Motorsport Monday Part 1: 1983 Audi Quattro

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While all of the major German marques played in the rough stuff from time to time, Audi was the undisputed king of the mud in the 1980s. By revolutionizing the World Rally Championship to include all-wheel drive and turbocharging, Audi set the bar at a new high. Truth be told, the A1 was a fairly flawed car compared to the monsters it would spawn later, but it’s the legend most think of when talking about the legendarily rally cars of the 1980s. Even the A1’s replacements – the beefed up A2 and later the S1 Sport were quite flawed and by 1985, despite creating one of the most powerful rally cars ever run, Audi was out of the game with the end of Group B. The death of Group B did more to solidify the reputation of these cars than any victories they won; they were “too fast to race”, a myth that still lives on today. In reality by the mid 1990s modern tire technology and updated turbo and computer technology meant that even in regulated form (I’m looking at you, Toyota), the new generation of WRC cars were faster than the fearsome Group B cars ever were – they were just a whole lot easier to control at the limit.

But none of that matters, because what you and everyone else who knows these cars remembers were the roaring 5-cylinders, belching flames and chirping blow-off valves, and images of Walter left-foot braking it to keep on boost, resulting in lurid power slides through the forest with trees and people only inches from the hood. Dramatic scene for sure! The result is that many replica rally cars have been created from street Quattros, such as the one we’re looking at today:

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Year: 1983
Model: Quattro
Engine: 2.7 twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: GBP 49,995 ($80,792 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Audi Quattro on Car and Classic UK

I have for sale a UR Audi Quattro Turbo rally car.

How high will it go? 1983 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbo

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Like the E30 M3, the 944 Turbo and the Audi Quattro, the first generation Volkswagen Golf had a reputation as a bit of a legend in its own time. The father of the “hot hatch” craze of the 1980s, the GTi coupled practicality with performance at a reasonable entry price. For some owners, though, the 100 odd horses under the hood just weren’t enough, and for those well-to-do customers who wanted to scare Porsches and Corvettes on their daily commute, there was the Callaway Turbo option. This particular car had Callaway bump it up to “Stage II” with a scant 1,800 miles on the clock to the tune of $4,500 – in 1983! Since then the car has traveled few miles and appears to be one of the most pristine we’ve seen in a long time, coupled with a rare color combo:

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Year: 1983
Model: Rabbit GTi Callaway Turbo
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 18,561 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbo on eBay

In addition to the many standard items, additional options and information include:

*AM/FM Auto/Rev Cassette Stereo Model: 1983 Rabbit Engine (Call. Turbo)

*Vent Windows 4 Cylinder Fuel Injection

*Color Coordinated Floor Mats Transmission: 5-Speed Performance Trans.

*2-Door Hatchback, GTI 3-Way Catalyst

*Fuel injected engine Title: Clear

*Dual Rear Speakers Color: White with burgundy Interior

*Callaway Stage 2 Turbo Fuel: Gas

200 HP with Intercooler Mileage: 18,561

HISTORY AND CONDITION – One-owner, great-condition 1983 VW GTI that has been garage kept and has only 18,561 actual miles. Purchased December 31, 1982. Turbo installed by Callaway TurboSystems in Old Lyme, Conn., and picked up on 9-2-83.

The owner consistently followed protocol for engine warm-up and cool down after boost (turbocharger) used. Instructions for oil, gas, and engine care are written in front of Owners Manual.

1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

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Last month Paul wrote up a pristine white Scirocco 16V that shocked all of us when it hammered for $15,000. That, we’d like to remind you, was substantially more than it cost originally and as far as we know the most money a Scirocco of any sort had changed hands (minus some really cool Group 5 racers). Now we’ll get to see if that was a fluke or where the market is headed on these clean Karmann coupes, as a second pristine Scirocco has appeared with even lower miles than the white one. This time around it’s in the arguably more desirable Tornado Red – take a look at this time capsule survivor:

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Year: 1987
Model: Scirocco 16V
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 66,280 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V on eBay

1987 VW Scirocco 16 Valve 66K

Hello eBayers! I am very excited to show you this new listing! This is a 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16 Valve 5-Speed finished in Tornado Red. This is a real car. Original paint, with the exception of the hood and bumpers, and 66,280 original miles. It comes with its original window sticker, all of the records showing the low mileage through the years, and service manual too.

Driving this car is like a trip through time. I have not seen an original survivor Scirocco like this in years. It is the car that I wish I had in high school but honestly never did. I had a few Sciroccos back then, but never a 16 valve. This is a non –sunroof version and the headroom is far better in these. Also, this car has manual roll down windows and Air Conditioning that blows ice cold.

The Scirocco is tight and clean and absolutely rust free.

1984 Volkswagen GTI

I can summarize my 1984 Volkswagen GTI experience as a trial. First, it was trial by rust; there were few parts of the car that didn’t contain some rusty bits. It actually became a bit of a joke with my friends where we would say that it was on a perpetual weight loss program and dubbed it the “Rusty Rabbit”, a name that still survives today though undoubtedly the car is long gone. The final trial, though, was trial by fire when the fusebox unceremoniously and spontaneously combusted while driving home, eliminating all electrical items from functioning in the interior. Still, there was something that was a lot of fun about that car – it sure felt connected to the road, and made me smile when it wasn’t trying to kill me. When I owned mine, it was rare to see a decent one on the roads, and now 15 years later, it’s even more rare, but a few good ones do survive, and today we found one:

Year: 1984
Model: GTI
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 166,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Volkswagen GTI on eBay

okay –

i’ve had the rabbit for 7-8 years now -it has mostly sat in the garage during that time as i was living out of state. i bought it from a good friend that added audi throttle body, momo steering wheel, sway bars, springs and shocks when he owned it – all minor stuff. ( it is stock otherwise)
it was garage kept then too. he claims it had never been rained on

when i moved back to kentucky, i put new tires on it, new gas tank and lines, new fuse panel and electrical under the dash cd/stereo receiver, there is more i’m sure – i think all receipts are in glove box.

1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v

The Volkswagen Scirocco 16V needs little introduction. In the U.S., this was as hot as the A1 VW chassis ever got. If you really hoped that Doc was going to tell you to kick it to 88 mph and you were 18, this was as close to a DeLorean as you were going to get. But the 16V wasn’t just about 80s door stopper styling; it had some good for the day performance in the form of the DOHC 1.8 stuffed under the hood. Remember when cars proudly displayed their DOHC and 16V stickers? Okay, so it was a bit overdone, but it was sort of like a Boy Scout badge of speed. The Scirocco 16V was no exception to the rule even though it wasn’t the quickest wedge on the block. Still, most were thrashed and trashed so it’s not often a nice one comes around for sale, like this splendid Tornado Red example:

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Year: 1988
Model: Scirocco
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 114,350 mi
Price: No reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V on eBay

This is the nicest 16 Valve Scirocco you will find, it runs like new. Rust free, a great collector car. It is perfect in every way. It really drives like a new car, tons of power and the motor sounds great. Need sunroof shade and sunroof a little faded. Other than that it really is perfect. It really should be in a new VW showroom. If you have any questions please call 518-229-7280, Shane. Look at pics, they show you how amazing the car is.

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Okay, the good first. Seriously, it’s just very difficult to find an unmolested 16V Scirocco. Red is a great color for that car – I always seem to see black or white ones, and Tornado Red suits the design well and stands out from the crowd.…

1977 Volkswagen Scirocco Widebody

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Who’s ready to get crazy!? We’ve had some cool race cars on here recently, from the RS America to the Jetta daily racer, but this car puts racecar in your face louder than the America’s double rear wing with its huge – HUGE – fender flares. Purportedly made by a guy who built two of these to race in the <2.0L Trans Am series, it's a shame there isn't any documentation of its history. I don't know if it was raced hard and put away wet or has occasionally come out for 19k miles of race duty, but most 5-digit mileage cars we feature here are in much better condition. A reasonable starting price reflects the sellers realize this, resulting in a potentially amazing Scirocco project. Pg_640

Year: 1977
Model: Scirocco
Engine: 1.7L inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 19,600 miles
Price: Reserve-on at $2,000 opening bid

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 Volkswagen Scirocco Widebody on eBay

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1977 Volkswagen Scirocco

Another truly unique vehicle being offered up for sale from MF Auto! This 1977 Volkswagen Scirocco is truly a beautiful example. This is a custom widebody vehilce from 1977. We assume this car was purchased by gentleman in Chicago who was known to have built two custom widebody Sciroccos. This car, we believe, was built to run in a Trans Am under 2.0L race series. With only 19K original miles, this Scirocco is very low mileage.

This car is overall in great condition. We do have the spoiler for the car and it will be included in the sale if you would like to put it back on the vehicle. The exterior is straight and rust free. Floor pans are solid as well. There are a few paint flaws, such as an area under the fuel door, and some fenders, but overall in good condition.

The interior is also in great condition. The drivers seat is showing its age, as the fabric is coming unraveled. The other seats are in excellent condition. The carpets are free from any rips, tears, or staining. The dash is in fair condition with a few minor cracks.

Mechanically the vehicle is in good running order. It could use a little tune up to be 100% but does fire right up and drive very well.

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.  …

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.  …

63k-mile 1984 VW GTI

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…

-NR…

1984 Volkswagen GTI For Sale: Clean, Original, and Affordable

Here’s a very clean looking 1984 Volkswagen GTi for sale on VWVortex. The seller is in Portland and from the looks of it, this car has been in the Northwest most if it’s life with no rust. That interior is nearly spotless too; check out the condition of those seats!

quote from seller’s listing on VWVortex:
This is a very stock/original GTI. 133k on the motor (1.8 8v JH) and trans (4k). Modest performance enhancements, upper and lower stress bars, 60/40 cup kit, TT short shift kit, dual outlet exhaust and downpipes with TT cat back, just put in a brand new battery too. AC works and blows cold. Currently stored indoors as it has been for the past 5-6 years.

Interior is as nice as you will find. Redone headliner and seats, uncracked and uncut dash, all trim pieces in place. Rear seat and parcel shelf are awesome. Recently installed a Concord two knob deck with decent dash and rear speakers.

Body has zero rust, sunroof was recently rebuilt, all doors and ignition are keyed the same, rubber is uncracked and fresh. Just had the pinch-welds straightened and undercoated. a new decal kit installed, and had the bumpers powder-coated. Clear-coat is great on the entire car with the exception of the top of the drivers side fender. This is not the cars original fender. I replaced it after it got dented when parked. It was the nicest OG paint I could find.

What’s “wrong” with it:
– Rear sprayer for the wiper doesn’t work.
– That’s it!

I’m not sure what else there is. It’s really a nice example of a stock 25 year old GTI.

I’m asking $4,500 firm.

As a long time MK1 and MK2 VW fan, I’d have to say it’s been since high school since I saw a Rabbit GTi this clean and original.…