1986 MODEL YEAR OVERVIEW
1986 was big year in the evolution of the Vanagon. It marked the beginning of a new engine, an All-wheel-drive system (Syncro) as well as other refinements and improvements. Seven models of the Vanagon were built for the United States market for model year 1986. These were:
Eight paint colors were available:
Pastel White, Merian Brown, Savannah Beige Metallic, Marine Blue, Flash Silver Metallic, Dove Blue Metallic, Bronze Beige Metallic, and Wolfram Grey Metallic.
Not all colors available on all models.
Volkswagen sold 12,288 Vanagons in the USA in model year 1986
(According to CarSalesBase.com)
Notable 1986 features:
There are several significant features to distinguish a 1986 from earlier years.
The most significant are:
- 2.1 liter Engine with Digifant fuel injection, compared to the 1.9 liter Digijet
fuel injected engine in the 1983.5 - 1985 vans
- Rectangular primary headlights, separate square high beam lights (1986 - 1991)
- 2 Black plastic front grilles (1983.5 - 1991)
- Syncro all-wheel drive models available for the first time
The 1986 six-seater Campers (2WD and Syncro) are described in the brochure with the word "base" to distinguish it from the four-seater Camper GL, which also included a kitchen. Although not described in the brochure as a Wolfsburg Edition, these models included the Wolfsburg emblems and the Owner's Manual Supplement describes them as the Wolfsburg Edition. Unlike other Wolfsburg Limited Editions which become available mid-year, the 1986 Wolfsburg Camper was available form the beginning of the model year and was very much like the 1985.5 edition which preceded it. Owners often refer to these six-seater Campers with the nickname "Weekenders".
1986 Brochure Gallery (Click any page to open)
Clips from Volkswagen's 1986 Brochure
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