I’d nearly forgotten about the awesome Golf Rallye until this amazing modified example started circling the interwebs. Maybe it’s because only 5000 were made, or maybe that none were sold in the US, or maybe its lack of racing heritage leaves it in the shadow of the similarly-styled E30 M3, Ur-Quattro, and Lancia Delta Integrale. Whatever it is, more people should know about this car. It was essentially an R32 made in 1989- an aggressive-looking Golf with Syncro and a hot engine, in this case the 160hp supercharged G60. As with the Lancia, Americans were not graced with the importation of the sexy box-flared hatchback, but there are some that have gone through the extreme hoops to federalize. This example has gone even further, adding a Euro 2.9l VR6 and a turbocharger without changing much of the 80stastic exterior.
This car reminds me why I went through an intense Rallye phase. It’s in great condition and the modifications make it a sleeping monster, even garnering a feature in EuroTuner. I love box flares, wherever they come from, and combined with the clean Golf II, we’ve got a winner. For $22k, I might keep looking for an E30 M3 or even a first-gen R32, but that’s not to say it isn’t worth it to the right person. Rarity, impressive modifications, and general cleanliness all get high marks on this one. Now let’s see some Golf Countrys over here!