End of the Run: 1991 Volkswagen GTi 16v and 1992 Volkswagen GTi

There’s something that’s just so right about the 1990-1992 GTis. The bigger bumpers gave a chunkier, more menacing look than the 85-89 cars had, and the swap to the 4-headlight grill worked so well. More power and bigger, better BBS wheels made these the best GTis in the eyes of many VW faithful. By 1990, the GTi 16V had gotten fairly expensive so Volkswagen reintroduced a more budget-conscious 1.8 8 valve version. It wasn’t a total poseur, though – Volkswagen made an attempt to differentiate the entry level GTi from the standard Golf. With 105 horsepower on tap (5 more than the standard Golf) and a 5-speed close-ratio gearbox, they channeled a bit of the original A1 GTi even if they didn’t sing up high like the 16Vs did. There were other subtle differences between the 16V and 8V; externally, they looked very similar except that the 16Vs wore appropriate 16V insignia front and rear and on the slimmed down side moldings. The 16Vs also got the larger and wider BBS RM multi-piece wheels with wider flares, while the 8V model wore the 14″ “Teardrop” alloys that had previously been the signature of the 16V. Both now wore roof mounted antenna and integrated, color coded rear spoiler with 3rd brake lights and color coded mirrors, along with the aforementioned 4-headlight grill, deeper rocker panels and integrated foglights. The 16V got beefier Recaro Trophy seats, while the 8V was equipped with the standard sport seats. Both wore the same sport suspension. And, both models now had the passive restraint “running mouse” belts. Today we’ve got one of each to look at, so let’s start with the big brother:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen GTi 16V on Huntsville Craigslist

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Tuner Tuesday Un-pimp My Ride: 1992 Volkswagen GTi 16V G60

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. Specify it in Montana Green, and you’ve got the crowds drooling. Then someone goes and does this:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen GTi 16V G60 on eBay

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Mk.2 Volkswagen GTi Roundup

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

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1992 Volkswagen GTi 16V

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

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1992 Volkswagen GTi VR6 swap

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:

Year: 1992
Model: GTi
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

DETAILS:
1992 Montana green GTI This is NOT A CLONE it is a REAL GTI

Rust free

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.
16″ wheels
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!

Its ready to Drive and I drive this car daily to work. Im looking to go in another direction and that’s why it is for sale.

Again this car is RUST FREE, Floors are solid, the bottoms of the doors are solid, the hatch is solid, no rust holes anywere!

occasionally it smokes a little while it idles And the E-brake doesn’t work it will need cables replaced

So jump on your chance to own a rust free GTI! Euro plate is NOT sold with the car.

BODY:

The car has a Few scratches and some very small dents. The passenger rear body side molding is missing as well. Its an older car so please do not expect it to be

The Car is also Listed Locally for sale and I reserve the right to end the Auction at ANY TIME during this auction.

Call or TEXT with any questions or if you want to come see the car in person.

Alex (928)-533-0560
located in Canton,Ohio 44714

mileage on the body is Unknown—-

I have described the car to the Best of my knowledge. I have driven it for some time and it’s a lot of fun. I am selling the car were is and AS IS. It is your responsibility to come and inspect it before you bid to see if this car is right for you before you bid. If you win the auction. The car is yours. Shipping is YOUR COST and responsibility to arrange. I will not be delivering the car. I can help arrange pick up or possibly drive it to a location for pick up but the Buyer will be paying me for my time and Fuel to do so. The car is located in Ohio and please take the time to find out what shipping cost is from ohio before you bid. Again shipping is your cost. The title will not be released until all funds are in my hand for the complete purchase price. I have a clear title ready to go. Thanks for looking and happy Bidding

From memory, the Corrado transplant is the easier one to do into this chassis because they’re very similar. Overall the car looks pretty good but certainly not perfect. There are a few dents, the front fenders shade don’t quite match the rest of the car, the wheels are horrible, and there is some trim missing. To me none of those would be deal breakers, because I think this car is pretty reasonably priced at $4,200. Critical to Mk.2 GTis, there is no rust and the problems present couldn’t be overcome without a little work. I’m guessing from the amount of replaced parts in the front that it suffered a frontal impact, and the Mk.2 is a fairly soft chassis so I’d check out that it was straight before pulling the trigger. It’s not the car that haunts my dreams but I think it represents a neat way to get into a hot hatch that’s pretty unique.

-Carter