Boy, this is a trip down memory lane for me. My second car was very similar to this 1989 Volkswagen Golf in many ways; mine was also a base model with air conditioning, cloth interior with manual windows and Titian red. There were some important differences; I had a 1986 Westmoreland Golf which had CIS injection rather than the later Digifant electronic injection this car has, mine was a 4-door instead of two and when I bought it, it had somewhere around 190,000 miles on the clock. On paper, this is pretty much the car I would have liked to have; a lower mile, clean example of a basic transportation with flare – the Volkswagen Golf is a great hatchback that looked and functioned miles better than most of the competition at the time.
Do you ever wonder what happens to all of those wild magazine cars? You know the ones I’m talking about – the ones you flip to first, creations that make you wonder what the motivation of the builder was? Honestly, most fade into obscurity – but once in a while one pops up again for sale, and today’s GTi EVII built by Guy Light is one of those cars that may just may you say “Oh, yeah….I remember that!” It’s been a full 25 years since this car was new and a flash in the pan. Light chopped the top off the car, added a body kit and some great BBS wheels and Recaro seats, and Viola! He made the Mk.III Cabrio prototype. Seriously, look at this car – if it doesn’t scream Cabrio to you, I’m not sure what would. Reading through the period article about the car, it was certainly an interesting and unique vision with an extraordinarily limited scope. The part that I found most fascinating? Light offered to charge individuals a staggering $13,000 – on top of the price of the car – to complete the conversion. Aren’t you surprised that you don’t see more of these floating around than the original prototype?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Volkswagen GTi “EVII” on eBay…
Back in 1989, if you showed me a brand new diesel Jetta, there is zero probability I would have been excited about anything regarding it. Gas was relatively cheap, so having a diesel getting great mileage was really for fringe people. There were no spoilers, great alloy wheels, or even mud flaps to get excited about. The diesel Jetta was pretty basic transportation by even 1989 standards; plus, it was noisy, stinky and slow. Park it next to a GLi 16V, and it would be a no-brainer which one would be my choice to check out. But 25 years on, I was genuinely excited to find this listing pop up on eBay. Isn’t it crazy how time changes your perception? Finding a mostly or fully original 1989 Jetta that isn’t a rusted, beaten basket case with lower miles has become such a rarity that it makes me smile to see one, especially when it’s the same color combination as my 1986 Golf was:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel on eBay…
Zender is one of those names that I really identify with the 1980s. While they continued on after, the real height of Zender’s popularity seemed to be in the 1980s. Body kits, wheels and even steering wheels ultimately resulted in a tuning firm that was able to produce a few of their own show cars; remember the Zender Fact 4 and Vision? Today there are a host of real and copy Zender pieces floating around – here’s a sampling of what I was able to find on Ebay. While the styling may be a bit polarizing, it’s hard to deny that Zender offered customers something unique and having period detail pieces like these can really set your car apart if done properly:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Zender E24 front spoiler on eBay…
Edit: One of our Facebook readers – Steve – correctly noted that this is Capri Green and was an 8V Golf to start out. In some ways, that makes it better that a real 2.0 GTi wasn’t sacrificed, though my feelings about most of the modifications stay the same. Thanks Steve, and sorry for the mistake!
I’m fairly certain that with the right backing and skillful marketing I could pitch a show to one of those
crappy cable networks. My premise? Take a car that has been modified and return it to OEM or OEM+ standards. Seriously, when talking about rare cars, aren’t there buyers for these rides? Don’t there seem to be lots of people endlessly browsing the internet looking for that hidden, unmodified and well-cared for gem that rarely surfaces? Heck, it’s what we’ve built a fair amount of our writing around. And even though there are plenty of people pining for original BMWs, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche models, there’s a special lot that love original Volkswagens. One of the biggest reasons they long for these “unicorn” models is that so few were properly cared for, and many of those that were have been modded within an inch of their life. Take the Mk.II GTi; a solid performing replacement for the “original” hot hatch. It’s near legendary status is well cemented in the halls of automotive history, and it’s even one of the few models that carries brand awareness outside of motoring circles. Seriously, even people who know almost nothing about cars know what a GTi is. Within the Mk.II crowd, there are several limited models that the U.S. didn’t receive, so our top of the heap has to be the 1990-1992 16V edition. With a close-ratio gearbox, revised and better integrated smooth big bumpers, the best set of BBS wheels and Recaro seats ever fitted to a Volkswagen and one stunner of a revy 2 liter inline-4, it was an awesome package.…
There are a lot of folks who long for European versions of the cars that we got here in the United States, and this author is amongst them. For the most part, the Euro versions were closer to the original design; in general they had smaller, better fitting bumpers, better headlights, and some options that were deemed too expensive or not appealing enough to bring to the U.S.. They also typically had better performance from non-de-tuned motors and lighter weight. So, better looking, faster and more special; but in talking with Paul, we both agreed that there is also an element of wanting the things we just can’t have. One Volkswagen model that never made it here was the GTX trim Scirocco. The GTX was one of the higher spec versions in Europe and looked quite sporty; put some of those Euro bits onto what would otherwise be a pretty mundane 1984 U.S. spec Scirocco, add some desirable tuning modifications and some fresh paint, and you have a tidy package:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Volkswagen Scirocco “GTX” on eBay…
Our reader Larry noticed the nicely restored 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V we wrote up earlier this month is back up for auction, with a Buy It Now price of $5,000. At that price, you couldn’t replicate the condition of this model and it looks like a good deal. If yesterday’s mint black Scirocco 16V got you excited but is too rich for you, here’s a cheaper way::
The below post originally appeared on our site April 11, 2014:
Click for more details: 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V on eBay
Last week, Nate wrote up a great Tornado Red Scirocco 16V, and while I disagree with his claim that it’s more attractive than the Audi Coupe, otherwise we see eye to eye – these are great little performance hatchbacks that can be run on a budget. Unfortunately, nearly everyone in the VW world already discovered that and finding clean, unmolested examples is quite difficult. Nate longed for some teardrop wheels on his example, and I’m happy to oblige with today’s super clean example, replete with the nicer Euro-bits, too:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco on eBay…
A few weeks back, I wrote up a restored Scirocco 16V. With a lot of work completed, I guessed that the reserve was set high at around $10,000 considering some of the better Sciroccos we had seen and what they brought. Well, I was wrong; that car is back up for sale with a “Buy It Now” set below the high bid when I wrote the article at $5,000. Does that mean the world isn’t ready for $10,000 Sciroccos? Well, this seller apparently thinks we’re very close:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V on Kijiji…
Hang on for the ride, folks. I have not one, not two, but six Mk.2 GTis to cover here. Like all good Mk.2 GTis, none of these cars is stock, so you’re going to have to pick you poison. From engine mods to suspension, interior and exterior mods, we’ve got it all here – but don’t judge a book, because I don’t think they’re all bad. Let’s start with the one I think it the strongest example – a neat grey example with a VR6 swap:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Volkswagen GTi on Seattle Craigslist…
About a week ago I posted a 1991 Volkswagen GTi 8V in Montana Green on our Facebook fan page. It wasn’t the best example, but it wasn’t horrible either and as I said finding these Mk. 2 GTis in rare colors such as Montana Green in original condition is really quite hard. For whatever reason, the questionable tastes of the watercooled crowds have claimed many victims who have suffered countless horrendous modifications in lieu of strong maintenance and careful ownership. Consequently, original condition GTis tend to command the strongest money out there, and today is no exception. Sure, you can find a VR6 or 1.8T swapped GTi from this generation for less money just about any day of the week, but if you really want to relive the days of the hot hatch at Volkswagen, the hottest setup you could get was the 1990-1992 GTi 16V 2.0, and today we see one in original configuration and relatively unmolested. Care to play the lottery? You might just need to to afford one of these:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen GTi 2.0 16V on eBay…
You’d be forgiven for thinking that we were excited to run over to German sites to check out all the cool all-wheel drive cars you couldn’t get here, because some of the most fun we have is looking at those cars we didn’t get. Falling squarely into the “Coolest Volkswagen Ever” top 5 has to be one of the many Volkswagen Golf models that failed to come to the U.S. Well before the SUV and Crossover craze grasped American’s taste, Germans were trying their hardest to exercise their sense of humor when they created one of the niche-iest Golfs – the Golf Country. As I said in the Golf Variant Syncro post, I was pretty floored in my visit to Germany in the late 1990s when I saw these jacked up Golfs rolling around Freiburg. Featuring big brush guards, an external spare tire for additional rear ground clearance (of which there was a lot!), some great looking Speedline wheels and the iconic Mk.2 Volkswagen hatchback body, the Golf Country was an instant legend among VW fans. Coveted even in their home country, many are still in great shape and come up for sale today on German Ebay, such as today’s Tornado Red example:
Model: Golf Country
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 138,000 km (85,749 mi)
Price: €6,900 ($9,516.48 today)
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country on eBay.de
A vehicle which can not be compared with the others, as the paint is not faded and in very good condition. Driver’s seat is not torn and only shows light daily use. / / * EXCHANGE, TRADE-IN YOUR VEHICLE OR MORTGAGE LENDING, AND FINANCING POSSIBLE! * Changes, mistakes and prior sale reserved.All information without guarantee
You can find more offers on our website: www.derfaller.de
More details on the car can be found here
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Back when I owned a Mk.2, I was very excited to get a a GTi rear spoiler – that was, until I realized that it bolted through the rear window and I needed to purchase a new rear window, too. In hindsight, this probably would have been a cheaper and easier route to go! With double-sided adhesive tape, this Mk.2 Votex unit sticks onto the back of the car and is a rare, period correct accessory:
Model: Golf and GTi
Price: $290 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Votex Mk.2 Rear Spoiler on eBay
Very rare: NEW Rear Roof Spoiler with Clear 3rd Brakelight for all Golf Mk.2. This part was made by Votex/Germany and is not anymore in production for ages.
NEW in box with mounting hardware, brakelight, wiring and mounting instructions.
Fast shipping with DHL/Deutsche Post following payment.
There aren’t too many times that you can get a 30 year old accessory like this new in box, and for those looking to complete the ultimate Golf build this might just suit the need! At $290, this seems pretty reasonably priced given the rarity and new condition.
The Montana Green Mk.2 2.0 16V GTi has been a monster that has haunted my dreams since I first saw one. I’m not sure why it had such an impact on me, but it’s undeniable how much I love this car. Every time I see one for sale I try to figure out some way to justify not buying it and every time the argument becomes a little less convincing. Fortunately for me, today’s example isn’t “the one” that I’d get – because today’s example appears to be originally a 1.8 8V version which has had a serious motivation transplant in the form of the 2.8 VR6. Take a look:
Engine: 2.8 liter narrow-angle VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 100,000 mi
Price: $4,200 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen GTi on eBay
For sale is my 1992 RUST FREE GTI VR6. REAL GTI
1992 Montana green GTI This is NOT A CLONE it is a REAL GTI
Original paint expect for the front fenders ( the front fenders were replaced with euro fenders by previous owner)
VR6 5 speed Swap out of a Corrado, around 90,000 miles on it, runs and shifts good. ( driven daily)
Super Nice interior all in great shape. The drivers side seat has a small tear.
Super clean dash with no cracks.
Headliner is in perfect condition and sun roof works and doesnt leak.
Wind sheild has a few chips but all other glass is in great shape.
bilstein struts and lowering springs
4 Wheel disc brakes
Brand new radiator and starter!
New axles and MAF sensor, installed last spring
Speedometer and Instrument Cluster works perfect, everything is wired in and working including warning lights
New Corrado Radiator and Starter installed this year!
Volkswagen and Audi in the 1980s were an interesting bunch. Consistency in product was just not one of their strong suits, and consequently there are some strangely equipped “changeover” cars that made there way to the U.S.. My Coupe GT is one of these; a digital-dash equipped 1986 non-Commemorative Edition car, it’s one of those “off the books” cars. However, I’m not alone; I had a friend with a 1990 8V GTi that should have had the later “big bumpers” but didn’t. Today’s Jetta GLi must have also been a “Monday” car as well, since although it sports the 2.0 16V engine, it doesn’t have the 1990 aerodynamic bumpers that characterized the 2.0. Either way, it’s red, it’s got Recaros, and it’s got a 7,200 RPM redline:
Model: GLi 16V
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 109,000 mi
Price: $3,800 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 2.0 16V on eBay
A dying breed, an unmolested pre-93 Volkswagen is a rare find. An unmolested 16v GLI is even rarer. A favorite of VW enthusaists, the 16v GLIs and GTIs are the top level of performance offered in the MK2 (at least in the US). The 1990 model sported the 134 bhp 2.0 16v (it was 1.8L on earlier GLIs) mated to a quick ratio 5 speed gearbox making these cars are a blast to drive. The GLI also offered Recaro sport seats, BBS RA alloys and a GLI trim package that differentiated it from your every day GLI, Recaro Seats. 109K mileage, well maintained, new studded snow tires,sunroof w/ deflector. One small dent on left rear door, one small dent under trunk lid, one crack in windsheild on passenger side, right rear ext. door handle needs work.
Sellers, sellers, sellers…if you’re going to quote what makes your car special and then not have those items, don’t quote them.…
In my recent Jetta GLi post, I took a look at two late model Jettas that were around the same price as an earlier A2 Jetta GLi 16v. In that post, I claimed that the Jetta was the red-headed step-child of Volkswagen. Well, if that’s the case, here is the good son – the GTi. Acclaimed as the original of the “Hot Hatch” market, the original A1 GTi gained weight before it even hit U.S. shores and never stopped eating. Each generation gained weight, options and complexity – and to make up for that, VW kept upping the power. From the simple 1.6 8V the original sported, it was up to 1.8 liters by the time it hit U.S. shores – then a few years later, gained 8 more valves, than another .2 liters in 1990, and finally made the jump to the narrow angle VR6 with its mighty 2.8 liters pumping out nearly double the horsepower of the original. Despite the changes, each generation has been revered by it’s own group of enthusiasts, and it’s rare to find original condition GTis over 10 years old. Today we have two examples that are pretty original from two very different generations -a 1988 GTi 16v and a 1998 GTi VR6. Let’s start with the 1988:
Model: GTi 16v
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 169,700 mi
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Volkswagen GTi 16V at Experience Cars
1988 VOLKSWAGEN GTI, black, must see to appreciate. Very rare to find a GTI in this condition. runs and drives excellent. Alarm system, stereo abs brakes, air conditioning, alloy wheels, anti-lock brake system: 4-wheel abs, body style: hatchback 2-dr, cargo volume: 17.50 cu.ft., cassette player, curb weight-automatic: 2653 lbs, curb weight-manual: 2565 lbs, driver airbag, engine type: 2.0l l4 sohc 8v, front brake type: disc,front headroom: 37.50 in.,front hip room: 51.60 in.,front legroom: 42.30 in., front shoulder room: 54.00 in., front spring type: coil, front suspension: ind, fuel economy- city: 22 – 24 miles/gallon, fuel economy- highway: 29 – 31 miles/gallon, ground clearance: 4.80 in.,manual sunroof, maximum payload: 1072 lbs, maximum towing: 2000 lbs, overall height: 56.20 in., overall length: 160.40 in., overall width: 66.70 in., passenger airbag, passenger volume: 86.80 cu.ft.,power door locks, power windows, rear brake type: disc, rear headroom: 37.40 in., rear hip room: 52.10 in., rear legroom: 31.50 in., rear shoulder room: 54.60 in., rear spring type: coil, rear suspension: ind, rear window defogger, standard payload: 1072 lbs, standard seating: 5, standard towing: 2000 lbs, steering type: r&p, tachometer,tank: 14.50 gallon,tires: 195/60r14, track front: 57.50 in., track rear: 57.00 in., turning diameter: 32.80 in., wheelbase: 97.40 in., 169,700 miles, VIN: 1vwdc0176jv036393, Don’t miss our Big April Spring Cleaning Sale April 4-7th!