There aren’t too many period-correct tuned Volkswagens that we get to see. Those that do turn up are usually home-brewed, and consequently usually aren’t built to a high standard.
Today’s is something special, though.
Finding a clean first generation Scirocco is difficult enough. This one also happens to be one of the limited Champagne Edition cars, though you’d not know it unless I told you so, because so little of the original outside of the silhouette remains. From top to bottom, this Scirocco has been through a whirlwind of changes. But this car is far from a garage project, as some of the more legendary VW tuners in the U.S. had their hands on it since it was close to new. This car was the original test bed for the Santa Clara speed shop New Dimensions, and features some of the best items you could source. New Dimensions bought the production rights and experience of Callaway Turbo Systems in the mid 1980s, and continued to offer turbocharging for Volkswagens into the early 2000s. The result, after a painstaking period of rebuilding it, is a nearly flawless execution and one of the best tuned VW 2-doors out there:
We’ve witnessed some pretty crazy market increases over the past few years. While generally it’s been the big names from Porsche and BMW stealing headlines, the reality is that the entire 1980s market is on the rise. Hagerty, for example, recently emailed me to tell me that the 1984 Pontiac Fiero has increased in value nearly 100% in the past year. As I had nightmares about that, I thought about the many other cars that used to be bought for chips that are now heading into unaffordable territory. Two years ago, we saw the Mk.1 GTi join that list when in a few weeks we witnessed back to back record sales. First to hit the market was the nearly $18,000 1983 Callaway Turbo example with 18,000 miles,followed closely by a 1984 with some period modifications and 20,000 miles for $16,000 in December, 2013. Those were enough to assume that the market was heading strongly up. Yet we also saw it flounder slightly, as very nice and original examples struggled to break – or even come close to – $10,000 again. Well, it would seem that things are back on track, because another low mile Callaway Turbo with period Zender kit has arrived on the scene, and it’s currently poised to blow the market apart once again:
As Paul said, “It’s back!” The awesome BBS and Callaway modded GTi is back just in time to fulfill your Christmas wishes! I know I’d certainly love to have it under my tree. Bidding reached into the $20,000 range with the reserve still on last time around, failing to sell. It’s already hit $10,000 this time with 4 days to go. What will it take to buy this incredible Mk.2?
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a turbocharged night!
A few weeks ago, I wrote up a low-mile 1977 Rabbit that, while it was very pretty, lacked some originality because of a motor swap to a diesel unit. Today, we have another survivor Rabbit with lower miles. This one is still on it’s original paint, too – though not as striking as the green from the 1977, this one year earlier 70s appropriate brown still looks pretty impressive. This past weekend a few of us from GCFSB headed over to a Volkswagen show, and I have to say I feel like I’ve lost touch with the VW crowd completely. Air bags, ridiculously large wheels and matte paint were all the rage – and there we were with a clean modified A1, my Audi GT, a BMW 325is returned to OEM specs. We were fish out of water, but had a good time looking over each other’s cars again, marveling at new scene and where we lost touch. But this VW is right up our alley; with some tasteful modifications, a neat Callaway Turbo swap and original paint, this is the type of car I’d walk towards at a show:
There are plenty of internet tire kickers who comment on how much a vehicle is or isn’t worth. Heck, it’s what we do every day! And while the market tends to be pretty well defined on most models, there are occasionally outliers who throw us a curve ball we just weren’t expecting. Such was the case with last month’s low mile 1983 Callaway Turbo Volkswagen GTi I wrote up. I have to admit, I was pretty excited when I originally found it (though, probably not as much as the new owner’s description below!). Why? Well, when I came across it, I had mixed feelings – with 18,000 miles on the clock and being a rare Callaway Turbo model, this GTi was drawing very strong bidding despite having a somewhat poor description and photos. While it was fascinating, it didn’t quite add up – but it was sure to draw attention. It turns out I wasn’t alone in that feeling.
I paid particularly close attention to this GTi because I thought it was heading towards being the highest selling A1 GTi I can remember seeing. As the bidding increased, we here at GCFSB exchanged excited messages such as “unreal” and “that’s crazy”. I tuned in for the end of bidding, too, just to see where it ended up – an astounding $17,754. To me it sounded like a lot of money for any A1 Volkswagen. Imagine my surprise when the next day in my inbox was a message from the new owner of the car who had tuned in to my post, explaining the purchase. I had to know more – who would pay so much for a 1983 GTi, and what was the motivation? The story was perhaps even more surprising than the purchase amount, and ranks pretty high on my list feel-good stories of 2013.…
As Yogi Berra once famously said, “It’s like deja-vous all over again”. What are the odds of two 1983 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbos coming up for sale within a week of each other 30 years later? Not good. But perhaps it’s time to play the lottery, because here we go again! If last week’s stunning $17,750 1983 GTi wasn’t the right color to peak your interest, perhaps today’s example can color you a bit more red. Today’s example is not nearly as pristine as the earlier example with the best part of ten times the miles, but it still looks like a pretty slick package overall
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 156,103 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT GTI 1983 WITH CALLAWAY TURBO
UP FOR SALE IS MY 1983 RABBIT GTI…1.8 8 VALVE WITH 2H CLOSE RATIO 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION..MOTOR WAS COMPLETELY REBUILT ABOUT 10YRS. AGO…AT THIS TIME MOTOR MAY HAVE ONLY 3500 MILES, THE TRANSMISSION WAS REBUILT AND HAD HEAVY DUTY RING GEAR BOLTS INSTALLED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER..(TRANSMISSION MAY HAVE 5K MILES) IF THAT…
NEW PARTS THAT WHERE PUT ON AT TIME OF ENGINE REBUILD… ARP HEAD STUDS..ARP BOLTS IN BOTTOM END..COPPER HEAD GASKET..OIL PUMP..WINDAGE TRAY..REBUILT CALLAWAY TURBO.. TECHTONICS ADJUSTABLE CAM GEAR..CYL HEAD WAS RESURFACED AND NEW VALVE SEALS WHERE PUT IN..K N AIR FILTER..SACHS STRUT INSERTS..FEBI STRUT CAPS..WITH NEUSPEED FRONT AND REAR SPRINGS, REAR STRUTS ARE KONI ADJUSTABLE ( THEY WHERE USED AND ON THE CAR WHEN I PURCHASED IT)..EUROSPORT UPPER AND LOWER STRUT BRACES..NEUSPEED REAR SWAY BAR..NEW FACTORY MOTOR MOUNTS..POLYURATHANE BUSHINGS IN FRONT CONTROL ARMS..NEW BALL JOINTS..WHEEL BEARINGS..HALF SHAFTS..CAR ALSO HAS POLYURATHANE BUSHINGS IN REAR AXLE THAT WHERE INSTALLED BY PREVIOUS OWNER..
NEW FACTORY VW DOOR PANELS..NEW FACTORY VW GRILL..MARKER LIGHTS..TAILLIGHTS..( FACTORY VOLKSWAGEN PARTS NOT JAPANESE JUNK) EUROPEAN BUMPERS FRONT AND REAR..
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:
Model: Rabbit GTi Callaway Turbo
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 18,561 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction
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.
This one is up in my neck of the woods and it looks like a real nice example.
Model: 320i Callaway
Engine: 2.0 inline four turbo
Transmission: 5-speed manual
The Callaway isn’t really a name most folks associate with BMW, but apparently Mr. Callaway himself drove a trusty 320i and thus his fledgling company developed a turbo system for the car.
The seller dealer doesn’t provide too much information, but does suggest that less than 100 of these were built. Some searching around shows up several other examples that have sold in the past few years, but none look as nice as this one here.
The car has covered 74,000 miles. Stock the four cylinder was putting out 125 horsepower, with the turbo setup like this maybe we are looking at 175.
There are supportive looking seats and bigger Compomotive rims for spirited driving. The car also has some accents that show someone has done some work, a Neuspeed strut bar, Alpina steering wheel, Momo shift knob, and Bosal Brospeed chrome exhaust for instance.
I wish the car was in Euro trim, with the smaller bumpers, but it still is a good looker.
With the dealer asking $16,500 you are paying a lot for that Turbo and Callaway badges, but at least unlike some rides you get an actual working boost gauge and turbo to back up the stickers. The dealer suggests, perhaps half jokingly, that this would make a good track car, someone spending that much for an E21 in this setup, probably is more likely to take it to car shows and play up its rarity. If it is a track car that is wanted money would be better spent on a shell and a true for the track engine.…
Like any good car fans, we love the Mk1 GTI. And what makes cars better? Turbos. Aaron posted a Callaway Turbo GTI earlier this year that Brian revisited after it got a great repaint. At $14,500, it was a bit extreme. Today, however, we have a recently-restored Callaway GTI that has recently acquired some beefy implants to the fenders. The seller leaves a bit to be desired with the description, but the basic arithmetic adds up: amazing driver’s car + quality turbo + beefy looks = fun. Add a much more reasonable price (5 bids are up to a reserve-off $4,600) and this could be a solid buy.
From the seller:
I have a rare 1984 Callaway Turbo VW Rabbit GTI for auction. It runs and drives great. it has just gone through a resto. It has neuspeed sway bars front and rear. upper and lower front and rear strut braces by eurosport, Miller-woods microfueler,Peloquin’s Differential, complete rebuilt engine and head was ported and polished with 3 angle valve job,Audi 5000 WUR, new injectors,, new water pump, ABA alternator conversion, corrado G60 Metal headgasket, Tial EVO Wastegate, complete respray of the car inside and out(interior and trim all removed), widebody kit, Hella Grille, B&G coilover kit, Rims are Borbet Type T, 14-7″ Front, 14-8″ Rear, under carriage was re-under coated, turbo rebuilt, poly all over, Buschur Racing battery and battery relocation kit, Rare VWMS Steeringwheel. This is from what I can remember. also included in the sale will be all my spare VW parts and Rial Mesh Rims w/Tires.
I have every receipt from the Resto and alot of callaway literature.
The Car also won 3 awards at DUBJAM 2010 which will go with the car.
Personally, I’d see this as a good starting point rather than a finished car, though someone else may like it as is.…
UPDATE: The seller writs us that since this was posted the car has now had a complete paint job and some other goodies added:
Older info: For years Callaway has been synonymous with Corvette performance, and to this day they produce some of the fastest turn-key vettes around. Turn back the clock to the 80’s, and Callaway was also heavily in to VW tuning. This 84 VW GTI, is not only one of the cleanest remaining examples of the classic pocket rocket in its own right, it has been fully prepped R&A Applied Arts which, was and still is one of the most respected authorized Callaway Installers on the east coast.
Project started in 1996,
Engine + trans completed
Balanced Blueprinted + built by Collin @ TT
Stage two port + polish head job
int shift bearings set
piston set 81.5 G-60 Corrado
Bored + Hone block
Modi 8v Intake
Mani Pork + Polish + flowed
Aps 272 cam
Callaway turbo stage II ( last new pipes for ND ) Non AC
Jet hot coating 2000-4100 header pipe / Turbo housing 1300-2000
Water cooled conver.
Trans wide ratio 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
3.94 / .75 5th
And much more….
Road tested for 846 miles and counting as of November 2011… all receipts avail.
****Updated Installed Parts List from build date(ALL New/with receipts)**** 1/31/12
-Manual Steering Rack
-Autotech Baffled oil pan
-Trans parts: Bolt kit, diff&pinion Bearings,mainshaft bearing, 2&3 syncrows,drive flanges ETC..
-All HD motor mounts
-Autotech close ratio rack&pinion kit
-Autotech short shift kit
-Mocal 25row oil cooler kit
-Aps Euro T-Body
–Callaway / ND inter cooler kit non ac
–N/D Turbo Micro fueler kit
-VW/Bosch injection system
-TT Stainless Steel 2.25 exhaust with (16v)12in resonation,Borla muffler
-Vw fuel dist.