Veritable Time Capsule: 25k-Mile 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon 4-Speed

  • April 01, 2021
The Rundown
  • Amazing Preservation Including Long-Term Storage
  • Offered from Only the Second Owner
  • Fabulous Condition Throughout
  • Only 25k Seller-Stated Miles from New!
  • 2.0L ‘Flat-4’ Engine w/ 4-Speed Manual Rear Transaxle
  • Incredibly Original w/ Clean Undercarriage
  • Equipped w/ A/C for All-Weather Comfort
Why We Like It

When Volkswagen released its new Vanagon in 1979, few, if any, of the product planners at Wolfsburg could have possibly envisioned the enduring influence and appeal VW’s new van would have on the public imagination. While most performed yeoman duty hauling families or representing countless businesses and were well used with huge mileage readings and gaining the battle scars to go with them, this 1985 Vanagon is a wonderfully well preserved, presented, and maintained example with a crazy low 25k miles of careful use!

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veritable-time-capsule-25k-mile-1985-volkswagen-vanagon-4-speed00000 vCv37Xdaefz 0CI0lM 1200x900Last registered back in 1993, this 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon is understood to look, drive, and run virtually as new, with factory A/C that blows cold!
As the seller relates, they purchased the Vanagon two years ago from the original owner’s estate and they had it transported to their favored mechanic do a total inspection plus recommission to make it 100% roadworthy. Every vital system was checked, and each component rebuilt or replaced at a cost of nearly $5k with receipts included. As an unrestored vehicle, it remains as close to new as you will ever find, with no rust, scratches or dents present and the original paint finish in conjunction with full factory interior that’s virtually showroom new. In short, a true “must see” modern classic Volkswagen!

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Valuation Verdict

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize this 25k-mile and impeccably original subject vehicle is a top-shelf example worthy of any collection. Online sales are dependent upon mileage, condition, and configuration, with nearly 90 offered and sold by Bring a Trailer alone over the past five years and bids running wildly around a wide spectrum from under $10k to nearly $60k. While its condition and startling originality make it an outlier today, the price of our subject vehicle is reasonable, nay, inexpensive in comparison. If you dig the Vanagon and appreciate its brilliant originality, this one’s asking price will likely seem cheap going forward, compelling us to consider it very ‘Well Bought’ at or near the seller’s asking price.

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