Customized 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Syncro Camper Is Ready for the Road

The camper conversion model of 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Syncro is the shining star at this year’s Bring A Trailer. This auction item is bound to induce a hankering for adventure in many individuals! A dream come true for many car enthusiasts, this car auction is the perfect time for them to get their hands on amazing vehicles. Let’s find out more about the rare road-beast that’s the talk of this year’s auction!

The Model

Vanagon models were sold in North America from 1980 to 1991, and have become a rare sighting these days.This model from 1989 has been converted into a camper and features the brand’s Syncro all-wheel-drive system. Given the rising interest of people in outdoor camping, this vehicle is the perfect addition to push that interest and make it into reality! The camper encourages anyone to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

The Original Features

Among the Vanagon models, the GL included the most luxurious amenities possible during that time. Fancy features like a padded steering wheel rim, front-seat armrests, etc were all a part of the GL experience. This specific vehicle has preserved the original water-cooled flat-four engine, with a five-speed manual transmission. The owner of this one has also splurged on 14-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, with an optional Syncro system. The all-wheel-drive system also makes it easier to steer to off-route camping spots. The 90hp capacity may make it a slow drive, but with this camper the journey is as important as the destination

The Customized Features

The seller of this particular model has repaired and replaced several major parts, like the air-conditioning compressor and the tires, making the car ready to hit the open road. Though the brand already sold a factory-built camper version of this Vanagon model with a pop-top roof, this one is customized with a different pop-top roof for extra sleeping space, installed by the Country Home Campers, located in Santa Cruz, California.

Three Amazing Car Trends of 2022

With the pandemic gradually coming to an end, many sectors are expecting significant growth this year, including the automobile industry. Here are a few key automotive trends, which are going to dominate the automotive market this year.

Self-Driving Technology

Yes, self-driving cars are not only sci-fi fantasy anymore! As we move forward with technological advancements, newer wonders are being invented every day. A self-driving car does not need a human driver. Instead, it is operated by using sensory techs like sonar, lidar, or radar. It also uses intelligent odometry measurements in order to detect environmental changes, and maintain a safe speed, accordingly. There are 6 professional automation levels in cars, as per TWI Global. The higher the level, the more advanced the tech. Let’s see if the year 2022 can up the level of this incredible automotive tech.

Improved Safety Features

Improved technology calls for improved safety measures. With time, cars are also fitted with more advanced safety features in order to deliver utmost road safety. Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, emergency braking systems, blind-spot detection, electronic stability control, etc. are a few of the top safety techs available. In 2022, potential customers will check their car safety thoroughly, beforehand. According to MotorTrend, the 2021 Mazda 3, Honda Insight, and Subaru Legacy are some of the safest cars on road.

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication

The safety measures of your own car will fall short to anticipate the different actions of other drivers around you. While on-road, a tiny distraction can cause catastrophic damage to a car or even to a life! The advanced technology of vehicle-to-vehicle communication will allow the vehicles within close range to communicate among themselves and react accordingly, keeping the drivers safe. This means your car can change its function while needed, even without your input. This V2C tech works by exchanging messages on information like speed, location, and direction. Obviously, this tech is leading the expectation list of potential car drivers this year.