1981 Volkswagen Brasilia

In the early 1970s, Volkswagen sought to develop a new line of cars for the Brazilian market, based on Beetle architecture that offered a bit more space and practicality. Thus, in 1973 the Brasilia was born, which bore resemblance to the 412. The Brasilia utilized the 1600 engine from the Beetle and remained in production until 1982, having been produced in Mexico and in Nigeria in kit form. Here is a very clean, original example that made the rare trek into the US.

1981 Volkswagen Brasilia

The seller states:

VW Brasilia for sale, the only reason I’m selling this car is because I need tha money, this is a very rare and unique model built in Brazil and Mexico, now in very high demand worldwide by those that truly want something different, A very rare opportunity to buy one of these in the US.

They were only sold in Brazil and Mexico and were never imported to the US, there is only four of this known registered in the US, now you can have the 5th. this car is all original, only have a paint job thats was made profesionally, only 48,000 original kilometers, that’s 29,800 miles, this car was stored 23 years for and old man who bouhgt it brand new, use it for jus a few years and store it, everything work great, engine is almost new, heather work good, absolutely no rust, never been involved in a car accident, has brand mew tires, the only modifications that have been made to the engine are; new electronic ignition system replacing the old points system and a new oil pump with filter, this parts are original bosh bought in a vw dealer no aftermarket parts, everything else is original.

This car is currently registered in Mexico, but can easily registered in the US. I’m asking $12,000 OBO or I can accept a car about the same price in trade in, this car has a great value for those who collect antique cars or love VWs, old bug.com has one of these for sale in 12,750 and not in the same conditions as this.

There’s no denying this is probably the best Brasilia you could buy in the US currently, however, $12,000 for what is essentially a Beetle in disguise is a tough pill to swallow, at least for me, no matter the condition. WIthout a doubt, its presence is rare in this country and could be worth a lot to the right Volkswagen collector.

-Paul

1989 VW GTI w/ Turbo’d ABA

We’ve seen some pretty serious vintage VWs here recently, including the restored MkI Scirocco and tuned MkI GTI, both in the $14k-range. While those are lust-worthy and amazing VWs, that is a hell of a lot of money for 25-30 year old Volkswagens, cars that are supposed to be affordable and tuneable German machinery.

Which brings me to today’s MkII GTI, the kind of car that shows the level of fun possible with moderate investment in a VW. Turbo fun on the torquey ABA 2.0 and “almost-there” aesthetics for under $3,000 is what Volkswagen tuning is all about.

From the seller:

Up for sale is my 1989 Volkswagen GTI. The 8v, 2.0 liter ABA engine currently has right around 57k on it. The chasis has about 177k on it. The car is in remarkable shape. The body is near perfect. No dents, dings, scratches. The car has a borgwarner t3/t4 S200 .60 trim turbo currently running right around 6 psi. It also has a Revtec FMIC, Blitz BOV, and Eurosport exhaust. It runs great and makes good power. The front left wheel bearing (which I have) needs to be replaced. It has Weitec springs and Koni shocks. The paint is faded on the roof, but is very alive on the rest of the car. The hood is now primed black. The interior is also in good shape. It has Monaco seats, and a Momo wheel. The sunroof works, but leaks a bit when closed, i’m sure it needs new seals/stripping. It also needs a headliner. Its a very solid car, and I would certainly trust it to drive anywhere. Its great to drive, and gets a lot of attention. It has no AC, but the heater works perfectly. The car has been very well maintained. I only used royal purple when doing oil changes. Thanks for looking!

57k miles on the new ABA! Yes, there are some minor, non-mechanical issues to deal with like a leaky sunroof and lack of headliner (both common GTI afflictions), but I consider those part of the fun part when you’re getting a swapped and turbo’d GTI with a lot of quality cosmetic things going for it, e.g. wheels, straight body, and perfect single-crosshair and GTI-lined grill. This is MkII Volkswagen at its best, with some great work already accomplished; a little work and personalization could make this a show-worthy VW with a fraction of the investment of any other comparably-fun German auto.

-NR

1990 Jackrabbit (GTI based) VW

No matter how big of a car enthusiast you are, there’s always going to be some obscure vehicle you stumble across from time to time, having no idea it existed. This is one of those vehicles. According to the seller about 25 were made by Herb Adams VSE, also known for his customization of various GM products.

The seller states:

1990 Jackrabbit Very rare, One of 25 that were produced by Herb Adams and VSE in 1990. This car is built with it’s own steel tubular frame. This car is very comfortable to drive,and you will love the way this car handle,and it is fast,at 1500 pounds with a 1.8 liter 16V fuel injected engine with a 5 speed transmission,out of a 1987 VW scirocco with less than 20k miles. This car is in “EXCELLENT OVERALL CONDITION.” Car comes with a tan canvas bikini top. You can drive this car cross country with no problems.This car is all up to date. Car has a very good heater for a Convertible. This car is title as a 1983 VW Rabbit GTI.

It is impossible to place values on cars like these, since there are so few and never come up for sale often, but $6,800 seems a bit steep for a kit car, in my opinion. According to the promotional video below, 0-60 mph arrived in 9 seconds, which is surprising given the car only weighed 1,500 pounds. For someone living near the ocean in a warm climate, this might be an attractive alternative to your typical VW dune buggy.

-Paul

1984 Volkswagen GTI: Featured in Performance VW

The kind of Mk1 Volkswagen GTIs available these days usually fall into three camps: well worn out examples, clean originals and those that are heavily modified. The vehicle listed here has been a labor of love for a friend of mine in the Boston area who has been active on the Volkswagen scene for years. For me, this car has just the right mix of modifications and originality that I would be looking for.

1984 Volkswagen GTI on VW Vortex

The seller states:

84 GTI cashmere white with blue interior. Featured in Performance VW, February 2009.

Engine:
2.0 ABA (recent swap 5/10)
Head ported, and valves done (5/10)
T360 trim turbo (new 7/10)
AWIC
ViPEC v44 standalone, installed and tuned at Diebold Autosport
many new parts done at time of swap (radiator, gas tank, starter, braille battery etc…)

Transmission:
020 CHE with peloquin diff
empi axels

Wheels & Suspension:
5 x 15″x7″ mirror polished Zender Turbos with Toyo Proxes 195/45/15
H&R Coilovers (installed 9/10)
H&R Swaybar/Scorocco K-bar

Body:
Clean original paint (some marks, and such, but it’s original)
Happich pop-outs
All seals & stripes replaced
Powdercoated bumpers

Interior:
Custom upholstered recaros (stock seats included)
Rare Zender/momo steering wheel

This car was essentially rebuilt this summer, and is finally where it should be.

$14,000 obo

Two of my favorite things about this car are the amazing custom upholstered Recaros and that Zender steering wheel. Knowing the owner of this vehicle, I can affirm that this car has been maintained to the same high standard as my vehicles have been, which means obsessive, regular cleanings and an impeccable maintenance record. The other good thing about this car is that unlike low mileage Mk1 GTIs that haven’t been exercised regularly or that you would be afraid to drive around the block, this example has been driven (albeit not on a daily driver basis). The neighborhood of $14,000 might seem high for a Mk1, but if I was going to drop that kind of money on one of these, it would have to be the best. And this one, in all honesty, is.

-Paul

Affordable (?) 2006 VW GTI RSS for sale

It doesn’t please me to say that the MkV GTI never did it for me, though I know I’m not alone in this feeling thanks to styling that was simultaneously overly bold (the front end) and completely unimaginative (the rear). The MkVI has proven that the V was a sort of ugly-duckling phase, maturing into a handsome and sharp package. That said, the MkV is remarkable for its reintroduction of energetic fun to the GTI, and mechanically is not far behind the newest generation. This platform is ripe for modification and today we have an example on eBay that has some of the most popular mods you’ll see in your European Car or local Dubfest, including a VF Engineering/GIAC turbo kit and Stasis chassis upgrades. All of this with a Buy-it-Now of under $15k, and I’m thinking this is a lot of bang for your buck.

Work from VF Engineering outlined by the seller:

GIAC “RSS” GTI

2006 Volkswagen 2.0 TFSI Golf GTI 6-speed.

Engine and Transmission:
Stock engine and transmission. No internal modifications.
VF/GIAC RSS Turbo system
GIAC Flashloader for switchable ECU program modes for different fuel qualities
Garrett GT28RS Ball bearing turbo
High flow OEM replacement “rail” pump
High flow OEM replacement FSI fuel injectors
AWE full turbo-back exhaust

Chassis:
VF-Engineering 3-piece replacement engine mount set
STaSIS Engineering Touring Suspension

Performance as measured (at the wheels) on a Dynojet 224XLC
Multiply figures by 1.15 to convert to flywheel values

336 whp, 283 wtq on 100 octane at 17 psi “Race fuel mode” (Red on dyno plot)
300 whp, 281 wtq on 91 octane at 17 psi “Pump Gas mode” (Blue on dyno plot)
(torque limited for reliability of stock engine internals)

If anyone has some info on buying modified cars and would like to share in the comments, that would be great.

My personal take is that even with 75k miles on a tuned car, I think the new VW/Audi platforms are supposed to be pretty robust and getting 300 whp on pump gas for $15k is a recipe for fun. Complaints are few from this peanut gallery and center on the exterior; it might be my perfect MkV with a quieter take on the slick white/black exterior and a TDI Cup front bumper. Plaid interior and a good old-fashioned stick shift emphasize that this is a no-nonsense car, ready for some affordable back-roads fun (not counting tickets).

-NR

1978 Volkswagen Scirocco

Even though 22 years have passed since the Volkswagen Scirocco was sold here in the United States, they still have a strong following. Here is an early example of the breed on The Samba that has some period correct styling touches and the later G60 engine that saw service in the Corrado.

1978 Volkswagen Scirocco on The Samba

The seller states:

Cars like this don’t come along all that often…this is a true once in a lifetime time-capsule. I have acquired an amazing 1978 Scirocco G60 and are now offering it up for sale. This car hasn’t seen the road in 20 years, and is amazingly perfect in every regard. Only 32,580 miles were on the chassis when it was taken off the road. Tons of period parts…from the rare BBS body kit with fender flares, to the rare Zender Turbo wheels, super old-school Momo steering wheel, shift knob, etc.

No part has been left untouched. The entire shell has been resprayed, and the undercarriage is almost as shiny as the roof. The interior has been re-trimmed in green leather (headliner to match) with black accents. When have you ever seen a car as completely period correct and perfect as this? Not ever.

The engine is a 2.0 G60 8v with a ported stage 3 G-lader, lower front / bottom mounted intercooler and a full Supersprint exhaust from the header to the tailpipe.

Obviously a Scirocco this nice should not go to just anybody. It deserves the proper owner who is going to love and cherish this car for exactly what it is…an amazing example of period styling and parts. It is for the passionate enthusiast who knows that the chances of finding another Scirocco as clean and perfect as this are pretty much close to impossible these days. As such we are currently accepting offers on the car but I do not expect to have a problem finding a new owner with the right price in mind, so don’t wait around if you’re interested.

Parts include:

* Neuspeed sway bars
* Neuspeed strut bars front / rear / front lower
* Neuspeed Springs w/ shocks
* 2.0 G60 motor
* Stage 3 ported G-lader
* Chip, etc
* Supersprint header / exhaust
* BBS body kit including front spoiler, fender flares, side skirts and rear valance
* Zender Turbo wheels, 15″ w/ 205/50 Kumho tires
* Momo steering wheel (not sure which model, looks like part of the I.D.E.A. system from the late 80s / early 90s?)
* Momo Shift knob (also very rare, never seen one like this)
* Fully re-trimmed interior, green leather
* Super clean
* Super low miles
* ZERO RUST!

There is no doubt this is a clean Scirocco, however, the colors may not be to everyone’s taste, obviously. The scheme of this particular Scirocco reminds me a lot of the Lotus Esprit Jim Clark special from 1991. Personally, I think $12,000 is a bit optimistic in this market. If this was more like $7,000 to $8,000, we’d be in the ball park. Still, a rare, clean example of the people’s car styled by Giugiaro.

-Paul

1993 VW Corrado VR6 for sale

I’ve strayed from the strong affinity I felt for the Corrado in the early days of my VW obsession. Not because they aren’t great; I’ve just been busy discovering older, weirder, and/or faster Germans to focus on. Yet there’s always something striking about this little bulldog of a Volkswagen, a car more aggressive than they seem to be interested in making these days. It pulls you back in with promises of affordable, ethereal driving magic. Maybe this one is the good one…

1993 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 for sale on Craigslist SF

You’re just gonna have to be careful on these and get it thoroughly checked out. That said, this one isn’t overly modified or beaten to hell. No cream puff, but that helps out the affordability factor, bringing this in at $4000 OBO. If you can handle a few visual imperfections and fixing the sunroof, I think you could make a good deal and have some fun miles beyond the 140k it’s covered so far.

-NR

B-e-a-utiful 1984 VW GTI

The MkI GTI in Mars Red is like rosso corsa Ferraris- sure, they look great in other colors (I could do white or black), but they just look right. Today’s low-mileage example has had the benefit of a recent respray and redone interior too. First-gen GTIs don’t get much better than this.

It won’t take much to make this baby perfect. I probably would have gone for the black/plaid interior if I had my druthers, but that’s negligible in the face of how nice the seller has made this car. Don’t know what his reserve his but he says he’ll take significantly less then $10k. With only 106k miles I’d say it could go as high as $7k, but getting into a Mk1 this clean for around $5k would be a great, and really fun, deal.

-NR

German marques well represented in Watkins Glen.

Having just returned from my annual “business trip” to the Glenora Wine Cellars, formerly Zippo, U.S. Vintage Grand Prix and Racing Festival in Watkins Glen New York I thought it would be appropriate to give you a taste of some of the German metal out on display. In the next couple of days I’ll put up some posts of several of the German street and race cars that I came across for sale while cruising the garage and paddock. Over the course of the weekend I saw all the major marques we cover, except one, represented racing on the track and though there wasn’t one racing, an Opel GT was prowling the car corral. If you ever find yourself near the Fingerlakes region of New York early in September put this event on your calendar. It continues to be one of the largest vintage racing events in the country seeing between 400 and 500 of the finest and funkiest vintage and modern classic racers zooming around the birth place of road racing in America. Here is a  small look at a few of the German machines:

The fast included:

1. a legendary 2000 Audi R8 that turned the fastest time of all competitors with ease.
2. a pair of BMW CSL racers looking and sounding fantastic.
3. a pair of serious M powered Formula cars.
4. a new 2011 Mercedes SLS, parked next to an equally fast Ferrari 599, I overheard someone say both cars were for sale.
5. Speaking of fast and Ferrari, the Audi S4 pictured in this photo can be seen leading a Ferrari 355 challenge. When the rains came Sunday the Audi took control garnering a second place overall in its class race. Despite a fogged windshield, due to non functioning defroster, the Audi left the Ferrari far behind in a roar of turbo whine and quattro powered rain plumes.
6-7.Audi wasn’t the only German with a quest to beat up on Ferrari, note the badge on the rear of this mean sounding Mercedes 190E 2.3-16V. Unfortunately for this Merc it finished back in the pack unceremoniously being out driven by the likes of a 4 door Peugeot 505.

The funny included:
8-9. Some of the amusing Porsche badges on the Pirate Racing team.
10.a Mercedes 190E M sport.
11. a BMW 323i with a bumper sticker describing how it feels being out on the track.

The pretty included:

12. a nice looking BMW E28 M5
13. a cherry 500E with some contemporary German pals.

The doesn’t fit in any category:
14. a Vixen 21 BMW powered motorhome. These are extremely rare, 100 MPH RVs. Around 500 total were built and I suspect that combining the words high-speed and motorhome has resulted in far fewer surviving today. Ironically Jalopnik posted a picture of one just yesterday in a post about “Automotive Unicorns”. This one looked every bit like it came straight out of the movie Blade Runner. Very cool.

License Plates:
15-18.

~Evan

Museum-worthy Restored 1964 VW Karmann Ghia

It’s probably my life of modest means that attracts me to cars that provide a good value, allowing me a slightly more realistic daydream of ownership. Today’s Karmann Ghia is on the opposite end of the spectrum, a car that, while probably totally worth it, is seriously expensive thanks to a borderline-obsessive restoration just 2200 miles ago. It’s gorgeous inside and out, top to bottom, and the restorer apparently went to the greatest lengths to get every detail correct and perfect. It shows, and while I love me some function-over-form classic German cars, I certainly have respect for showroom-quality classics.

Exhaustively restored 1964 VW Karmann Ghia for sale on the Samba

Just look at that jaw-dropping undercarriage. It has a great description so I’ll leave it to the poster:

Offered is a 1964 Karmann Ghia, restored by veteran VW specialist, Brent Winman. Brent is the Chief Engine Builder at Raby’s Aircooled Technology and has been since 2000. Brent has unparalleled attention to detail and vast VW knowledge with over 30 years of experience. This Karmann Ghia illustrates his dedication to Volkswagen.

You will find cars sold at a cheaper price than this one, but you won’t find a Ghia with the attention to detail and correctness that this car has right down to the infinite details that took Brent years of research to complete.

I brought the body and floor pan back from California in 1998 and had planned to restore it myself, instead I sold the rust free project to Brent and he took the car to a level that simply cannot be put into words.

The car took over six years to restore to the state illustrated by the pictures and video posted in this ad. With only 2200 miles on the entire vehicle since restoration was complete back in 2003 this is virtually a new car, the interior still smells new and the car hasn’t sat outside for one night since being completed, nor has it seen a single rain drop.

Mechanically every nut, bolt and washer was removed. Instead of just replacing many of these fasteners with Chinese reproductions the original fasteners were blasted and reused, that same attention to detail and correctness can be found in every aspect of this car. The entire body chassis and subsystems were completely removed, restored and reassembled and nothing was left attached, this is a full ground up restoration.

The correct 1200cc engine is installed and is detailed right down to the original air filter assembly with the factory writing. The engine performs great and on a 550 mile trip to “Bug Jam” back in 2003 where the car was shot for a Hot VWs Feature it cruised easily at 75-80 MPH with exceptional fuel mileage as I followed Brent in my 912E.

The body of this vehicle is perfect, it has the slickest Gulf Blue paint that can be found and all work was done by Eddie Martin of Murphy North Carolina. The entire chassis was stripped and coated with POR-15 for durability, corrosion resistance and luster.

The car comes complete with the original key and a history that is very interesting. It was restored by a person who is more passionate for VWs than any other person I have met and the job was done with correctness and function. This vehicle is not a daily driver and should be considered a museum piece more than anything else. This Ghia has been restored to showroom condition.

Featured in the January 2005 issue of Hot VWs Magazine, this car has been recognized as one of the best examples of quality restoration in the country.

Totally awesome. I love the color and really appreciate that someone took the time to give this Ghia a rebirth. I can really see it sitting on a showroom floor just as the Beatles hit America. Would I pay $30k for it? No, but I’m not going to say it’s not worth it considering the time and love that went into making it perfect.

-NR