1978 Porsche 924 D-Production Clone For Sale

The word clone is a tricky concept.  Done too well and you may as well buy the original, done poorly and it can be a total disaster.  From the pictures I fear this may be the latter, but it takes guts to take on a project such as this with a 924.

1978 Porsche 924 D-Production Clone:

From the seller –

“This light weight 1978 Porsche 924 came from the factory with no sunroof and no power windows and somewhere along the line a fiberglass Al Holbert DP look kit was installed consisting of fiberglass: front fenders, rear flares, and a very aggressive and unique ‘shovel nose’ front spoiler.  The suspension and brakes are from a 944 and provide the five lug conversion which enables real 7&8 x 15″ Fuchs to be mounted and fill up the wide flares.  Rear hatch and spoiler are also from a 944.  The motor has a more aggressive cam and flows into a Ansa free flowing exhaust.  The interior is very nice with excellent condition carpeting, fabric ‘Porsche’ script 944 seats, dash cap, and stereo with a MP3/iPod cord in the glove box.  This is a running and driving 924 but the throwout bearing in the clutch is starting to make some noise and the A/C will need atleast a charge.  No signs of any collision or rust thru issues, there is some minor paint bubbling around the windshield.  While the body is very sound and the body kit was very well done, the paint is a 10 footer – at best.

One very cool looking 924… and with the prices of the 911, 912, and even the 914 skyrocketing upwards, this unique and cheap to buy/maintain Porsche definately offers value with style.  The Fuchs and tires on this 924 alone are worth about a $1,200 – 1,500.00… this whole Porsche can be purchased for not much more than that!”

The seller is correct, this is a 10 footer, maybe a 20 footer at best.  The paint is no good, you can see the oxidation in the pictures.  The suspension, while from a 944, is not set up correctly and has a bit of a monster truck look to it.  I won’t get into the egregious overuse of of emblems, there is no excuse for that.

But what lies underneath is not all that bad.  The interior is clean, the Fuchs are a nice option, and if the body work is solid this could be a decent driver with a reasonable re-spray.  The question then becomes, at $2k or so is this a worthy investment?

I use the term investment loosely as that and 924 are not synonymous.  But you could do much worse in this price range.

<Note: This in fact a D-Production Clone, tip of the hat to Carter J for the clarification>

~Aaron.

1978 Porsche 930

Porsche was one of the first car companies to offer a turbocharged engine and this car, the Porsche 930, was where that experiment began. Before they were withdrawn from the US market in 1980 and reintroduced in 1985, the first 930s to hit these shores were notorious beasts. With a propensity for oversteer due to a rear engine layout and a fair bit of turbo lag, these were not easy cars to drive. Those who mastered the quirks, though, had a competitive advantage in this car compared to other performance vehicles of the era. The 1978 model saw an increase to 300 horsepower, which was a massive amount for its day. This particular 930 was owned by a mature gentleman and has seen only 28,000 miles. It also benefitted from an extensive refresh 2,000 miles ago, as the seller comprehensively documents.

1978 Porsche 930

Rewind back to 1978 and imagine a car so powerful that it could hit 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Imagine a car that literally turned the world upside down, the car was the Porsche 930. First introduced in 1975 with a non-intercooled turbocharged 3.0 flat 6 it set records and was the object of lust for every car lover on the planet. It not only captivated people with its power, it stirred passion for its flared fendered in your face appearance and it garnered respect for the many people it killed with it’s tricky at the limit handling. What a car! Now imagine this car with almost twice that power….

In 1978 Porsche refined the formula slightly by bumping displacement to 3.3 liters, adding intercooling and upgrading the brakes and suspension. The changes were a huge leap forward and transformed an amazing car to a life changing one. These cars were incredibly hard to come by, in fact Porsche imported just 461 1978 930 Turbo’s and this car is the very last 1978 made, being VIN # 9308800461!

This 930 was a very special car being a Paint to Sample (PTS) car when ordered new. I have been unable to cross reference the paint code to get an official paint color but to me it looks like Porsche Slate Gray Metallic. It has been a desert SW car its entire life and has covered just 28k miles.

The car originally belonged to an older gentleman who drove the car sparingly. Due to excessive sitting the car needed some updates and oil leaks fixed. It was taken to the Porsche store for this work and the classic slippery slope started…. At 26k miles this particular car underwent a very thorough mechanical refresh and not a penny was spared. If you are looking for a car that has had a cost no object build here it is! You couldn’t duplicate this for $100k. Everything is well documented with thousands in receipts from the best vendors in the Porsche business.
Here is what has been done:

Motor:
Complete Engine Rebuild- Matching #’s case
3.4 Liter RUF Mahle P&C’s 7.5-1 Compression
ARP Head Studs
AASCO High Performance Valve job with springs and titanium retainers
Ollies Machine Shop- Balance, rebuild rods, Crankshaft magnafluxed polished and heat treated
911SC Cams
Kokeln Ball Bearing Turbo
Kokeln Intercooler
Tial 46mm wastegate (1 bar)
Nology Wires
B&B Polished headers w/heat
B&B Polished Exhaust
Fuel Distributor recurved
Rennline Polished Alternator Strap
New ERP copper oil cooler lines and thermostat
New engine chains and rails, CDI box, Fuel Accumulator
Billet Valve Covers and aluminum sump plate
WEVO Engine Mounts
Transmission-
915 5-speed conversion
Full Transmission Rebuild
RSR 6lb lightweight flywheel
RSR Carbon Kevlar Clutch
Limited Slip
WEVO Shifter
WEVO transmission mounts
Suspension-
Smart racing 23mm front and rear swaybars with reinforced mounts
Hollow 22mm front and 29mm rear torsion bars
ERP Bump Steer Kit
Custom Valved Bilsteins w/reinforced spindles with front camber adjustability
Rear mono-ball bushings
New plastic front, rear and spring plate bushings
Hawk Performance Brake pads
Interior:
Sparco Torino Seats in real leather and alacantara
RS Door Panels
RS Carpet kit w/ rear seat delete
Alacantara Dash and headliner
Rennline Pedals
Rennline Track Mats
Autopower roll bar color matched in Slate Gray
Sparco Touring 4pt belts
Momo Corsa steering wheel
Rennline Blower motor cover
Rennline battery tie down
Rennline kill switch
Boost gauge in clock location
Exterior:
New in the box genuine RUF 9×17 front and 10×17 rear Wheels
H4 Headlight Upgrade
Oil cooler intake scoop

To drive this car now is to really understand the word OUTRAGEOUS! This is not a car suitable for a novice driver or someone new to air-cooled Porsche’s. Having driven hundreds of air-cooled Porsche’s I can honestly say this is one of the most powerful ones I have ever driven. It makes ungodly power yet manages to be more civilized than a stock 930. The addition of more displacement, high compression, a more modern turbocharger and a 5-speed transmission literally transform this car. It is not for the faint of heart but if you want one of the coolest 930’s to roam the streets here is your car.

You will note that the build centered on the mechanicals and interior of the car. These items are 100% done and sorted. The exterior of the car has not been touched and depending on how someone might want to use the car could stand being taken to the next level. The glass, trim and rubber are all gorgeous but the paint is definitely showing its age. From 10 feet or in pictures it looks great, however it is suffering from issues such as clear coat hazing, cracking and is in need of a respray if you want it to match to caliber of the rest of the car. To just drive and enjoy it.

The car will come complete with all the books and manuals, the Certificate of Authenticity, complete documentation of all the upgrades/service done, original tool kit, air-pump and 3 original Porsche keys. What an amazing car!

It’s rare that I ever say this about any car, but I don’t think there is one thing I would change on this 930. The paint to sample color, history, modifications…for me, this car is perfect. Regardless of vintage, any 911 Turbo will be a pricey proposition. The 930 models are averaging in the $40,000 to $60,000 range, depending on originality and mileage. The seller informs us that this car is going for half of what the 1979 930 we featured last week is advertised. With this kind of presentation, provenance and a slew of tasteful mods, I’d say we are right on the mark in terms of value.

-Paul

Minty 1978 26k Volkswagen Rabbit For Sale

Here is a seemingly lost in time 1978 MKI Volkswagen Rabbit with only 26k miles.  This bunny has been for a sale a few times but has yet to find its forever home.

1978 Volkswagen Rabbit:

From the seller –

“1978 VW Rabbit C.
26k Original miles.
4 speed 8v gasser.
100% original 2 owner car.
Dakota Beige on brown.
New tires, OEM roof rack, MINT!

If you’re in Ohio or Florida you’ve probably seen this car. It’s also been up for sale a couple times here and once on Ebay. I’m trying to transition my “fun car” collection from two that sit in the garage to one that sees track time. More info and pics to be added, but for now it’s up again. The car was bid up to $9,000 on Ebay w/o my reserve being met. My personal feeling about old/classic/rare cars is they’re worth what they sell for at auction … or what someone is willing to pay for them of course. Therefore, I’m asking $9,000 obo.

Additional pics can be seen here: http://s282.photobucket.com/albums/k…%20Rabbit%20C/. Please feel free to PM me with any questions. Car is available to be seen locally by appointment.”

Yes, this is the same guy who owns the Golf Country we featured here some time ago.  This bunny is incredibly stock, kudos to the seller for respecting that.  The asking price of $9k is on the high side but these cars in this sort of condition do not come around very often.  You wind up paying for that exclusivity and it is just a matter of time until another enthusiast scoops this one up.

~Aaron.

 

1978 Multicar M25

And now for something completely different. It’s easily forgotten that before German reunification in 1990, quite a few vehicle manufacturers existed in East Germany. VEB Sachsenring in Zwickau, makers of the Trabant, was one of the more prominent manufacturers. But there was also a handful of smaller, less well known companies, such as this tiny truck produced by VEB Fahrzeugwerk Waltershausen.

I was surprised to find this Multicar exists in the township right next door to my parents home in Pennsylvania. I’ve never seen it around up there. Then again, with a two liter four cylinder diesel good for a top speed of 35 mph, anything outside of neighborhood streets would be a chore for this truck.

1978 Multicar M25 on eBay

Here is your opportunity to own both a unique vehicle and a piece of Cold War history. The Multicar M25 is a small, specialized equipment truck that was manufactured in Waltershausen, in the former communist East Germany. As a result of its design and capabilities, the M25 is often referred to by former East Germans as a “piece of equipment on wheels”. Coincidentally, Multicar is the only former East German vehicle manufacturer to survive “the fall of the Berlin Wall”.

Besides being a fun vehicle to drive with its distinctive shape and European diesel sound, this garage maintained Multicar is probably only one of only a handful in the USA. The M25 is titled in Pennsylvania, thus registering the vehicle in any state should be an easy process. Additionally, the Multicar recently passed its Pennsylvania State Inspection and has a current inspection sticker that expires in October, 2012.

With a 2 liter diesel engine and a top speed of 35 mph, this multifunctional truck is ideal for both residential and off-street use. For those unfamiliar with an M25, as a result of its lower gear ratio, the Multicar is not intended for long term high speed use on a highway or interstate, such extended high speed use could result in overheating. Please remember that this communist made vehicle is basically a “workhorse” in accordance with communist philosophies and not a race car. With that thought in mind, the Multicar’s dual wheel axle and controllable differential allows for a 2 ton payload capacity.

The vehicle currently has 47,860 original Kilometers (29,765 miles) on the Odometer. Every effort has been made to maintain this vehicle in its original condition. Keeping that in consideration, the overall condition of the Multicar varies from good to very good condition for its age.

The exterior is in good to very good condition. The fenders, bumpers, rims and truck bed were repainted 3 years ago. At the end of communist times, the sides of the cab were painted a slightly different green to cover over communist markings and the fruit orchard’s name who originally owned the Multicar. Through polishing, the orchard’s name has been restored. Since the cab still has the original communist fruit orchard’s name on the passenger side door and I wanted to maintain its original integrity, the cab has not been repainted. For those interested in doing so, I have the matching green acrylic enamel paint for the cab, which I will be including in the sale, thus the cab could be repainted with very little effort.

In addition to the paint, I will also be including in the sale an copy of the M25 owner’s manual and a copy of the M25 Repair Manual in German. The interior is in good condition. The seats, with the exception of some age induced cracking at the top of the each seat and a stress crack on the driver’s side seat; are in good condition.

The tires are original East German manufactured tires and although they may still have plenty of useable tread available, they are aging. Thus, if you would be intending to carry loads approaching 2 tons, I would consider replacing them.

Judging from the slightly washed out signage on the side door, it seems this truck served as a produce delivery vehicle of some sort in Crimmitschau. I could see a little truck like this serving a multitude of purposes. A landscaping company could use it as a handy hauler for smaller jobs. A golf course would also be a good fit with its lower top speed. Or, possibly, a truck like this would be perfect in a downtown area like Center City Philadelphia or Manhattan for a number of small businesses, such as flower or pizza delivery. Sourcing parts could be an issue, however, Multicar is the only vehicle manufacturer from the former East Germany that survived reunification. The company is now operated under the name Hako-Werke GmbH. So getting parts might not be as hard as first assumed.

With a little under a week left in the auction, there’s been some bidding interest. The buy it now price seems a bit steep, but overall the truck looks to be in pretty good nick for a utility vehicle.

-Paul

Rare stateside 1978 Mercedes 350SE

Prices of the venerable Merc 116s are continually creeping up. 30+ years later and these sedans still can hold their own. Some may say they fall in no man’s land right now. Comfortable daily driver? Classic vintage saloon? Outside of the 6.9 they aren’t that expensive to fix and are easy to maintain.

The car featured here is a rare bird in the states. The Euro only 3.5 liter V8 is lighter on its feet and had a higher compression ratio than the U.S. 4.5 liter V8. Couple that with the shorter wheel base SE model and you have your self a nice little package. The peppy, compact 3.5 liter unit, most believe is one of the better to have tucked under the wood of a W116. If the car had the manual instead of the auto transmission that package would truly be complete.

This being a grey market car it features the body hugging bumpers. Unfortunately, sometime during the federalization process the car got U.S. headlamps and the owner didn’t switch back in the Euro units.

This 350SE has the velour interior, which was common on Euro cars, even the top of the line 6.9. The sunroof is an interesting option, apparently put in instead of air conditioning, note the single dial climate system. The Becker Monza right below the climate controls wasn’t the best looking W116 radio option, the Mexico I think looks better.

Finding one of these in this nice shape, in Euro trim, in the states, with a measly 57,000 miles on the clock does not happen every day. You’d actually have to do some decent searching to turn up a similar one of these. A no reserve auction with low opening, currently the price is just over $1,500, is a fantastic deal. The seller seems to describe the car as being in great shape, but that price is so cheap it makes me want to check it out in person.

A very nice find that might find a new home for just a song.

Rare stateside 1978 Mercedes 350SE on eBay.

~Evan

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

Following on to the brutish 1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 featured a few days ago here, I stumbled across one of its ancestors this week. This amazingly original 1978 450SLC coupe. I have to admit that when I was a teenager, it was my dream to own one of these SLCs. I’m not sure why, but I still long after one of these coupes. While Mercedes of this era came in some colors that look a bit dated, the Orient Red with brand new Bamboo interior add to the sheer elegance of this machine.

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC for sale on eBay

You are looking at the best and most beautiful SLC for sale plus she has a brand new factory leather interior and all new carpet that smells brand new.

When the world’s most renowned automobile manufacturer presents the world with an instant classic, maintaining the expectations of enthusiasts can be a rather difficult challenge. Admirers of the 450SLC will feel as if they went back in time when sitting in this car which runs and feels as if it were locked in a time capsule. The new owner of this beautifully preserved SLC will feel as if they have taken a step back in time when sitting in this car which has the feeling of being brand new and still today is in “Showroom Condition” with its brand new factory carpeting and supple Mercedes all leather interior.

The Mercedes 450SLC is a car that stands amongst its peers as an icon and although there were many other style of cars made around this model it is difficult to associate this decade with any other car. The styling of this 450SLC still remains classic, and its interior, while always dignified, was decidedly luxurious. The 450SLC had two doors, a true pillarless hardtop, and seating for four. It was similar to the 450SL but with a longer wheelbase which increased the weight slightly. The rear passengers window is actually a 1/4 window with a louvered panel which provides extra privacy. Production lasted from 1970 through 1981. The 450SLC is renowned for its performance and was constructed by the manufacturer to compete in marathon rallies.

The power comes from a 4.5L V8 engine and an automatic transmission. This car is very well equipped with AM/FM stereo radio w optional cassette which has been updated and restored with the iPhone hook up that is hardwired through glove box. It has climate controlled electronic air conditioning not offered before 1978, cruise control, power steering, power locks, power sunroof, seat belts, leather, chrome wheels, and Michelin MXV radial tires.

The first thing that anyone comments on when noticing this car is the striking color combination of its Orient Red exterior over its Bamboo interior. The paint is gorgeous along with the Mercedes all leather factory interior and brand new Mercedes factory carpeting. If you are reading this, you most likely already know how rare the SLCs are, combine the very few SLCs that are left combined with this striking color combination and you have a very rare car. Most color combinations found for this car are silver, brown or blue. Besides the vehicle looking like it’s in just out of the showroom condition. The vehicle runs and drives absolutely beautiful maintaining its essence of luxury.

A few weeks ago I drove the car from Treasure Island to South Beach a 500 mile round trip get away. I used the cruise control all the way down to Miami and back. Staying cool with the air conditioning on while listening to the stereo, the trip was a breeze to make. The faster I drove the smoother she drove. Quiet and steady. While in south beach I literally could not drive anywhere without a comment or people just continually staring at the car admiring its beauty….

There are two age related items that are very difficult to see even in these pictures, there is a slight hazing at the bottom of the rear window that is approximately 1” wide by 15” long and a slight hazing on the dash both of these items are very difficult to see in the photos.

I have the service records where the car was dealer serviced. It just had a major service and new brakes installed at MB authorized dealer. We all know having a MB dealer serviced is much more expensive because the dealer does preventative maintenance or proactive service, replacing everything and anything before it needs to be. That’s why most vintage MB cars are not serviced by the dealer. I can tell you though it makes a world of difference after years and years when a vintage MB has been serviced by the dealer. Being dealer serviced this car has been maintained as required, that is why there are no issues with this car and everything looks and operates like it should.

This SLC is absolutely amazing given its age and mileage. The seller is wrong in saying production started in 1970, rather, it was two years later when the first SLC appeared. Still, this is another one of those cars that if I had the space and funds, it would be in my collection. The asking price is reasonable given the history, stunning condition and the fact that Mercedes-Benz coupes and convertibles always command a higher price than their sedan counterparts.

-Paul

1978 BMW 320i

Usually the first generation of a particular model is the most revered, however, the first generation 3 series seems to get overlooked in favor of the later E30 and E36 3 series. The 320i never sold in the huge numbers that the E30 did, which could be a reflection of the E21 and its lack of body variants. These first generation 3 series are becoming less and less common and I have to say, I can’t remember the last time I spotted a restored one for sale until I came across this example on eBay yesterday.

The seller states:

Purchased vehicle in May of 2003 from the second Owner who purchased vehicle when it was a few years old. I am the third owner.

Entire engine and body restoration undertaken in 1999. Engine rebuild with complete original documents in posession total $6,022 and performed by Ric Farrar a BMW specialist of Sheltie Motorsports in Portland, OR.

$4,500 original document in possession to strip body to Bare Metal and painted to glorious Canary Yellow by Europa Auto Body of Portland OR in 1999. Lustrous and flawless.

Vehicle is an original US car and spent whole life in Washington State until 2003. I had vehicle transported by Rail to Ontario in the Niagara Region and it has been my Garage Queen since. I have driven it approx 1,200 mi ea summer or 10,000 miles total. Engine & Body rebuild and Restoration took place at 156,752 miles. I have all the original documentation. Current odometer sits at 179,847.

Vehicle is flawless and garners interest and admirerers in all its travels.
During engine and drivetrain rebuild, a decision was made to swap the 4 speed manual to the 5 Speed geartrag which provides overdrive 5th – perfect for highway cruising. Upholstery is original with front passenger seats covered in cool 100% fitted Sheepskin.

This collector vehicle is a delight to drive in the summer as it takes advantage of either a crank tilt or retractable sunroof. If it is too hot simply crank the factory Air Conditioning which Blows Stone Cold! Stereo was replaced with a casette AM/FM radio with two rear mount speakers in addition to two forward.

I have never seen a better 78 Bmw 320i vehicle nor has the vetran appraiser for Classic Auto Appraisals who recently (2007) inspected and appraised vehicle for purpose of insurance and value. Vehicle has been meticulously maintained locally and only modification from stock have been Hi Performance ignition wires, & K&N filter & a cup holder sourced from Bavarian autosport. I need garage space for a new project allowing vehicle to have another owner. Vehicle will not disappoint.

As of writing this, there is about a day left in the auction and bidding is hovering around $6,300 with no reserve. Given rising fuel costs and a desire by some to seek out classics that are simple and cheap to run, the E21’s popularity may finally see itself on an upswing.

-Paul

1978 BMW Dinan 320i to 333i Turbo E21

Here is something to be thankful about this time of year. When cars like this pop up for sale it makes all of us excited.

This is a truly one of a kind early Dinan tuned 3 series. This BMW will make even the nicest E30 M3 look somewhat mundane.

What you have is a 1978 320i with a 5 speed overdrive manual that in 1980 was sent to Dinan where it received a new paint job, some body work and then had a 3.3 liter inline six with a turbo bolted on dropped in. The seller states that later in life, 1987, the head was replaced with a 3.5 version. (perhaps because the turbo blew out the head gasket on the original?) The engine bay is amazingly clean. I love the custom 333i badge completing the look on the back, just need to squeeze one of the BMW turbo badges on there somewhere.

16″ Hardy and Beck wheels keep the car on the ground and with the turbo’s 8.5 lbs of boost putting down 315 horsepower in a car this light its a good thing there are meaty Yokohama AVS Sport tires on the rims.

Recaro seats, custom gauges, and obligatory Blaupunkt stereo finish off the well cared for interior.  The car has an estimated 50,000 miles on the chassis.

A spectacular piece here showing a classic tuned vehicle that hasn’t been over restored or contemporized. In terms of collectibility finding a vehicle like this that is maintaining its original tuning, rather than finding the same vehicle that was customized recently, really helps the sale price. Quite a sleeper of a car too, that even a BMW fan might not appreciate at first look. Certainly will be a crowd pleaser at car shows though.

Right now it is sitting at $23,000 reserve not met. I’m not sure how high this one will go, but we will be talking very nice E30 M3 money.

~Evan

1978 Volkswagen Scirocco

Even though 22 years have passed since the Volkswagen Scirocco was sold here in the United States, they still have a strong following. Here is an early example of the breed on The Samba that has some period correct styling touches and the later G60 engine that saw service in the Corrado.

1978 Volkswagen Scirocco on The Samba

The seller states:

Cars like this don’t come along all that often…this is a true once in a lifetime time-capsule. I have acquired an amazing 1978 Scirocco G60 and are now offering it up for sale. This car hasn’t seen the road in 20 years, and is amazingly perfect in every regard. Only 32,580 miles were on the chassis when it was taken off the road. Tons of period parts…from the rare BBS body kit with fender flares, to the rare Zender Turbo wheels, super old-school Momo steering wheel, shift knob, etc.

No part has been left untouched. The entire shell has been resprayed, and the undercarriage is almost as shiny as the roof. The interior has been re-trimmed in green leather (headliner to match) with black accents. When have you ever seen a car as completely period correct and perfect as this? Not ever.

The engine is a 2.0 G60 8v with a ported stage 3 G-lader, lower front / bottom mounted intercooler and a full Supersprint exhaust from the header to the tailpipe.

Obviously a Scirocco this nice should not go to just anybody. It deserves the proper owner who is going to love and cherish this car for exactly what it is…an amazing example of period styling and parts. It is for the passionate enthusiast who knows that the chances of finding another Scirocco as clean and perfect as this are pretty much close to impossible these days. As such we are currently accepting offers on the car but I do not expect to have a problem finding a new owner with the right price in mind, so don’t wait around if you’re interested.

Parts include:

* Neuspeed sway bars
* Neuspeed strut bars front / rear / front lower
* Neuspeed Springs w/ shocks
* 2.0 G60 motor
* Stage 3 ported G-lader
* Chip, etc
* Supersprint header / exhaust
* BBS body kit including front spoiler, fender flares, side skirts and rear valance
* Zender Turbo wheels, 15″ w/ 205/50 Kumho tires
* Momo steering wheel (not sure which model, looks like part of the I.D.E.A. system from the late 80s / early 90s?)
* Momo Shift knob (also very rare, never seen one like this)
* Fully re-trimmed interior, green leather
* Super clean
* Super low miles
* ZERO RUST!

There is no doubt this is a clean Scirocco, however, the colors may not be to everyone’s taste, obviously. The scheme of this particular Scirocco reminds me a lot of the Lotus Esprit Jim Clark special from 1991. Personally, I think $12,000 is a bit optimistic in this market. If this was more like $7,000 to $8,000, we’d be in the ball park. Still, a rare, clean example of the people’s car styled by Giugiaro.

-Paul

Euro-spec 1978 GTI for sale

We all love a good GTI, especially the first generation.  The Europeans got the revolutionary hot hatch a few years before the States, and also benefited from an even greater sense of “less is more” with the Euro version.  Of course the US bumpers weighed down the ends a bit, as well as a clunkier, rectangular light setup instead of the classic Euro quads.  Today we have an imperfect-but-enticing Euro-spec GTI for sale in the SF Bay Area, in need of a little work but with a lot of great bits providing the foundation for a great A1 GTI.

1978 VW Euro-spec Golf GTI for sale on Craigslist

A list of mods from the seller:

2.0L Audi 3a Bubble Block
8 Scirocco valve head
Scirocco Intake Mani
Dual Downpipe
TT Race Header
TT Low temp fan switch
High-flow cat
Replaced Vaccuum Lines
TDI 5spd transmission
Strong Clutch
Weitech TX Height and Dampening Adjustable Coilovers
Nuespeed Fr Tie bar
Neuspeed Fr and Rear Sway Bars
Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines
Brand new bfg tires on oem 14×6 Snowflake rims
Have all fender flares (currently off the car)
Euro Duckbill front spoiler
Fenders Rolled for 15×8 Widened Steelies (not included)
Euro Bumpers (not running rear)
Euro Quad Headlight Setup
Euro Taillights
Euro Cluster (kph, speedo is not hooked up)
Euro Gti Grill badge
Euro Golf Gti hatch badge
Black interior
Radio Delete Panel
Glass in great shape
Current Registration
That’s a lot of great mods for $2700, and I like that he ends his ad with “Cash Talks, if you seem like you’re going to take care of it thats more important than the money.”   This is definitely a guy who had a fun Mk1 project and is looking to pass it on to a kindred spirit.  The Audi 3A block originally came with 115hp, probably more now thanks to the upgrades, and either way a significant improvement over the original mill.  Sitting low on Weitech coilovers, I really like the subdued grey color scheme and roof spoiler.  It’ll need some work to be perfect, but I think this would be a really fun GTI with a great Euro-theme already established.  And you know what?  I kind of like that it’s a dirty little monster.  If I had a little more in the bank, I’d go offer $2500 and have some fun.
-NR