Known as the Vento in Europe, the Volkswagen Jetta III, as it was known in the US, was introduced at a time when US sales were at their lowest and it appeared as if VW was considering pulling out of the US market. This car, along with the third generation Golf, was credited for keeping the flame alive on these shores. This generation Jetta became the best selling Volkswagen by the time the production run ceased in 1999.
The MkIII Jetta brought about many refinements, including a more streamlined look, safety features such as airbags and anti-lock brakes and, for the first time, the addition of a six cylinder engine. The recently introduced 2.8 liter VR6 found its way under the Jetta’s hood beginning in 1994. Thus equipped, this car could scoot to 60 miles per hour in under seven seconds. While they were great performers in their day, few survive in good running order. This Jetta GLX VR6 for sale in Florida is the last year the hot version of the Jetta MkIII was produced.
1998 VW Jetta GLX VR6. One owner, 69k ACTUAL miles, leather, automatic, sunroof, keyless entry, fog lights, spoiler, alloys, Bose, etc. Showroom Condition. Clean Carfax. Made in Germany. Last year of the classic body style.
A MkIII Jetta or Golf is hard to come by in good nick. The glaring problem for this car, at least for me, is the lack of a manual transmission. The Volkswagen VR6 is arguably one of the best engines of the last 25 years and frankly, it deserves not to be saddled with a slushbox. Other than that, this is the best Jetta GLX I’ve seen in a while. One error in the seller’s description is the country of origin. This particular Jetta was built in Mexico, not Germany.…
Nate featured a nice, original Mk1 Jetta coupe for sale a few weeks ago, and it struck me that I haven’t seen many good, honest Jetta coupes for sale as of late. Sure enough, once I have a certain car on my mind, several come about for sale. Here is a very original 1982 Jetta GL coupe for sale north of Stuttgart in a nice, period correct light metallic green.
Super rare! Unrestored original VW Jetta 1 in the best trim level “GL” from pensioners/ collectors in Inarisilbermetallic. Accident free, unwelded to 99% rust free, original paint, complete history including original purchase agreement up to final inspection bill. Only 120,000 km, very rare 4 + E manual. Runs simply fantastic, and got a successful H-registration according to § 23 for classic cars, as well as new TÜV. An absolute collector’s item on the original steel wheels with chrome hubcaps as illustrated. The VW alloy wheels (new) can purchased at an additional cost.
Sometimes owners of mint condition examples of ordinary vehicles will advertise their cars at questionably high prices. At around $5,900 USD, this Jetta is a tad pricey for a Mk1, as prices this high are usually reserved for original or restored GTIs. It is in the ballpark though and if a deal could be struck around $5,000, it would afford some room in the budget for shipping costs for US Volkswagen enthusiasts.
My first introduction to the Mk1 Jetta came from a Canadian Olympian I rowed with in college. His 1984 Jetta was clean and white (save for large red Maple leafs on the sides and later “84”s) and reminded me of my Rabbit Pickup. It was so little he could squeeze it between the bollards on campus and gain access to areas usually restricted to golf carts and bikes. Mayhem ensued. If I’d been in the market, I would have snatched it from him when he sold it at the end of college.
From the looks of it, today’s Jetta has seen no such mayhem, as it has covered just 100k miles in almost 30 years. Thanks to the love and care of the seller and original owner, we get a glimpse at what the 1983 Volkswagen Dealership floor looked like. Line up a GTI, Scirocco, Vanagon, and this, and I’d say you’re kicking 2012 Volkswagen’s ass. There aren’t many more details than the mileage, but if you’re into Mk1 Jettas or Jetta Coupes (shamefully only available in Mk1 and 2 models), it doesn’t get any better than this.
1983 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg for sale on eBay
Brevity is the soul of wit, supposedly:
I am the original owner of this car. Jetta has 100K miles and all original equipment. Never been in an accident. Paint is in excellent shape (garaged); metallic black. Would love to see this car go to a Jetta collector. From most accounts, this is a very rare car; 2 door, stick shift, with Wolfsberg interior, gauges on floor, etc.
I love it. It’s weird, it’s rare, it’s exceptionally clean but completely unmolested. And I can’t lie, I’m a sucker for vinyl spoilers. 11 bids have it at $2k, and in sympathy for the seller’s extreme care and probable distress at selling a deceptively rare car he’s loved for 30 years, I hope it can fetch at least twice that.…
1989 was my last summer working as a lot boy (official job title) on my uncle’s Volkswagen lot. It was a great summer that comes with being 17 but also because of the great cars that VW was rolling out. The G60 Corrado was just hitting showroom floors and a “special” GLI finished in Helios Blue was introduced as well.
What is a Helios exactly? The term is used in the VW community with a great deal of awe and deference. It is a 1,500 car run of GLI’s finished in a color somewhere between a blue and purple depending on the light. The interior also carries the look and is one of the more unique you will find.
There are not many of these cars left, so when I see a clean one I have to give props.
From the seller –
“car is a real 1989 jetta gli helios
car is all OEM. except for these mods….
optima blue top battery
Foha trunk spoiler
oem dealer option bosch fogs
oem gli 16v floormats
fischer cd holder in center console
gli dash plaque emblem
grey velour cloth dash mat
sony xplod deck with full sub wiring with 2 gauge wire to trunk.
amp and sub are in custom built 80’s suitcase. sub fires down under the suitcase. sounds great and completely hidden.
oem accordian shiftknob
sitting on rokkor coilovers
206k miles head rebuilt at 205k
runs and drives great and fires right up everytime
ALWAYS parked in the garage.
car does NOT have power windows anymore. regulators are all there as well as wiring behind the center console. i put it all back in. the only thing you would need is the power window center console power window door panels and switches. and regulators.
Foreign-market cars are always interesting, whether it’s custom trim or a model completely absent from the US market. The Mk1 Jetta was certainly sold in the US, but I’m guessing you’ve never quite seen one like this Mexican example. I love the GLS striping, and overall this is an extremely clean example of the great original Jetta. You may be wondering about that elephant in the room though… Just how big are normal wheels on all cars these days? Check out these stock “Detroit” style wheels from a 2010 GTI making the Jetta look like a donk (definitely a “box,” not a “bubble”) I’d see in Oakland. Just another reason I think brand-new cars are merely caricatures of when they were simpler, better. Well, enough ranting, it’s certainly a new take on “OEM Plus,” and I kind of like it. Other than being grossly oversized, they fit the overall scheme of the car. The 1.8l with a 3-speed auto must have a hell of a time getting those ferris wheels turning, but the great part of old VWs is that a remedy for that is almost as accessible as switching the wheels.
1980 VW Jetta GLS for sale in Mexico
Description, in English and Spanish!
Up for Sale is a VW Jetta GLS MK1
Engine size is 1.8liter
Automatic 3 speed Transmission
Disk Brakes on all wheels
18″ Rims coming from a 2010 GTI
Brembo Disk Braking system
Good overall body and Paint
No frame damage or accidents
Sold As Is with no warranty.
Vehicle currently has a Mexican Title under the state of Jalisco in Mexico.
Don’t know what it would if possible, take to make this car legal here in the US.
Buy at your own discretion.
This car is currently being used as a commuter car, engine runs strong with no oil leaks.
While there’s been on/off talk of a new Jetta Coupe for the past decade or so, they haven’t produced on since the Mk2 series ended in 1989. This is a shame as the concept pictures of more modern coupes are quite attractive, and examples from 80s are awesome but rare. The sharp Jetta shape looks better just a little more compact, and this one for sale on VW Vortex is looking great in the Mk1 Mars Red and black. I’ve always wanted this color combo on an early GTI, but the funky rarity of a Jetta Coupe might even be a little cooler.
1983 VW Jetta Coupe for sale on VW Vortex
The list of upgrades is too long to put here, but worth checking out on the listing if you’re interested in VWs. Essentially, this is a thoroughly gone-over and loved Mk1 that’s better than it left the factory without being over the top modified. There are some scuffs and scratches outside but overall it looks great with that color, clean vinyl molding, and decent black wheels. The tweed interior is as perfect as one could put in a Mk1, and the running bits are very well-chosen and sorted. The seller is looking for $3,900, right in the middle of what I consider acceptable Mk1 range: beaters around $1k (or less), showy engine swappers closer to $7-8. The time, energy, and care put into making this a great little coupe makes me think it’s a good price for a fun and funky alternative to more common VWs.