55,800 Original Miles


Automatic Transmission
2.1L 4 Cyl
90 hp @ 4800 rpm*
117 lb/ft torque @ 3200 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 16.8 seconds
Top Speed: 85 MPH
*Base Price in 1991: $22,795


*Seller Asking:


1991 VW vanagon for sale
Fast Facts:

  • Vanagons come with an appearingly small wheelbase for their size at 96″, which does wonders for its turning radius. Maneuvering around tight spots is surprisingly easy
  • While the engine and transaxle are located at the rear of the Vanagon, the car has a near 50/50 weight distribution on the road (near equal weight on each axle). This is due to the weight of the driver (and passengers) up front, as well as the large front disc brakes (vs smaller drums in the rear)
  • Locating the engine in the back has other benefits. There is more leg room/head room for passengers up front, less engine noise in the driver’s ears, and there is no hood to see over. Placing the engine over the rear drive wheels also improves traction – helpful when on the trails
  • It may not look like it, but the exterior shape has been aerodynamically optimized. Since VW owned the largest automotive wind tunnel in Europe at the time, it was used to bring the Vanagon’s drag coefficient down to .44 (vs .50 for other full size vans)
  • The wind tunnel testing is also responsible for the Vanagon’s highly efficient (and superb) ventilation system (front vent windows, sliding side windows, louvers in the ceiling, etc)
Key Model Year Changes:

  • Final year of the Vanagon. The following year (1992) switched to the Eurovan
  • 1986-1991 Vanagons are generally grouped together when comparing MY differences between all the Vanagons. These years can be distinguished by their square headlights (vs the previous round headlights)
  • These years featured the water cooled 2.1L, which is the biggest engine ever put in a Vanagon (resulting in its highest HP rating). The block features an updated #1 main bearing design compared to the previous years
  • One of the more appreciated features of this generation is the updated cooling system, which was simpler, had fewer parts, easier to maintain, and was better at keeping air out
  • ’88-’91 had big fiberglass bumpers (vs ’86 and ’87, which had small steel bumpers
  • ’88-’91 included an extra duct at the back of the rear side windows, for extra ventilation

Seller Notes:

  • 56k miles. Near mint, bone stock original Westfalia
  • Desirable rectangular headlight Vanagon
  • Owner has owned 11 VW Westy Campers in 30 year
  • Immaculate interior, every inch detailed and refreshed. Curtains like new
  • Mechanically flawless with 2″ of records
  • Top tent looks new, no rips or snags, seats are perfect
  • Perfect underside with zero rust, dings, bumps, or otherwise
  • New: exhaust, brakes, tires, catalytic converter, AC, tune-up, oil, coolant lines and flush, fuel lines, tank reseal w/ new grommets and sender, new propane tank and plumbing, new water faucet, and more


  • Location: Brewster, New York – View Seller’s Ad
  • Disclaimer: New Old Cars LLC is not affiliated with or endorsed by Autotrader 

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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output
*Performance numbers pulled from reputable automotive road tests
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability


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