During the 10 plus year production run of the Vanagon several trims and models were released and marketed. A comprehensive list is displayed below with more detailed descriptions of the key models below that.

  • Westfalia Pop-Top Camper
  • Syncro Four-Wheel Drive
  • Carat
  • B32 Limited Edition
  • WBX6 Oettinger “Wasserboxer”
  • Vanagon L
  • Vanagon GL
  • Weekender
  • Riviera
  • Wolfsburg Edition “Weekender”
  • Multivan
  • Microbus (South Africa)
  • Caravelle (South Africa)
  • Kombi (South Africa)
  • Van (South Africa)
  • Exclusiv (South Africa)
  • Activ (South Africa)



WestfaliaWestfalia pop-top campers were special models of the Vanagon that were manufactured and marketed throughout the life of the Vanagon.  They are the most common Vanagon Camper, and include a pop up roof with bed, refrigerator and stove. They also feature a pop up table in between the front seats and a lay down rear bench for a bed.

The Westfalia Vanagon camper is a full scale Class B motorhome with accommodations for four adults.  The top end for the Westfalia model was the Wolfsburg Edition Westfalia Campers which had all available options.



WeekenderThe Weekender version was also made by Westfalia but lacked the fridge, propane stove and sink with on board water supply. Instead versions were offered with removable cabinet, 12V cooler and self-contained sink.

The Wolfburg Edition of the Weekend made in 1984 featured a rear bench seat and two forward facing middle seats. The bench seat still folded down to make a bed and under it was a storage compartment and rear heater.



SyncroSyncro 4X4 model Vanagons were first introduced in 1985 and were produced through the end of the Vanagon generation. They were few in numbers and even more rare in a camper configuration. Syncros were fitted with a four-wheel drive system, shorter wheelbase and a 48/52 front to rear weight distribution.


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  1. I think I have a 1986 Westfalia Weekender Wolfsburg Edition, but it doesn’t exactly fit any of the categories you describe. It is a 1986 with the Westfalia logo, and the “Wolfsburg Edition” button on the front fenders. It has the pop-up roof with bed, lay-down rear bench/bed with storage & heater, and the 12V portable fridge. What’s different from your description (besides the year) is that there is NO “removable cabinet” or “self-contained sink”. Also, instead of two front facing middle seats, it has one REAR-facing middle seat (jump seat) behind the driver seat, and a hinged table that swings up between the bench seat and jump seat. I can’t seem to find a category described anywhere that has these exact features. I was also trying to find out if it had something to do with GL, L, etc, when trying to look up my vehicle value. Even with the VIN number, I’m not finding definitive answers. Thought you might have some insight.

  2. David, That sounds spot on for being a weekender. As for value, check the Samba. It won’t bring as much as a full camper, but it will definitely bring more money than standard vanagon. Now is the right time to sell as demand for RV and cars is up. Maybe you should take it camping, use it and then decide to sell… I don’t ever seeing me selling mine, willingly.

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