USA Model Summary for 1987 VW Vanagons


Seven models of the Vanagon were built for model year 1987. These were:

Prices shown in individual descriptions are MSRP figures from actual window stickers and other reference sources. Where a range of prices is shown, this depicts the range of MSRPs found. The price ranges are not an attempt to indicate a selling price range. These varied prices are likely the result of mid-year price changes from VW.

Colors available

Pastel White

Mocha Brown

Savanah Beige Metalic

Marine Blue

Flash Silver Metalic

Dove Blue Metalic

Titian Red Metalic

Wolfram Grey Metalic

(Not all colors available on all models.)

Distinguishing features

There are no exterior features to distinguish an '87 from the '86 model year. The 1987 has carryover features from 1986 including:
  • 2 Black plastic front grills (common to 1986-1991)
  • Chromed steel bumpers
  • Rectangular primary headlights, seperate square high beam lights (common to 1986-1991)
  • "Volkswagen" with VW logo on left side of rear hatch

The 1987½ Wolfsburg Edition was the first Vanagon with the aero styled urethane covered bumpers. These bumpers are metalic grey and there are no matching rocker panels. This model also has body colored rear view mirrors and a new ride height lowered by 1.2".

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Wolfsburgs Wolfsburg editions

1987 Vanagon GL

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Standard Features:
  1. Drivetrain

    2.1 liter water-cooled horizontally opposed engine
    Digifant fuel injection
    95HP @ 4800RPM, 117FtLbs @ 3200RPM
    4 speed manual transmission
    Rear wheel drive
    Electronic ignition
    Dynamic oil pressure system
    Thermostatically controlled 2-speed electric radiator fan

  2. Suspension, wheels, steering

    Independent front & rear suspension
    Power assisted brakes, 10.9" front solid disks, 9.9" rear drums
    Power assisted rack & pinion steering
    Steel belted radial tires, size 185R14C6PR
    14" steel wheels, 5.5" wide
    Aero wheel covers

  3. Exterior, body

    Dual outside mirrors
    Sliding side door
    Sliding side windows
    Opening wing windows
    Tinted glass
    Electric rear window defogger
    Intermittent front windshield wipers

    Wheelbase:

    96.9"

    2.46 meters

    Front track:

    62.4"

    1.585 meters

    Rear track:

    61.8"

    1.57 meters

    Length:

    179.9"

    4.57 meters

    Width:

    72.6"

    1.844 meters

    Height:

    77.2"

    1.96 meters

    Ground clearance:     

    7.5"

    19 cm

    Turning circle:
    (curb-to-curb)

    35.8 ft     

    10.91 meters

  4. Interior

    Padded instrument panel
    Speedometer with trip odometer
    Tachometer
    Fuel level gauge
    Coolant temperature gauge
    Digital LCD clock
    Illuminated vanity mirror
    Illuminated lockable glove box
    Deluxe front bucket seats with fold-down adjustable armrests
    Two passenger center bench seat with fold-down armrests
    Three passenger rear bench seat
    Velour upholstery
    Full carpeting
    Cloth inlays in door panels

    Cargo capacity:

    Behind rear seat:

    49.7 ft3

    1.408 meters3

    Rear seat down:

    92.9 ft3

    2.633 meters3

    Rear seat down, center seat removed

    201 ft3

    5.696 meters3

  5. Miscellaneous

    15.9 Gallon fuel tank mounted under center of van
    16 MPG EPA city estimate
    18 MPG EPA highway estimate

Optional Features:

    3 speed automatic transmission (reduces EPA MPG to 14-city, 16-hwy)

    $???

    Air conditioning with outlets in front & rear

    $???

    AM/FM cassette radio with anti-theft feature

    $???

    Sunroof (not available with air conditioning)

    $???

    Rear window wiper with intermittent feature

    $???

    Power heated side rearview mirrors

    $???

    Power front windows

    $???

    Power door locks including side door and rear hatch

    $???

    Cruise control

    $???

    Alloy wheels, 5-spoke, 14" x 6" wide, with 205/70 R14 tires

    $???

    Weekender package (rear seats folds into bed, cushion over engine)

    $???

1987 Vanagon GL Syncro

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Standard Features:
  1. Drivetrain

    2.1 liter water-cooled horizontally opposed engine
    Digifant fuel injection
    95HP @ 4800RPM, 117FtLbs @ 3200RPM
    5 speed (4 + low) manual transmission
    Full time All Wheel Drive
    Electronic ignition
    Dynamic oil pressure system
    Thermostatically controlled 2-speed electric radiator fan

  2. Suspension, wheels, steering

    Independent front & rear suspension
    Power assisted brakes, 10.9" front solid disks, 9.9" rear drums
    Power assisted rack & pinion steering
    Steel belted radial tires
    14" steel wheels, 5.5" wide
    205/70 R14 tires
    Aero wheel covers

  3. Exterior, body

    Dual outside mirrors
    Sliding side door
    Sliding side windows
    Opening wing windows
    Tinted glass
    Electric rear window defogger
    Intermittent front windshield wipers

    Wheelbase:

    96.6"

    2.454 meters

    Front track:

    61.7"

    1.57 meters

    Rear track:

    61.4"

    1.56 meters

    Length:

    179.9"

    4.57 meters

    Width:

    72.6"

    1.844 meters

    Height:

    78.3"

    1.989 meters

    Ground clearance:     

    8.3"

    21.08 cm

    Turning circle:
    (curb-to-curb)

    35.8 ft     

    10.91 meters

  4. Interior

    Padded instrument panel
    Speedometer with trip odometer
    Tachometer
    Fuel level gauge
    Coolant temperature gauge
    Digital LCD clock
    Illuminated vanity mirror
    Illuminated lockable glove box
    Deluxe front bucket seats with fold-down adjustable armrests
    Two passenger center bench seat with fold-down armrests
    Three passenger rear bench seat
    Velour upholstery
    Full carpeting
    Cloth inlays in door panels

    Cargo capacity:

    Behind rear seat:

    49.7 ft3

    1.408 meters3

    Rear seat down:

    92.9 ft3

    2.633 meters3

    Rear seat down, center seat removed

    201 ft3

    5.696 meters3

  5. Miscellaneous

    18.4 Gallon fuel tank mounted above transmission
    15 MPG EPA city estimate
    15 MPG EPA highway estimate

Optional Features:

    Air conditioning with outlets in front & rear

    $???

    AM/FM cassette radio with anti-theft feature

    $???

    Sunroof (not available with air conditioning)

    $???

    Rear window wiper with intermittent feature

    $???

    Power heated side rearview mirrors

    $???

    Power front windows

    $???

    Power door locks including side door and rear hatch

    $???

    Cruise control

    $???

    Alloy wheels, 5-spoke, 14" x 6" wide

    $???

    Weekender package (rear seats folds into bed, cushion over engine)

    $???

    Locking rear differential

    $???

1987 Vanagon Camper

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Standard Features:
  1. Drivetrain

    2.1 liter water-cooled horizontally opposed engine
    Digifant fuel injection
    95HP @ 4800RPM, 117FtLbs @ 3200RPM
    4 speed manual transmission
    Rear wheel drive
    Electronic ignition
    Dynamic oil pressure system
    Thermostatically controlled 2-speed electric radiator fan

  2. Suspension, wheels, steering

    Independent front & rear suspension
    Power assisted brakes, 10.9" front solid disks, 9.9" rear drums
    Steel belted radial tires, size 185R14C6PR
    14" steel wheels, 5.5" wide
    Aero wheel covers

  3. Exterior, body

    Dual outside mirrors
    Sliding side door
    Sliding side windows
    Opening wing windows
    Tinted glass
    Electric rear window defogger
    Intermittent front windshield wipers
    Pop-top roof with cargo carrier

    Wheelbase:

    96.9"

    2.461 meters

    Front track:

    62.4"

    1.585 meters

    Rear track:

    61.8"

    1.57 meters

    Length:

    179.9"

    4.57 meters

    Width:

    72.6"

    1.844 meters

    Height:

    80.9"

    2.055 meters

    Ground clearance:     

    7.5"

    19.05 cm

    Turning circle:
    (curb-to-curb)

    35.1 ft     

    10.698 meters

  4. Interior

    Padded instrument panel
    Speedometer with trip odometer
    Analog clock
    Fuel level gauge
    Coolant temperature gauge
    Illuminated lockable glove box
    Front bucket seats
    One passenger rear facing seat behind driver's seat
    Three passenger rear bench seat (folds into bed, cushion over engine)
    Tweed cloth upholstery
    Full carpeting
    Cloth inlays in door panels
    2 person bed in pop-top
    Removeable 110VAC/12VDC refrigerator
    Folding side table
    3 cupholders
    Clothes locker/ 3 door closet
    Overhead storage cabinet
    Fluorescent light
    Privacy curtains
    Removeable screen for hatch door
    Skylight

    Cargo capacity:

    Behind rear seat:

    49.7 ft3

    1.408 meters3

  5. Miscellaneous

    15.9 Gallon fuel tank mounted under center of van
    16 MPG EPA city estimate
    18 MPG EPA highway estimate
    Second 12V battery

Optional Features:

    3 speed automatic transmission (reduces EPA MPG to 14-city, 16-hwy)

    $???

    Air conditioning with outlets in rear only

    $???

    AM/FM cassette radio with anti-theft feature

    $???

    Rear window wiper with intermittent feature

    $???

    Power heated side rearview mirrors

    $???

    Power door locks including side door and rear hatch

    $???

    Power front windows

    $???

    Cruise control

    $???

    Alloy wheels, 5-spoke, 14" x 6" wide, with 205/70 R14 tires

    $???

    Power steering (increases turning circle to 35.8 ft)

    $???

1987 Vanagon Camper Syncro

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Standard Features:
  1. Drivetrain

    2.1 liter water-cooled horizontally opposed engine
    Digifant fuel injection
    95HP @ 4800RPM, 117FtLbs @ 3200RPM
    5 speed (4 + low) manual transmission
    Full time All Wheel Drive
    Electronic ignition
    Dynamic oil pressure system
    Thermostatically controlled 2-speed electric radiator fan

  2. Suspension, wheels, steering

    Independent front & rear suspension
    Power assisted brakes, 10.9" front solid disks, 9.9" rear drums
    Steel belted radial tires, size 205/70 R14
    14" steel wheels, 5.5" wide
    Aero wheel covers

  3. Exterior, body

    Dual outside mirrors
    Sliding side door
    Sliding side windows
    Opening wing windows
    Tinted glass
    Electric rear window defogger
    Intermittent front windshield wipers
    Pop-top roof with cargo carrier

    Wheelbase:

    96.6"

    2.454 meters

    Front track:

    61.7"

    1.57 meters

    Rear track:

    61.4"

    1.56 meters

    Length:

    179.9"

    4.57 meters

    Width:

    72.6"

    1.844 meters

    Height:

    82.1"

    2.085 meters

    Ground clearance:     

    8.3"

    21.08 cm

    Turning circle:
    (curb-to-curb)

    35.1 ft     

    10.698 meters

    Curb weight

    4100 lbs

    1860 kg

  4. Interior

    Padded instrument panel
    Speedometer with trip odometer
    Fuel level gauge
    Coolant temperature gauge
    Analog clock
    Illuminated lockable glove box
    Front bucket seats with swivel feature
    One passenger rear facing seat behind driver's seat
    Three passenger rear bench seat (folds into bed, cushion over engine)
    Tweed cloth upholstery
    Full carpeting
    Cloth inlays in door panels
    2 person bed in pop-top
    Removeable 110VAC/12VDC refrigerator
    Folding side table
    3 cupholders
    Clothes locker/ 3 door closet
    Overhead storage cabinet
    Fluorescent light
    Privacy curtains
    Removeable screen for hatch door
    Skylight

    Cargo capacity:

    Behind rear seat:

    49.7 ft3

    1.408 meters3

  5. Miscellaneous

    18.4 Gallon fuel tank mounted above transmission
    15 MPG EPA city estimate
    15 MPG EPA highway estimate
    Second 12V battery

Optional Features:

    Air conditioning with outlets in rear only

    $???

    AM/FM cassette radio with anti-theft feature

    $???

    Rear window wiper with intermittent feature

    $???

    Power heated side rearview mirrors

    $???

    Power front windows

    $???

    Power door locks including side door and rear hatch

    $???

    Cruise control

    $???

    Alloy wheels, 5-spoke, 14" x 6" wide

    $???

    Locking rear differential

    $???

    Power steering (increases truning circle to 35.8 ft)

    $???

1987 Vanagon GL Camper

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Standard Features:
  1. Drivetrain

    2.1 liter water-cooled horizontally opposed engine
    Digifant fuel injection
    95HP @ 4800RPM, 117FtLbs @ 3200RPM
    4 speed manual transmission
    Rear wheel drive
    Electronic ignition
    Dynamic oil pressure system
    Thermostatically controlled 2-speed electric radiator fan

  2. Suspension, wheels, steering

    Independent front & rear suspension
    Power assisted brakes, 10.9" front solid disks, 9.9" rear drums
    Power assisted rack & pinion steering
    Steel belted radial tires, size 185R14C6PR
    14" steel wheels, 5.5" wide
    Aero wheel covers

  3. Exterior, body

    Dual outside mirrors
    Sliding side door
    Sliding side windows
    Opening wing windows
    Tinted glass
    Electric rear window defogger
    Intermittent front windshield wipers
    Pop-top roof with cargo carrier

    Wheelbase:

    96.6"

    2.45 meters

    Front track:

    61.7"

    1.57 meters

    Rear track:

    61.4"

    1.56 meters

    Length:

    179.9"

    4.57 meters

    Width:

    72.6"

    1.844 meters

    Height:

    82.1"

    2.09 meters

    Ground clearance:     

    7.5"

    19.05 cm

    Turning circle:
    (curb-to-curb)

    35.8 ft     

    10.912 meters

  4. Interior

    Padded instrument panel
    Speedometer with trip odometer
    Tachometer
    Fuel level gauge
    Coolant temperature gauge
    Digital LCD clock
    Illuminated vanity mirror
    Illuminated lockable glove box
    Deluxe front bucket seats with fold-down adjustable armrests & swivel bases
    Two passenger rear bench seat (folds into bed, cushion over engine)
    Velour upholstery
    Removable carpeting
    Cloth inlays in door panels
    110VAC electrical outlet
    Circuit breaker
    Electrical cable
    LPG stove
    LPG tank
    Sink & water storage tank
    Fire extinguisher
    Clothes locker/ 3 door closet
    Overhead storage cabinet
    Fluorescent light
    Privacy curtains
    Removeable screen for hatch door
    Skylight
    LPG/110VAC/12VDC refrigerator
    Two store-away tables

    Cargo capacity:

    Behind rear seat:

    49.7 ft3

    1.408 meters3

  5. Miscellaneous

    15.9 Gallon fuel tank mounted under center of van
    16 MPG EPA city estimate
    18 MPG EPA highway estimate

Optional Features:

    3 speed automatic transmission (reduces EPA MPG to 14-city, 16-hwy)

    $???

    Air conditioning with outlets in rear only

    $???

    AM/FM cassette radio with anti-theft feature

    $???

    Rear window wiper with intermittent feature

    $???

    Power heated side rearview mirrors

    $???

    Power front windows

    $???

    Power door locks including side door and rear hatch

    $???

    Cruise control

    $???

    Alloy wheels, 5-spoke, 14" x 6" wide, with 205/70 R14 tires

    $???

    Center swivel bucket seat with storage compartment base & armrests

    $???

1987 Vanagon GL Camper Syncro

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Standard Features:
  1. Drivetrain

    2.1 liter water-cooled horizontally opposed engine
    Digifant fuel injection
    95HP @ 4800RPM, 117FtLbs @ 3200RPM
    5 speed (4 + low) manual transmission
    Full time All Wheel Drive
    Electronic ignition
    Dynamic oil pressure system
    Thermostatically controlled 2-speed electric radiator fan

  2. Suspension, wheels, steering

    Independent front & rear suspension
    Power assisted brakes, 10.9" front solid disks, 9.9" rear drums
    Power assisted rack & pinion steering
    Steel belted radial tires, size 205/70R14
    14" steel wheels, 5.5" wide
    Aero wheel covers

  3. Exterior, body

    Dual outside mirrors
    Sliding side door
    Sliding side windows
    Opening wing windows
    Tinted glass
    Electric rear window defogger
    Intermittent front windshield wipers
    Pop-top roof with cargo carrier

    Wheelbase:

    96.9"

    2.46 meters

    Front track:

    62.4"

    1.585 meters

    Rear track:

    61.8"

    1.57 meters

    Length:

    179.9"

    4.57 meters

    Width:

    72.6"

    1.844 meters

    Height:

    80.9

    2.05 meters

    Ground clearance:     

    8.3"

    21.08 cm

    Turning circle:
    (curb-to-curb)

    35.8 ft     

    10.91 meters

    Curb weight

    4100 lbs

    1860 kg

  4. Interior

    Padded instrument panel
    Speedometer with trip odometer
    Tachometer
    Fuel level gauge
    Coolant temperature gauge
    Digital LCD clock
    Illuminated vanity mirror
    Illuminated lockable glove box
    Deluxe front bucket seats with fold-down adjustable armrests & swivel bases
    Two passenger rear bench seat (folds into bed, cushion over engine)
    Velour upholstery
    Removable carpeting
    Cloth inlays in door panels
    110VAC electrical outlet
    Circuit breaker
    Electrical cable
    LPG stove
    LPG tank
    Sink & water storage tank
    Fire extinguisher
    Clothes locker/ 3 door closet
    Overhead storage cabinet
    Fluorescent light
    Privacy curtains
    Removeable screen for hatch door
    Skylight
    LPG/110VAC/12VDC refrigerator
    Two store-away tables

    Cargo capacity:

    Behind rear seat:

    49.7 ft3

    1.408 meters3

  5. Miscellaneous

    18.4 Gallon fuel tank mounted above transmission
    15 MPG EPA city estimate
    15 MPG EPA highway estimate

Optional Features:

    Air conditioning with outlets in rear only

    $???

    AM/FM cassette radio with anti-theft feature

    $???

    Rear window wiper with intermittent feature

    $???

    Power heated side rearview mirrors

    $???

    Power front windows

    $???

    Power door locks including side door and rear hatch

    $???

    Cruise control

    $???

    Alloy wheels, 5-spoke, 14" x 6" wide

    $???

    Center swivel bucket seat with storage compartment base & armrests

    $???

    Locking rear differential

    $???

1987½ Vanagon GL Wolfsburg Limited Edition

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Standard Features:
  1. Drivetrain

    2.1 liter water-cooled horizontally opposed engine
    Digifant fuel injection
    95HP @ 4800RPM, 117FtLbs @ 3200RPM
    4 speed manual transmission
    Rear wheel drive
    Electronic ignition
    Dynamic oil pressure system
    Thermostatically controlled 2-speed electric radiator fan

  2. Suspension, wheels, steering

    Independent front & rear suspension
    Power assisted brakes, 10.9" front solid disks, 9.9" rear drums
    Power assisted rack & pinion steering
    Steel belted radial tires, size 185R14C6PR
    14" steel wheels, 5.5" wide
    Aero wheel covers

  3. Exterior, body

    Paint choices: Wolfram Grey Metalic (dark) & Vesuve Grey Metalic (silver)
    Power heated side rearview mirrors, painted to match body color
    Sliding side door
    Sliding side windows
    Opening wing windows
    Tinted glass
    Electric rear window defogger
    Intermittent front windshield wipers
    Rear window wiper with intermittent feature
    Metalic grey urethane-covered bumpers
    Front spoiler with brake cooling inlets

    Wheelbase:

    96.9"

    2.461 meters

    Front track:

    62.4"

    1.585 meters

    Rear track:

    61.8"

    1.57 meters

    Length:

    179.9"

    4.57 meters

    Width:

    72.6"

    1.844 meters

    Height:

    75.9"

    1.93 meters

    Ground clearance:     

    6.3"

    16 cm

    Turning circle:
    (curb-to-curb)

    35.8 ft     

    10.91 meters

  4. Interior

    Padded instrument panel
    Speedometer with trip odometer
    Digital LCD clock
    Fuel level gauge
    Coolant temperature gauge
    Illuminated vanity mirror
    Illuminated lockable glove box
    Deluxe front bucket seats with fold-down adjustable armrests
    Two rear-facing removeable seats behind front bucket seats
    Storage trays between front seats & rear-facing seats
    Three passenger rear bench seat with 3 headrests (folds into bed, cushion over engine)
    Velour upholstery
    Full carpeting
    Deluxe door panels with velour top and vinyl bottom
    Folding side table
    5 cupholders
    Fluorescent light
    Privacy curtains
    Power door locks including side door and rear hatch

    Cargo capacity:

    Behind rear seat:

    49.7 ft3

    1.408 meters3

  5. Miscellaneous

    15.9 Gallon fuel tank mounted under center of van
    16 MPG EPA city estimate
    18 MPG EPA highway estimate

Optional Features:

    3 speed automatic transmission (reduces EPA MPG to 14-city, 16-hwy)

    $???

    Air conditioning with outlets in front & rear

    $???

    AM/FM cassette radio with anti-theft feature

    $???

    Power front windows

    $???

    Cruise control

    $???

    Alloy wheels, 5-spoke, 14" x 6" wide, with 205/70 R14 tires

    $???

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