Today’s gorgeous black Mk1 GTI comes to market after just 2 owners. The first, a VW/Porsche mechanic, had it for two decades before selling it to the current seller, who’s had it since 2006 and has taken extremely good care of it. With 304,000 miles on the chassis, it’s been around the block a few times, but got a rebuilt engine 120,000 miles ago and the interior has been very well maintained. This is how Mk1 GTIs should look.
The seller’s nice and thorough description:
Thank you for looking at my 1984 VW Rabbit GTI, I think you will be hard pressed to find a nicer one than this one. I looked for years to find a GTI in this kind of condition. I am the second owner of the car and have owned the car since 2006, I looked for three years to find the right one having one New in 1984 when I was in High school. I purchased the car from the original owner In Mountain View California. The car is complete with all factory paperwork including the original window sticker that is now laminated for its protection ( sold at Boardwalk VW Red wood city Ca. ), original yellow purchase agreement from the dealership, All factory books and manuals including the book small world by Volkswagen in 1984 that are very rare. This GTI is so clean that VW used it in 2004 for their postcards and I do have some copies that go with it. I have three sets of keys. It has been an excellent car in every way and the only reason that I am selling the car is because of a motorcycle accident my left ankle hurts when I drive a manual transmission for too long of a time. These are getting harder to find in this type of condition. Exterior: Original paint with the acceptation of the hood that was repainted due to some stone chips, the paint all around the car is deep and has no blems, very small clear coat peeling at top of the roof near rain gutter on drivers side but very , very minimal. There is no rust anywhere this car has always been in California and still retains its original Blue California License plates. Original Windshield has been changed due to stone and sand chips but all other glass is factory original in excellent shape. All factory stickers are in place along the driver and passenger door jams, under the hood, also dealer stickers for the upgraded AC system. The car sits on its original 14 inch wheels with new Michelin tires, I put European bumpers on the car for a cleaner look, also upgraded the headlights to European brighter lights. There is a light tint to the windows. This car has never been in any accidents and is the original sheet metal , the doors, hood and trunk shut and align perfect. Interior: The interior is the blue and red stripe that is like new with the acception of the driver side lower fabric that has a small about the size of a pencil eraser it never got any bigger so I did not change it, but I do have a larger piece of the original material if you decide you want to. I had new carpet laid down in a Mercedes material because I had the carpet taken out when a Dyna Matted the complete interior, floors, Headliner and doors, if you have never had a smaller car like the Rabbit they can be A little noisy the dyna mat reduced the noise in the Cabin by 40% it is like riding in a Mercedes for sound quality. Two sets of floor mats one in blue carpet and a set of weathertech rubber mats for the rainy season. I also put a new suede headliner in the car. The seats are not broken down and still are very firm even on the side bolsters. I upgraded the sound system to a high end Head unit that has CD, AM/FM/ I pod and XM radio, the dash and rear speakers were replaced and an extra set of door speakers installed, also a large amplifier and 8 in subwoofer that unplugs is in the rear cargo area, I have another set of door panels that are stock to replace the ones in the car now that have the larger speakers in them. I also have a blue tooth Parrot hands free kit installed that will match up to your cell phone that works well, There is a period UNGO box theft detection system in the glove box, it lights up but I never used it. The upgraded MOMO leather and suede steering wheel and hub with matching shift knob I do have the stock steering wheel that will go with the car , also after market Hella air horns. The car has factory AC that has been converted and blows ICE Cold, the front vent windows open that is an option on these a in 84. Cruise control does work. MOTOR AND SUSPENSION: The car is 100% stock with the acceptation of a stainless exhaust and ABA headers that are California legal, the car shows 304,000 miles on the chassis, the motor has been rebuilt at 180,00. The compression is excellent right now and the car runs outstanding I would not hesitate to drive it across the country. The car has had major routine service since it was new, the original owner of the car was a Master Porsche and VW mechanic and owner of a German car repair facility and kept excellent care of the car prior to my purchase, all miles are Highway miles. There are no leaks the car does drip, burn oil or have any out of the ordinary strange noises. I recently replaced the clutch and there is less than 4000 miles on it. I also replaced the brakes with a drilled rotor and upgraded pads, also stainless steel brake lines. The suspension is Koni shocks, there are Neuspeed upper strut tie bar, lower tie bar, front and rear sway bars, and a rear upper strut tie bar, the car is tight and handles very well. The transmission and syncros are excellent, I get 26MPG in the car. I have a Current Clear California Title in hand and a clean Car fax.
This car is a very clean, well taken care of GTI; in fact, it’s just about everything you’d want in a Mk1 GTI. Accordingly, it’s probably worth it’s $6k starting price, but the $10.5k Buy-it-Now has to be just a wishing point for a seller who doesn’t want to let his car go easily. In my eyes, 5-digit prices are reserved for low-mile, concourse VWs. Despite the quality of this example and the increasing desirability of these awesome GTIs, no 300k-mile GTI is going to sell for 10 grand.