1985 Volkswagen Golf VR6

When Volkswagen debuted the VR6 motor in 1991, it was initially available in the Passat and Corrado. With the introduction of the MkIII Golf in 1993, this new narrow angle six cylinder found its way into one of the world’s most popular hatchback. Almost overnight, a legend was born. With exception of the forgotten Mazda MX-3 and its 1.8 liter V6, few small cars could match the refinement and power offered up by the Golf and its VR6 powerplant. The motoring press began to hail it as a cut price BMW. Over 20 years later, enthusiasts have shown the versatility of this motor via applications in earlier chassis. One of the most popular transplant projects is to take a MkII GTI and mate it to this motor. My cousin embarked on this very project with a 1992 GTI and has had many miles of endless fun. This MKII is the more pedestrian, earlier square headlight four door Golf. It comes to us from a reader in Nebraska and while it has a few cosmetic issues and suffered an accident, but the all-important VR6 engine swap is in effect.

1985 Volkswagen Golf VR6 on VW Vortex

1985 Volkswagen Golf 4 door, 5-speed, OBS2 VR6 engine swap. Functioning heat and air conditioning. Cruise control components are there, but it not working. Only thing left to replace is speed sensor.

Car: 1985 VW Golf 4 door built right here in America. The car has been in one small wreck in it’s life. The rear must have been hit because the rear paint is a little darker. The hatch has the worst paint but NO rust or damage. The rest of the car is original paint.

Engine: 1998 Mk3 Jetta VR6 full OBD2. Yes you can scan it with VCDS. Odometer says 79,000, take that for what it worth. Mods include: Autotech chip, brospeed header (ported), ABD Mk3 intake rewelded to fit perfect in the mk2 chassis. BFI motor mounts cut down to clear the hood. I did not cut the hood like some other people! Mason Tech crackpipe, 42 Draft Design block off for the SAI system (deleted everything AND all electronics). Check engine light is on for the SAI. I dont have vag-com to clear it/ignore it.

Drivetain: Corrado VR transmission (best VR trans), Corrado axles, Corrado G60 hydro clutch setup.

Suspension: Mk3 front subframe (plus suspension). Corrado VR crossmember and rear beam. Brand new Koni suspension with HOR springs. A-arms have poly bushings.

Steering: Factory Mk2 manual steering with brand new tierod ends for the plus suspension.

Brakes: Full 5 lug swap from the 1998 Gti VR6 Driver Edition Mk3. Master cylinder is Corrado. Obviously rear disc with new cables. It’s also a Corrado rear beam.

Gas Tank: Mk3 VR to include the pump

Wiring:
Engine is Mk3 CE2
engine bay is Mk2 CE2
cluster is Mk3 CE2
A/C is Corrado VR6 CE2
Rear is factory that I made a plug/play connector.

Stereo: Alpine Media Head unit. Decent speakers

Wheels/Tires: Factory Corrado Speedline Rims with Ziex 912s

HERE IS LINK TO BUILD THREAD: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea…ause-I-want-to

Blast to drive!!! I bought a Subaru and just dont drive this Golf anymore. Always get in the Subaru. $5500 Firm. Might be flexible if you bring your own wheels. Or i have Steelies but not sure of the tire condition.

My phone number is 402-953-2671 ( voicemail box )

While a nice paint job would finish off this package, one could keep it as is and go for more of the sleeper look, as I’ve never seen one of these engines in an early MkII, let alone a four door. I’m also a sucker for those Corrado Speedline wheels, no matter what they seem to find their way onto. Overall, not a bad example of a question few enthusiasts seem to have asked themselves.

-Paul

1990 Volkswagen Golf Country

Following on to the success of the Mk1, the MkII Volkswagen Golf saw an ever expanding range of body styles and engine options to carry this popular model through to the 1990s. One variant to emerge from the MkII range, which incidentally was never sold in the United States, was the Golf Country. Designed as a light off-roader, it had a raised suspension, Syncro four-wheel drive and other off-road accoutrements such as a skid plate and brush bars. Finishing off the appearance was an externally mounted spare tire. All Golf Countrys were equipped with the stalwart 1.8 liter 8 valve four cylinder, producing 114 horsepower. In total, fewer than 8,000 Countrys were manufactured, with a handful having found their way across the pond. Here’s one of those examples for sale in California.

1990 Volkswagen Golf Country on eBay

Selling my ’90 Golf Syncro Country. This was my car last time I was in Germany and I legally brought it back with me last year. Located in Sacramento, CA and currently registered in Maine because Cali just wants too much money! Nice driver, clean car, everything works. 135k miles. 5 speed transmission. Sunroof. All original except the wheels. Brand new mud & snow tires with less than 1,000 miles. Runs well, but could use a complete service including timing belt. It looks old and I do not have any maintenance history. There’s a muffler rattle at idle. Interior is in excellent condition. Headliner is brand new. Body is very solid. No rust execept a small spot on the windshield and a spot on the rear deck where someone had a sticker that went bad. Some scratches on the hood and a light scrape on the passenger-side, rear door. Please see the pics. Asking $12,500.

I’m a big fan of these Golf Countrys. It’s an example of “everything you need, nothing you don’t” motoring. Crank windows, cloth interior, good ground clearance and Syncro make this an idea car for someone living in the Snow Belt who doesn’t want your typical gas guzzling SUV but still would like to get around during the cold months. At $12,500, this is a bit rich for a MkII, but it is in good shape for such a utilitarian vehicle. Given it is missing the factory wheels and needs a bit of service, it would be reasonable to bargain a bit off this price and have folks stare in awe the next time you roll by a Volkswagen dealership.

-Paul

Super Clean 1986 MK II Volkswagen Golf GTI For Sale

I am not sure what it is, while it is hard to find a clean MK I GTI.  It is exponentially more difficult to find a MK II in that sort of condition.  I have my theories as to why but the fact of the matter is that cars such as this are rare.

1986 Volkswagen Golf GTI:

From the seller –

“Up for auction is my 1986 GTI. This is a great original GTI. When was the last time you saw one Handles like a go-cart with Koni shocks on all four corners. Shifts are crisp and smooth with the Neuspeed short shift kit. Stops well with 4 wheel disc brakes. Interior features grey cloth sport seats with Red stripes. The exterior is Tornado Red with front and rear spoilers, black wheel house flares and tinted windows all around. Absolutely no rust, car has always been in CA or AZ. Original paint still shines. Interior front driver’s seat shows slight wear, no wear in passenger seat or backseat area. Door panels, dashboard, headliner and carpeting are all excellent. I have the original window sticker and build sheet, also the owner’s manual and service manual. Car comes with an extensive amount of service history. The car has 101k original miles and is in very good shape for a 25 year old car. It has an aftermarket radio/cd player in the dash but I have the original radio. It has a performance cat-back exhaust system, K&N air filter, upper and lower front strut bars, and rear upper strut bar. Car could use an A/C recharge and tires, but otherwise is in great condition. GTI enthusiasts take note!!! There are not many of these left out there in this condition. Experience Fahrvergnugen for yourself!!! You won’t regret it.”

It’s all there.  Is it a garage queen, no.  But this GTI could be a great driver or the basis for a fairly straight forward restoration.  There are 12 bids thus far, bidding sits at $1.9k with the reserve not met.  If you are truly interested in this GTI you have to look at the buy it now of $3,995 as bidding may well exceed that.  I mean, this is no time to be cheap…

~Aaron.

 

1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6

I’ve been banging on for quite some time about how much I dreaded my 2000 Volkswagen GTI 2.0, or “Satan’s own ride” as I called it. From day one, it was electrical problems, trim items falling off, you name the issue, this car had it. Just thinking about part on that car would would make it break. I was quite surprised, given this was a GTI built in Wolfsburg, Germany. Nevertheless, I traded it in one day after the warranty expired. The car I had before the 2000 GTI was a Mexican built 1998 GTI 2.0. I liked that car much better. Even though I only had it for one year, it had no issues and was, in my opinion, more fun to drive than its MkIV counterpart.

I still long to have my red 1998 GTI back, and every time I see a MkIII, whether it’s the 2.0 or the VR6, it brings back good motoring memories. It’s hard to find low mileage MkIIIs these days, but here’s a good driver for sale on Long Island.

1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6 on eBay

We are proud to offer this very clean 1998 Volkswagen Golf GTI VR6 5-Speed hatchback with 111k miles. These are becoming harder and harder to find in good condition and this is a very nice example. This one has some of the “Driver’s Edition” options such as the golf ball shift knob and red stitching on the steering wheel, shift boot, and emergency brake lever. This GTI has been very well maintained and it shows. Everything works in this vehicle and it drives amazingly well for the year. The tires are all fairly new. The tailgate is a bit rusty (very common on these), but this is easy to swap out for a new one. This GTI is completely stock aside from an aftermarket air intake (sounds beautiful). Please see all pictures for exact condition. It is a very clean vehicle overall. Feel free to give us a call with any questions or to make arrangements to come see this vehicle.

This car has the usual rust issues on the tailgate and a few other cosmetic issues that could use some attention. If you could snag this car for around $3,500, I would consider it well bought. The VR6 is one of those legendary engines and provided the car checked out okay mechanically, it would be a lot of fun on the cheap.

-Paul

Not 508 Compliant: 1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin VR6

I love odd cars. Everything from the Citroën XM to the NSU Ro80 gets me going. So anytime one of these wildly colored Volkswagen Golf Harlequins come up for sale, I take note. I loved and miss my MkIII GTI 2.0 to this day. A much better drive than the subsequent MkIV I owned and chuckable in a similar manner that my Cooper S is (albeit with less sharp steering and suspension reactions). Here is what could possibly be the only VR6 equipped Harlequin for sale up in Massachusetts over on VW Vortex.

1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin VR6 for sale on VW Vortex

The seller states:

Hi Everyone, after a lot of debating with myself I am selling my harlequin. I have owned it for 5 years and during that time i have basically gone through and done everything (including many upgrades) that ever needs to be replaced or breaks. Everything was done the right way, no shortcuts, I had planned on keeping this car for the long haul but i don’t have the time to enjoy it like it should be. The Car has been put away for the past 8 winters in dry storage, oil changed every 3k or yearly whichever comes first (I have hardly put 2k on the car for the past 2 summers.)

The car is an absolute blast to drive and turns more heads then a ferarri (no lie). Car is very reliable and ready to go!

Here are the specs:

1996 Golf Harlequin #19/264
Pistachio Green Base

Engine
o VR6 Swap with ~138K
o Recent Timing Chain Service with All Hardware, Water Pump, Thermostat <10K o Mk4 Metal Head Gasket o Gruvenparts Crack Pipe o Yarrowsport Billet Belt Tensioner o Autotech 10lb Steel Flywheel o Black Forest Industries Stage 1 Poly Motor Mounts Trans o 02A Rebuilt with New 1st, 2nd, and Reverse Syncros. <10K o TDI 5th gear (for highway cruising) o Clutchnet Stage 2 Clutch (375 ft-lb) o Peloquins Differential o New Empi Driveshafts <10K o Black Forest Industries Stage 1 Poly Trans Mount Suspension o Complete VR6 Suspension Swap o Koni Yellow Adjustable Shocks and Struts o H&R Race Springs o R32 Front Control Arm Bushings o All Suspension Bushings Replaced <15K Exterior o Euro Bumpers o Hella Dual Round Headlights o OEM Fog Lights o New OEM Front Fenders o New OEM Hatch Brakes o Mintex Red Box Pads <10K o New OEM Rotors <10K o GAP Braided Stainless Brake Hose o ATE Super Blue Brake Fluid Wheels/Tires o VW Monte Carlo 17” rims o 205/35/17 Falken Azenis RT615 Tires (less than half worm) Im sure there are more things i have forgotten. Asking: $10500 OBO

The seller is pretty honest and lengthy in his description and the car does look to be in good shape for the mileage covered and the fact that it is a Northeastern vehicle. $10,500 is steep for a MkIII Golf of any sort. If it was more around the $7,500 to $8,000 mark, I’d be tempted. The market for these outside of the Volkswagen community seems to be thin from what I can gather, but I’m sure there are folks out there who are eager to get their hands on what was an interesting marketing stunt by one of the world’s largest automakers.

-Paul

1980 Volkswagen Rabbit diesel

There’s restorations, and then there are restorations. This Mk1 Rabbit (Golf) falls into the latter category. A labor of love by its owner, this German built Rabbit is about as close to buying a new Mk1 as you could get.

The seller states:

A weekend project that turned into an obsession, here is the result of three years of work on a car I intended to keep forever and built accordingly.

This is a German built car which was purchased and imported from Canada. I purchased the car from a couple in Palatka Florida who had brought it from Washington State where I suppose it originally made its way into the US.

No expense was spared in this restoration which involved over $9,000 in new German parts. Absolutely no re-built or used components were used for the assembly. For example, the CV axles are OEM Lobro units running about $400 per side. The brake calipers and master cylinder are new (not rebuilt) Ate units. There are over $300 in new nuts and bolts each matching the original hardness grade and yellow zinc plating other than the addition of stainless wherever strength isn’t required. Below is a list of some of the major parts that have been replaced though there are many more.

The paint is a single stage PPG Urethane in the original color. To be honest I feel that the paint is the weakest point of the car when compared to the thorough mechanical restoration. There are a few minor dents that the shop didn’t get completely out as well as a few places that could use more polishing. The most noticeable area is probably along the bottom of the rear hatch where you can see some waviness. There is also a small dent on the left side of the front skirt which occurred during the restoration on a lift that I never got around to addressing. In short, the paint is not concourse but still quite good by most collectors standards.

As you can see in the pictures I have not yet found an original Becker radio to install. The dash panel for it is in place and has the hole plugged with a vanity panel. The antenna mounting hole on the left front wing is plugged with the NOS VW rubber plug used on cars sold without the radio option.

The second item I never found was a new sun roof seal. The sunroof operates perfectly but I’ve sealed off the gap with polyurethane flashing adhesive until a new seal is found. As you can see in the pictures I did this very neatly so that you cannot tell by looking at it. If you are fortunate enough to find a new seal you would only need to pull away the adhesive and install it.

The mileage (or kilometerage) on the Odometer is accurate. Since the restoration I have driven it about 200 miles to ensure everything is operating correctly. Since every consumable component on the car is new down to the little light bulbs behind the dash you will not find any problems to speak of. The car runs and drives as flawlessly as the day it left Wolfsburg.

This car is bio-diesel ready meaning that all fuel hoses are J30R9 grade and the injector pump has been updated with new Viton seals.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call me at 352-562-2412 as there is too much to write without this becoming an essay.

New major components (I’ve noted the brand wherever I could remember):

Rear Suspension:
Spindles
Wheel bearings (Timken)
Brake drums (German Ate)
Brake Cylinders (German Ate)
All drum brake hardware
Parking Brake cables (GEMO)
Rear axle beam bushings (polyurethane upgrade)
Brake hoses
shocks and springs (sachs)
All hardware (original spec hardness and coatings)

Front Suspension:
Control arms (OEM)
Control arm bushings (OEM)
McPherson struts (OEM Sachs)
Strut bearings (FEBI)
Wheel bearings (Beck Arnley)
CV axles (OEM German Lobro)
Brake calipers (NEW OEM German Ate zinc plated)
Brake pads (OEM)
Brake hoses (German Febi)
Ball Joints (Beck Arnley)
Tie rod ends (Beck Arnley)
All hardware (original hardness and plating)

Engine and Trans:
All engine oil seals
All engine mounts
Injection pump resealed with viton gaskets (bio-diesel approved)
Glow Plugs/ relay
All fuel hoses replaced with Goodyear J30R9 (bio-diesel approved)
Metal fuel pipes
Clutch
Clutch cable
Transmission end cover
Transmission fluid (redline synthetic)
All Transmission mounts
All gear shift bushings/linkage
Throttle cable
Metal reinforced rubber valve cover gasket
valve cover studs with stainless nuts
Camshaft oil baffle insert update
Oil pan
All coolant hoses including NOS expansion tank hose
Hose clamps (Swedish ABA)
Timing belt
Timing belt tensioner
Water pump German Ate
accessory belt (NAPA lifetime)
Alternator (BOSCH)
Brake Master cylinder (German Ate)
Coolant expansion tank
heater core
heater valve
Vacuum pump diaphragm and check valves
Vacuum hose with check valve (NOS a rare find)
Rain tray (NOS VW )
New horn (German HELLA)
Exhaust system after down pipe (OEM)
Exhaust pipe hangars (OEM)
hood bumpers (NOS)
new MANN air Filter
new Mobil 1 oil filter
new Bosch fuel filter

Electrical:
Head lights Halogen bulbs
All light bulbs including dash

General:
Tires (Firestone FR380)

At the time of writing this, there’s a little less than four days left and no bids, with a starting bid of $8,000. There are much worse cars you could purchase for $8,000, and probably none are in such good shape as this diesel Rabbit. This car would garner more attention, of course, if it was a GTI, but then again, that’s part of the charm of this particular ride.

-Paul

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.  Some power, some brakes, some suspension with a dash of style thrown in.  It sounds like it’s been well taken care of, but the generality with which the mileage and condition are described necessitates further investigation.  That said, it’s a Mk1 VW, so even if/when things go wrong, there should be an reasonable fix.  The seller’s testament of daily driving is a positive note.  I always love the no-bumpers look, and the widebody intrigues me and certainly makes a statement, though something about it strikes me as not perfect.  I think it might be the side sills and width of the front spoiler; I’d prefer the fender flares by themselves.  Overall though, this is a very impressive Mk1 and must be an intense amount of fun.

Bidding is hot, with 20 bidders pushing it around $3.5k currently, but the reserve is not yet met.  Considering clean Mk1s are pushing into the $4ks and $5ks, if this can stay under $7000 I think it would be a good price for a well put together, unique, and fast Mk1.

-NR

1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin

Created for the Volkswagen Design series for International auto shows, the Volkswagen Golf Harlequin was never supposed to catch on. However, Volkswagen decided to create a limited run of these interesting Golfs in 1996, dubbed the Harlequin. There were four different types of Harlequins, each having their own base color, which included Tornado Red, Ginster Yellow, Pistachio Green and Chagall Blue. In addition, special interior cloth, silver faced gauges and a few different wheel options were added extras.

1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin on Craigslist Vancouver

The seller states:

Rare and unique 1996 Chagall Blue Harlequin Golf Special Edition (264 made – only available in U.S. and Canada) – for more information check out www.rossvw.com
2 litre engine, manual transmission, air conditioning, 6 CD changer, original owner (female elementary school teacher), 260,000 km (primarily highway between Langley and Chilliwack), driver and passenger air bags, all-season Michelin tires (2 years old), 15″ alloy rims, regular gas, regular maintenance

I would REALLY like this car to go to someone who will love it as much as I did. If it calls to you, please make me an offer. Let’s talk!

accessories also available:

roof rack – $150.00
luggage platform – $100.00
bike holder – $100.00
4 new BFG (made by Michelin) Winter Slalom KSI tires (purchased for $656.46 Nov. 09) on 15″ alloy rims – $500.00

Having owned a MkIII GTI, I understand the appeal of the Golfs from this generation. I wish I had my 1998 Anniversary edition GTI back, as it was all the car I ever needed. The Harlequin isn’t for everyone, but when was the last time you witnessed what could be mistaken as an assembly line mix-up turned into something cool?

-Paul

1989 Golf Rallye for Sale

I’d nearly forgotten about the awesome Golf Rallye until this amazing modified example started circling the interwebs.  Maybe it’s because only 5000 were made, or maybe that none were sold in the US, or maybe its lack of racing heritage leaves it in the shadow of the similarly-styled E30 M3, Ur-Quattro, and Lancia Delta Integrale.  Whatever it is, more people should know about this car.  It was essentially an R32 made in 1989- an aggressive-looking Golf with Syncro and a hot engine, in this case the 160hp supercharged G60.  As with the Lancia, Americans were not graced with the importation of the sexy box-flared hatchback, but there are some that have gone through the extreme hoops to federalize.  This example has gone even further, adding a Euro 2.9l VR6 and a turbocharger without changing much of the 80stastic exterior.

1989 Modified Golf Rallye for sale on VWVortex

This car reminds me why I went through an intense Rallye phase.  It’s in great condition and the modifications make it a sleeping monster, even garnering a feature in EuroTuner.  I love box flares, wherever they come from, and combined with the clean Golf II, we’ve got a winner.  For $22k, I might keep looking for an E30 M3 or even a first-gen R32, but that’s not to say it isn’t worth it to the right person.  Rarity, impressive modifications, and general cleanliness all get high marks on this one.  Now let’s see some Golf Countrys over here!

-NR