Make: Volkswagen
Model: Bus/Vanagon
Type: Minivan
Year: 1978
Mileage: 123,217
VIN: 2282101211
Color: Brown
Engine: 2.0L
Cylinders: 4
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Burgundy
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: La Jolla, California, United States

Description of 1978 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon CHAMPAGNE EDITION- REBUILT ENGINE - SUNROOF

Rare 1978 Champagne Edition sunroof model. Two owner. 24,000 miles on the completely rebuilt 2 liter fuel injected hydraulic valve motor. 123,000 documented original miles. One key fits all locks and ignition. Original manual and warranty voucher book. Purchased new buy George Bowden at Humphrey Volkswagen in Everett Washington. Included in the sale is a maintenance/repair log book dating all the way back from 1982 to 2015! This log book shows every time the van was filled up, and shows the mpg on each tank of gas. The maintenance log book also shows all major and minor service history.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION- 24k miles on completely rebuilt 2 liter hydraulic valve fuel injected motor August of 2005. At the time of the motor rebuild a new clutch, pressure plate, throw out bearing, and fuel lines were installed. With the powerful 2 liter motor this bus cruises at high way speeds effortlessly. New alternator, voltage regulator, and distributor. The motor runs like a watch. The four speed manual transmission shifts crisp and precise. The new brakes are excellent. The steering and suspension is tight. The van runs and drives exceptional. The van needs nothing mechanically.
PAINT/ BODY- The paint is original. Special two tone exterior finish; Fox Red over Date Nut Brown found only on the Champagne Edition vans. Solid, dry west coast bus. There is no rust on the front floors, inner and outer rockers, jack points, dog legs, out riggers, undercarriage, nose, doors, cargo door, rear hatch and lower windshield. The van does have minor rust on the right rear battery tray area and a spot on the left rear wheel well and right rear by side marker. Both spots of rust are very localized. Included in the sale is the replacement metal sections for both areas. The body over all is in good condition. There is a dent on the rear hatch area. A new rear hatch is included with the sale as well. The factory undercoating is in excellent condition and has done a superb job protecting the undercarriage from rust. New sliding door roller and latch. The previous owner installed PVC tape around the sunroof to prevent water leaks; I have not removed it.
INTERIOR- The head liner is in good condition for its age. All electric works perfectly ie; all lights, interior lights, dash lights, blinkers, tail lights, ect. work perfectly. Factory Champagne Edition Quarts-crystal chronometer (clock). The dash is perfect with no cracks. New Kenwood CD player and speakers. The original carpet and interior door and kick panels are in good condition. Factory sliding camping style side windows provide plenty of ventilation, prefect for those hot summer days. Drivers side retractable seat belt. Fold down full length Z-bed (camping bed) with seat belts. I do have a brand new memory foam pad for the rear hatch cushion that is not pictured but included with the bus. Also, the jump seat and table have been removed as I found a Champagne Edition Middle seat which is included.
OTHER- New front brake calipers, rotors, pads, and brake lines. New mater cylinder, rear wheel cylinders, shoes, rear brake lines and CV boots. The KYB GR-2 gas shocks front and rear offer a comfortable and stable ride. Repacked wheel bearings front and rear. New fuel filler neck, and level fuel sender. New Wild Cat truck rated tires (95% tread).
Once in a while you find van that has been well cared for its entire life, this is one of them... It's getting very hard to find a low mile survivor in this kind of original condition. The Champagne Edition sunroof model is a rare bus. This is a documented low mile original paint survivor. This van needs nothing mechanically. This van is perfect for cross country adventures or a exceptional daily driver. Clear title.
Bus is located in San Diego CA and will be sold with a Washington State title. I bought this because I wanted a sunroof bus but ended up getting into split window restoration that is sucking every penny I have into the restoration. Great bus at a very reasonable price.