The MkI GTI in Mars Red is like rosso corsa Ferraris- sure, they look great in other colors (I could do white or black), but they just look right. Today’s low-mileage example has had the benefit of a recent respray and redone interior too. First-gen GTIs don’t get much better than this.
It won’t take much to make this baby perfect. I probably would have gone for the black/plaid interior if I had my druthers, but that’s negligible in the face of how nice the seller has made this car. Don’t know what his reserve his but he says he’ll take significantly less then $10k. With only 106k miles I’d say it could go as high as $7k, but getting into a Mk1 this clean for around $5k would be a great, and really fun, deal.
Beauty may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but A1 GTIs are so gorgeous. Something about the perfect little two-box shape, wide fenders, and sharky little nose get me going. And yes, they’re on just about everyone’s short lists for best-handling, most fun, and most influential cars. I had the chance to get a lowered, diesel-geared and Quaife-diff’d orange one from the guy who bought my Rabbit Truck, but my dad (I was in high school) had already decided a Toyota pickup would be more reliable and useful. But I digress. If I had $5k to spend on a fun little car right now, a clean Mk1 GTI would be where that money went. This beautiful, 99% original example is for sale in a hot eBay auction with 32 bids at the time of writing.
It’s not perfect, but that will hopefully be a benefit as it will keep the price within the VW stratosphere (though the fierce bidding may threaten a reasonable sale price). 63k miles is awesome, and despite a few imperfections, this thing is superb. A well-maintained GTI with lots of life left in it? Worth quite a bit of money to me. If you’ve been waiting for the right one, jump in with the dozens of other bids…