The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 212
1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Pickup

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1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Pickup


• Desirable German-built Vanagon Pickup
• Highly versatile double-cab model with pickup bed
• First-generation water-cooled “Wasserboxer”
• Solid overall condition

2,109 cc rear-mounted water-cooled, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, Bosch electronic fuel injection, 95 HP, manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 2,456 mm (96.7”)

As the successor to the first two long-running generations of Volkswagen’s immensely versatile Type 2 Transporter vans, coded ‘T1’ and ‘T2’, the new Type 2 ‘T3’ marked a revolution for its maker upon its debut for 1980. First available as a three-door van and three-door pickup truck, the T3 offered a leap forward in passenger comfort with numerous power-assisted features and amenities now available to Volkswagen’s loyal and enthusiastic buyers.

Worldwide ‘T3’ production spanned 1980-91 at Hanover, Germany and Graz, Austria, with the new VW model named Vanagon (Van + Wagon) in North America, the T25 in the United Kingdom, the Caravelle for Europe and as the Caravelle and Kombi in Australia. The T3 was also produced at Uitenhage, South Africa as the Microbus for that specific market only from 1992-2002. As before, the beloved Westfalia camper conversion was available for the ‘T3’ and a number of upscale variants were offered, including the Carat and 4X4 GL Syncro.

Although the T3 was initially available with Volkswagen’s signature air-cooled engines, including 1.6- and 2.0-litre displacements, they were soon phased out during 1983 in favor of water-cooled “Wasserboxer’ engines offering greatly improved power output and performance. The overwhelming majority of U.S.-market Vanagons featured VW’s new generation of water-cooled engines, with the 95-horsepower, 2.1-litre unit most commonly used until the end of Vanagon importation to the Unites States in 1991.

An interesting “garage find,” this original U.S.-specification Vanagon Pickup is a rare example with this roomy, multi-purpose body style. It is also a first-generation, pre-1986 model with rounded headlights. While having served its prior owners well, as evidenced by the sunbaked paint finish, the body does remains solid and the vehicle is quite presentable throughout. As offered, this desirable Volkswagen Vanagon Pickup presents a number of interesting possibilities – to review mechanically and return to the road, restore it, or use it for your own business enterprise – the choice is all yours!

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