Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:
All posts in Callaway
See an update on this car with a more recent post here: http://germancarsforsaleblog.com/1984-vw-callaway-gti/
When looking at cars, and I spend more than my fair share of time doing this very thing. I judge value by internally assigning a grade to the exterior, interior, and mechanical state of the vehicle in question. Sure there are other factors but these are the three I generally focus on. Anything in the B+ range seems like a “good” car. If not, it best be priced in such a way to let the buyer address whatever faults there may be.
So what to do with this?
1984 GTI with Callaway build – A
Pristine interior with all sorts of NOS parts – A
Body riddled with rust and poor paint – D+
You be the judge.
From the seller -
**New T-Belt & Water pump w/all accessories installed today( peace of mind)
**Add’l Pics Taken** 02-04-2012 4pm
New Pics: Today..
Org Miles @ build start date 2/10/1996 date: 112,192
Miles current as of today : 113,638.. you do the math!
Project started in 1996,
Engine + trans completed
Bala2012nced Blueprinted + built by Collin @ TT
Stage two port + polish head job
int shift bearings set
piston set 81.5 G-60 Corrado
Bored + Hone block
Modi 8v Intake
Mani Pork + Polish + flowed
Aps 272 cam
Callaway turbo stage II ( last new pipes for ND ) Non AC
Jet hot coating 2000-4100 header pipe / Turbo housing 1300-2000
Water cooled conver.
Trans wide ratio 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
3.94 / .75 5th
And much more….
Road tested for 846 miles and counting as of November 2011… all receipts avail.”
Kudos to the seller, click through the link and you will see that he is showing the good, bad, and ugly of his car. The question becomes, can you handle the ugly?
In my mind there are two ways you can go with this. One would be too fix all that ails this GTI and you would have a wonderful car. It may be expensive but you would know that the work was done the right way. The other would be to take this car and use every last piece as a donor for a roller GTI that is solid. It would seem a shame as that would basically turn this car into a vessel to transport all this fine euro goodness but in the end it may be more cost effective if you already have a spare rust free GTI laying around.
Either way, this car is an impressive collection of rare and obscure parts. I am also quite certain that given the build it is about as quick a MKI GTI as you will find. I am not sure if $9.6k is too high a price to pay but you would be hard pressed to find some of these parts cobbled together on a car anywhere.
This for sale post features a car with some of the most rare bits you can fit to a MK1 Scirocco. Most of those parts are of the Callaway variety. If you are hoping to see several high resolution photos worthy of the $25k price tag you will be disappointed, as I am.
I has a sad.
From the seller (abridged) -
CALLAWAY STAGE III TURBO
1978 SCIROCCO SPECIAL EDITION
The basic car is a 1978 Volkswagon Scirocco Special Edition. Purchased, new, without air conditioning. This is a ‘non-catalyst’ car. Paint scheme is original, however, factory tape stripes were replaced by paint stripes when the body was stripped (front fenders removed, cleaned and undercoated) and restored (to ‘as new’ condition) in 1987. This was after several years of autocross and time trials use (no damage of any kind whatsoever). All mechanical work was performed by serious professional shops. All receipts (from new) are included with documentation. Car has been strictly adult-driven. It was never driven in snow and very rarely in rain. It has been in virtual storage for the last 20 years. It has less than 65,000 original miles. Virtually every significant component system has been ‘massaged’, updated, or replaced or ‘refreshed’ within last 5000 miles. It looks, drives, and inspects as a nearly new car. It has been driven less than 50 miles per year since 1987.”
So let’s be clear here, this is not a factory Callaway car. If it were it may be worth close to the $25k the seller is asking. Callaway was founded in 1978 and the first Scirocco/Callaway car was not produced until 1980. What we have here is a special edition ‘Rocco with tons of parts that would be found on the Callaway produced cars.
Best case scenario this car is pristine and shows much better than the scanned photos in the ad. Worst case scenario this car is rough but laden with tons of rare parts. Either way I am not sure the seller get anywhere near the $25k they are asking. Either way it is a neat study of what was available to the VW tuning community in the late 80′s.
We’ll start with dessert first, a 1983 Porsche 944 modified by Callaway Turbo Systems. The ad states it’s one of 20 examples ever made. At $80k listed, I have no idea if this is a good deal or pipe dream, but it sure is cool!
quote from seller’s CL ad:
This Porsche is one of only 20 ever built. 5 of these Porches are at the Porche museum in Stutgart, Germany. This vehicle has had a complete inspection, new brakes and rotors, multiple mechanical upgrades on 7/28/08. It is extremely fast and street legal, but could be raced under historic ranking since it has a full rollbar. All gauges work. I have performance specifications from Callaway Turbo Systems if desired. Best offer will be considered.
Like the look but a little outside your budget? Check out this mint 1984 Porsche 944 with 38k miles!
quote from CraigsList ad:
1984 Porsche 944.
38,200 miles. 5-speed. All stock and original except stereo.
PS, A/C, power windows & mirrors. Everything is in perfect working order. Clean carfax.
Rare dark “Kopenhagen” blue exterior. Immaculate black leather interior.
Newer tires, shocks, and struts. All manuals and complete maintenance records. Synthetics used regularly.
Timing and counter-rotating shaft belts replaced.
The car drives tight and strong.
In addition to being a very affordable and low miles Porsche, this looks like a nice investment opportunity as well. Excellence Magazine’s 944 Market Update in the April 08 issues indicates that an excellent condition 1984 Porsche 944 is worth $8k. In addition, the rare color and low miles would probably qualify for their additional 10% consideration, making this car look like good value at full asking. Their past analysis indicates the car was worth a low of $5k in 2005 and has been steadily increasing since.
Hmmm, Spokane is only three and half hours away…