The Westfalia was a member of Volkswagen's Type 2 line, which comprised several models of a group known as the Transporter or the Microbus. The VW Westfalia was released in 1951 as the Transporter's camper model. Westfalias featured a distinct interior equipped especially for camping. In 1985 the Westfalia was updated with new upholstery among other design modifications.
The Westfalia was more widely known in the U.S. and Canada as the Volkswagen Vanagon. The 1985 Westfalia was released in two major models; the Poptop and the Hightop. Both models were released in the UK, but the Poptop was the only model that reached the shores of the U.S. and Canada. The Poptop versions were equipped with a pop-up roof, which is used to extend the vehicle's inner upper dimensions. The Hightop models were equipped with a fixed high roof. Both models were released as rear-wheel drive vehicles that could accommodate seven passengers and sleep two.
The 1985 Westfalia's standard powertrain was a water-cooled 1.9L four-cylinder Otto Motor engine with Air Flow Control. It also used a fuel injection system known as the "Digijet." The engine's output was 82 horsepower at 4,800 rpm with a torque of 105.5 lb-ft at 2,600 rpm. It came standard with a four-speed manual transmission while an automatic transmission was an option. The vehicle was equipped with a rack and pinion steering, and had a front and rear independent suspension system.
A combination cupboard in the 1985 Westfalia was situated on the left behind the driver's seat, which contains a sink and an LPG cooker. It had a cutlery draw, a cupboard for tableware and a fridge. The interior was also equipped with a 10.5 gallon freshwater tank, a wardrobe, a roof locker below the roof bed, a 188 cm x 120 cm double bed situated at the rear of the vehicle, a rear table on a swinging arm and a front table on a swinging arm.
Features and Pricing
Standard features included reclining front bucket seats, vinyl upholstery, a rear window defogger and a four-speaker audio system. Optional features included a premium audio system, tinted glass and air conditioning. As of 2010 a 1985 Westfalia costs around $3,000 to $7,000 depending on the vehicle's condition.
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