1989 was my last summer working as a lot boy (official job title) on my uncle’s Volkswagen lot. It was a great summer that comes with being 17 but also because of the great cars that VW was rolling out. The G60 Corrado was just hitting showroom floors and a “special” GLI finished in Helios Blue was introduced as well.
What is a Helios exactly? The term is used in the VW community with a great deal of awe and deference. It is a 1,500 car run of GLI’s finished in a color somewhere between a blue and purple depending on the light. The interior also carries the look and is one of the more unique you will find.
There are not many of these cars left, so when I see a clean one I have to give props.
From the seller –
“car is a real 1989 jetta gli helios
car is all OEM. except for these mods….
optima blue top battery
Foha trunk spoiler
oem dealer option bosch fogs
oem gli 16v floormats
fischer cd holder in center console
gli dash plaque emblem
grey velour cloth dash mat
sony xplod deck with full sub wiring with 2 gauge wire to trunk.
amp and sub are in custom built 80’s suitcase. sub fires down under the suitcase. sounds great and completely hidden.
oem accordian shiftknob
sitting on rokkor coilovers
206k miles head rebuilt at 205k
runs and drives great and fires right up everytime
ALWAYS parked in the garage.
car does NOT have power windows anymore. regulators are all there as well as wiring behind the center console. i put it all back in. the only thing you would need is the power window center console power window door panels and switches. and regulators.
car has manual door cards from the 89 carat which is the same color as the helios interor.
also the power steering and a/c has been removed.
car has a brand new alternator, wheel bearings, head gasket, tie rod ends and ball joints, new plug wires, plugs
this car is an awesome car and i would not hesitate driving it across the country.
i have placed 2nd at one of the 2 shows i entered it in.
i constantly get compliments in this car everywhere i go.
anyways heres the pics. if you have any more questions let me know.
i am asking $4,000 firm.”
In looking at the pictures it is hard to see 200k miles on there. If well cared for these cars wear pretty well but that can be a pretty big “if”. Not sure about the lack of power steering or the ride height, I would prefer to get as close to stock as possible if it were me. But, it’s not like there are a lot of other Helios cars to choose from.
$4k does not seem out of line, that is not a great deal of money for a daily that you could show on the weekends.