No Reserve Camper: 1973 Volkswagen Westfalia

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No reserve is a risky proposition when listing a vehicle for sale, but it seems like Westfalia campers will always do well regardless of the listing type. This is a clean 1973 model that’a a mixture of extremely well preserved features and worthwhile upgrades, so it’s not a surprise to see bidding as active as it is. The body is said have its share of dings and imperfections, but rust is supposedly minimal. The Bus is located in Grants Pass, Oregon, a hotbed of vintage survivors and camper van lifestyles, so this Westfalia is right at home in its current environment. Find it here on eBay with bidding up to $19,600 and no reserve.

After considering a camper conversion of my 1981 Toyota HiAce project, I now understand why people pursue fully-baked campers as aggressively as they do. There’s a lot of work involved in creating your own mobile home-away-from-home to a high level, and certainly adds a block of time in between you and your open road dreams. The Westfalias were very cleverly packaged with high-grade materials from new, so finding one that’s been loved removes a major piece of the puzzle for becoming a van lifer. The seller notes that the interior features the original Zbed, cabinets, sink/fridge, jump seat, and European-style top bunk; new features include new upholstery, new wood, and vinyl flooring in the camper area.

The new upholstery looks sharp, and complements the green exterior nicely. The original wood cabinets look to be in good shape, with all of the original Westfalia features intact. Other camping features worth noting include the seller’s mentioning of the fiberglass poptop  being fitted with a new GoWesty three-window poptop canvas, which is a decent expense and a common wear-and-tear item on these camper vans. There’s a lot done here that the next owner won’t have to worry about, and the listing doesn’t even mention other details like the clean curtains and the seemingly unmarked door panels – this looks like a genuinely nice place to spend time.

Up front, the buckets follow the theme of the fresh upholstery in the camping area. Mechanically, the seller relays that everything works as it should. The engine features stock dual carbs, new points, plugs, and distributor wires. The engine also benefits from a recent valve adjustment and oil change, and the transmission shifts as it should. The suspension features new front brakes, including calipers and hoses, and new brake shoes and wheel cylinders in the rear. Overall, this seems like a turnkey example that you can take camping tomorrow, which would fetch a fair price regardless of whether it’s offered at no reserve. It’s no steal, but it looks quite nice.

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  1. TimM

    This would be a fun family truckster to go on a weekend camp out or to take everyone to the beach for the weekend!! It would get pretty good fuel economy and everyone would have a view from their seat!! The problem always seems to be the price!! It right at the 20K mark and for a part time fun vehicle it’s priced out of most people’s fun budget!! It’s a shame too cause you’d still probably see them in the camp grounds with the young family having their cheap weekend get-a-way!!!

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  2. D.C.

    What’s a “European-style top bunk”?

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    • D.V.

      Well if it is the same as my friend’s ’79 that we slept in, it’s like a hammock that hangs over the two front seats lol. His head went out the driver’s side door window and his feet were out the passenger’s door window. He’s tall.

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  3. steve

    Likely a European or Canadian import as white or orange were the standard colors on US spec campers. The color was dependent on trim level. White (P21 trim?) was the lower model and orange (P27) was the more deluxe.
    Having the “bed” up top vs the pull over kiddy cot pegs it as a European.
    Nice looking thing with some upgraded seat material and all but, agreed, it’s too bad that these have gone up so high in price.

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  4. Glenn SchwassMember

    Wow, that should be worth more. They should have put a reserve on it.

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  5. martinsane

    Of course this is in Oregon.

    Nice van though.

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  6. Dave

    These things are crap. Worst motors ever.
    I don’t understand why they are asking these ridiculous prices. Complete garbage!

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  7. Tex260Z

    They go great with a Commodore V6 (GMH) in them. The Boys just about finished his after about 10 years:

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