Mint Museum Showroom Quality 1978 Westfalia. Best of the Best.

Price: - Item location: Kelso, Washington, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Bus/Vanagon
  • Trim: Westfalia
  • Year: 1978
  • Mileage: 116,000
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1978 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon Westfalia

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This is one of the best original Westfalia's in the world. This is a mint museum quality example (this van looks like a brand new van and its 100% original!!).
Purchased new under the Euro delivery program on February 17th 1978 from Westfalia Were in Wiendebrueck Germany. Garaged since new. The original purchase price according to the window sticker was $10,432.01 usd. Mint Condition, 1 owner, museum quality 1978 Westfalia euro delivery with original paint!!! Factory AC van. Very rare automatic. New 2 liter fuel injected hydraulic valve motor, rebuilt automatic transmission (I have all records). This van was also ordered with the California emissions and still retains its original plaque next to the original Westfalia serial number sticker. I love driving the automatic late model Westy's, there is nothing like it...Mint interior (all original). Original German plates, mint Westfalia tent, original title, original manuals, paperwork and all accessories! Original window sticker and tourist delivery window sticker from Germany!!! I picked this van up from the original owner who bought this van in Germany new under the euro delivery program. She is now 97 and can no longer drive the van. Before I bought the van the original owner brought it to the shop and had them do what ever repairs it needed to drive cross country. This was important to her for the new owner to not have to do any work to the van. The repair did over $2000 in work to make it "cross country road trip ready". The original owner traveled across Germany in 1978 for several months, then had the van shipped back to Washington where it stayed. The van has been garaged since 1978 and was treated like a member of the family. This van has only 116k fully documented original miles. I have a stack of over 100 pages of maintenance records in chronological order since 1979. This van recently had a brand new motor installed by a professional air cooled VW shop at around 98k miles. The new motor cost over $4000. Absolutely ZERO RUST!!! The van was stored for many years, started up and driven every couple weeks to keep seals fresh. Runs, drives, perfect. One of the best, If not the best original Westfalias in existence.
ORIGINAL WESTFALIA ACCESSORIES- *** The van has the original mint factory Westfalia tent, ultra rare brown trash can with lid, ultra rare blue gas can, og child's cot, og storage stool, og front curtain, og gas cap, og head rests, og hub caps, and bug screen. I am also in the process of searching for the extremely rare Westfalia trash can that goes in the storage stool. All accessories listed are in mint condition. I bought the van fully stocked with every thing you need to go camping, ie; antique bowls, cups, silverware, plates, teapot, saw, hatchet, cleaning bucket (to much to list). You name it its in there and all from the late 70's. The van also came with a antique fishing tackle box filled with hundreds of dollars worth of rare old fishing tackle, fishing reals, knifes, hooks ect...
I tracked down the correct brown trash can with lid. I also got the a super rare factory (accessory) polyethylene blue 5 liter gas can part number 000 093 031 out of a 78 transporter I recently purchased.
PAINT/ BODY- The original paint (Dakota Beige) is in MINT condition. The body and door gaps perfect. This van looks like it rolled of the factory floor in 1978. The van has always been garaged. Paint is stunning. I had a professional body shop polish the original paint to a mirror finish. All original Sigla glass. Even the windshield is OG. NEVER WRECKED OR DAMAGED. MINT Floors. The paint is still as new. Zero surface rust. This van is absolutely 101% rust free. I had the original rims sandblasted and powder coated the factory silver color as well as the original bumpers sandblasted and powder coated the original correct off white.
POPTOP- The pop top is in excellent condition for its age. The upper bunk upholstery is in mint condition and has never been used. There is no mildew stains typical on the underside of the pop top.
INTERIOR- This interior is in like new mint condition. All of the seats have no rips or wear. I did replace the driver side seat cushion bottom with the correct coconut fiber pad. I also had the seat bottom only plaid material replaced as there was a small wear spot in the original fabric. I used exact reproduction material to replace the seat bottom. Swivel seats only found on later Westfalias. All of the cabinets are mint, no chips, cracks, scuffs ect. The carpet is mint with no wear. The original owner made carpet covers over the original carpet back in 79 so the original carpet is mint/pristine.. All dome lights, dash lights, camping lights work. The dash is in perfect condition with no cracks. The heater works great. All electrical works perfect. Factory table that goes between driver and passenger seats. The head liner, door panels are mint (the entire interior is in mint original condition). All camping gear, fridge and propane works as it should. Original Motorola radio and speaker.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION- This bus has only 116,000 fully documented original miles. Fully rebuilt and resealed automatic transmission (have receipt). Low miles on the new engine, at a cost over $4000. I have the receipts for the new engine. 2 liter fuel injected motor that runs perfect with plenty of power. Brand new front brakes, calipers and hoses. New rear brakes and wheel cylinders. New fuel and vac lines, fuel filter, repacked wheel bearings, plugs, cap rotor, fresh oil change. Updated electronic ignition. New, motor mounts, engine seal, throttle cable, fuel pump, battery and much more. (The bus runs, drives, shifts, stops perfect.) I have all receipts for all work listed above. This bus is ready for cross country driving.
OTHER- Brand new Toyo 185 r 14 truck rated tires tires ($600). The floor boards look perfect - paint looks new. The undercarriage has all factory under coating great condition. The under carriage is dry and clean with ZERO RUST. The van has dual batteries so one can be used for camping, lights, fridge ect. with out draining the main battery. Phillips inverter. New KYB gas shocks front and rear, new cv boots. The original AC pump was removed so I am sourcing a replacement. All of the original hoses, wires, condensers, ect are present. Original keys. One key fits all locks.
MANUALS, ACCESSORIES & PROVENANCE- I have the original title from 1978 still in the original owners name and original dealer maintenance log book with every stamp!! Original Manchester propane manual, Motorola radio manual, Dometic fridge manual, as well as original ice cube trays, Cool AC manual and warranty card, Phillips inverter manual, Michelin tire manual, range (stove) manual, dealer manual, original Euro delivery window sticker/sales contract, gas mileage log. The van also comes with a stack of vintage maps of the Pacific North West.
DEQ (Smog)- This van just passed DEQ. This van passed each time. The van came with all California equipped smog equipment with California compliance decal and smog equipment from the factory.
This is the absolute definition of a time capsule in every way... One of the best Westfalias in existence!!! I have owned over 200 buses, been to many VW shows. This Westfalia tops all the bay windows I have ever seen or owned....This is not your average Westfalia. This bus is in mint museum quality collector condition. This is as close as you can get to a brand new Westfalia as you can get. The original owner took amazing care of this van. The van has only been driven driven sparingly since new. This bus has always been garaged since new, no really garaged since new..... The interior is in amazing shape and in mint original condition. This bus is a time capsule that you just don't see every day. NO RUST, no wrecks in over 37 years! 1979 was the last year of the much sought after air cooled bay windows with the 2 liter fuel injected motor. The van is loaded with just about every factory option you could get in 79. Mint original paint. Documented 116k original miles. I have countless hours into the preservation and detailing of this bus.... This van would be the perfect center piece for any VW collection. This van is out of an world class collection.
*** I will be happy to answer any questions over the phone, by email, or in person. Personal inspections of the van can be done before the end of the auction. I can also store the van free of charge in my shop prior to shipping.