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Tuner Tuesday Zender Edition: Tuner Accessories Roundup

Zender is one of those names that I really identify with the 1980s. While they continued on after, the real height of Zender’s popularity seemed to be in the 1980s. Body kits, wheels and even steering wheels ultimately resulted in a tuning firm that was able to produce a few of their own show cars; remember the Zender Fact 4 and Vision? Today there are a host of real and copy Zender pieces floating around – here’s a sampling of what I was able to find on Ebay. While the styling may be a bit polarizing, it’s hard to deny that Zender offered customers something unique and having period detail pieces like these can really set your car apart if done properly:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Zender E24 front spoiler on eBay

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1988 Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon

One of my favorite Volkswagens from the 1980s is one that you rarely see on the roads anymore. The Fox Wagon. This was an oddity in the US lineup for only a couple of years, a compact, two-door shooting brake of an estate car that was courtesy of Volkswagen of Brazil, where it was sold as the Gol. These were a bit of a reprisal of the idea of the “people’s car” for VW, a basic, no frills model offering German engineering at a discount. While the wagon was discontinued after the 1990 model year, the model range would get a refresh, carrying on with the two and four door sedan models through 1993. This 1988 Wagon for sale in Florida is a chance to sample an almost forgotten model in recent Volkswagen memory.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon on eBay

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10K Friday Super Drop-Top Edition: Cabriolet v. TT v. S4 v. Cabriolet v. Beetle v. Eos v. S2 v. Boxster v. M Roadster v. M3 v. 500SL v. CLK55 AMG

Okay, hang on folks, this is a long one – what’s the most class, speed and style that you can get for $10,000 these days in German motoring? I’ve lined up some of the examples of just how much you can buy – which is your favorite?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Audi Cabriolet on eBay

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1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI


As much as the E30 M3 has become a wild vintage success story, and as much I’m proud of the E28 M5 for being a “buy now!” list-maker, the true David that took down Goliath when it came out and will continue to do so until the end of time is the indomitable Mk1 GTI. It looks right, it goes right, and for all the hype, it’s still available. Today’s has some highs and lows, low-mileage and lots of love being the prior, some cosmetic needs for the latter, but overall it is getting some extremely hot bidding because people know it is a diamond in the rough. With a paint job and some interior work, this would be one of those GTIs that is reaching above $10k. If the bidding stays low enough, the buyer will end up with a triple threat: a fun project, a legendary daily driver, and a great investment opportunity.

Click for details: 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI on eBay

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2012 Volkswagen Passat CC R-Line

Typically, cars like the Passat CC don’t catch my eye. But as I dabble with the idea of a new daily driver, this particular model – a manual-equipped R-Line – it’s hard not to relish the idea of a comfortable, stylish cruiser with the engagement factor still present that only three pedals can deliver. I’ve always thought the CC was a striking design augmented by fantastic seats and interior colors. Pair it with VAG’s venerable 2.0 liter turbo and a 6-speed, and I see a very attractive (if not overly entertaining) daily cruiser. Still, it’s hard to let the M3 ownership experience slink away, as driving something as unique as it is doesn’t lend itself to easily being replicated. Still, in the league of boring family-sized vehicles, the CC is one of the more intriguing options to arrive in recent years.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Volkswagen Passat CC R-Line on eBay

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