Restored and TDI’d 1981 VW Rabbit Pickup

Restored and TDI’d 1981 VW Rabbit Pickup

Ah, the first car.  Like the first love, it will always be special, though these cars are pretty special anyways.  Most of the time when you mention “Volkswagen Pickup” to anyone you get a scrunched up face and inquiries as to what the hell you’re talking about.  What I am talking about is an awesome little car.  In addition to its unique nature, my Pickup (known as the Caddy in the rest of the world) had great steering feel, a peppy engine, and an 1800 lb curb weight that made it plenty of fun in curves.  Eventually too many things went wrong and we had to sell it for something more reliable, but it went to a VW nut in Ohio, so I feel okay about it.  This example, for sale on eBay and located in Arkansas, is what I would have loved to do with my little Rabbit.  The ad says it’s been restored and it looks pretty nice inside and out, but the key here is a 1.6l turbodiesel.  Many Rabbit Pickups came with diesels, but those are known as, well… slow.  Real slow.   The turbo on this one sounds like it makes it a lot more fun while still returning Prius-like gas mileage.

I’d want to correspond with the seller a bit to get a better idea of the specifics than the ad provides, and “restored” may be a slight overstatement, but it looks like a clean and solid example of a fun car.  Useful, fun, and most of all unique, a truck like this is absolutely on my “must-own-again” list.

-NR…

1991 VW Doka Vanagon Truck for Sale

1991 VW Doka Vanagon Truck for Sale

Since everyone seemed to be so upset by the price of the last VW Van I posted, I figured I’d post a very rare example at a much more reasonable price: just $57k.

1991 VW Vanagon DOKA Tristar Syncro for sale

Before everyone gets their collective leiderhosen in bunches, I’ll let the seller explain WHY this VW is deserving of a such a price.  It’s a long but entertaining read, and I highly recommend it to fans of obscure VW knowledge.

These trucks are pretty common all over the world, EXCEPT in the USA. VW technically did not import ANY Vanagon trucks into the USA. This is one of 18 that was brought into Canada under very special circumstances. Indeed, there is a great story behind this Vanagon TriStar Double Cab (DOKA) Syncro (4WD) truck.

As the story goes, there once was an oil exploration company in Canada that ordered 18 Syncro DOKAs just like this one. And, they were not just ANY Syncro DOKAs, but all TriStar models—more on that in a moment. The company ended up going out of business before the trucks arrived. So, VW of North America ended up selling these 18 trucks through their distributors in Canada.

Well, one of the ex-employees of the company snagged two of these, and brought them legally back home to Southern California. Check out the photos of the current California title. That is right: This is one of those 18 DOKAs made with the correct VIN for North America. This may seem like an inconsequential detail—but it is actually quite a big deal in this case, because this DOKA is diesel powered. Currently, it is not possible to bring a diesel powered vehicle into California if the vehicle in question was not a model offered somewhere else in the USA.

1989 Volkswagen Fox with 1,300 miles

1989 Volkswagen Fox with 1,300 miles

The Volkswagen Fox was introduced to North America in 1987 model year to serve as a sort of Beetle like, entry level vehicle. Based on the South American market Volkswagen Gol, the Fox was sold as a two or four door sedan, with a two door wagon appearing in the lineup from 1988 to 1990. Power came from a fuel injected, 1.8 liter 8 valve engine mated solely to a manual transmission.

The seller states:

VW Collectors and Enthusiasts take note! This is a 1989 Volkswagen Fox Coupe WITH ONLY 1300 MILES!! This vehicle comes with a CA SMOG CERTIFICATE dated 02/09/10. IT WAS inspected by our mechanic and was found to be running and driving however it has been sitting for 20 years and we would recommend anyone to have it fully inspected by your local VW dealer. The A/C was blowing cold when we tested it.

This vehicle looks like it just came off the showroom floor…it may very well the only VW Fox in existence with the low of mileage and in the pristine condition. It appears to be an always garaged vehicle. It has only been driven 35 miles since 2004 and 165 since 1996. It is a local, one owner vehicle. The owner/donor suffered vision impairment soon after purchasing this vehicle and as a result it was not used for 20 years. The exterior and interior look brand new; there does not appear to be any wear to the vehicle.

With less than a week left in a no reserve auction, it will be interesting to see what this sells for. Surely not many were keeping these stored away thinking they would be future classics. Somehow I don’t think it will fetch big bucks, which is a good thing for those out there looking for cheap, efficient, German-engineered transportation.…

1970 VW Mule for Sale

1970 VW Mule for Sale

Have to say, this is a VeeDub I hadn’t seen before.  Kind of like a Type 181 Thing, but way more badass.  The seller’s description sums it up nicely:

All metal body, fiberglass top (not easily removable). Rear torsion housing on back, is mechanically a ’70 Bus. Pans (shortened) on forward is a ’70 Bug. As far as I can tell, stock 1600 DP engine. Bus tranny has ridiculous gears, top speed 50 mph. Has built in tow bar and front mounted winch that operates from inside the cab. Windows go fully up or fully down. No back seat, the whole area is taken up by an aluminum 25 gal. gas tank. New tires and wheels. Includes spare tire, large skid plate (removed) and a mostly fabbed trailer hitch for the rear. Everything works except the horn. Starts, runs and drives well. Needs new ignition switch (part included with vehicle).

1970 VW Mule for Sale on the Samba

Starts and runs well, which is enough for me for a little VW mud gremlin under $3k.  And I had this idea… it’s all VW Bus in the rear, and Subaru engines fit in Buses…

Maybe a little sacrilegious in a nice original like this, but it looks like it could be lots of fun in the right environment.

-NR…

1972 Volkswagen K70 sedan

1972 Volkswagen K70 sedan

With regards to water cooled Volkswagens, the K70 is where it all began. This is also the first front engined, front wheel drive Volkswagen. Designed by NSU, the K70 was intended to be a smaller sibling to the revolutionary R080 rotary engined sedan. After Volkswagen assumed control of NSU, the K70 filled a niche in Volkswagen’s lineup and was marketed as a successor to the Type 4. The K70 continued on until 1973 with the introduction of the Passat. In addition to a water cooled engine, some other interesting features were inboard front brakes, rack and pinion steering and MacPherson Strut front suspension.

Here’s an excerpt from the seller’s comprehensive ad:

There are close to 500 examples in the world and only 3 in the USA. This is an exellent example of a running orginal car and the best car I have ever found. It is the ONLY running K70 in the USA. It’s my great barn find, trailer queen. I purchased it from the original owner out of New York State several years ago so this makes me the second owner. It was brought over from Belgium where it was originally purchased and converted for US import. It has a MPH speedo!

I have pored over 15 grand into this car lovingly. I didn’t skimp on anything. I would consider this car “lightly restored”. My goal was to keep it as original as possible. It has about 90% original paint and 90% original or period correct pieces.

YOU GET:
The first water cooled VW.
1 Bavarian folk music tape
1 medium box or original used parts
1 spare windshield (just in case)
Owners manual
technical support from myself and or the K70 club after joining

This car represents a unique opportunity to own what could be considered the bridge between the air-coooled and water-cooled Volkswagen eras.…

Low Mileage 1983 VW GTI on Craigslist

Low Mileage 1983 VW GTI on Craigslist

The original hot hatch is still one of the cleanest and most fun, routinely ranking well on “Best Drivers’ Cars” lists.  Ever since my hand-me-down 1981 VW Caddy I’ve wanted a GTI.  With lines as tight as its handling, A1 GTIs turn my head more than most modern sports cars.  Simple, useful, and fun, it just doesn’t get much better.  This example has a mere 95k miles on it with a freshly rebuilt gearbox.

1983 VW GTI for sale on Craiglist SF

It shows it’s age in some spots, but the interior looks very clean (great Recaros!), as does the engine.  Though less-than-safe, GTIs look awesome without the bumpers.  95k well-documented miles means there’s plenty of fun left, and $3200 is a fine price for this condition.  It’d be mine if I had the means/space.

-NR…

1969 Volkswagen VW Short Bus

1969 Volkswagen VW Short Bus

This sort of fits into the SUV theme week.
This bus looks like it has been languishing in a junkyard or perhaps it is an extra from the set of Lost. Some clever person decided to shorten up this bus, but it looks like they never really finished their project. I’m sure there is some non-PC joke in here somewhere about the person who thought this was a good idea and this being a “short bus”. It looks a bit of a mess. There is some interesting iron in the background of some of the photos.
The seller says it hasn’t been driven and with a wheelbase like this perhaps that is the safest thing. $3500 to give yourself a new nightmare. If you really were to take this on, why not go nuts and mid mount a BMW V12 engine.

1969 VW Short Bus on AutoTrader Classics.

~Evan…

2004 VW R32 Turbo for Sale on eBay

2004 VW R32 Turbo for Sale on eBay

Hot on the heels of the turbo Golf Rallye, this R32 Turbo popped up on eBay.  I love the R32, so much so that it’s at the top of my realistic dream-car list.  The looks are aggressive yet subtle, the AWD makes it a 4-season monster, and it’s got some juice from the 3.2l VR6.  It’s probably the most well-done car from VW in decades, though the new GTI portends good things are coming.  The one gripe that has followed the R32 is a lack of power, and while 240hp in a Golf sounds pretty good, it’s not fast, especially when compared to its 4WD contemporaries, the Subaru STI and the Mitsubishi Evo.  This seller has addressed that issue and more with an EIP turbo setup along and a host of driveline and suspension additions.

R32 Turbo for sale on eBay

The seller’s list of upgrades:

Engine / Power:
-Original 3.2L 240hp Engine, All Accessories Retained (A/C, Power-Everything, Upgraded Bosch T-Stat, Sensors, Fan-Switch and FPR, All Original Covers, Including Retention of Emissions Components, Factory Installed Appearance)
-EIP Stage-1 Turbo System with All Comp Series Upgrades (AWD Dyno Tested/Tuned 425hp)
-Comp Series (Dual-Core) Front Mount Intercooler (stock like fitment)
-Clear-Coated Silver Turbo Piping (very easy to clean, stays bright, looks like stock)
-Ball Bearing Turbocharger Upgrade
-Turbosmart Billet External Ultra-Gate Wastegate
-Greddy Diverter/Blow-Off Valve (Re-circulated)
-Apexi AVC-R Digital Boost Controller (Glove-Box Mounted)
-3” Stainless Steel Downpipe w/Integrated Wastegate Return
-3” Stainless Steel High Flow Catalytic Converter
-3” Stainless Steel EIP Exhaust w/Resonator (deep mellow tone)

Transmission / Driveline:
-Fidanza Billet Aluminum Lightweight Flywheel (fast throttle response)
-EIP Comp Series Dual-Friction Clutch (stock-like pedal feel, 500+ HP setup)
-Quaife Torque Biasing All Wheel Drive Differential
-Haldex Performance Rear Wheel Drive Controller
-EIP Short Shifter (Front-to-Back and Side-to-Side)
-Brembo 15” Racing Brakes w/Porsche 4-Piston Calipers and Slotted Rotors
-Neuspeed Billet 18” Wheels
-Kuhmo Excsta MX 225/40/18 ZR Tires (new)
-Bilstein Fully Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension (Twin-Springs, Externally Adjustable)
-Autotech Front and Rear Lightweight Sway-Bars w/Urethane Bushings
-Autotech Aluminum Upper Stress Bar

There shouldn’t be any more griping with 425hp on tap.  …

1966 NSU Wankel Spider

1966 NSU Wankel Spider

Here is an example of the first vehicle in the world powered by the engine Mazda would later popularize, the Rotary Wankel engine. The name Wankel derives from its inventor, Felix Wankel, who was a German engineer. He created the first prototype of his revolutionary engine design in February 1957, and was first presented in running form in a converted NSU Prinz in 1960. The Spider would debut in 1964 and only 2,375 examples were built between 1964 and 1967. The original engine had around 50 horsepower, but it was a very free revving engine and made for a lively package in such a small car with light weight. NSU Motorenwerke AG was purchased by Volkswagen in 1969. They merged the company with Auto Union which later became Audi.

The seller includes a very comprehensive description. Here is an excerpt:

Excellent Condition!! This car has ALWAYS been stored indoors in a heated space and covered with double quilted car covers. The underside is very, very clean. The photos show a very small area of paint peeling above the rear left bumper and below the license plate. These are hardly noticeable. In the driver’s front under tray there is a hardly noticeable repair at the end of the spoiler.

Values can be tough to pin down on such a rare vehicle, but $19,000 seems reasonable for such a revolutionary and historically significant vehicle. Rest assured, you most likely will be the only one at your local car show with one of these. This example does have a few modifications, but these changes can be forgiven due to the scarcity of parts and efforts to make the vehicle more reliable than when it was first produced. This fantastic vehicle has been featured by Jay Leno in a short video on his website, Jay Leno’s Garage:

-Paul…

1989 Golf Rallye for Sale

1989 Golf Rallye for Sale

I’d nearly forgotten about the awesome Golf Rallye until this amazing modified example started circling the interwebs.  Maybe it’s because only 5000 were made, or maybe that none were sold in the US, or maybe its lack of racing heritage leaves it in the shadow of the similarly-styled E30 M3, Ur-Quattro, and Lancia Delta Integrale.  Whatever it is, more people should know about this car.  It was essentially an R32 made in 1989- an aggressive-looking Golf with Syncro and a hot engine, in this case the 160hp supercharged G60.  As with the Lancia, Americans were not graced with the importation of the sexy box-flared hatchback, but there are some that have gone through the extreme hoops to federalize.  This example has gone even further, adding a Euro 2.9l VR6 and a turbocharger without changing much of the 80stastic exterior.

1989 Modified Golf Rallye for sale on VWVortex

This car reminds me why I went through an intense Rallye phase.  It’s in great condition and the modifications make it a sleeping monster, even garnering a feature in EuroTuner.  I love box flares, wherever they come from, and combined with the clean Golf II, we’ve got a winner.  For $22k, I might keep looking for an E30 M3 or even a first-gen R32, but that’s not to say it isn’t worth it to the right person.  Rarity, impressive modifications, and general cleanliness all get high marks on this one.  Now let’s see some Golf Countrys over here!

-NR…

Valentine’s Day Red 1972 VW Beetle Convertible

Valentine’s Day Red 1972 VW Beetle Convertible

A quick post for Valentine’s Day. Make this chick car a gift for your sweetheart.
A cute little bug with 90,000 miles on it. The white walls on the red wheels are a nice touch. The seller has more pics and videos here: http://myspace.com/thinkalt

Looks like it has been well maintained. $8600 but-it-now.

~Evan…

1969 Volkswagen Squareback, 17,000 original miles

1969 Volkswagen Squareback, 17,000 original miles

Here’s an oddball for you. An all original Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback. The Type 3 range was introduced in 1961, with the Squareback, or Variant as it was known in Europe, appearing a year later. Designed as a larger, more refined option to the perennial Beetle, this model was initially produced at the company’s Wolfsburg plant. Assembly of the Type 3 would move to the newly established Emden plant later in the production run and eventually would be superseded in 1973 by the front engined, water cooled Passat (Dasher in the U.S.). This model features the automatic transmission which was introduced in the 1968 model year. No telling from the description whether or not it features the Bosch fuel injection system, which made this vehicle one of the first volume seller’s with this setup.

The seller’s description:

Fuel injection, automatic trans, only 17,000 miles, all original paint, has a few spots where it has polished through to the primer and various small dings and scratches from the 41 years. Runs and drives like new. Interior to die for, rare red and in fantastic original condition. One in a million, everything is original and in fantastic shape. It’s like stepping back in time. This is a real collectors or museum piece.

The Squareback was the most popular of the Type 3 range, with a little over 1.2 million produced in Germany. The Notchback and Fastback had a production run of 1.3 million, split between the two models. Average retail for run of the mill examples of the Squareback are running right around the low $6,000 range, so this is a bit on the high side of that. In my opinion, if this were about $500 to $1,000 less, this car would prove to be a good value.…

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.…