Insane 1990 Syncro Westfalia for Sale

Insane 1990 Syncro Westfalia for Sale

I know we usually restrict our posts to German autos of the sporting variety, but people are doing such insane things with Vanagons these days I got clearance to post them every once in a while.  A utilitarian beast at heart, Vanagons have a unique following, a following so diehard that they go to extraordinary lengths to restore, modify, and improve their vans.  Some create cab-forward boxes with performance to shame a lot of the cars we post here, many with increasingly common Subaru WRX and STI engine-swaps.  Others, like the one we have today, have been completely redone to be unstoppable adventure-mongers.  GoWesty (as in Westfalia, the camper edition of Vanagon), has the process down and churns out some incredibly capable and well-built vans.  With a plethora of modification and restoration possibilities, they can clean up your van and fix the sink, or you can have them do a ground-up build with the only limit being the size of your wallet.

This 1990 Syncro (4WD in VWspeak) explores the latter option to the extreme.  New everything and more, they have created a no-holds-barred adventure machine with a coffee-spitting price: $80k.

1990 Vanagon Westfalia Syncro for sale at GoWesty.com

The insane worklist:

This is all the stuff we did for Doug:

• Stripped down completely to the bare body
• Collision damage repaired back to factory exact specification
• Complete repaint inside and out to factory color
• Black texture treatment all around the bottom
• GoWesty plate steel bumpers, rear with integral hitch
• Skid plate up front
• Double swing-away carrier for rear
• Full size spare wheel
• Fuel and water cans
• New hemp/cotton 3-window pop top tent
• All new interior panels with matching Recaro material inserts
• New Recaro front seats
• Rear seat and bed cushion recovered in Recaro fabric to match front seats
• All typically discolored and shrunken vinyl around windows removed, and all surfaces painted to match exterior
• Undercarriage stripped clean
• Steam cleaned thoroughly
• Undercoated thoroughly
• All fresh suspension and steering
• Old Man Emu shocks
• GoWesty progressive lifting springs
• All new brake system
• Big brakes up front
• All new brake and clutch hydraulic systems
• All new cooling system
• Fuel and electrical systems all gone through thoroughly
• GoWesty super duper ultra major maintenance service
– All maintenance items back to zero miles
• 16″ wheels with 225/70-16 BFG tires
• Fresh GoWesty 2.5 liter engine with 48/48 warranty
• Fresh transaxle and front differential, 48/48 warranty, with:
– 12% lower 5.43:1 ratio final drive gearing
– Triple knobs, which means:
– Driveshaft decoupler and solid shaft instead of viscous coupler
– Locking differential front
– Locking differential rear
• Deluxe 3 auxiliary battery system
• 50 watt solar panel on roof, quick-release style
• All-electric Engel fridge/freezer installed quick-release style
• Old fridge space turned into more cabinet space
• New LP tank assembly
• Propex built-in 7500 btu furnace
• Over $2800 worth of “just in case” preemptive reliability enhancing items
• Killer stereo with iPod, XM, and sub woofer
• Dashboard removed and all systems rebuilt
• All new power windows with centrally located switches
• All new power door lock system with remote entry
• On-board compressed air system for easy air-up of tires after off-roading

Basically: Just about everything we offer for a Syncro, Doug ordered for this puppy.

1983 Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg GT With Only 4700 Miles!!

1983 Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg GT With Only 4700 Miles!!

I am a long time Scirocco nut. I had a ratty 77 that I beat up thoroughly in high school (class of 92). It took tons of abuse, but the willing little 4 cylinder and light weigh was a lot of fun for a kid my age to be driving back then. But my car was a heap compared to the MKII a friend’s older brother owned. It was black with black striped interior. And it was lowered on Momo rims, low profile tires (when 50 series was considered low profile!), an Alpine CD player and huge subwoofer in the back. It was one of the nicest modified cars at our school without a doubt. I even remember my Dad, who frowned on modified cars typically, remark, “That is a beautiful car. A high school kid owns it?!”

Seeing how nicely preserved this car is reminds me of that MKII from high school. The black on black is of course very familiar (though his seats were no where near as awesome as these leather ones!), but also because you just don’t see well preserved Scirocco’s anymore. Anywhere! And with only 4700 miles, this one takes the term survivor to extremes under the circumstances. These were all passed through the hands of high school kids, several times over, and each one wanted to modify it — ultimately killing most of them.

Check out this

quote from the eBay listing:

INCREDIBLE survivor – totally original and un-molested with only 4700 miles – absolute time warp car!!!

Original 1983 1/2 Wolfsburg Edition Scirocco with 4700 original miles. Quite possibly the finest example anywhere!

The car was purchased new in July of 1983, driven very little, and then stored for the majority of the past 26 1/2 years.

1987 VW Quantum for sale on eBay

1987 VW Quantum for sale on eBay

I felt I was being a little too Bavarian-centric with my first posts, then all Porsches earlier this week, so I went looking for a good VW.  My oh my, did I choose the right day to look for Volkswagens!  Quantums are a rare breed in general.  The Passat progenitor had the simple lines of 80s VWs and was available with Syncro, the best named of all 4WD systems.  With Syncro it came with the Audi-sourced 5 cylinder.  Revered more for their capability than their looks, many of this generation are more 4WD beaters than clean machines.  This ECS Tuning Quantum bucks the trend and more, with a clean white exterior and a well-modified Ur-Quattro drivetrain conversion (!!!).

Some of the modifications from the listing:

THIS QUANTUM HAS HAD AN AUDI UR QUATTRO DRIVETRAIN CONVERSION.  DETAILS INCLUDE A SPECIAL BUILD HIGH COMPRESSION MC CODE AUDI SPORT 5-CYLINDER TURBO, AUDI SPORT INTERNALS, CUSTOM CRANKSHART, LARGER OIL PUMP AND COOLER, 411 GEARS WITH DUAL LOCKING DIFFS, SACHS RACING CLUTCH, NEW HYDRUALIC BRAKES, LARGER MASTER CYLINDER, WILLWOOD BRAKES WITH HAWK HPS PADS, POWDER COATER REAR CALIPERS, FULL GROUND CONTROL COIL OVER SET UP (POSSIBLY THE ONLY ONE IN THE US), ALL NEW POLY CONTROL ARMS, BATTERY RELOCATED TO REAR, BIGGER SECONDARY WATER PUMP, FULL STAINLESS EXHAUST (NO CAT), FULL STAINLESS DOWNPIPE FOR RS2 HYBRID KKK TURBO, RS2 HYBRID TURBO, CUSTOM SPORT QUATTRO WASTE GATE, CUSTOM BOOST PIPING, SEARCO INTERCOOLER, HKS SUPER SEQQUENTIAL BOV, AUDI SPORT CIS FUEL SYSTEM WITH ADJUSTABLE PRESSURE FOR DIFFERENT PUMPS, MIM 17 INCH WHEELS, ECLIPSE SOUND SYSTEM, BOOST GUAGE, MOMO STEERING WHEEL, AUDI SPORT INTAKE MANIFOLD, AUDI SPORT EXHAUST MANIFOLD (PORT MATCHED), HI REV VAVLE SPRINGS, CUSTOM HEAD WORK AND MUCH, MUCH MORE.

This really is an awesome car. Amazing drivetrain conversion, clean exterior, and only 72k miles.…

2000 Volkswagen Beetle Mona Lisa Edition

2000 Volkswagen Beetle Mona Lisa Edition

I came across this New Beetle and while I never see myself driving a new beetle let alone one with a da Vinci on the side, I thought it was kind of funny, so here it is.
The listing has more description, but I’m going to spare myself the time to write anything other than to say its a Beetle with an air brushed copy of the Mona Lisa on the side. $21,000 to start turning heads.
Seriously, what would Leonardo think?

~Evan…

Modded 1994 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

Modded 1994 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

I’ve said this before, but sometimes good photos in an advertisement can make all the difference. If it wasn’t for the nice first photo and beautiful color I probably would’ve skipped over this Corrado. I try to seek out auctions without reserves, but this one deserved a listing.

89,000 miles on the VR6 and plenty of mods including the great deep blue pearl paint. From the seller:

Exterior

-Fresh 2 month old Deep Blue Pearl Paint
-Shaved rear emblems
-shaved rear license plate lights
-shaved rear third light
-Shaved side molding
-Smoothened lower rockers
-VIS Racing Carbon fiber hood color Matched that fits perfectly
-90 MM front Euro VR6 Lip
-New OEM Fogs and New turn signals
-Smoked E-Code Headlights (RELAYED)
-Red taillights
-Glass working Sunroof

Interior

-160mph cluster from ireland (shows 800 miles more then the original)
-Momo Steering wheel
-Autopower 6 point rollcage (color matched DBP)
-Recaro Freshly recovered Seats (Centers are suede with Blue RECARO stitching)
-Sabelt 3 point harnesses (removed auto seatbelts)
-Suede black headliner
-Oem Corrado floor mats
-Rear seat deleted
-Custom rear enclosure with a hidden compartment underneath

Engine Bay

-Engine Bay fully shaved
-wiring harness lengthened and hidden in the rails
-Vr6 12v engine Painted BMP
-Aluminum MK4 oil pan
-CDM Corrado trans painted BMP
-new clutch 3 k miles on it
-Deleted A/C completely
-Deleted cruise control
-Painted engine covers
-Samco Blue radiator hoses
-Aftermarket radiator fan
-Eurosport Intake w/ heatshield
-3 inch custom exhaust

Suspension & Wheels

-Stock Speedline wheels ( DOES NOT COME WITH BBS WHEELS)
-Stock tires one has a slow leak
-Bilstein Shocks and Neuspeed springs
-Powdercoated front beam K member and control arms
-R32 control arm bushings
-New bearings
-New ball joints
-New tie rod ends
-New Axles
-Neuspeed 28mm swap bar
-Rebuilt and powdercoated front calipers w/ new pads w/braided lines
-Rebuilt and powdercoated MK4 rear calipers w/braided lines
-G60 corrado rear axle beam to allow wider wheels in the rear

~Evan…

1984 Rabbit GTi with only 517 Miles For Sale

1984 Rabbit GTi with only 517 Miles For Sale

1984 Volkswagen GTi with 517 Miles For Sale

Saw this on the Autoblog feed this morning and my jaw dropped. That’s no typo, this car only has 517 miles on it!

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quote from seller’s listing:

This 1984 GTI Rabbit is my father’s car. He is the one and only orignal owner. He bought this little slot car in Jan 1985 brand new from the dealer. It was driven home and later driven to CMC Stereo Center to upgrade the stereo to a Blaupunkt stereo and four Alpine speakers, this was top of the line back then. The car was later rustproofed with the LATEST WAX treatment in his garage by a persponal friend. We have ALL documentation. Within two weeks my dad had back surgery. The car sat in his garage for months hoping to fully recover from surgery.Years went by….two more surgeries, 25 years later it is time to sell. He simply can’t drive a stick shift anymore.My father had owned a Shell Service station for 50 years, he knows how to maintain a vehicle LOL and is quite the perfectionist.

You won’t find a newer GTI like this anywhere. It still smells new inside. It should be in a VW museum somewhere. This car is truly a “TIME CAPSULE”. All original, original owner, all original documents, blue car cover in trunk, 515 original miles, nothing needed but a set of license plates. We have put three new batteries in the car over 25 years , second set of tires . We have started this car monthly . All rubber is like new! Everthing is like new. Never driven in the rain snow or anywhere as a matter of fact. We garantee you will not find a newer one than this.

Low Miles 1984 Scirocco Loaded With Zender Goodies!

Low Miles 1984 Scirocco Loaded With Zender Goodies!

1984 Volkswagen Scirocco with Zender Goodies

I haven’t seen a second gen Scirocco this clean since high school, and that was nearly 20 years ago! This car belongs to my buddy Josh from Sports Car Shop in Eugene. In addition to only having 65k miles, this car is immaculate. Josh is a particular guy and keeps his rides spotless. He shopped all over the world to put together the great period correct aftermarket parts and the result is quite stunning.

Check out the listing on VWVortex for this 1984 Scirocco:

quote from Vortex post:

Need to sell my 1984 scirocco thats been sitting in my garage, but hardly gets driven. Garage is getting taken over, so it will not have a space to sit anymore.

miles: 65,xxx original

exterior:
zender front air dam
zender wind splits
zender gtx rear spoiler
zender badgless grill
factory original paint
scirocco mudflaps front and rear
relayed OE euro headlamps
OE euro bumpers front and rear, look new

interior:
NOS zender steering wheel with momo hub, also have OE wheel
3 gauge panel where ashtray and single gauge were
OE golf ball shift knob
radio delete panel, but still have factory radio that works perfectly
factory fog light switch hooked up to the inner headlights
new scirocco script floor mats
interior is pretty much flawless

wheels and tires:
zender sport wheels 15×7
zender sport discs in white and black
conti sport 195/45r15 tires (maybe 100 miles on them)
25mm H&R wheel spacers

suspension:
bilstein sport struts with H&R sport springs (maybe 100 miles on them)
neuspeed front and rear sway bars
neuspeed front and rear strut bars, rear is a early triangle bar

engine:
abd intake pipe
TT cam
TT adjustable cam gear
K&N air filter
new radiator, system filled with factory g11 blue coolant
recent tune-up and oil change
OE under hood foam due to the current stuff being hard and brittle

Some of these parts are simply unobtainable, no matter the market or price.…

Volkswagen Corrado, Affordable, Fun, Collectible

Volkswagen Corrado, Affordable, Fun, Collectible

There are a good number of VW Corrados out there for the taking, in all different flavors, aftermarket blower 1.8s, turbocharged 2.0 liters, bone stock 2.8 VR6s, etc. For those non-Volkswagen aficionados out there, let me remind you that before the narrow angle VR6 came along the Corrado was offered with a G60 engine package that left the factory with a supercharged 4 cylinder. The G standing in German for G-lader, describing the G shaped scroll type supercharger. Not a bad setup and being able to say your car has a supercharger is almost always a cool selling point. The engine won International Engine of the Year in 1989. Plus they had ads like this:

When I was younger a customized VR6 Corrado was one of the favorites amongst the European tuner kids to go up against the Japanese imports. For this post I stuck with VR6 models, but if you do some looking on your own you’ll find some nice G60 models out there as well. I went looking and found matching models on Craigslist and eBay for you with this post. A blue, a black, and a red, from each site.

1990 VW Corrado with goodies on Craigslist.

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This custom take on the Corrado seems to be a work in progress. A later model VR6 engine is in the car and some extra parts are included. Seller has $20k invested and is looking for $12k. I say work in progress as the seller also mentions that there is no radio and a few bits still need finishing. Though it is pretty nice looking I don’t think it will realize $12k unfinished and even then that seems high. Perhaps the amusing vanity license plate number adds value.

Black 1993 Corrado VR6 SLC on Craigslist
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A good reason why I think the blue Corrado above is overpriced is this black, quite original looking example.…

1984 Volkswagen GTI For Sale: Clean, Original, and Affordable

1984 Volkswagen GTI For Sale:  Clean, Original, and Affordable

Here’s a very clean looking 1984 Volkswagen GTi for sale on VWVortex. The seller is in Portland and from the looks of it, this car has been in the Northwest most if it’s life with no rust. That interior is nearly spotless too; check out the condition of those seats!

quote from seller’s listing on VWVortex:
This is a very stock/original GTI. 133k on the motor (1.8 8v JH) and trans (4k). Modest performance enhancements, upper and lower stress bars, 60/40 cup kit, TT short shift kit, dual outlet exhaust and downpipes with TT cat back, just put in a brand new battery too. AC works and blows cold. Currently stored indoors as it has been for the past 5-6 years.

Interior is as nice as you will find. Redone headliner and seats, uncracked and uncut dash, all trim pieces in place. Rear seat and parcel shelf are awesome. Recently installed a Concord two knob deck with decent dash and rear speakers.

Body has zero rust, sunroof was recently rebuilt, all doors and ignition are keyed the same, rubber is uncracked and fresh. Just had the pinch-welds straightened and undercoated. a new decal kit installed, and had the bumpers powder-coated. Clear-coat is great on the entire car with the exception of the top of the drivers side fender. This is not the cars original fender. I replaced it after it got dented when parked. It was the nicest OG paint I could find.

What’s “wrong” with it:
– Rear sprayer for the wiper doesn’t work.
– That’s it!

I’m not sure what else there is. It’s really a nice example of a stock 25 year old GTI.

I’m asking $4,500 firm.

As a long time MK1 and MK2 VW fan, I’d have to say it’s been since high school since I saw a Rabbit GTi this clean and original.…

Super Low Miles BMW e30 M3 For Sale

Super Low Miles BMW e30 M3 For Sale

BringATrailer spotted this 4k mile e30 M3 earlier this summer and I blogged it as well on my old blog. It’s an interesting discussion piece as it’s likely one of the nicest survivors in the world, and carries an absurd asking price of $55k.

I post it again here for those who haven’t seen it yet and because my memory was sparked when a thread on VWVortex showed up and a lengthy discussion ensued concerning this car.

What’s your take?

dc

Update: This listing is pretty out of date. Consider one of these early e30 M3’s instead!

[AffomaticEbay]BMW e30 m3[/AffomaticEbay]…

1972 BMW 2002tii For Sale in the Pacific Northwest: Project Car or Driver?

1972 BMW 2002tii For Sale in the Pacific Northwest:  Project Car or Driver?

Here’s an interesting listing on Portland Craigslist for a 1972 BMW 2002tii in Sahara Beige:

quote from seller’s Craigslist ad:

Sahara 1972 2002 tii (the vin is correct for a 1972 tii). this is a tii that you will enjoy driving and not worry about parking downtown or in parking lots.

saddly, the body shows old body work and the many seasons in the nw weather. ive tried to take blantant photos of the numerous imperfections in the body. i do not believe any structural integrity is compromised in the floor of the car and the jack points. most of the rust seems to be in small patches around the car including the spare tire well and about a 2in strip on the left shock tower. a plus on the body is the original tii nose that does not have the passenger side snorkel.

the interior shows its age. the carpets and rear seat look great but the driver and passenger seat show years of use. the dash is cracked and the clock does not work. sunroof operates properly. all instuments work except the odometer, and the temp gauge reads high but that seems to be due to grounding issues because it is jumpy depending on the electrical load and engine load.

[…]

i have owned the car for over 5 years, driven it alot, and have had very few problems, only needing to rebuild the injection pump. the odometer has not worked for the entire time i have owned it so i do not know the milage.
it is a blast to drive and certainly a good candidate to restore to perfection if so desired.
check out the pics
http://picasaweb.google.com/gobears45/20081007#

So as I suggest in the title, how would you treat this car? Address the rust and mask the paint to make an immediately approachable and cool driver, or would you take this one to the back shed for immediate tear down and restoration?…

1984 Volkswagen GTi For Sale: Nice and Clean on eBayMotors

1984 Volkswagen GTi For Sale:  Nice and Clean on eBayMotors

With the excitement around the Scirocco’s that have hit the market this week, I’ve got another nice looking survivor to post in this 1984 Volkswagen GTi listed on eBayMotors:

quote from the seller’s eBayMotors ad:

I am the third owner of this vehicle and it has been garaged ever since it left the dealership in 84′. The car was originally purchased here in California and hasn’t left since. No rust on the car. Meticulously serviced with the timing belt and engine mounts changed at 60,000 miles. The car is completely stock except for the BBS wheels with new tires, Bilstein suspension kit , Zender side skirts, Alpine tape deck, new exhaust system and upper & lower strut bars. I will include in this auction the original wheels with still good tires on them and an extra OEM GTI grille. This car is a 9 out of 10 inside and out. The interior is stock in blue cloth with a brand new headliner and all new weather stripping. The pictures should speak for them self. The car just passed smog and is in excellent running condition.

Note he states the car has been garaged it’s whole life and only has 77k miles. I’d have to guess that 90% of the MK1 GTi’s in the world wished they had such a charmed life! The white exterior with black accents and those great looking MK2 GTi BBS rims really make this car look sharp. My only ding would be the nasty blue, American spec interior — But it is clean and tidy.

$6750 sounds a little optimistic, but those rims are probably worth at least $1500. Taking that equity into consideration, I’ll be curious to watch where this car ends up.

dc…

1981 VW Scirocco Survivor For Sale: 16k Original Miles!

1981 VW Scirocco Survivor For Sale:  16k Original Miles!

Clean examples of the MK1 Scirocco are few and far between to begin with, but an original with Black on Tan is unheard of, especially with only 16k miles! Take a look at this 1981 Volkswagen Scirocco For Sale on Orange County Craigslist:

quote from seller’s Craigslist ad:

Like brand new, 16,000 miles only, original owner, $10,500, vinyl sunroof, ac works, factory air conditioning, car is beautiful, black with camel cloth interior, exim wheels, front spoiler etc. Must see!

$10.5k is a lot of money. The only MK1 I know of that has commanded more money is Paul’s from VWVortex. As an owner of an MK1 Scirocco back in the day, I’m intrigued by this posting, but ten grand buys a lot of more mature fantasies. Update 10.14.08: There’s a great discussion going on VWVortex concerning this car.

Here’s a pic of my old girl from a long time ago:

1977 scirocco polaroid

dc…

1976 Volkswagen GTi Period Modified Car For Sale in Portland

1976 Volkswagen GTi Period Modified Car For Sale in Portland

Period correct GTi’s and project cars like this one don’t exist because they’ve been driven hard, beaten, and destroyed over the years. So when one comes up that is persevered, I get pretty excited. This is exactly as I would’ve built the car as a senior in high school in 1992 (if I had funds then of course!) Check out this great looking 1976 Rabbit GTi period modified car for sale:

quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist ad:

76 VW Rabbit,owned/built by 25+ year VW parts manager. Has been in dry storage for over 20 years.Rare Zender body kit,Koni adjustable front and rear struts,poly suspension bushings,callaway large front and rear sway bars,Hurst short shifter,upper and lower stut braces,VDO gauges,44mm dual sidedraft mikunis,1.7L with large valve ported head,euro spec GTI cam,adjustable cam sprocket,high capacity baffeled oil pan,header w/2″ exhaust,large brakes,front vent windows,rare opening rear Kamei side windows,BBS wheels.New tags,tons more $4500

I recently picked up a stack of old VW & Porsche magazines and this car would easily have been a feature within those pages. And good luck finding some of these parts today like the Mikuni carbs and manifold, Callaway bars, and Zender aero kit. As a complete car, $4500 sounds like a great deal to me and of increasing value in coming years. Have you seen what’s happening to GTi prices? I may have to drive up just to take a closer look and re-live my high school years!

dc…

1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v For Sale, only 50k miles!

1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v For Sale, only 50k miles!

How about this show winning 88 ‘rocco with only 50k miles that I spotted on VWVortex:

quote from seller’s listing:

I have had this up for sale before, figure I would see if anyone saw it at waterfest and may want to buy it.

Asking $9500. (with everything on the car)

BBS RG-F wheels
H&R coil overs
AutoTech Antisways
Neuspeed Strut brace
JL audio 12″ sub

At $10k, I think the seller is going to hold out for a fanatic. But when was the last time you saw a Scirocco of any year for sale that was this clean? You could eat out of that engine bay!

dc…