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.

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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…