The Dingman Collection 2012
9 - 10 June 2012
1986 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Syncro
To be auctioned on Sunday, June 10, 2012
Sold for $22,000
- Chassis no. WV2YB0256GG023145
Volkswagen’s third-generation transporter was introduced in 1979. Designated “T3,” it was known as “Caravelle” in Europe and “T25” in the United Kingdom. In the United States it was sold as the “Vanagon,” a successor to the Microbus and Kombi that had become cult cars in their heyday. Initially built with the legendary four-cylinder air-cooled boxer engine, it was converted to water cooling in 1983, for better emission control and engine management.
A major upgrade was conducted for 1986, with more fabric choices, a redesigned air conditioning system, a larger engine, an upgraded management system, and a new design transmission, available for the first time with Syncro all-wheel drive. The last of the rear-engine Volkswagens, the T3 was discontinued in 1992, although a version continued to be manufactured in South Africa until 2002.
The Dingman Collection’s Volkswagen Vanagon is the top-level GL model with five-speed manual transmission and Syncro all-wheel drive. A water-cooled, 2.1-liter model, it is equipped with air conditioning and power steering and brakes; it also has cloth-faced seating for seven and a cassette AM/FM stereo radio. The vehicle is clean from stem to stern, including the engine compartment, exhibiting just a few chips in the paint. The undercarriage shows some use but is entirely commensurate with the 14,500 miles shown on the odometer. Pampered Vanagons like this one seldom turn up. Most survivors have been used long and hard and, as such, low mileage examples warrant close attention from enthusiasts.
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