in Salt Lake City. I only owned 2 of them over the years.

  6. George

    My last 73 I paid $175 for. I did have to spend $90 more to have the nose pulled out so that the headlights pointed in the same direction to pass inspection. I put 40K on it with limited maintenance and only to have to replace a 45 cent part in the exhaust until the cancer killed it.

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