Ending Soon: What We’re Watching

Has it really been a month since our last “What We’re Watching”?!? Today I’ve lined up another group of rare and rarely seen models that all have their fans. Once again, they’re all no reserve, offering us a great glimpse at where the market is heading on some models and where deals can still be found:

Click for Details: 1984 Volkswagen Transporter Syncro Panel Van

This one ticks all the right rarity boxes in the T2 market; it’s a Syncro and very unique in that it’s a panel van, though admittedly that probably limits the appeal to those who carry passengers. The “Expedition Build” makes up for it, though, and this adventure van looks prime for traveling anywhere. Bidding is heating up on the no reserve auction, but this one is still a lot cheaper than you’d expect normally for a built Syncro at only $15,000 with a few days to go.

Click for Details: 1989 Volkswagen Fox Wagon

It takes a strong VW lover to appreciate the Fox, but the diminutive 2-door wagon has arguably the greatest appeal of the run. Built in Brazil, these models shared a lot in common with Audis of the same period with a longitudinal layout. Unlike what the seller indicates, that makes a VR6 swap not impossible, but not hugely easy. It sounds like the running condition could probably be sorted reasonably easily if the car at least starts, and the chassis is reasonably clean appearing with lower miles. Right now, a single $1,500 bid buys it, but that’s probably still strong considering it’s only a roller.

Click for Details: 2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG

We definitely don’t give much press to the R170, but we probably should since the nutters at AMG got their hands on them and crafted a great option. The SLK32 might not have had the big V8 like the later 55s did, but you still got 349 horsepower from the 3.2 liter V6 for top-down 0-60 in 5 seconds. This one can be yours for only $4,000 so far.

Click for Details: 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country Chrome

Back to Volkswagens, and one we’ve seen before, at that. However, this 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country is a pretty special specimen and rare in low-mile, original Chrome Edition. Something shady has gone on with the seller, though – it’s been up several times on no reserve auctions and sold for sometimes astonishing amounts. When I originally wrote it up in December, 2016, it sold for $24,800. Then, again, for $24,700 the next week, then for $15,100 in April. What’s going on? Well, some research would be required if you’re really interested, but regardless it’s a neat and rare car to see.

Click for Details: 2001 Audi A6 4.2 quattro

The C5 A6 was offered in many configurations and wildly popular. This 2001 predates S6 importation in the chassis, and was the top-of-the-heap 4.2 model with aluminum panels, wide flares and big wheels, and the stomping 300 horsepower V8. It looks great in Ming Blue with the original Speedline wheels, and though it doesn’t have sport seats it looks quite tidy inside too. So far it’s not passed $1,000 – making this a discrete deal for a commuter who’d like a little style and speed.

-Carter

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4 Comments

  1. The Fox was not just a VW with some old Audi parts, but as I recall, wasn’t it a 1970s Audi fox, slightly updated? It had the old Audi’s chassis, engine layout, old design Audi engine, and craptastic Brazilian build quality as a bonus. My girlfriend in college had one, damn that thing was unreliable.

  2. T2? No. A T2 is a bay window. All Vanagons are T3’s. Yet Vanagon panel vans are also T25’s. And all Transporters are Type 2’s, but only some are T2’s. Such kidders at VW.

    This van has been listed on eBay twice before as a 1980. Now it’s an ’84. Not mentioned by seller. And if either of those are true then it’s not an original Syncro. Yet no mention of the conversion. And what is the deal with that barrier behind the front seats? I’ve never seen that in a T25. Between the barrier and lack of windows, I hope whoever buys this isn’t claustrophobic. Armor it and it’d be deal for guerrilla camping in the hills of Columbia, but a bit dreary if your life’s not at risk. Actually strike that, I’d prefer to see my assailants.

    And backing into that camp spot after dark will be an adventure in itself without any windows and only the small floppy manual mirrors to guide your way. Bring a friend! And some of those glowing orange batons they use to guide aircraft to the gate.

    Pretty color though I guess.

    And in case you had any doubts, the *same POS seller* keeps listing (and selling, due to no reserve) that Golf Country. Well in the real world he’s asking between $45-$50k on craigslist (in case anyone wants to know what it would actually take for him to part with it).

    Scumbag.

    @CHRISTIAN – My girlfriend in college also had a Fox. What school were you at? Lol. Total, utter, piece of crap. Worst VW ever, by far.

    I’ll let the Merc and the Audi be:)

  3. I believe the seller of the van and the Country has been known for questionable dealing.

  4. Cory on a roll!

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