1986 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

It’s been about a month since we last wrote up a Scirocco 16V, a neat economy hatchback with plenty of 1980s character and styling. The 16V was and still is a perennial favorite of the VW crowd, who generally modify them to make them better performers and turners. Few seem to remain in pristine, original shape anymore – and this isn’t one of them, but it is a first-year model with some tasteful modifications that might be a good canvas for the VW loyal:

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1991 Volkswagen DoKa Tristar Syncro

There’s been some chatter about whether the US government will end the infamous chicken tax, a tariff placed on potato starch, brandy and, oddly enough, light trucks during the Johnson administration. Given the limited variety of new compact pickups available to consumers, a repeal of this tax would be a boon for consumers, as there are a number of attractive options from foreign manufacturers, most notably Volkswagen, with their new pickup, the Amorak. While Volkswagen fans dream of the day they could trailer their vintage Mk1 and Mk2 iron behind a pickup truck wearing the same badge, they can satisfy their cravings with this T3 Double Cab Tristar Syncro for sale in San Diego.

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1989 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 16V Helios Edition

If yesterday’s 1987 Jetta GLi didn’t spark your interest, perhaps one of the most sought-after GLis made will. The 1989-only “Helios Edition” Jetta GLi took the already good economy sports sedan from Volkswagen and followed the “more is better” rule, adding better BBS RA color-coded wheels and awesomely striped and hugely supportive Recaro seats. It was the prototype for what would become the standard GLi in 1990, but this car was decidedly the best GLi we had seen to that point. Only 1500 were made and they infrequently come up for sale, so while today’s isn’t in as good of shape as the 1987 from yesterday, it’s still a bit of an event to see one:

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1965 Volkswagen Beetle

The beauty of the Volkswagen Beetle as a practical classic is that so many of them were built. Over 21 million, in fact. Sure, this doesn’t make them particularly rare, but given the laws of attrition, there are still a few good ones lurking out there, even those that are unmodified. This 1965 Beetle for sale in Pennsylvania is one of those cars, ready to roll for the air-cooled enthusiast.

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1987 Volkswagen Jetta GLi

Nearly as rare to see as the 1984 Jetta GLi is the model that replaced it, the 1985-1987 8V Jetta GLi. While I’ve lamented several times that we didn’t receive the 4 door GTi until just recently, the reality is that for all intents and purposes, through 1992 the GLi was a 4 door GTi with a trunk. They shared nearly all of their running gear, styling and performance; the only difference was the non-folding seats and the trunk. Despite this the GTi was the more popular option for most, and the GLis that were sold suffered from rust and heavy use. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I saw a fairly clean early A2 GLi for sale; but here’s a pretty good example today!

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1977 Volkswagen Rabbit VR6 24v swap

It’s a good week for Mk1 Volkswagen Rabbits. After featuring a remarkably well kept 1982 Rabbit L Diesel from a reader yesterday, here we have this 1977 Rabbit with a 24V VR6 swap. I remain firm in my assessment that the VR6 engine is one of the best engines of the last three decades. I’ve driven a few later model Volkswagens with this lump under the hood and the smooth power and awesome sound is enough to hook you every time. A VR6 swap into what we would now consider vintage VWs is nothing new, but contemplating just how fast a lightweight car like the Mk1 Rabbit would be boggles the mind.

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2004 VW Touareg V10 TDI

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We’re hitting an interesting time in which the initial generations of truly tech-laden cars are starting to “mature,” and we will begin to see how these various forms of packing 10 pound of technological crap into a 5 pound bag will age. At my Bimmer shop, they noted how they love working on the older cars because they are “real,” and most things can actually be repaired. The owner pointed to an early E65 745i sitting outside the shop and lamented that “anything breaks on that piece of s*** and you might as well buy a whole new car.” The Touareg V10 is certainly on the overwrought spectrum of things, and maintenance on this generation of VW/Audi luxury cars is notoriously spendy. I choose to ignore this reality when V10 TDIs come up because they are such beasts. Not the best looking, not the best value, but hell yes it’s a VW SUV with ten cylinders of diesel-compressing fury.

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1982 Volkswagen Rabbit L Diesel

By the end of the 1960s, the writing was on the wall for the original Volkswagen Beetle. It was slowly being outpaced by its rivals but still had its group of ardent fans. VW toyed with many ideas to replace the Bug and in the end, one design stuck: the Golf. With crisp lines by Giorgetto Giugiaro and a water-cooled four cylinder engine up front mounted transversely, it was the antithesis of the Beetle. The Golf would be known as the Rabbit upon arrival in the US, a name which would be resurrected for the fifth generation Golf in this market. This clean 1982 Rabbit Diesel comes from our reader John, who featured his 1983 Porsche 911SC Targa with us a few months ago.

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1984 Volkswagen GTi

It truly does seem like every time we claim that you don’t see a particular car much for sale anymore, they all come out of the woodwork. Perhaps inspired by high prices we’ve now seen four great condition GTis in the past few months, the most recent last week’s reasonably priced black 1984 GTi. One thing that seems to be in common with all of the listings is a general lack of great photography, but today’s listing takes it to a new level. Starting with what is reported to be a more or less fully restored GTi, we get hoarder-like photographs I’d be expecting to see on TLC as I indulge my secret “Hoarders” watching habit. But as we’ve seen with other GTis, if you can get by the poor listing, perhaps there is a diamond in the rough, so to speak. Is this the one?

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