1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Sportruck

Over the years, VW has always offered unique, and often rare trim packages for their lineup. The Sportruck was one of the coolest examples of these packages offered on the Rabbit Pickup from 1980-1982. While this package to many just looks like a huge decal on the side, the package for the Sportruck is quite extensive.

Outside you’ll find body side moldings, the ‘Sportruck” graphic, special “rally” style wheels, and a front spoiler. On the interior the Sportruck got many of the treatments from the GTI parts bin, with the 3 gauge center console, bucket seats, and MK1 Scirocco 3 spoke sport steering wheel. The drivetrain was the 1.7l 8v with a wide ratio 5 speed, these truck were by no means rocket ships, but they got along much better than the other caddies of the same generation.

These rare birds are one of my favorites, and this Black over Autumn tan truck for sale in Grass Valley, California is a clean example of 80’s awesome.

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Sport Truck on eBay

 

1981 VW Rabbit Sport Truck

This is a Rare VW Sports Truck affectionately called a “Caddy” with easy to remove Fiberglass Tonneau Cover. Runs and drives great. All original right down to the original working Clock.

Engine Sounds Good, Smooth with Plenty of Power, Nice Sounding Exhaust (does not smoke)

Compression Even at 155 lbs (New Spark Plugs)

5 speed Transmission (smooth shifting, quiet in all gears)

Clutch Feels Good (no chatter, good release point)

Factory Air Conditioning. (works great)

Great looking original Paint, some chips and scratches, no major rust. (See Pictures)

Bed is Nice with Little Wear. (See Pictures)

Original Interior and Glass is exceptional. (See Pictures)

Rear Sliding Window.

Sport Package Gauges, Oil Temp, Volts and Clock.

Sport Decals

Dual Sport remote Mirrors

Blaupunkt Cassette AM FM Radio

Carpets are Original and Nice. (See Pictures)

Issues I have found;

Speedo Works fine, Odometer is stuck at 62,599 Miles

I have no idea what the actual mileage is; Carfax may give some indication? I recently bought from Estate Sale.

Compressed Motor Mount, engine vibration at Idle (compressed meaning rubber mount is hard. Timing belt and mount would be recommended)

Headliner gone? Drivers Door Pad has small flaw (See Pictures)

Dash has one small flaw (See Pictures)

Discolored Drivers Arm Rest (See Pictures)

Front Rubber Bumper Corners Missing.

Needs Clips for retaining Horn Button

Small Dent on Tail Gate above left bumper tip (hard to see, small, only dent)

Add this to the list of “Cars I want to own”. These things are so cool, not just because of the options they piled in to it, but because they’re rare. Aside from the swallowtails, these are arguably one of the rarest MK1s out there. With the prices of caddies on the rise, I would expect this truck to go in the $5K range, even with all of the issues the owner points out.

-Brian

 

Widebody 1984 Callaway GTI for Sale

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.

1984 VW GTI Callaway Turbo Widebody for Sale on eBay


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. I really like the fenders and wild plaid headliner. The quad-rectangle grill is an interesting take, but a car this cool deserves some more tasteful side skirts and a paintjob that doesn’t look like primer. Much more information is also needed on the mechanicals before a purchase is made. Nitpicks aside, this looks like a well-priced and unique take on a Callaway GTI that could quickly be made awesome.

-NR

1991 VW GTI 16v for sale

Historically, I haven’t given the MkII GTI enough credit. My dreams have always gravitated towards the ur-GTI and been soiled by the fattyfat later models (though VW is doing an admirable job of rekindling the fire). Today’s 1991 16v, in a perfect red/black paint scheme, has me sold on the newer-but-not-too-new MkII style. They’re ripe for great engine swaps and all that, but I think a clean one with the classic 16v engine would be a great place to start. The owner appears to put plenty of time and effort into making this a very clean GTI, so even with 160k miles it looks fantastic.

1991 VW GTI 16v for sale on eBay


From the detail-oriented seller:

Up for sale is my 1991 VW GTI with the 2.0L 16v engine. I have owned this car since the summer of 1999. I bought it with 89,204 miles. It now has 160,702 miles. This has been a revolving project car since purchase. I have never driven this car in the snow or salt under my ownership. It has been garaged every winter in a heated garage under a car cover. I believe this is one of the nicest original Mk2’s you’ll find in the northeast. I have put hundreds and hundreds of hours and I have no idea how much money into this car over the years. I don’t even want to tally it up, even if I could. If a part was questionable on the car it was replaced. Many parts were replaced simply to make everything look like new. Everything from engine gaskets, hoses and inlets/outlets, brakes, calipers, driveshafts, wheel bearings front and rear, radiator, water pump, fuel filter…the list goes on and on. In fact I really wish I did keep a list now trying to think back what I have done over the years.

I am the 3rd owner of the car as far as I can tell. The original owner rear ended another vehicle when the car was brand new and it was fixed by the dealer who sold the car. I have the paperwork from this repair. The 2nd owner struck a deer in the right front fender which I had repaired after purchasing the car. The rest of the paint on the car is original and in pretty good shape considering the age. It really cleans up well with some elbow grease and polish/wax. The lower front bumper is scuffed by the fog light and the lower rear bumper is peeling behind the wheel. Other than the typical nicks, scratches and pitting you would expect to find on a high mileage vehicle, the paint is what I would consider excellent condition for being 21 years old. See the pictures; I tried to show some of the worst areas.

I have absolutely no desire to sell this car except for the fact that I simply don’t have the time to use it anymore. It has been off the road and inside my garage under a car cover for the past 2 y ears. Periodically I start it, move it in and out and/or drive it up and down the driveway.

Exterior:
-Stock quad headlight grille
-Upper grille spoiler by Kaimei
-Cross hair headlights
-European headlight adjusting motors which enables you to aim the headlights up or down via a dash mounted switch. These are factory European parts I installed. Custom wiring harness with all soldered wiring connections-not crimped!
-Euro plate held on with rare earth magnets embedded in the front bumper cover.
-European spec taillights with rear fog light.
-Smoked front turn signals.
-Stock BBS RM wheels. These are a set of the best RM’s that I’ve seen in the northeast. One lip has a slight bend in it from a pot hole but it is slight and does not affect the balancing or seating of the bead in any way. Some of the lips have peeling of the clearcoat but nothing like the typical peeling on RM’s that you see. Otherwise they are straight and balance out well.
-Porsche door handles installed with brand new mounting pads. Lock cylinders converted over to stock so the original ignition key fits.
-Lay-flat rear wiper modification.
-LED lighting in rear license plate illumination lights.

The bad: the rear panel under the hatch is dented and the emblem is missing. The paint on the rear bumper is peeling in one area and the front bumper paint is scuffed as mentioned earlier. There are nicks and scratches as well as pitted areas of paint that you would expect from a high mileage car but it really does clean up well. I had refinished the lips on the wheels back when I first got the car. They are now peeling again and need to be refinished. Once again, see the pics. In my opinion, the wheels are still in much better shape than any other RM’s you’ll find in the northeast these days.

Interior:
-Stock Recaro interior. The interior is close to perfect shape. The bolsters on the front seats are in almost perfect condition. They are not clapped out at all like most Recaro seats these days. The driver’s side seat bottom has a slight cigarette burn hole in it (this was present when I bought the car-I do not smoke, nor has the car been smoked in by anyone since I have owned it). I took great care in entering and exiting the car so as to not destroy the front bolsters.
-Custom center console with relocated cigarette lighter enabling a set of Audi VDO tri-gauges to be installed in place of the ash tray. Oil temperature (°C), oil pressure (bar), voltage. Gauges are backlit with red bulbs and dim with the dimmer switch. Custom wiring harness with all connections soldered not crimped.
-Italovanti steering wheel with 16v script on the center.
-Stock rubber floor mats.
-Stock carpeted floor mats with GTI 16v inscription embroidered in. These were only installed at shows and were never on the floor while driving the car.
-Aftermarket CD player (pioneer) with remote control.
-Pioneer speakers all around.
-337 red stitched golf ball shift knob/boot.
-Duostyling Air/Fuel ratio gauge.
-LED lighting in dome light.
-OEM “pillbox” ignition key with lighted head and case. I also have a second pillbox key that is missing the case.

The bad: the headliner is falling down in the rear and needs to be re-glued. The dash has some cracks but nowhere as bad as you typically see in an Mk2 these days. The plastic trim piece under the rear hatch area is broken.

Suspension:
-Weitec XS coil over suspension with approximately 5,000 miles. Fully adjustable including ride height and damping. New poly upper strut mounts installed and front upper strut bearings at time of installation.
-Highly sought after Eibach flat aluminum front stress bar.
-Neuspeed triangulated rear stress bar but missing the triangulated portion. One could be easily fabricated and installed.

Engine:
-Stock 2.0 L 16v
-TT tuning EPROM
-Jet hot coated stock exhaust manifold
-TT tuning dual stainless down pipe with catlytic converter delete.
-TT tuning all stainless exhaust with borla muffler.
-ABA serpentine belt conversion including alternator and a/c compressor.
-Mk3 weighted shift rod with new bushings.
-Brand new optima battery with factory battery cover.
-Custom lighting wire harness to “relay” the front headlights (all 4 of them) with 8AWG wire feeding the relays and 12AWG feeding the bulbs. Each circuit is fused separately with a custom fuse block mounted in the engine compartment.
-No radiator fan. I had modified a B4 passat fan and shroud which I ran for quite a while but it quit so I just took it out. The plug for the fan has been converted to this style.
-Skid plate under engine and transmission.
-K&N air filter
-BBM solid front motor mount

I have replaced just about everything on this engine over the years short of tearing it out of the car. I have had the head off and did valve seals and head gasket, engine pan, water hoses and inlets/outlets, water pump, timing belt, tensioner, you name it. If it needed it or the item looked questionable it was replaced. I have always run synthetic oil and Mann/Mahle oil filters. Oil has been Mobil One/Elf/Total meeting current VW specs for the new cars. I always change my oil at 5000 miles and always in the spring after sitting all winter. I have always used VW spec coolant. Currently it has G12 plus plus in it.

The bad: I never hooked up the a/c compressor after I did the ABA serpentine belt conversion. The old suction and discharge lines need to be converted over to the single block mount connection to match the newer ABA compressor. I also never put the a/c condenser back in after a radiator change as it was shot anyway. You would have to install a condenser and swap over Mk3 lines or modify the existing suction and discharge lines at the compressor to make the a/c function. Valve train has typical high mileage tappet ticking but goes away a short time after running.

Transmission/drivetrain:
-Stock 5 speed transmission. 2nd gear syncro is kind of tired and will grind on a really fast shift. No clicking in reverse and otherwise is smooth and quiet. Currently has synthetic gear oil (Amsoil) in it.

The bad: driver side inner CV joint boot is ripped and needs replacing. I will include a brand new replacement joint kit with the car.

Brakes:
-Stock front and rear rotors. Front pads are high performance Hawk pads and rear pads are stock replacements.

The bad: rear e-brake inoperable. Well it really is operable but it sticks thanks to VW’s wonderfully designed rear calipers. I was always going to convert to the Mk3 aluminum war calipers but never got around to it. I replaced the e-brake cables so I know they are not the issue.

Besides a few scuffs and the coilovers turned down a few too many clicks, this GTI could definitely fit in my dream garage. Put a few more miles on the 16v and when it goes out, you have a great base for a swap. No bids yet so we have no idea where the reserve is, but taking the good (loving attention) and bad (not perfect, lots of miles) into account, I think somewhere above $4k and below $6k is fair price for this second-gen GTI.

-NR

1983 Golf GTI RHD

On this side of the pond, when you first hear 1983 VW GTI, you think big square lights, even bigger bumpers and all sorts of lights in order to meet US regulations. More often than not a VW enthusiast, or even just someone that likes sleek and classic looks will convert a US spec car to the cleaner euro spec.

This car represents a rare opportunity for fans of the cleaner simple looks of the euro spec GTI. Imported in 2009 from the UK, this euro-spec GTI for sale in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA is a US VW enthusiasts dream come true.

1983 Golf GTI RHD on craigslist.com

This Golf GTI has been my daily driver since I moved here three years ago.  I transferred to Atlanta with my job in 2009, I was able to import it and bring the GTI with me but sadly it now has to go as I’m relocating back to England.
The car has never really wanted for anything and it’s a standard UK right hand drive spec car.  I’ve even left the original British license plates on the car which drawes a lot of attention…
I’ve changed the clutch, fuel pump, alternator, ignition coil in the last 3 years, the head gasket was done approximately 3 years ago and timing belt changed again since then when we put clutch in approximately 2 years ago.
The car recently had a brand new webasto electric sunroof. It was supplied and fitted by main dealer and is far superior to original sunroofs supplied on these cars.
Car requires a couple of bits to finish off – window winder mechanisms and one of central dials and require connecting.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Thanks for looking.
Simon

Unlike most, I’m a huge fan of both the US and Euro looks on the GTI, I may even be more partial to the totally 80’s US look, but then again, I have strange tastes in cars. This car is certainly a great example of a clean and mostly original GTI; from the Europe only seats, single round headlights, and euro spec bumpers, it’s a looker. The two main issues I have with the car based on this ad are the mileage (or kilometers as the case may be) and the aftermarket sunroof. In my experience, nothing good can come from cutting a hole in the roof of a perfectly good car, so as far as I’m concerned that is a check in the CONS column. That being said, a clean euro spec GTI doesn’t come along too often in the states making this a rare bird. All things considered, the price of $14K is steep, real steep, clean examples are available in the UK for around $4-6k, or if right hand drive isn’t your thing, they can be had in Canada for around the same price. These cars are old enough to import legally, which could be another $2 to 4K, so for a car like this I’d likely be a buyer in the $7,500 to $8,000 price range.

-Brian

1983 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Several of us here at GCFSB have owned MkI Volkswagen GTIs, but I’m not one of them. I had MkIII and MkIV GTIs, but nothing quite captures the hot hatch magic like the original. This ’83 MkI has the desirable Pirelli option with the 14″ P slot wheels and looks sharp in an uncommon shade of metallic brown. It has a low 15,000 original miles and is located about ten miles north of Cologne, Germany.

1983 Volkswagen Golf GTI on Mobile.de

Unique, rare 100% original Golf GTI Pirelli with 1.8 liter engine, original 24,788 km, no accidents, original paint, absolutely new condition. The vehicle was driven only in nice weather, all wear parts are still original with the exception of the timing belt that was changed. Collector’s vehicle.

There’s a lot to like about this car, but the price isn’t one of them. I consulted with Brian, one of our other contributors here at GCFSB, as he owns a 1984 GTI and is an expert on all things MkI. His thoughts were about right on par with mine. Maybe the best MkI GTI, barring some ridiculous provenance, might bring, at the most, $15,000. Your more typical MkI in good, unmolested condition may bring somewhere in the $8,000 to $12,000 range. Brian was in agreement that the Pirelli option is rather rare, but at €30,000 (~ $37,000 USD), this car will never sell, barring a millionaire showing up with a briefcase full of euros and no conception of market values.

-Paul

1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Introduced in 1984 as a successor to what many consider the original hot hatchback, the Mark I Volkswagen GTI, the next generation brought a bit more size to the party and featured the same 1.8 liter, fuel injected 110 horsepower 8 valve four cylinder engine as late model Mk I GTIs packed. Further down the line, there were more variations on the theme, including the Golf GTI 16v, the GT and homologation special, all-wheel drive Rallye Golf.

Every now and then we take a look at vehicles across the pond, and I was impressed by this impeccable 1987 Golf GTI 8v for sale in Worcestershire, England. Jade Green is an uncommon color for this generation GTI, but looks sharp and compliments the teardrop alloy wheels quite nicely. This car had one owner for 16 years and comes with a full service history.

1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI on eBay UK

I have sympathetically overseen the refurbishment of this special GTI over the past year and the results are most gratifying! Only one previous keeper from new. A well-heeled lady bought this GTI brand new from Whyke Motors of Chichester in 1987 and continued to have it serviced at the supplying main dealer for her entire 16 year tenure, not many GTIs were kept within the VAG main dealer network for that duration, so needless to say it was maintained absolutely regardless of cost.

In 2003 it then passed to its current owner who only used it for four years before falling ill. It was serviced up to that point by a local garage near Solihull before being squirrelled away in his garage. I purchased the car from his nephew in April 2011 and have been bringing, what was already a wonderfully honest and original GTI, back to its former glory. The car has a fully stamped up service history and is HPI clear with certificate.

This is so much more of an interesting sight on the roads than the ubiquitous Oak Green big bumper 16Vs that people have flocked after for years. Aside from its impeccable provenance this car has two major plus points: it is one of the very last 8V’s with the legendary K-Jetronic engine (first registered in August 1987, with the first “Digifant” cars arriving in the UK in September 1987), those in the know will tell you it’s a more charismatic, rortier and punchy engine than the “Digifant” 8V engine that replaced it, and it is fitted with rare factory power-steering. I have never seen this on a 7-slat grill/quarterlight window MkII before.

The K-Jetronic fuel injection system is a mechanical one that was only slightly revised from that of the pioneering MkI (the 16V engine used K-jet injection for its entire 1986-1991 lifespan as did the MkI Cabriolet 1979-1993). The “Digifant” engine had electronic injection brought in as the German market were switching to catalytic convertors which had to run on unleaded fuel. I have owned over 30 “Digifants” and they’re great, but the K-jet 8V is just that bit more special and is decisively faster, mid-range pick up is better than even a 16V. My car sports a VW label inside the fuel flap stating it has been adjusted to run on 95RON unleaded petrol so there need be no worries on this score, and I have never had any issues running MkII’s on unleaded and I have had over 50.

Being a K-jet 8V it benefits from the original MkII 7-slat front grill, quarter lights on the front door windows (with set back wing mirrors that give less wind noise), LHD wipers and the signature 4-horn button steering wheel carried over from the MkI, which give it added appeal in my eyes and make it that bit more distinctive. MkII K-jets also employed a high quality fabric to upholster the seats that is in an eye-catching bold sports stripe pattern which is so much more appealing than the dowdy and cheaper plaid material used in 8 and 16V GTI’s from September 1987. One very seldom sees these early style MkII’s on the road, and certainly never in this condition.

Jade Green Metallic was only available between 1986-1989 and as the majority of GTIs were supplied new as company cars, usually only private buyers upgraded the spec of their new car order and paid extra for the metallic paintwork. It makes a refreshing change from the humdrum Tornado Red or Alpine White and gives the car a more classy air.

The most interesting feature is the fact that it is fitted with factory power assisted steering. This was only introduced in the 1987 model year and as I have mentioned, I have never seen a quarter-light window Golf fitted with PAS ever, so it is incredibly rare. Back then people just didn’t think PAS was a necessary option on a small car like a Golf and indeed it didn’t become standard fitment on the GTI until mid-1990. Nowadays, everyone is used to PAS and many people, not just women, will totally rule out a car that does not have a powered rack. Standard GTI specification: Sports seats, sliding sunroof, MFA trip computer, twin exhaust tailpipes, 5-speed sports gearbox, twin headlights, twin tone horn.

Extra-cost Optional Equipment: Power steering, metallic paintwork, 14-inch Volkswagen “Silverstone” (‘teardrop’) alloy wheels, tinted glass, Blaupunkt SQR26 radio/cassette stereo, Fischer cassette stowage console, original tailored VW cord overmats, rear mudflaps, rare “Hepp” VAG first aid kit and warning triangle.

Service History Résumé:

DATE MILEAGE DEALER / GARAGE ADDRESS
28.07.87 Delivery Inspection Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
15.09.87 1,406 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
28.11.88 6,973 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
04.12.89 10,268 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
18.07.91 14,399 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
11.03.93 19,809 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
23.06.94 25,512 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
23.06.95 28,591 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
16.07.97 33,847miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
14.07.98 37,485 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
29.06.99 42,046 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
13.07.00 47,279 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
23.07.01 51,332 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
23.07.02 55,330 miles Whyke Motors (Chichester) Ltd.: VAG Main Dealer Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex.
04.08.03 63,041 miles Mayswood Garage Mayswood Road, Wootten Wawen, Solihull.
04.08.03 Timing Belt Replacement & Full Service + Thermostat & Antifreeze.
12.01.04 75,961 miles Mayswood Garage Mayswood Road, Wootten Wawen, Solihull.
19.08.04 88,527 miles Mayswood Garage Mayswood Road, Wootten Wawen, Solihull.
07.02.05 94,505 miles Mayswood Garage Mayswood Road, Wootten Wawen, Solihull.
14.01.06 102,528 miles Mayswood Garage Mayswood Road, Wootten Wawen, Solihull.
16.09.11 102,791 miles Cross Motor Engineering: Performance Specialists Bidavon Ind. Estate, Bidford-on-Avon, Warks.
16.06.11 Timing Belt Replacement & Full Service + Hydraulic Tappets, Water Pump, R/Cover Gasket, Antifreeze.

The earlier cars are better built too, as the MkII endured it had to remain price competitive so materials were slyly downgraded. I have had a few 1991 big bumper 8Vs and they are not as well made. They commonly suffer from worn valve stem oil seals leading to smoking and backfiring, also the headlinings drop, the carpets are an inferior grade, the sills rot behind the plastic skirts and they just seem to get scabbier. My car suffers from none of these afflictions and has never been welded.

My car is correct in every detail, EVERY detail! Call me a anorak if you like, I don’t care, to ensure future appreciation of this car’s value, originality and period detail is crucial. When a K-jet is occasionally spotted on eBay, all too often it has been ruined, frequently the original interior has been swapped for a later model set, a shame as these stripey seats are so distinctive and the fabric is the best quality, or the front grill is the wrong sort, and often it is worse as some total ned has fitted coilovers so it’s skimming manhole covers and a nasty drainpipe exhaust, 6×9 speaker holes in the rear shelf.

A more newly established 80s car specialist are selling a Jade Green 8V, albeit a much more common “Digifant” car, for £6000 and yet they’ve fitted incorrect centre caps to the car, and their car lacks PAS of course, their Diamond Silver K-jet car is missing its black swage decals which points to it having been resprayed, and the Pirelli P wheels no longer have black insets, so they have been repainted too, so does having 40K less on the clock make it worth double what mine is?! I set the price ceiling last year for a MkII 8V when I sold my one lady owner 1991 Bright Blue GTI with a mere 19,000 miles and FVWSH for £8000. That was the best and most attractive MkII remaining in the UK, full stop. This car cannot quite hold a candle to that one, but it’s not that far off.

If you want a truly timewarp, ultra low mileage specimen, the type you’d always be loathe to actually use, then you need to be looking in the £6-8K bracket nowadays I’m afraid. However, for half of that you could consider my car which thanks to my considerable time and significant expenditure looks and drives very nearly as well, and still has that crucial FSH to ensure it’s value will not depreciate. It’s definitely good enough to take to all the VW club events that abound, but it is not so museum-piece special that one needs fear driving it regularly. I want someone to drive it daily or at least as a weekend toy.

There’s a compelling case for using a 25 year old compact hothatch as a daily driver. Regardless of how “clean” new car emissions are, the huge amount of energy and water and fuel consumed in the manufacture of the steel bodywork and all the miriad of components that make up a new car and then the transportation to the UK is VASTLY more polluting than driving a car that has already exceeded twice its planned life expectancy. Don’t let our warped government have you believe otherwise and bring back the rolling basis classic car tax exemption! So for all you parsimonious Nigels in your Toyota Prius ugly dogs, you aint saving the planet at all.

The GTI 8V will return 40mpg and even with spirited driving will only drop to 33mpg, factor in petrol being cheaper than diesel, enjoying zero depreciation as a bona fide modern classic, cheap classic insurance premiums, and an annual service bill of £120 at most with no pesky catalytic convertors, airbags, ABS, engine management lights and needless electronics to go wrong. Does it sound too good to be true? Not one jot, I practice what I preach and have been using GTI’s daily without a gap for the past 11 years and have never required anything serious like an engine rebuild or gearbox reconditioning, I don’t even have an AA membership. I even bought a 262,000 mile F-reg GTI 8V last year to cannabilise its headlining, did it drive like a shed? No it felt as good as any GTI I have had with half its mileage!

My car has been treated to a high quality professional respray to all panels bar the roof. To all you doubting folk, not because the car was rusting and covered in dents (I have “before” pictures to substantiate this) but as with most cars of 25 years old that have been used, there were the fair share of chips, areas of dull lacquer, parking dings, scratches and the like. In fact it was very presentable in its raw state, but due to the provenance it was worth me spending £750 (trade price!) getting the paintwork looking stunning again. It is now superb, flawless panels, very high lustre and a uniform finish, it looks showroom shiny. New decals, swage trims and tailgate, have been carefully applied, new badges at the rear where necessary and all the plastic trim treated with my magic method that won’t wash off, the alloy wheels have been professionally shotblasted and powder-coated and shod with excellent premium VAG approved Pirelli P6000 tyres all round. Any bit of missing trim or something I wasn’t quite happy with has been replaced with the correct item, not a cheap exercise now MkII’s are increasingly collectable.

The car retains all of it’s original detail decals, the under-bonnet warning sticker, the VAG codes sticker in the boot (confirming it hasn’t been shunted at the rear), fuel flap label etc. I also have the original main dealer number plates and tax disc holder. Rather than my usual website address I have had brand new number plates made up with the original supplying main dealer details at the bottom in the correct VW font which is a superb finishing touch to this stunningly attractive car.

The amount of attention (all positive) this car generates is immense. You could be driving a 1987 911 Turbo, but this humble 1987 MkII GTI has mass appeal, so many people owned them back in the day and very often they were the best and most reliable cars they ever owned. They are accessible to most, from £500 EBay ragbags to my £8000 museum-piece last year. Thankfully my car is priced beyond the reach of tasteless neds with dubious taste, I am hoping that it will appeal to someone who owned one when new or nearly new and wants a trip down memory lane but has neither the time or expertise to embark on a restoration themselves. Jump in and drive my remarkable specimen and you will be right back in 1987, turn on the Blaupunkt slot in your Duran Duran tape, put on your Raybans and be 25 all over again, and the rare power-steering means your wife won’t moan too often about picking you up from the pub or golf club in it either. Oh and forget about cassette tapes, the fruity deep bass exhaust burble is a delight and so captivating, the poor generation of today brought up on a diet of diesel clatter.

The car has had a major service and many parts replaced as a precautionary measure with OE branded items to ensure the new owner can just jump in and enjoy. This is the very opposite of a cheapo eBay project GTI, it is the finished article. “Do the maths” as they annoyingly say, look at the extent of my refurbishment and you’ll realise you could never bring in a project to this standard for less. Besides you wouldn’t find such a worthy raw car in the first place and you don’t have my attention to detail or anorak knowledge. In this price bracket this is most alluring and authentic GTI by a long shot, don’t miss it. Car comes with full 12 months MoT.

Job list:

1) Professional major service: New Ruville hydraulic tappets, rocker cover gasket set, Contitech timing belt and roller kit, PAS pump bracket, fan belt, Bosch oil filter, air filter, Bosch wiper blades, Mk3 weighted shift rod and Molyslip gearbox oil treatment.
2) Ignition system: New Bosch spark plugs, Beru distributor car, rotor arm and ignition leads. Varta battery.
3) Coolant system: New water pump, radiator, heater matrix and antifreeze.
4) Suspension: New Boge/Sachs gas shock absorbers front and rear, Febi top strut mounting kits and rear shocks bushings.
5) Brakes: New rear brake discs and pads, new rear wheel bearings fitted at same time.
6) Exhaust system: New entire OE spec system, downpipe, front, centre and rear sections. New exhaust manifold and downpipe gaskets and new hangers.
7) Exterior: Strip down of all bumpers, grills, lights and wheel arch trims. New front valance and lower grill fitted. Professional preparation and repaint of all panels bar roof. New tailgate lock and tailgate struts fitted. New OE Hella wing mount aerial.
8) Waxoyling of wheel arches and inner wings prior to re-fitting GTI wheel arch trims using genuine VW rivets. Underseal inner sills and floorpans. New tailgate decal, side swage decals, replace rear badges.
9) Interior: Coachtrimmer to rebuild driver’s seat bolster and fit unworn passenger seat upright cover. Replace driver’s window regulator. Waxoyl door bottoms inside and clear drainage holes fit replacement door membranes behind doorcards. New leather gearshift gaitor boot. Replace all dashboard illumination bulbs. Clear sunroof drains and grease mechanism. Thorough shampoo of seats, carpets, doorcards, replace sound deadening before re-fitting seats.
10) New “main dealer” number plates (originals retained).
11) Thorough detail and valet and Autoglym finishing.

The asking price of £3,495 equates to about $5,400 at today’s exchange rates. This is very strong money for any Golf with over 100,000 miles of this vintage, regardless of what the seller is stating. It does put it right around what NADA is stating for a high retail value, but many of the cars we feature here at GCFSB are so unique, they are hard to categorize under such a scale. This MkII GTI is about the most well documented I’ve ever seen, and kudos to the seller for such a thorough description. The exterior and interior look tidy, and no doubt certain VW aficianados will be attracted to the combination of the K-Jetronic engine combined with some uncommon options. The only downside I can determine with this car is that it is too far away to be economically feasible for most.

-Paul

1975 VW Rabbit “swallowtail”

What is rarer than a clean low mileage MK1?  A clean low mileage “swallowtail.” The term “swallowtail” is a term for early Volkswagen Rabbits built with a unique body line in between the taillights. They are extremely rare, as they were only made for model year 1975.  All model year 1975s and some early model year 1976 Rabbits had “swallowtails.”

Viewed as one of the most desirable MK1s, this beautiful 62,034 mile Lofoten Green swallowtail for sale in New Jersey is an early VW lovers dream.

1975 VW Rabbit on vwvortex.com

1975 Lofoten Green Swallowtail Rabbit. Its a survivor in great condition! It is a perfect project for someone to finish up. I am the second registered owner with 62034 miles. It is a carbureted 1.6L engine that runs strong. The carb does need to be adjusted. Has a 4 speed manual transmission. It has a 100% original stock interior! In a 90% perfect condition. There is a rip in the drivers seat and the dash is cracked. But considering it’s age it is very clean and all together! Has immaculate headliner, carpet and door cards!

I started the body restoration. The rear lower corner rust has been fixed and sealed. I have before and after pictures of that area if you are interested. The rear under body and wheel arch have been cleaned and sealed. The gas tank has been POR 15ed. Thanks to Paintscratch for sending the mismatched touch-up paint as seen in the pictures but that is an easy fix. There are a few other places of rust I was planing on fixing but never got around to. I have tried to picture those areas. This is a very solid car though. Clean floors and strut towers.

The brakes, suspension and tires are original to the car! The brakes need to be replaced – they work but not very strongly – and the tires are dry rot – 2 of them don’t hold air. This is a project and does need to be towed. (I can have it towed within a reasonable distance from Hillsborough, NJ 08844 for a fee). I also have NOS OEM 1975 passenger fender, calipers and starter. Probably have a few other 1975 only parts here too that will be included. Also have very low mileage H&R Ultra low coilovers. Approx 100 miles or less. Obviously, they are not installed. Also have 1976 VW Dasher Aluminum wheels. 13 X 5.5 Perfect time period correct wheels for this car!

Asking $5000 but price depends on what you want included. Let me know if you have any questions. I have a bunch more pictures if there is something specific you would like to see.

With 62K miles, this VW has barely seen any use over its 37 year life span, just a mere 1800 miles/yr. The condition of the car reflects this light use, with shiny paint, and a clean interior, this is a car that needs nothing.

While there are a lot of clean early VWs out there, this is the first one I’ve come across that is worth every penny of the asking price, and then some. I’d love to own a car like this, because as time goes on it will only become more and more valuable.

-Brian

Coming to America: 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country

I have often wondered why dealers, specifically those that export vehicles do not go out of their way to bring more interesting cars to our shores.  Case in point, this 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country that is currently in en route to the states from Japan.

1991 Volkswagen Golf Country:

From the seller –

“For sale is a 1991 Golf Country Syncro

Price: $11,500

First of all about this sale: The car is in the process of being imported, however is currently still in Japan. I, as the seller, assume all responsibility for importing the car and making it legal. This will be up to me, and whoever buys the car will be buying a street legal, licensed car in America. I work for a dealer in Japan who imports cars from America to Japan. Recently we have been talking about trying to start going the other direction. At my suggestion we got this Golf Country, and are sending it over as a “test car” to gauge feasibility etc. I am not some tourist over here for a brief stay claiming to bring a rare car back to make internet friends.

That being said lets get to the details

1991 Golf Coutry
I bought the car from a long time customer of ours who was the second owner. He bought it from a nother dealer who had accepted it as a trade in from the origial owner.

Engine:
1.8l 8v with 131,459 km/ 81,684 original miles

Transmission:
OEM 5-speed syncro with ~1,000km / 621 miles on it. before I bought it we had put in a brand new transmission. We were lucky enough to be able to source one for $7,000 from Germany as there were none in Japan, and we were told there was only 1 at the dealer we bought it from in Germany.

Wheels/ Suspension/ Brakes:
Still has the original set of 5 Speedlines. 15×6 et 35. Tires are 195/65R15 Firestone FR10`s which still have good life on them. The spare has never been used. The wheels were repainted gunmetal about 1.5 years ago.
Suspension is all original as are the brakes. Front are 2-pot and rears are drum.
The car is fitted with all the original Country Golf suspention and sway bars, as well as full underbody subframe.

Interior:
The have to say the interior is really nice and full of cool subtle 90`s style touches.
Everything is original and in very good shape. The only non original items are the navi/dvd player which will be removed before export (cant use a Japanese Navi in america anyway) and the sparco pedals which add a nice touch, but can be easily removed if so desired. The current DVD/ Navi I will add was installed in such a way as to not harm any of the original dash/ bezel area and will be taken out without harming anything.
The seats are in very good shape and have syncro embroidered in all four headrests (one of the subtle touches I like). The outer lower drivers side bolster is slightly worn in a quarter sized spot, but other than that everything is great. The rear seats have rarely been sat in. One of the plastic covers for the speaker in the door is cracked a bit but no pieces are missing and could be glued back together if it bothered the next owner enough. Still have the front and back original floor mats. The trunk is very nice as well. Everything is still nplace from the shelf to the original Bilstein jack and tool set.
Automatic front windows work amazingly as does the rear windshield defrost, heat, A/C etc. The rear windows are crank. Manybe this is normal but being a mk1 guy myself I was pretty impressed!

Exterior:
The exterior is also in very good shape. The car received a full “windows out” color coded respray 1.5 years ago (same time as the tires) and is still in great shape. At this time the fender flares, bumpers, and molding strips were smooted and painted the same gunmetal as the wheels. Being that Japanese roads are much narower than American roads there were some scuffs on the fenders so they, along with the bumpers, molding strips, front roll bar, rear bar holding the tire, skid plate, and mirrors have all been removed and are being repainted to match the body color. There is no rust on this car! The rear windows are tinted with film and can be removed easily if so desired. The car has four Bosch rally lights which are wired into an original switch in the dash. The one thing that doesnt work is the electronic antenna wont come up when you push the button for it on the dash, havent figured out why not yet.

Overall I am very happy with the car. I have driven it around and it is definitely different and fun to drive. there are a few issues I want to address however. Keep in mind the car is at our dealer now, and some if not all these issues will be repaired before the car is exported. The muffler should be replaced. It has a hole in it and is pretty loud. but very likely will be replaced in short order. Most if not all the rubber axle boots are torn and should be replaced. The rear drivers side drum break leaks fluid slowly and should probably be rebuilt. Lastly the engine/ bay in general isnt very clean and a bit oily. I plan to thouroughly clean everything and find out if there is an issue and have it taken care of before exporting. I will update with these things as I am able.

The ship across the ocean takes 2 week, and this is the main reason I am starting the post now. Our hope is to have a buyer by the time the car has reached america to cut down on time between it being legalized and sold.”

I have seen more of these cars surface in the past twelve months than I have seen in the last decade combined.  This as fine an example as I have seen.  It’s not cheap, but, it has a new ($7k!) transmission and the seller will facilitate the import and legalization process.  The latter is huge as the past couple examples that have surfaced have had questionable title issues.

The only troubling issue, and normally I could care less, how is the dealer making any money?  I am not what I would call math smart, or smart for that matter.  But, if a new transmission is $7k, shipping is $2k, what did they pay for the car?  The asking price of $11.5k does not seem to be firm either.

Not my problem, I would drive this all day over a Tiguan.  The key word being drive, assuming the seller does what they say they can do in regards to import this is a Golf that can be driven and enjoyed almost immediately.

~Aaron.

1990 Volkswagen Golf owned by German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Ever since the Seinfeld episode where George Costanza buys the Chrysler Lebaron purportedly owned by Jon Voight, the whole celebrity car idea has been a running joke in my social circles. Well here’s an interesting celebrity ride. A MkII Golf owned by the current German Chancellor that has been restored to like new condition. While this is a sparsely equipped model, one must imagine this was light years ahead of the de rigueur Trabants of the era.

1990 Volkswagen Golf owned by Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel on eBay Germany

The fact that Angela Merkel likes Golfs has long been known. Previously, even during GDR times, she ordered as many of their compatriots a Trabant, but was never delivered because of the incredible wait times. According to the weekly magazine, she told SPIEGEL in a 2006 event that a Golf was her first car after the reunification, purchased from your earnings as a deputy government spokeswoman in the coalition government under Lothar de Maiziere. And it was the brand and model of the faithful. Anyway, in 2006, they still drove a Golf, but something newer and better equipped. Unfortunately we do not know whether today, six years later, it is still so. Mrs. Merkel comments on private matters very cautiously.

One thing we now know is that Angela Merkel became the proud owner of the brand new Golf 2 on 12 September 1990. That in the days when it was determined by their constituency Stralsund, Rügen-ache as a candidate for the first all-German Bundestag elected 2/12/90. The initial authorization is documented in the ownership documents with DDR stamp of approval office in Berlin. Also noted in the vehicle registration: Merkel’s move and eventually taking over in 1995 by her husband Joachim Sauer. A year later the car went as normal cars on the (now on eBay for publication in the vehicle registration blackened) on follow-owners.

By chance, the Merkel Golf fell into the hands of the present owner. Actually, the car was only fit for scrap, but the historical value was recognized by the current seller and he set about restoring the car. According to well, the overall impression of the vehicle. Fully restored, roadworthy and beautiful. The restoration was executed exclusively with original parts. The vehicle is equipped with the original engine. An accident on the right front damage was repaired by a professional car mechanic. No rust damage on the car there.

A unique opportunity: Bid on this piece of German history. The Golf 2, the first car of the future Western Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. We think it’s a museum piece. But you as the buyer? Would the Golf be donated to the Museum of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany? Is it your unique advertising for your company? Or you can use the car modestly on the road, as did the Chancellor? Solely decided by the highest bidder!

With under a day to go, bidding has reached almost $12,000. The most exceptional MkII Golfs may bring $5,000 to $6,000, so right now we’re about double that. It will be interesting to see what kind of premium a German head of state will bring to the table.

-Paul

1989 Volkswagen Rallye Golf

One of my favorite periods in car history was the 1980s, specifically, the creations that hit the street as a result of rally homologation. The Lancia Delta Integrale, Audi Ur Quattro, Ford Escort Cosworth and Porsche 959 are some great examples of competition vehicles that transformed the world of performance cars. Some cars, like the Volkswagen Rallye Golf, had a more limited racing career than others, as this car competed for just one year in Group A WRC, in 1990. The Rallye Golf featured Syncro four-wheel drive, the 1.8 G60 engine with the G-lader supercharger, anti-lock brakes, flared fenders and Recaro front seats, among other features. A little over 5,000 examples were built at Volkswagen’s plant in Belgium, but none came to North America. A few are starting to trickle over to our shores, such as this one that is for sale in Ontario, Canada.

1989 Volkswagen Rallye Golf on eBay

1989 Volkswagen Rallye Golf. 1 of 5.000 limited production factory homologation cars built at their factory in Belgium. 103,854 km, OEM condition. Syncro AWD, G60 supercharger, widebody fenders, rally suspension/brakes (all factory). Power mirrors, locks, Factory split leather Recaro seats. leather door cards, sunroof.Outside of Blaupunkt CD, there have been no modifications done to the car. 2nd owner. 1st owner from Zurich, SUI. Car purchaced from Rothbee Autohaus in Nurburg Germany. All service records. Garage stored by both owners. Car has some minor flaws as to be expected from an untouched 23 year old car, but is in solid shape, undercarriage is remarkably clean. Original paint. 4 time 1st place in class show winner, 1 second place, and one best interior in show. Car has been driven once in the last two years, and has some issues related to lack of use. Window regulators are lazy (common problem – standard Corrado parts). Pirelli P6000 tires are estimated at 85%. No time to spend on it, so it needs to go to a VW enthusiast who will appreciate a rare, unmolested piece of VW History. Car is registered, insured, and licensed for the road. Plate stickers are not up to date.

This Rallye Golf won’t be legal in the US for another year and a half, but for the ardent US Volkswagen enthusiast, it may just be the time to scoop one of these up, keep it in storage and register it in 2014. Or, if you live close enough to the border, find an address in Canada to attach this car to (you didn’t hear me say that). A Rallye Golf came up for sale in October of last year for around $20,000. That’s hovering around resale values for some Ur Quattros. With this car’s approximate 64,000 miles, I could see a sale price of around $15,000, maybe a little less, depending on how much interest the seller gets north of the border. With the registration restrictions, this car would only be for the very serious enthusiast willing to either bend the rules or jump through a lot of hoops.

-Paul