1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Camper GL

1986 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon GL

Make: Volkswagen
Model: Bus/Vanagon
Type: camper
Trim: GL
Year: 1986
Mileage: 150,420
VIN: WV2ZB0255GG073037
Color: Tan metallic
Engine: 2.1 L
Cylinders: 4
Fuel: regular gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: 4WD
Interior color: tan
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, United States
Air Conditioning

Description for Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 1986

  • Up for sale for the first time in 31 years is my syncro camper, You've heard the saying " This car was driven by a little old teacher back and forth to school only twelve miles a day" well that's about it except for several camping trips to Canada, Florida and a road trip out west. Not many off road adventures. One thing that's truly important for you to know and to your unusual advantage is that I know everything that has happened with this van from dealership pickup in1986 until now. No guessing what a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or more owner or used car dealer did to it. It's a well maintained full sized syncro camper, not a weekender model. Any and all questions you might have I can answer with absolute honesty and accuracy. Since I retired I only use it for camping and fishing locally. I love fresh and salt water fly fishing and often tie my flies right in the van while fixing a cup of tea or coffee on the stove or resting up for morefishing adventures.[picture].Why am I selling it now? Because I live in expensive NJ and want to stay here! Besides, I had my time with her and now am ready for some new syncronaut like you to have some fun. Someone said there were only about 1500 syncro GL campers sold in the USA between 1986 and 1991. Not sure, but I know they're not common. I've seen the Utube videos of what these can do off road with a bigger engine! Not for me! It's a great vehicle but it does have some minor problems. All fixable but not by me. The original paint now shows several rust spots around windows and needs attention.Two small rust spots on body seems behind doors. Under side looks rust free. You can see the rust spots if you magnify my images. These are rust spots not rust throughs. A few years ago the viscous coupler started to make noise so I had the drive shaft disconnected. It's stored safely in my garage along with all original nuts and bolts {see picture}. I've put off the needed repair...a sin I must continue to live with. Now driving with rear wheels only. Supposedly an easy repair once you find a coupler. In 2003 I was in a minor accident. Some young buck made a left turn into my rear left side panel while I was crossing an intersection. Only two blocks from home! It was a sizable dent but no damage to engine other than a loose water hose which created a lot of steam. So I had it towed to a local professional body shop who did a good repairing the dent. Meanwhile my insurance company claimed it as a total loss because the repair, according to them, was greater then the blue book value of my Van. Back in 2003 the book value they used said a 17 year old VW Vanagon Syncro Camper was only worth about 2.7 grand! Such was the time before people realized how great these vans were and before syncro mania was born. So I took their money, payed for the bodywork, gave it a tuneup and was back on the road looking for a better insurance company! The rear bumper was slightly dented while I was shopping and then of course whoever hit me forgot to stay around! Radio antenna was replaced but is not working nearly as well as before. I haven't used the air conditioner in years so it probably needs servicing. Except for some road dings everything else is good! The original Wasserboxer 2.1 L engine is still running strong. Popup canvas, screening and top are good all round. No holes rips or tares. Comes with original front privacy curtain, side and rear curtains and rear mosquito netting and electrical cord hookup. Tires have plenty of thread left. Also I will include many repair worksheet receipts and manuals as well as the original window sticker sheet listing all of the included options not mentioned so far[see pictures] and the bill of sale if you want that too! Title is free and clear. I can't think of anything else! Put a little more money and sweat into this syncro camper and you will have one of the most useful, versatile and rarest of all vehicles on or off the road today...and a place to call home anywhere, anytime! Any questions please ask. If you live close and want to see it, send me a message through eBay.