1989 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Finished in Helios Blue

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.

1989 Volkswagen GTI GLI Helios:

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
hella heckblende
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.

~Aaron.

 

1986 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V with 46k miles

We’ve featured a few clean Scirocco’s lately, however, I was thinking to myself the other day that it has been a while since I’ve seen a relatively clean MkII Scirocco 16V. Thanks to our reader Larry for pointing out this clean MkII on cars.com. Other than the overkill stereo, this particular Scirocco looks relatively unmolested.

1986 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V with 46k miles on Cars.com

The seller states:

IMMACULATE 16 Valve Scrirroco that you MUST see to believe!!! ONLY 46K miles. 99 Percent stock with the exception of upgraded audio. Great driver and/or show car!!!

Purists may appreciate the Mk1 Scirocco better, but I always preferred the rounded edges of the MkII better, much in the way I preferred the last of the Alfa Romeo Spiders they sold here in the US. Given that Volkswagen won’t import the new Scirocco to our shores, here’s your chance to relive a little bit of that magic, albeit at a higher price one would expect.

-Paul

1986 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V with 47k miles

The VW Scirocco never quite took off as much as the GTI did on US shores, but here’s a clean ’86 example that seems as if it was well loved. This 16V version represents the end of the line for the VW sports hatch, as 1988 was the last year it was offered stateside.

The seller states:

Up for auction is a 1986 (1987 Production year) VW Scirocco with 46000 original miles. The car is very clean there is not a spot of rust anywhere on the body of the car. The interior is in excellent condition there is no tears or cracks in any of the seats. The tires, timing belt, plugs, cap and rotor,battery,and coolant are new. I bought the car from the original ower who bought it new. He had a issue with the engine at 45000 miles and the car was parked for a long time. At some point in time he let his kid armed with a shop manual try to fix it… When I bought the car the head was pulled off. The owner told me he thought there was something wrong with the head?? I didn’t want to deal with it so I bought a used motor with 68000 miles on it. Which is in the car now. The engine starts, idles, and runs like new. The original motor with 45000 miles on it is included in the auction. It’s the perfect scenario.. Build the engine of your dreams with the original motor and drive the car in the meantime! I installed a stereo system with a high end alpine head unit, alpine speakers and a boston acoustic sub. It sounds amazing! The only issues that I know of are The passenger power window, AC, and aftermarket cruise control don’t work. I’ve only put about 1000 miles on the car since I put the motor in. The car is quick and a blast to drive. It also gets great gas mileage. I love the car, but I’m buying a porsche 928 and I only have room in the garage for one toy so the rocco must go.
-Also in the pics the dark areas on the front seats are not stains its just the grain of the fabric.
-Car has never seen snow.. I won’t even drive it in the rain..
-Extra fuel lines, injectors, alternator, starter, and AC compressor come with original motor.

With no reserve on the auction, it should be interesting to see what a low mileage 16V is worth these days. Even with an engine replacement, this seems like a pretty honest and original example.

-Paul

1983 VW GTI Widebody for sale

Here’s a wee beasty, the likes of which you don’t see very often.  We all know the magic that surrounds the Mk1 GTI, but this has to be magic turned to 11.  A custom steel widebody kit has been grafted on, leaving it with the same classic silhouette but shifting it much lower and much wider.  This is no Heidi Montag though, as it comes with content to back up the extremely modified looks.

What the seller has to say:

My 1983 VW Rabbit GTI (Wide body) is up for sale.
This car was fully restored. Has steel wide body hand made. Fender flares are extended 3” each side. This car is in perfect condition runs great. I drive the car to work every day. The reason I am selling this car is because I have another toy. I have no room for this one in the garage. I will be honest with you I have autocrossed with this car and this car is amazing.
Engine: 16v
Auto tech cams
Valve Springs
Lifters
Titanium Retainers
New stock pistons
Crankshaft
Bearings
Transmission: Euro spec transmission with diesel 5th gear
Gears are heat treated
Peliquen LSD
Transmission is brand new has only about 2000 miles on it.
Brakes: Stock brakes on front
Rear 92′ Jetta GLI disk brakes
Exhaust: Techtonics full exhaust with race downpipe
Techtonics short shifter
Techtonics K bar
Techtonics ECU
Interior: 92′ Rabbit Cabrio dash with center console
Corbeau A4 seats
6 point roll cage
Spare tire area has been removed to make more room for fuel cell.
Momo F1 steering wheel
92′ Jetta GLI gauge cluster with working FMA
Exterior: Euro front end with badgeless grill
Euro tail lights
Rear wiper has been removed
Wheels: 15×8 Sport max one piece wheels
Suspension: Neuspeed race spring with Koni adjustable

That’s a pretty serious upgrade list.  Some power, some brakes, some suspension with a dash of style thrown in.  It sounds like it’s been well taken care of, but the generality with which the mileage and condition are described necessitates further investigation.  That said, it’s a Mk1 VW, so even if/when things go wrong, there should be an reasonable fix.  The seller’s testament of daily driving is a positive note.  I always love the no-bumpers look, and the widebody intrigues me and certainly makes a statement, though something about it strikes me as not perfect.  I think it might be the side sills and width of the front spoiler; I’d prefer the fender flares by themselves.  Overall though, this is a very impressive Mk1 and must be an intense amount of fun.

Bidding is hot, with 20 bidders pushing it around $3.5k currently, but the reserve is not yet met.  Considering clean Mk1s are pushing into the $4ks and $5ks, if this can stay under $7000 I think it would be a good price for a well put together, unique, and fast Mk1.

-NR

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

1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v For Sale, only 50k miles!

How about this show winning 88 ‘rocco with only 50k miles that I spotted on VWVortex:

quote from seller’s listing:

I have had this up for sale before, figure I would see if anyone saw it at waterfest and may want to buy it.

Asking $9500. (with everything on the car)

BBS RG-F wheels
H&R coil overs
AutoTech Antisways
Neuspeed Strut brace
JL audio 12″ sub

At $10k, I think the seller is going to hold out for a fanatic. But when was the last time you saw a Scirocco of any year for sale that was this clean? You could eat out of that engine bay!

dc