Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:
All posts tagged 1989
At the end of a car’s lifecycle or when it passes a milestone of production, typically a manufacturer will offer a special edition model to commemorate the event. In the case of the Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera, these two events coincided in 1989, as the sun was setting on the 3.2 for the 964 model and 1989 marked 25 years of the 911. Offered in two colors, Silver Metallic or Satin Black, this was a limited run model that included Silk Gray supple leather seats, a center console covered in leather that had an outside temperature gauge and CD holders, front and rear spoilers, a shorter throw shifter and color keyed wheels. This Cabriolet version for sale in California has just over $50,000 miles and offers a rare opportunity at what some consider the ultimate mashup between the classic and modern 911.
Click for more details: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet on eBay
Throughout our pages we have consistently trumpeted the virtues of the 911SC and 3.2 Carrera as relative values for any buyer looking to get into a classic 911. These cars take us back to when driving was analog rather than digital and combine graceful aesthetics with enough performance to provide for miles and miles of driving enjoyment. As with most things in life, there are exceptions when it comes to finding value for our performance dollars. Here we have a 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster, but unlike the 3.2 Carrera off which it is based, the Speedster is not the car for those searching for value. Speedster is such an iconic name within the Porsche stable that these cars are almost always bought up and immediately packed away upon release rarely to be seen on the road. Produced in the final year of classic 911 production the Speedster served as an elegant send-off prior to the release of the 964. It was a car built for Porsche purists who favored style over performance. The car here, located in Oregon, has seen a scant 5,948 miles in its pampered life and comes dressed in the always beautiful Guards Red exterior over a Cashmere and Black interior.
Model: 911 Speedster
Engine: 3.2 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 5,948 mi
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster on eBay
Motogroup, LLC is very pleased to present this GORGEOUS Collectible 89 Speedster…Truly a Stunning Porsche, of the highest possible quality, without a doubt the finest available in the US…
214 hp, 3,165 cc SOHC flat six-cylinder engine, Bosch digital motor fuel injection, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with McPherson struts, lower A-arms, coil springs and sway bar, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, coil springs and sway bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4″
• Only 5,948 original miles
• One of only 824 produced for U.S.
• Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
The original 1954-59 Porsche 356 Speedster was originally demanded by U.S. importer Max Hoffman. With its cut-down windshield and emergency-only top, it was to be an inexpensive sports cars for the youth market. Its raffish good looks and minimalist equipment clicked with customers, and original examples remain much prized and sought after in the collector car market.
The concept floated around as a fond memory for 30 years, finally re-emerging in 1989, when the new 964 model was delayed. Styling chief Tony Lapine transported a number of the old 356 styling cues to a limited production model, which sold for a hefty premium. Lapine raked and cut down the windshield, dispensed with the back seat and capped the space with twin “camel humps.”
In all, 2,065 Speedsters were built in 1989, with only 824 coming to the U.S., most with the “turbo-look” wide body. They were pounced on by investors, with some buyers paying as much as $100,000 to buy a new one. As a result, many have few miles on them, 24 years later. This car is one of those examples, with a mere 5,950 recorded miles. As might be expected, it is in effectively new condition, with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, finished in Guards Red with a tan leather interior and black top. It is fitted with air conditioning, power seats that also raise and lower and a Blaupunkt Charleston stereo. This car represents an excellent opportunity for a Porsche collector in search of rare, landmark models. Pre-Sale viewing by appointment only to qualified principals.
The question any buyer of a car such as this must consider is how high the market for these will really go. $160K is a lot of money for a car that underneath it’s beautiful skin remains a standard 3.2 Carrera. The Porsche market has generally been much kinder to higher powered variants than to the cosmetic rarities and while the Speedster will certainly, and already has, remain somewhat insulated from those problems, there will inevitably reach a point where the market plateaus. I don’t think $160K is where that plateau will reside, so this isn’t necessarily overpriced, but I do wonder just how valuable these will become. Financial matters aside, the Speedster is a beautiful icon of Porsche engineering and will always have a place in the marque’s lore. It is a pity, though, that these cars are almost never driven.
It’s been a fantastic week on GCFSB for fans of the Golf. Paul started with a great Rallye Golf, then yesterday I tacked on a neat Golf Variant 2.9 VR6 Syncro and Golf Country. Well, we’re not done yet, and today there’s a neat 1989 GTi that has been updated externally and internally with some parts-shelf grab. Gone are the early bumpers, replaced by the 1990 up “big bumpers”, along with a Euro Jetta front end. Additionally, there are Golf G60 flares fitted and some GTi 2.0 16V BBS RMs that have been widened. It’s also got the great later Recaro Trophy seats to help you through the corners and a Corrado dash swap. If that wasn’t enough, a desirable VR6 powerplant has been dropped in to make this ride more fun. Take a look!
Engine: 2.8 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 74,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Volkswagen GTi VR6 on eBay
Top of engine redone
Car runs super strong
Car has no leaks and does not over heat
Car is being sold as is
I have brand new grill for car that fits round headlights
I have 5 inch and 7 inch round headlights
I also have the round headlights and stock tail lights
Things the car has:
Viper alarm system
262 Autotech Cams with C2 chip
2.9 clone intake manifold
ECS tuning lightened pulley
Autotech lightened flywheel
TT 2.5″ stainless exhaust with Borla
42-draft hi-flo cat
Eiback flat front trut bar
BBS RMs 15×8 all around
Neuspeed rear sway bar
VF engineering mounts
Sparco steering wheel
Pioneer CD player
Diesel Geek Shifter
Euro Mk2 Jetta front end
G60 Fender flares
Bonrath single wiper
Euro smoke tail
I’m not a fan of all the mods – I’d rather see either the quad-headlight grill installed (which is included, apparently) or Rallye Golf headlights here. I also think the BBSs are just a bit too mid and look a little out of place. The front bumper also needs paint on the lower section and the mirror on the driver’s side appears to be missing. Otherwise, this car has a lot going for it; it looks clean, well setup by an enthusiast overall, and unlike most of other Golfs we’ve shown it’s stateside. The bidding in below $5,000 as of this writing but the reserve is still on; I’d expect that reserve is probably set in the $7,000 to $8,000 range, and this is a lot of car for that kind of money if that’s where it ends up.
The ultimate apocalypse-buster might be the VW Synchro Westy, but my friend continues to prove that 2WD Westfalias can be capable companions through all types of weather. He has recently reached the American Midwest for the cold snap after a few months in Alaska and Northern Canada, all traversed in a 2WD Vanagon, albeit with a light lift kit. Winter tires on these can clear up connections to their Northern European roots and continue the fun year-round. This stock beauty has less than 70k miles and is fantastic condition for a 25 year-old van. The price is orders of magnitude higher than any other late-80s Volkswagen, but thus is the Vanagon’s market value as well as its worth. And it’s still fractions of a Synchro Westy.
Model: Vanagon Westfalia
Engine: 2.1L inline-4
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 67,500 mi
Price: $19,900 Buy It Now
Click for more details: 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia on eBay
The Volkswagen Type 2 (T3) was the third generation of the Volkswagen Transporter and was marketed under various nameplates worldwide – including as the Transporter or Caravelle in Europe, Microbus in South Africa, and as the Vanagon in North and South America. The T3 was available with amenities such as power steering, air conditioning, power door locks, electrically controlled and heated mirrors, lighted vanity mirrors, and a light above the glove box.
The VW camper vans, converted by Westfalia-Werke in Germany, were discontinued in 2003. They offered tremendous versatility, owing to their pop-top tent roof, and fully-equipped interior including a deployable table, a sink and two-burner stove, as well as a hybrid propane/electric-powered refrigerator. The pop-top contains one bed, and the rear seat folds down to create another. The front seats spin around to face rearwards when camping. The interior also has several storage cabinets.
This 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Westfalia Camper is in great condition with only 67,500 miles. This is the full Camper variant, meaning that it includes the pop-up roof and fully-equipped interior with fridge, stove, and sink. The van also has a roll-out side canopy. The grey exterior is in great condition with the exception of a couple of small scratches, and the grey interior has been similarly well-preserved. This Camper van is just waiting to head out on a cross-country road trip!
Yes it is, as am I. A friend thinks he wants a T4 Eurovan for his cross-country adventures, but I’ve always been partial to the T3. Any opinions out there on why to go either way?