1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin

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.

1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin on Craigslist Vancouver

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?

-Paul

1985 Volkswagen Passat (Quantum) Estate

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.

1985 Volkswagen Passat on eBay

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. There are maybe two or three chips, which were taken care of. The inside shows hardly any use. We took off the cover of the driver seat for the pictures, there is no use worth to mention.

Driving this VW, it feels like a new car, I must say. No noise, no play anywhere. No liquids dripping of course and there is the valid german roadworthiness certificate TÜV coming with it. The biannual test was passed at km 31,300 in June 2009. Whatever you touch in this car tells you that its life is still totally ahead. Turning the key the engine purrs as if saying: “Thanks man! And now where do we go?”

Bidding is already at $7,300 so even with the hassle of shipping it over, it seems there are several interested parties. With each passing year, it’s great to see interesting rides like this make their way over to what could best be described as a police state for car enthusiasts. When I was young kid, my grandparents had retired back home to Portugal. Right around when I got my license, they decided to sell their 1982 Peugeot 505 turbo diesel for a car with an automatic transmission, a Honda Civic 5-door hatchback. The Peugeot was in fantastic shape and my grandfather owned it from new, taking delivery of it at the factory in France. Sadly, this was the mid ’90s and there was no way of importing it legally.

With the budget crisis in the country, it would be reasonable for the DOT and EPA to get together and charge a flat rate to enthusiasts who would want to go to the trouble of shipping over a rare or unique piece. At the same time, maybe we could relax the year restriction to any vehicle 5 or 10 years or older. With current European safety standards and (at least for cars of German origin) the ever stringent TÜV (Technical Inspection Association) inspection, the cars coming from that continent would be just as safe, if not safer, than the ones Uncle Sam deems acceptable for us.

-Paul

Low-mile White/Black Diesel/Gas Caddies for sale

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.

-NR

63k-mile 1984 VW GTI

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…

-NR

1982 Volkswagen Scirocco project needs saving

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.

~Evan

1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60 Bumblebee

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.

~Evan

Clean 2004 R32 for sale

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

-NR

Scary Twin-Turbo R32 for sale

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.

Upgraded Twin-Turbo 2004 VW R32 for sale


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.  I’d take this over most Italians (288 GTO exempted), and it’s just right up there with a Turner Motorsports E30 M3 2.5 or RS4 wagon as the best thing possible.  Just epic.

At first I thought the HPA on the hood was a bit much, but the fact that it’s clear-coated over the carbon hood with the rest body-color is a nice touch.  This guy has done truly everything to make this the most insanely awesome R32 possible.  $85k is steep, sure, but it’s a proven turbo system on a great car with all the requisite upgrades to make it so much more than just some tuner car.  I’m jealous of the owner’s resources and ambition for making this car a reality.

-NR

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

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. NO WAY. So, the first amazing thing about this DOKA is that it is a totally LEGALLY REGISTERED DIESEL: That alone would be crazy enough, but it gets better…

Every DOKA ever made, except for these 18, was sold outside the USA. They were sold in Northern Europe and Scandinavia, and were mostly work trucks, put into service in severe weather (especially the Syncro models). Of the 18 that made it to North America, most were sold in Canada. What does this mean? It means that just about every DOKA ever made is now a rust bucket. By contrast, thistruck has lived all its life in Southern California, and has spent its time on the freeway. Therefore: NO RUST. Anybody who has ever spent time staring at a DOKA, like me, is simply amazed by how incredibly rust free this example is. But wait, it gets better…

This is not just any ol’ DOKA. This is a TriStar. So, unlike 90% of all VW DOKAs ever made that were basically 3-door, stripped-down work trucks, the TriStars were built super plush. TriStar means it has every factory option, including:

• Full plush cloth interior
• Padded dash
• Wall-to-wall carpet
• Heated driver’s seat
• Rear window defroster
• Cruise control
• Arm rests on both front seats
• Power windows
• Rear differential lock
• And last but not least: FOUR DOORS

And, that’s not all…

The guy we got this from is a super duper, over-the-top Vanagon NUT. He went totally overboard and did the following:

– Complete repaint inside and out to factory color
– Gray color redone all around the bottom
– Lots of seals and gaskets replaced
– All new carpet throughout
– Syncro.Org springs
– Old Man Emu shocks
– All new brakes
– Driveshaft decoupler (still has viscous coupler)
– Nice stereo with new larger speakers under rear seat
– All new power door lock system with remote entry

PLUS, HE ADDED:

– Air conditioning system (that kicks ass, BTW)
– Fresh transaxle with much taller 3rd and 4th gears, for the…

LAST BUT NOT LEAST:

– 1.9 liter Turbo Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine with intercooler

Now, a few words about the AC and TDI engine:

AC in a DOKA? That is not possible…. that is, unless you are some sort of super duper, over-the-top Vanagon NUT. The owner had the AC unit painstakingly removed from an early 80s Vanagon, painted to match the interior scheme, and custom-installed so it looks like it came that way from the factory. Now, we have added NORMAL, FACTORY AC into a run-of-the-mill Westy that did not have it. It was a fairly straight forward job, but still cost north of $5k—all said and done. I just can’t IMAGINE how much time THIS took.

So, again, I admit that this kind of car is highly overpriced for most people. However, there is a dedicated group out there for whom the words DOKA, Syncro, and TDI are holy terms and nearly soul-shatteringly awesome when combined altogether.  For someone out there, this rare gem is easily worth its price.

-NR