We’re very sad to be selling our 1985 VW Vanagon GL due to buying our first home.
We purchased the van locally in 2021 and have since covered thousands of trouble-free miles around the UK and France. The van was imported from the USA in 2016, when it had the high top and camper-van interior professionally fitted. We're the second owners in the UK and have had the van maintained and serviced regularly by Paul Van Works, a classic VW specialist in Medway, Kent.
Automatic 3 Speed
1.9 Fuel Injection (US spec)
Immobiliser & tracker.
Factory fitted power steering
CD player & uprated speakers
EMC high-top roof (excellent for storage and can sleep 2 young children)
Original GL spec interior, including rock and roll bed.
2 burner gas hob
3-way fridge (fully working)
Fiamma bike rack (newly fitted last year)
Debus sun canopy awning
The van is very easy to drive both around town and over long distances thanks to the automatic gearbox, power steering and comfortable seats. It starts first time, and will happily cruise at 65mph on the motorway.
In our ownership we've had the following work carried out on the van;
Annual service (most recently March '23)
Alternator, Fan & AC belts
New higher capacity battery
New rear shock absorbers
New brake hoses front and rear + fluid
Rear drum brakes cleaned, greased + adjusted.
New front Hanhook tyres (+ tracking)
New interior gas hoses
New drivers seatbelt
New fuel filters, hoses and filler neck
+ much more
The underside of the van is very clean, thanks to spending most of it's life in Colorado, a dry US state. The van was also undersealed when it arrived in the UK. The bodywork is in very good condition for a 38 year old van, with a few bumps and scrapes, and some very minor seam rust. Sills, steps and other problem areas are all solid.
The only mechanical issues we're aware of is that it doesn't like being filled to the brim with fuel (leaky overflow pipe) and the speedo can intermittently under read (probably just needs a new cable as was fine until recently).
This van has been loved and maintained to a high standard over the last 10 years, with stacks of paperwork from the UK and the US. This is our only vehicle and we never hesitate to drive across the country to visit family or friends.
Based in South London.