We all love a good GTI, especially the first generation. The Europeans got the revolutionary hot hatch a few years before the States, and also benefited from an even greater sense of “less is more” with the Euro version. Of course the US bumpers weighed down the ends a bit, as well as a clunkier, rectangular light setup instead of the classic Euro quads. Today we have an imperfect-but-enticing Euro-spec GTI for sale in the SF Bay Area, in need of a little work but with a lot of great bits providing the foundation for a great A1 GTI.
1978 VW Euro-spec Golf GTI for sale on Craigslist
A list of mods from the seller:
2.0L Audi 3a Bubble Block
8 Scirocco valve head
Scirocco Intake Mani
TT Race Header
TT Low temp fan switch
Replaced Vaccuum Lines
TDI 5spd transmission
Weitech TX Height and Dampening Adjustable Coilovers
Nuespeed Fr Tie bar
Neuspeed Fr and Rear Sway Bars
Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines
Brand new bfg tires on oem 14×6 Snowflake rims
Have all fender flares (currently off the car)
Euro Duckbill front spoiler
Fenders Rolled for 15×8 Widened Steelies (not included)
Euro Bumpers (not running rear)
Euro Quad Headlight Setup
Euro Cluster (kph, speedo is not hooked up)
Euro Gti Grill badge
Euro Golf Gti hatch badge
Radio Delete Panel
Glass in great shape
That’s a lot of great mods for $2700, and I like that he ends his ad with “Cash Talks, if you seem like you’re going to take care of it thats more important than the money.” This is definitely a guy who had a fun Mk1 project and is looking to pass it on to a kindred spirit. The Audi 3A block originally came with 115hp, probably more now thanks to the upgrades, and either way a significant improvement over the original mill. …
Created for the Volkswagen Design series for International auto shows, the Volkswagen Golf Harlequin was never supposed to catch on. However, Volkswagen decided to create a limited run of these interesting Golfs in 1996, dubbed the Harlequin. There were four different types of Harlequins, each having their own base color, which included Tornado Red, Ginster Yellow, Pistachio Green and Chagall Blue. In addition, special interior cloth, silver faced gauges and a few different wheel options were added extras.
The seller states:
Rare and unique 1996 Chagall Blue Harlequin Golf Special Edition (264 made – only available in U.S. and Canada) – for more information check out www.rossvw.com
2 litre engine, manual transmission, air conditioning, 6 CD changer, original owner (female elementary school teacher), 260,000 km (primarily highway between Langley and Chilliwack), driver and passenger air bags, all-season Michelin tires (2 years old), 15″ alloy rims, regular gas, regular maintenance
I would REALLY like this car to go to someone who will love it as much as I did. If it calls to you, please make me an offer. Let’s talk!
accessories also available:
roof rack – $150.00
luggage platform – $100.00
bike holder – $100.00
4 new BFG (made by Michelin) Winter Slalom KSI tires (purchased for $656.46 Nov. 09) on 15″ alloy rims – $500.00
Having owned a MkIII GTI, I understand the appeal of the Golfs from this generation. I wish I had my 1998 Anniversary edition GTI back, as it was all the car I ever needed. The Harlequin isn’t for everyone, but when was the last time you witnessed what could be mistaken as an assembly line mix-up turned into something cool?
The B2 Passat, also known as the Volkswagen Quantum stateside, was introduced in 1981 as a revision to the original Passat, introduced in 1973. The second generation Passat could be described as a prolific model range. In the early ’80s, the Passat was renamed the Corsar for the Mexican market and was produced in Brazil under the Santana moniker until 2006. The B2 chassis is still in production in China as the Santana, proving popular with taxi and police fleets. It has been announced that the Santana will end production in China in 2012. That’s staying power.
Here’s a clean, low mileage 1985 Passat wagon in Berlin that is being exported to the U.S., given this car just turned 25 years old and falls under classic status with the EPA and DOT.
The seller states:
This diesel VW is from 1985. (It’s the ebay system that has problems taking the correct VIN WVWZZZ33ZGE037982 and the correct year.)
The VW is currently located in Berlin, Germany and we include shipping to Long Beach port, CA, where it will arrive in a few weeks. As the year is 1985, this vehicle is classic in the US since January 2010 and therefore exempt of DOT/EPA. Tax and insurance for classic vehicles are low, so it’s not only the 40+mpg that will make this one a perfect money-saver. You probably know you can easily prepare these kind of VWs for biodiesel.
Being in love with the cars of the 80ies for their quality, we have always been looking for german classics with lowest miles, but frankly, we haven’t once seen a station wagon in this condition. With only 38,000 original kilometers (=24,000 miles) this one is as close to new as you can possibly get. Factory paint is still shiny, walking around the car you will think it was one or two years old.
As I’ve mentioned before, my first car was a white caddy. It was an awesome little car, light enough to be fun, plenty weird, and irrefutably German. Mine had a later 2.0, but these two options on eBay right now have very different motors but are each uniquely desirable.
The first is a very clean white diesel LX. Mechanically, if you’re looking for an efficient and utilitarian car with personality, this is the one. A Euro-market 1.6l diesel with just 60k miles and Jetta 5-speed gearbox highlight the restoration, along with a clean paint job. I could do without the wheels, but this is a great (if plain) Caddy.
Next up we have something a little more fancy. This black 1981 Sportruck is a little more Dubby, blacked out with quad rounds, lowered on some prettier 5-spokes, and supplemented with just about 16v-Scirocco everything. It’s been thoroughly gone through top to bottom and is more show car than econo-commuter, but would still be a great little driver. Would have been nice if he provided more than thumbnails, though.
The diesels definitely command a premium these days, and this restored white LX is reserve-not-met at $5,600 with less than a day left. The black one is just r-n-m at just over $2k, but should go up a bit in the 3 days it has left. If it could be had for $5k or less, it would be a great purchase, and is probably the one I’d rather have.
Beauty may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but A1 GTIs are so gorgeous. Something about the perfect little two-box shape, wide fenders, and sharky little nose get me going. And yes, they’re on just about everyone’s short lists for best-handling, most fun, and most influential cars. I had the chance to get a lowered, diesel-geared and Quaife-diff’d orange one from the guy who bought my Rabbit Truck, but my dad (I was in high school) had already decided a Toyota pickup would be more reliable and useful. But I digress. If I had $5k to spend on a fun little car right now, a clean Mk1 GTI would be where that money went. This beautiful, 99% original example is for sale in a hot eBay auction with 32 bids at the time of writing.
It’s not perfect, but that will hopefully be a benefit as it will keep the price within the VW stratosphere (though the fierce bidding may threaten a reasonable sale price). 63k miles is awesome, and despite a few imperfections, this thing is superb. A well-maintained GTI with lots of life left in it? Worth quite a bit of money to me. If you’ve been waiting for the right one, jump in with the dozens of other bids…
This poor VW looks like someone ran out of time, money, or interest on it. It needs an engine and needs to have the interior reinstalled. It comes with some extra Euro and 16v parts for the reassembly. 82,000 miles on the body. Anyone want to finish this one? The ask is $1200, I suspect that it could be had for an even grand.
This is a tastefully modified Corrado with lots of bright yellow. It has low miles, 50,000. Add on parts from Kompressor Kanada, Zender, Tial, Techtonics, Borla, H&R, Koni, and Zender show the car was liked. It has 18,000 on the rebuilt engine. The car is up with no reserve and starting bid under $2,000. The seller indicates it needs new axles and that it slips out of 5th gear. It isn’t clear how major these problems are. These problems will keep the price down, but a new owner will need to plan financially on expecting the worse just in case. Also not the low feedback seller, this should also keep the price down, but bid at your own risk.
Now, I may have made my case for a used RS6 being more worth your $32k than a new R32, but my same reasoning makes me anxious to make some more money so that I can be realistically in the market for the original R32 at new base-level Golf price. I like the MkIV R32 so much more than the MkV anyways. Same engine, same AWD, but much better looking. They’re around for up to $25k still, but the market has come down enough to be able to find nice ones under $20k if you’re patient. This Reflex Silver example has covered just 39.5k miles and, despite a few wheel nicks and small scratches, is the total package. Not many miles, overall beautiful condition, and good price make this a tempting prospect.
“It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.” – Wayne Campbell
I remember reading about the HPA twin-turbo upgrade on a VW New Beetle when I was in middle school. It blew my mind in many ways. Then the MkIV R32 rolled around and they started working their magic on that. Heaven, BiTurbo R32 is thy name. HPA does extremely nice installations, creating a driveable monster out of one of my favorite cars. This one is juiced up even more than I’d heard of before, with some 500hp at the WHEELS.
The rest of the upgrades read like a “if I had a million dollars” list, so I’ll let the seller do his thing:
This exact package is truly one of my dream cars. …
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.