Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!  

The seller of today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Westie says it was bequeathed to him by his late uncle. It's a little rough around the edges but does that mean its price will have you yelling uncle?

Brown came to town yesterday in the form of a run-whatcha-brung V6-embiggened 1978 Toyota Corolla. Now, that car's oddball Vulcan V6 might let it live long and prosper, but with a 60% Crack Pipe loss, its price wasn't going to make that life an easy one.

Old, funky and sporting a color not often seen today describes that toyota, but it's also recipe for today's 1981 VW Vanagon with the desirable Westfalia camper package. I can't decide if the actual color of this Westie is Assuan Brown or Brite Orange, but I'm leaning toward the latter.


Whatever it is, the ad says the paint is ugly, but that even ugly girls can be a world of fun. Okay, well, we'll just leave that misogyny right there and will carry on looking at the car. On a number of other accounts, this camper seems to have a lot going for it.

The ad notes that the L-jetronic has been scrapped, and in its place there is a Weber 2BBL carb. Now, that may fly in its present location which appears to be New Jersey, but it may cause issues in places where they sniff the tailpipe every couple of years. It should be noted that the FI stuff is included in the deal. Aside from that carb - or perhaps because of that - the T3 is said to go and stop very well.


Other notable features of this 152K VW are the auxiliary battery and the claim that there's 'very little rust.' That of course is a subjective description so you might want to see if there's any place you can see through this bus other than the windows.

Those windows have the Westie curtains so even the modest can enjoy their camping clothes changes. There's also a pair of beds for sacking out, a table for your vittles consumption, and of course a small stove and a sink that looks like it came from an airplane bathroom.


All the Westie bits - including the pop-up canvas - looks to be in great shape. I mean, it's not creepy inside it at all and any little kid would feel no trepidation climbing in there to share some for your free candy or find your lost puppy.

Actually, it's not that kind of van at all. It does look kid-friendly however, and as you might know, these Westies are still hugely popular as both family vacation fodder and collectables for VW aficionados. The really rare examples - Sychro diesel camper et al - can and often do go for some serious change.


This one's $5,600, and that's not all that serious. In fact, that might make a prospective buyer pretty dang happy. Based on the ad, what do you think about that price? Does $5,600 seem like a good deal for this VW as described? Or, does it seem too tired to ask that much?

You decide!


South Jersey Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

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