Recently we’ve had a wave of lightly modified, good condition A1 GTis. Always a popular platform for tuners and back yard mechanics, the GTi for a long time was cheap, modifications were plentiful, and they mostly lived a hard life. Today, finding clean examples will yield you a highly sought after prize; with so few left, the price has been driven up and nice examples are coming out of the woodwork to test the waters. Today we have two modified but clean GTis – will either be to your taste? Let’s look at the cleaner and more original of the two:
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Ah, the unloved Passat. Actually, I think most of Volkswagen’s first attempts at a mid-level sedan were unloved by American consumers. Granted, the GLX featured here had what some might call “unusual” looks, but I’ve always liked just how different it was from its competition of the era. Unfortunately, the Passat’s reliability record was poor, and the early 90s were pretty much as good as it got for Japanese family sedans. Both the Accord and the Camry emerged as more than a economy brand and became the gold standard in mainstream, affordable transportation (in this writer’s humble opinion). Despite the narrow-angle V6 that made some of the best sounds in an engine bay not attached to a Ferrari, the Passat didn’t break through in this generation. That doesn’t stop me from wanting this heap, which is just a visit away from the Dent Doctor and a detailer before becoming a quirky and attractive daily driver.
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The mint 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V that we featured last December is back up for sale at the same price. Any takers this time around? In my opinion, beige rarely looks this good.