Connect with us


At $11,995, Will This 1990 VW Vanagon be Gone, Baby, Gone?



Nice Price or No Dice 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon

For whatever reason, VW Busses like today’s Nice Price or No Dice Vanagon tend to command premium prices. This one-owner Type 2 may be an exception. Let’s see what that might all be about.

When it comes to first-world problems, where to put the removable hardtop for your convertible sports car when detached must be amongst the most vexing. That was definitely a concern with yesterday’s 1997 BMW Z3 2.8, although not enough to cause similar consternation over the car’s $8450 price tag. That earned the little Bimmer a laudably non-problematic 85 percent Nice Price win.

An old joke asks “what’s the last thing to go through a fly’s mind when it hits your windshield?” The answer, of course, is “its ass.” And that, my friends, is why in the U.S. we don’t have forward-control consumer vans like this 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon for sale new these days.

Image for article titled At $11,995, Will This 1990 VW Vanagon be Gone, Baby, Gone?

Safety concerns aside, VW’s Type 2 is an amazing bit of packaging, having taken what was ostensibly the Beetle platform and stretching the bodywork over it in a form that offers the absolute maximum passenger and/or cargo capacity. To do that, it meant placing the two (or three) front seats over the front wheels, and the steering column out well ahead of those wheels. As one might postulate, that’s not the greatest place for either to be in the event of a front-end collision.

That has not stopped classic VW Busses and even later models like this Vanagon to creep up in value as desirability seems to outweigh death and disfigurement in the minds of the model’s most money-flush advocates.

Image for article titled At $11,995, Will This 1990 VW Vanagon be Gone, Baby, Gone?

This is a fairly box-stock Vanagon, which, per the ad, has been a single-owner car up until the present. It comes in deep blue over silver and wears a set of handsome factory alloys. Seriously, does anyone do better alloy wheels than the Germans? Maybe the Italians. I don’t know.

At any rate, the seller says the boxy bus has been an Arizona resident all its life so rust should be a foreign concept. Age, however, as well as the brutal Arizona sun are evident in the paint on the rear bumper and the ominous presence of a toupee stop the dash, the latter being cleverly held in place by a pair of standard binder clips.

Image for article titled At $11,995, Will This 1990 VW Vanagon be Gone, Baby, Gone?

The rest of the cabin presents well, with the gray cloth upholstery showing little wear and lots of padding. A long tube mounted to the ceiling circulates the A/C throughout the cabin. Of course, with just 90 horsepower on tap from the Vanagon’s 2.1 liter pancake four, cranking up that A/C may mean relegating the van’s progress to a walking pace.

Image for article titled At $11,995, Will This 1990 VW Vanagon be Gone, Baby, Gone?

The seller doesn’t give any deets on the condition of that air-cooled engine or its four-speed manual drivetrain companion. There are 147,000 miles on the clock, and it’s not unreasonable to assume that anyone who owned a vehicle like this for so long and that many miles would have maintained it in some fashion.

What the seller does note in the ad—actually it’s more of a veiled threat—is that lacking responses on Craigslist, the van will go up on some undisclosed auction site, calling the current post a “small window to buy directly,” whatever that means.

Image for article titled At $11,995, Will This 1990 VW Vanagon be Gone, Baby, Gone?

The ad sets the sale at $11,995, and it’s now up to us to determine if the Vanagon is a deal at that price. What do you say, will it sell at that asking and thus save the seller from having to list it elsewhere? Or, does that price make this a Bus that you would kiss goodbye?

You decide!

Phoenix, Arizona, Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Bill Needam for the hookup!

Help me out with NPOND. Hit me up at and send me a fixed-price tip. Remember to include your Kinja handle.

Continue Reading

Recent News

Personal Injury Lawyer Personal Injury Lawyer
Law17 hours ago

Finding the Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Lumberton, NC

Personal injury law is designed to protect individuals who have been harmed due to the negligence or wrongful actions of...

WhatsApp Business WhatsApp Business
Business24 hours ago

Running WhatsApp Business with Pro+VPS for Android Emulator

WhatsApp Business is one of the most powerful tool for Business to manage customers communication. Running it can enhance the...

Civil Partnership Visa Civil Partnership Visa
Finance2 days ago

Civil Partnership Visa vs Spouse Visa: Which One is Right for You

Choosing the right visa to join your partner in the UK can be confusing. Two common options are the Civil...

Crypto Crypto
Crypto3 days ago

Staked Crypto – A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Ethereum staking has become an increasingly popular way for cryptocurrency holders to earn passive income through staking rewards. In this...

Ethereum Staking Ethereum Staking
Crypto5 days ago

Maximizing Ethereum Staking Rewards: Tips and Tricks

Are you looking to maximize the potential of your Ethereum holdings? Stake Ethereum using OkayCoin and take advantage of the...

Wedding Wedding
Wedding5 days ago

4 Wedding Services You Can Quickly Check Off Your To-Do List

Organizing a wedding might like arranging a large-scale symphony, in which each element must work together to produce a beautiful...

Luxury Shopping Luxury Shopping
Lifestyle5 days ago

Luxury Shopping in Ibiza: A Guide to the Finest Boutiques

Ibiza is synonymous with lavish lifestyles, sun-soaked beaches, and electrifying nightlife. But beyond the party scene and stunning seascapes, the...

Indian Brides Indian Brides
Fashion1 week ago

Top Trends in Diamond Necklaces for Indian Brides

As Indian brides gear up for their big day, the selection of the perfect diamond necklace is crucial. Diamond necklaces...

Snaptik Snaptik
Entertainment1 week ago

Snaptik: The Ultimate Tool for Watermark-Free TikTok Downloads

Snaptik stands out as the top tool for downloading TikTok videos without watermarks. It fights the issue of videos having...

Bedroom Bedroom
Lifestyle1 week ago

Refresh Your Bedroom: Summer-Inspired Interior Designs

Not only does June signal the midpoint of 2024, but it also signals the arrival of summer. With the changing...