Motorsports Monday: 1984 Volkswagen GTi

From one iconic Porsche livery in the Martini Racing colors, we move on to another equally if not more recognizable color scheme for Stuttgart; the John Wyer run Gulf Racing with the unmistakable blue and orange combination. Yet, this time we’re not looking at a Porsche, but Volkswagen GTi. Perhaps the GTi doesn’t quite have the racing repertoire of the 911 more often associated with Gulf, but these potent pocket rockets have been popular race platforms since their inception. The original GTi makes an excellent and affordable race chassis, and while the newest models are an amazing 32 years old now they’re still hitting the track and winning.

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Year: 1984
Model: GTi
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: Not Listed
Price: $7,250 Buy It Now

For sale is a well built 1984 VW GTI Road Race Car. Originally built by BSI Racing, the car ran in SCCA ITB class in the 1990’s. The engine and tranny were rebuilt by BSI in 2014 and the car has most recently raced in The Mitty with HSR and The Hotlanta Historics with VDCA. Engine is 1.8L four cylinder with approx. 110hp. Fuel Injection fuel delivery. All safety inspections and equipment up to date with new Schroth race belts installed at The Mitty 2016, fire bottle refilled and good for 2 years, excellent ATL fuel cell made for the GTI plus surge tank, excellent quality full race cage, window and center nets, etc., etc. Car is a blast to drive and would be a great starter car or simply something inexpensive to race in several different race organizations. Presents well and included in the sale is an additional newly rebuilt tranny (never installed since complete rebuild) and extra wheels and a box of misc. parts. Log books included as well as book of receipts. Asking $7,250 buy it now obro – Also open to possible trade for ski boat or side-by-side off-road buggy. Sold on Bill of Sale only in “as-is” condition. I am located in Georgia just a few short minutes away from Road Atlanta.

Often when you see used A1 race cars come to market, they’re a bit tired and used up and in need of a full freshening. This isn’t the case here, with an engine rebuild in 2014 and cage, belts and inspections up to date. I particularly like the ATL fuel cell that fits neatly into the spare tire well. Although I’m not generally a fan of black wheels, they fit the Porsche color scheme overall pretty well here. When considering a race car, it’s helpful to have spare parts and this car comes with them; the inclusion of a rebuilt transmission is great, but sourcing racing parts for these cars isn’t all that hard in the grand scheme as many are still racing and cross-model modifications aren’t hard. For any turn-key race car, an entry price under $10,000 is pretty hard to achieve but this looks like a pretty clean and tidy example for well south of that amount. For less than the price of some wheels for your GT3 RS you can have a whole race car plus the budget to run it without the fear of dinging paintwork or wrecking the residual value.

-Carter