1981 Vanagon Westfalia It's been a while since I picked up a project of this nature and it's probably the 2nd worst initial condition vehicle I've ever purchased (that I planned on restoring anyway). At a glance it's rough, and to be fair it's over 30 years old so it should be a bit weathered. This thing has been driven and taken who knows where, but several things about it made me want to pick it up. First, it's got a manual transmission with an air cooled flat-4, one of the simplest vehicles I could imagine buying. The obvious benefit is that it's a Westfalia camper, so it has an onboard propane tank and vents, a fridge, fresh water container, sink and gas stove. It also has 2 beds, the famous top-top so you can have more tons of head room when using the camper, and a lot of charm. The front seats swivel backward and there's a table that swings out for use. There's also tons of storage space, cabinets everywhere. Compared to the cars I usually own (such as my daily driver 2001 Honda Insight) this thing is like a mansion on wheels. The car has blue license plates which means it's probably been in California its whole life. This means it's likely seen minimal snow and even rain, so the metal and just about every part of the van is rust-free or in great shape. The engine runs well and the transmission works perfect. Everything mechanically seems just fine. The car's super simple with no power steering (?) or A/C. It has manual windows and door locks so it should be ultra lightweight and reliable once it's gone through. There's the bad of course... The interior is rough: the panels are damaged in places, the lining on the cabinets and counters are warped and bubbled, some of the doors in the cabinets don't stay closed. I don't know if any of the fridge/water/stove etc. work at all, and the headliner and various parts of the interior are badly needing replacing. The carpets are gross. The camper tent shows wear. The window seals and top seals are shot. The paint is rough and the fiberglass pop-top is nearly black, very gray -- not the shiny white it's supposed to be. So it'll be a lot of work.