This 1987 Syncro Vanagon is finished in "Merian Brown" and looks good as a tin top instead of the normal pop tops that we often see sporting this color. It looks like a repaint based on the shine level + bubbling seams, but things look solid underneath and clean inside. This could be a solid Syncro for a decent price.
Nearly $13,000 for a slow, 30 year old, VW van may seem high to those who don't worship at the altar of Syncro, but prices for clean originals have been climbing higher lately and the sky's the limit for "built" versions.
Cap City Motorsports is semi-local and though we're not personally familiar with them, they always have a wide range of Vanagons for sale. They have built up rigs that are pushing $90,000 so this one falls on the low end of their inventory. We're hoping that they're selling it as stock in order to appeal to a wider range of buyers, not because it's in good enough condition to build out.
The seller notes that this van is equipped from the factory with a Z-bed and rear locker -- we'll assume that the locker is in working condition since it's specifically called out. If that's the case, this should be a formidable snow machine with its ample ground clearance and BFG AT's. The seller says the tires are on 15 inch factory alloys but they're not a wheel that we're familiar with as a factory Syncro unit.
Things look clean underneath and the seller notes that there are "new suspension components." No specifics are given about what exactly that means and the undercarriage shots don't show anything that jumps out to us as especially new.
Inside things look clean with brown and tan as far as the eye can see. No AC in this van means more headroom inside and a bit more room for cargo in the back.
This van has covered 123,093 miles and the seller says that it has had "fluid changes." Again -- no specifics are provided but the engine compartment looks somewhat cleaner than normal.
Seam rust is present and it looks like this van received a pretty quick respray at some point. It's a shame that the seam rust wasn't addressed prior to paint being applied, but hopefully nothing is being hidden.
We have an 87 Syncro Vanagon in our garage and we love it. Ours has lower mileage, way worse paint, and a few more "character" points but we also paid about half of what this one is asking. This one isn't cheap -- in fact, this same dealer has a few for less money, but this one seems like it could be a good balance between rust bucket and show van and could be a good starting point for a long term driver / build.
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