Low Mileage 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit L – REVISIT

We featured this 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit L at the end of last year, but it’s worth another look as you don’t see nice non-GTi Mk1s in such good nick. Offered at no reserve, this Rabbit has been well-cared for by a noted Volkswagen enthusiast and GCFSB follower. If you’ve been looking for a unique Mk1, time to get your bid in on this one.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit L on eBay

The below post originally appeared on our site December 13, 2014:

One of a Kind 1976 VW Rabbit VR5 Swap

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As far as powerplants go, VW has been experimenting throughout the years looking for the perfect mix of economy, and power, and in many cases has been successful. However in some cases, they mostly succeeded in creating an oddity…enter the VR5. The VR5 had a pretty healthy run in the Passat, Bora, and some Skoda models outside of the US market as an alternative the staple 1.8T.  But what is it really? Well, because of the very narrow angle of the “V” it can’t be considered a true V5 engine, as all cylinders share the same bank. The V5 is more closely aligned with Volkswagen’s legendary VR6, minus one cylinder, so technically is’s staggered 5, and has more in common with the inline-5s used in the Passat and Audi Quattros of the ’80s.

No matter how you classify it, it’s a pretty stout powerplant that sounds like a cross between an audi quattro, and a Corrado SLC. Producing 170 bhp this 20v version of the V5 engine would make a big heavy Passat, or MK4 Bora jump off the line,  swap it in to a light MK1 chassis, and now you have something a bit ridiculous. That is exactly what the seller of this Oceanic Blue Swallowtail Rabbit did, employing the age old hot rodders recipe (big engine in little car) creating something the world has never seen before, and likely won’t for a long time.

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Year: 1976
Model: Rabbit
Engine: 2.3 VR5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 132,800 mi
Price: $8,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: One of a Kind 4 Door Oceanic Blue 20V VR5 Swallowtail on VW Vortex

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I have an addiction to locating and building classic custom cars and trucks and it always seems I have about 30 potential project cars in mind at a time… but space and money aren’t there unfortunately..

1988 BMW M5

Concerned about the seemingly irrational behavior of the stock market? “M” might stand for Macy’s on Wall Street, but for us petrolheads it means but one thing: Motorsport. The original E30 M3 has sounded the horn for a bull market of early M cars, an effect that is trickling down to its contemporaries, the E24 M6 and this car, the E28 M5. One of GCFSB’s own, Nate, got in on what seems like the ground floor of early M5 fun almost two years ago. But each time an E28 M5 comes up for sale, the price seems to edge up a bit. Now here comes this minter for sale in California pushing $20,000 with 132k miles. Are the days of the affordable, original M5 over?

Year: 1988
Model: M5
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 132,800 mi
Price: $19,999.95 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW M5 on eBay

Selling my family owned since 1991 E28 BMW M5. It is in great condition and has always been cherished. It is mostly stock with only a dinan chip and upgraded stereo (original included). The car has brand new E28 M5 16″ wheels purchased from BMW and I just repainted the hood. The car has no scratches or dents. It was stored in a garage in California all its life and has never seen rain. My uncle kept this car up very well. I have a stack of service records since 1991. It has cold AC and everything works. The body is as straight as an arrow and there have been no accidents that I am aware of.

My uncle was sick for a while and it was not driven much in the last few years. I just paid to have a full tune up done, new clutch, rebuilt transmission, new wires, spark plugs.

Shark Week: 1984 BMW 628CSi

Never available in North America the 628 CSI was the entry level 6 series, featuring the fuel injected 2.8 borrowed from the 5 series.  With a touch less power than the 630 that it replaced the 628 was certainly no M6, but as far a german touring coupes go, these were right near the top of the mark for the buyer that didn’t necessarily want all of the flash and drama of the M6 (yes those people exist).

This barely used example for sale in Germany is a flash back to what it was like to be cruising in style in 1984.

Year: 1984
Model: 628CSi
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 75,800 km (~ 47,099 mi)
Price: €15,990 (~ $21,199 USD)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 BMW 628CSi on Mobile.de

One owner, 70,800km, automatic transmission, air conditioning, electric sunroof. Electric driver’s seat, electric rear windows, on-board computer, electric mirrors, chrome trim, cloth seats, leather sports steering wheel, alloy wheels, power steering, central locking, electric windows – front, ABS

As far as tidy classic german cars go, this is right on point.  For a car that is just a shade under 30 years old to have beautiful shining paint, a rip/crack free interior, and all working electrics, is a true testament to not only the way it was cared for, but the way it was built.  All that said, I just don’t see the $21,199 in this car.  Are there E24s fetching this kind of money, absolutely, but those cars are the top of the range cars, not the entry level models.  That is because as time passes, it’s the top range cars like the M6, and 635CSI that will appreciate the most as collector models.  Bottom line, this car is cool, and very clean, but a $12,000 – $13,000 car at best.…

1981 Volkswagen Polo

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Stemming from the Audi 50 and built to be an ultra compact economy car, the VW Polo fits that bill perfectly. The only thing smaller than the size of the car is the displacement of the engine, a 0.9 liter carbed four cylinder. While it was an economy car at heart, VW used the Polo as a test bed for many of the technologies that made their way in to later cars, like the supercharged G40 which later grew in to the G60 found in the Golf Special, Rallye Golf, and stateside, the Corrado G60.

The Polo was never sold here in the states, but a few enthusiasts have brought them here, and every so often they pop up for sale. This clean low mile example for sale in York, Pennsylvania will insure that you stand out at the local VW show.

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Year: 1981
Model: Polo
Engine: 0.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 57,000 km (35,418 mi)
Price: $6,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1981 Volkswagen Polo on VW Vortex

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That time of year. Getting the urge to move onto something else. I have owned this car since 2007. It is a ton of fun and gets lots of looks, even from people that have no idea what it is. I am really looking for a fun car I can take the whole family in if I want.

1981 VW Polo imported from Germany.

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Runs great, always starts reliably. Even after being in storage all winter. It does need a new heater core. It is currently out and the lines are looped. These do not require you to pull the dash, it is accessed under the rain tray. The body has some rust issues and shoddy repairs. All in all not bad, but is a 32 year old body.

1998 RUF Turbo R (993TT)

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One of the premier names in Porsche tuning, Ruf Automobile GmbH is a German automobile manufacturer. that specializes in specialty builds based on Porsche chassis. Founded in the late 1930’s as a repair shop, it wasn’t until 1977 that Ruf debuted their first full production car based on a 930 Porsche. What really put Ruf on the map was the creation of the CTR in 1987 which set the record as the world’s fastest production car at the time. Since then, Ruf has become the most renound names in the automotive tuning market with such hits ar the CTR2, CTR3, and RGT-8 all of which produce number that put most supercars to shame.

With such a stellar resume, it’s no wonder the seller of this stunning 993TT turned to Ruf to build his dream car.

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Year: 1998
Model: RUF Turbo R
Engine: 3.6 liter twin turbo flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 35,000 mi
Price: $110,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 RUF Turbo R on thesamba.com

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1998 RUF Turbo R (993TT)

This is my own personal car (I am not a dealer, not that dealers are bad) and I am an avid adult car enthusiast, this is my second Porsche and I am a PCA member…

1998 Porsche 993 RUF Turbo R Conversion…On record at RUF Germany and have RUF Receipts/Paperwork…
Clean Title (in hand)
Exterior – White
Interior – Two tone Navy Blue/Black with Carbon Fiber accents. The blue is truly navy (so darker tone but in pics do to lighting can look purple-ish but it is NOT, it is dark navy)
Miles Total – 35,500 on car, with roughly 15K range on RUF Turbo R package engine installed at time of conversion…
I bought the car in summer 2012 from a Porsche PCA Member who was the second owner and has owned the car since July 2000; first leasing through his business and then buying out the lease.

1971 Volkswagen T2 Single Cab

What was once a cult vehicle, often cast aside due to the sheer awkwardness of them, the T2 single and double cabs are coming in to the mainstream with a vengance.

With the high production and import numbers of the Volkswagen beetle, one would expect these things to be everywhere…right? Wrong. The reason lies in the ’60s with the Johnson administration. In retaliation for a tax on frozen chickens (yes frozen chickens) implemented by the German government, the US came up with a tax of their own. In an effort to harm the German economy and just plain get even, there was a 25% tax placed on all German trucks imported in to the US. By 1971 VW had decided to stop importing commercial vehicles into USA, and now here we are with some pretty rare trucks. Canada continued to import them but with the US dealerships unable to sell them and rising inflation in the ’70s, Canadian dealers soon gave up as well, making VW trucks a rare sight on North American soil.

In recent years these trucks have been commanding serious money. Blame it on Barret Jackson, or blame it on American Pickers. Either way these rare birds are no longer the hidden gem among the VW enthusiast community; rather they are high dollar auction bait.

Year: 1971
Model: T2 Single Cab
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 66,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1971 Volkswagen T2 Single Cab on eBay

Beautiful 1971 Single Cab. I had “Moose” for about a year or so. When I got him he needed some metal and body work. I had the metal work done by one person, then had a local company sand blast the entire pick-up (including treasure chest). I then had it painted green and white by a local painter.

2003 BMW M5

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After a three year hiatus, the sport sedan market forced BMWs hand at putting out the E39 M5…and for that we thank you. Thought by many to be one of the greatest saloon cars ever produced, I’m inclined to agree. With the sound of a muscle car, handling of a Porsche, and the acceleration of a bullet, the M5 just plain did everything right. You may be thinking, how can thes cars still he so revered almost a decade later? The answer to that is an easy one…simplicity.

No, I’m not stuttering, it’s the simplicity of the E39 that makes it such a great car, allow me to explain. With each successive generation of M5, BMW is adding more and more personalization, technology, and gadgetry in order to tailor the car to the driver. However, in many ways these systems, and iDrive menus do the exact opposite, creating a buffer between the driver and the car. The E39 had two settings, M, and not M, that’s it. The beauty in this is, like previous M generations, you drove the car as it was…and isn’t that 99% of the fun?

This stunning one owner M5 for sale in New York is a great way to get back to basics.

Year: 2003
Model: M5
Engine: 4.9 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 85,937 miles
Price: $18,900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: One Owner 2003 BMW M5 on BMW CCA Classifieds

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I am the original owner of the vehicle and have the window sticker and all service records since new. The car is completely stock with no after-market modifications. Other than tires and replacement batteries, all service, maintenance and repairs have been performed by authorized BMW dealers (BMW of Greenwich Ct and BMW of Ridgefield CT). Oil and fluid changes as well as other maintenance items were performed under “Old School” guidelines more frequently than that prescribed by BMW.

1977 Audi 50 GLS

Every now and then you come across a car that commands your attention. For most it’s a Ferrari 458 or a Bentley. For VW/Audi enthusiasts, it’s a rare and clean Audi like this 1977 Audi 50 for sale on Long Island, NY.

The Audi 50 was Audi’s ultra economy car offered as a three door hatchback with a 1.3l inline 4 that produced 59 bhp. Not exactly a hot hatch, but then again that was not the intention of this car. Rarely seen stateside, the Audi 50 was popular in Europe, both because its bang for the buck. In typical VW fashion, the VW version (Polo) and Audi badged 50 models were sold side by side for 3 years until 1978. As is typical for the economy class of cars, the less expensive VW Polo outsold the Audi 50, ultimately resulting in the 50’s demise. After the death of the 50 Audi changed their focus to the higher market car that they are known for today.

Year: 1977
Model: 50 GLS
Engine: 1.3L inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 111,000 km (70K miles)
Price: $15,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 Audi 50 on vwvortex.com

I have the ONLY Audi 50 in North America (predecessor to the mk1 vw polo) and there are few survivors across the pond, I did a ground up resto on it… entire shell in, out and bay was taken to bare metal and resprayed porsche albertblau, seats taken down to the skeleton and rebuilt, 1.3L single carb OG motor refurbished and tuned (odometer stopped at 111,000 kilometers (around 70K OG miles) but I can assure you it cant be much more, 4 speed manual shifts mint, new glass, carpet, nardi wheel that matched OG dash grain, fully fabbed suspension, airlift v2 air ride system, all metal trim and bumpers hand polished and the list goes on.

GCFSB Exclusive: 2002 BMW M3

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On a daily basis the staff at GCFSB scours online ads looking for rare, obscure and cool German cars for sale. While the Internet is a great resource for searching the globe for these rides, more often than not the real gems can’t be found online; rather, they come about by networking and word of mouth. Enter this beautiful E46 M3.

Here in New England, there is a great network of German car enthusiasts like the seller of this beauty. Bought a few years ago as a toy, this impecably maintained Steel Grey over red leather E46 M3 is too great a car not to feature here.

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Year: 2002
Model: M3
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 46,000 miles
Price: $25,500

Email for details: irsmith667@me.com

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2002 M3 46,xxx miles, Steel Grey metallic, Imola Red Napa leather interior, Harmon/Kardon sound, 6-speed manual, clear bra, window tintz, black grilles, st coilovers, Turner Motorsport spacers f&r, aftermarket stainless muffler section, afe stage2 intake, recent service includes alignment, valve cover gasket, plugs, valve adjustment, fresh oil change with castrol tws 0w60 (M oil)

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Enthusiast owned, meticulously maintained and with only 46K miles on the clock, this is the sort of car that would make a great weekend warrior for the M3 fan. With most E46s turning 100K miles and either abused or modified, this tastefully modified example would be a great addition to the right stable. While the asking price it at the top of the market, clean E46 M3s are becoming harder to find, so examples like this should command a premium price. So why would someone sell off such a beautiful car you may ask? The story of this M3 is all too common, with the seller’s sights have shifted to other things…in this case from München to Stuttgart.…