1993 Volkswagen Polo GT

The GT badge was one which appeared on Volkswagens in the late 1980s and early 1990s for the slightly less hot version of the GTI. My father purchased a 1987 Golf GT new, a Tornado Red two-door hatch that had the trimmings of the GTI with the familiar 8 valve, four-cylinder engine. It wasn’t a particularly fast car and was not without its problems, but I always appreciated the clean design of the Mk2 Golf. The same goes for the Mk2 Polo GT. It’s not exactly an exciting or exotic vehicle, but a clean design. It’s a car that could have done well and still could do well in the US market, speaking to those buyers who turned to the original Beetle for basic transportation. This 1993 example represents the final year for the Mk2 Polo and is currently on offer in Switzerland.

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Euro Breadvan: 1989 Volkswagen Polo C

Just like we saw with yesterday’s 928S4, there are specific dealers that have made a go of importation of vehicles from Europe that have passed the magical “25 year” rule. Most of what we have seen from this particular seller is of the BMW variety, and we’ve featured quite a few of their E30 Tourings as well as a wayward Volkswagen. While the photography is never as slick as the 928s looks, the photos are a bit more honest and the descriptions usually show the drawbacks. What you get is a good look at a model infrequently seen in the U.S.. However, in this case it’s one that will probably leave most people scratching their heads, as it’s a right-hooker 1.0 liter base Polo wagon. At least it’s a manual?

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Party Like It’s 1989 Week: ’89 Volkswagen Polo GT

Unlike some of the other rare iron that made the list for ready to import this year, the Volkswagen Polo is just a neat little car that we never got here in the U.S.. Similar to the original Scirocco, Audi 50 and original Golf that inspired its styling, the Polo Coupe was a slick looking hatchback that offered a little sport and a lot of economy. Indeed, as early as 1983 Volkswagen was experimenting with start/stop technology that would shut the engine down on the Polo to help save even a little more gas at red lights; technology that is just making its way to these shores today. The GT didn’t have that feature but gained a slick plaid interior, some neat alloys and a 4 headlight grill similar to the A2 GTi. Though a fairly basic car overall, it made good use of its light weight for a little sport and some style to many German’s commute. Today there is a nice condition 1989 for sale in Germany, ready to import:

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1981 Volkswagen Polo

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Stemming from the Audi 50 and built to be an ultra compact economy car, the VW Polo fits that bill perfectly. The only thing smaller than the size of the car is the displacement of the engine, a 0.9 liter carbed four cylinder. While it was an economy car at heart, VW used the Polo as a test bed for many of the technologies that made their way in to later cars, like the supercharged G40 which later grew in to the G60 found in the Golf Special, Rallye Golf, and stateside, the Corrado G60.

The Polo was never sold here in the states, but a few enthusiasts have brought them here, and every so often they pop up for sale. This clean low mile example for sale in York, Pennsylvania will insure that you stand out at the local VW show.

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Year: 1981
Model: Polo
Engine: 0.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 57,000 km (35,418 mi)
Price: $6,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1981 Volkswagen Polo on VW Vortex

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That time of year. Getting the urge to move onto something else. I have owned this car since 2007. It is a ton of fun and gets lots of looks, even from people that have no idea what it is. I am really looking for a fun car I can take the whole family in if I want.

1981 VW Polo imported from Germany.

0.9L 4cyl w/ 4spd transmission

Runs great, always starts reliably. Even after being in storage all winter. It does need a new heater core. It is currently out and the lines are looped. These do not require you to pull the dash, it is accessed under the rain tray. The body has some rust issues and shoddy repairs. All in all not bad, but is a 32 year old body. Interior only has one problem area on the driver side seat bolster. I have spare material that you could repair it with if desired.

It is lowered on a cup kit of some sort and has Borbet Type C 14″ wheels on it. Also have the stock steelies for it. I have a spare motor as well. A 1.3L with a VWMS manifold and twin weber carbs.

$6,500 OBO would consider trades for a E36 M3  Located in York, PA.

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As painfully slow as these cars are, they are a hoot to drive. Just allow plenty of time to merge on the highway, or any road for that matter. In reality though, you don’t buy a car like this for speed, it’s all about the rarity and the cool factor.  Having seen this car in person, I can tell you, it draws a crowd, and sparks conversations. The cool factor alone is worth its weight in gold, couple that with a legal Pennsylvania registration, and you have a pretty good deal at $6,500. Let’s face it, you couldn’t import this car for near that price.

-Brian

1992 Volkswagen Polo G40

When discussing the 1987 GTI we featured on Tuesday, Brian made an excellent point. Ever since the Mk2 version, Volkswagen has been trying to recapture the magic of the original GTI. Somehow, every generation seems to come up a bit short in one way or the other. A big reason for this is the size. When you put a Mk1 and MkVI GTI side by side, the difference is enormous. So naturally, with an increase in mass, you would lose a bit of the nimbleness in the process.

For years, though, Europe has had an answer to the larger, successive generations of Golf GTIs with their Polo supermini. A B-segment sized hatchback, Volkswagen has offered a hot version of this car throughout the years, beginning with this particular model, the Polo G40. Never shy to test out new technologies on mainstream vehicles (see recent Passat W8), the Polo G40 had a supercharged, 1.3 liter four cylinder engine, a 40mm version of the 60mm supercharged used in the Corrado G60. This provided this hot hatch with 115 horsepower and capable of the dash to 60 mph in just over eight seconds, modest by today’s standards, but still perfectly respectable.

With the first G40 being introduced in 1987, we might see a few of these trickle stateside eventually. This 1992 example has very low mileage and looks sharp in white with the black trim accents. A nice compliment to the white GTI Brian featured on Tuesday.

Year: 1992
Model: Polo G40
Engine: 1.3 liter supercharged inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 43,780 mi
Price: £6,495 (~ $9,830 USD)

1992 Volkswagen Polo G40

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MODEL HISTORY
The Polo G40 Coupe first made an appearance at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show, named the Polo GT G40 and based on the established Mk2 Polo. This concept was subsequently built by Volkswagen in 1985 with three prototype cars that set a number of world endurance speed records, such as the 1.3 litre class records for speed over 24 hours, and speed over a distance of 3,107 miles. A couple of years passed and in 1987 with the records tucked under their belts Volkswagen produced a limited production number of just 500 Mk2 G40s in left hand drive that became available to customers in Europe. With such a limited run, these examples sold out almost immediately with many being purchased internally by Volkswagen employees.

The Mk2 G40 was never officially available in the UK and it wasn’t until the face lift version of the Mk2 (Mk3 in the UK) was introduced. There were only minor specification changes including clear front indicators, tinted rear lights along with a new radio/cassette unit. Various other options were available such as front fog lamps and a sunroof. Volkswagen produced only 500 right hand drive G40 models for the UK, therefore becoming a rare sight on British roads these days. Together with their exclusivity and easy tuning potential, the Polo G40 has become exceptionally popular with collectors and enthusiasts alike, rightly earning its place in hot hatch history.

It was the engine that made the car so special. Volkswagen decided to equip the 1.3 engine with a supercharger for its immediate power delivery, rather than a turbo charger and its associated issues of cooling and turbo lag. Referred to by Volkswagen as the ‘G-Lader’ after the shape of its spiral displacer, the 1.3 G40 supercharged engine produced a maximum power output of 115 bhp at 6,000 rpm, and generated 109 lb ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. Performance figures now stood at an impressive 8.1 seconds (0-62mph) and a maximum top speed of 121 mph. With the increase in engine performance Volkswagen also equipped an uprated braking system that included 20mm ventilated front disc brakes, with ATE single-piston sliding calipers.

EQUIPMENT
Supercharger, Sunroof, Rear seat belts, CD player, Alloy wheels

EXTERIOR
This rare G40 is finished in Alpine white which makes for a great contrast with the black plastic wheel arch extensions and deep bumpers. After two days in our detailing studio the paintwork presents very well with a nice glossy shine. There are a couple of minor marks and imperfections consistent with the cars low mileage but nothing that detracts from the overall appearance. All of the plastic trim has held its colour and is free from scuffs or scratches. The glass and light lenses are all clean and free from chips or cracks.

INTERIOR
The interior of the G40 is first rate, the seats are very supportive and the driving position excellent as everything falls easily to hand. The seats show no wear to the fabric and there are no creases or sagging on the bolsters, the door trims are also well finished in matching fabric. None of the controls show any wear or damage and everything works as it should. The black carpets are unmarked throughout, the boot area is very clean and the rear parcel shelf is free from any after-market speakers.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The car has been owned for the majority of its life by the same chap who was a qualified engineer, this has kept all the mechanics in first rate order and you can really appreciate the attention to detail when driving the car as it feels very tight and precise. Since arriving at 4 Star the car has been fully inspected and serviced and is now ready to be enjoyed on those twisting B-roads.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This G40 has been fitted with a set of 14″ VW 5 spoke alloy wheels that are all in good condition bar a couple of minor curbing scuffs. The back tyres are about half worn and the fronts have been recently replaced and are showing minimal wear. The brakes are all in fine working order and pull the car up quickly in a straight line.

HISTORY FILE
This little G40 was first registered in August 1992 and stayed with its first owner for 2 years. It was then purchased by a Mr John Hawley, a keen car collector and engineer who kept the car in his garage for 19 years before passing it onto a friend of the family in 2011. Despite owning several other cars Mr Hawley kept the G40 in constant use clocking up a few thousand miles each year.

The car comes with lots of MOT certificates dating back to 1995 to fully verify the low mileage and quite a few of the old tax discs.

The asking price of nearly $10,000 USD is certainly eye watering for a sub Golf model, even if it is the hot version in mint condition. For most markets, right hand drive would be a detriment, but I’m guessing there are plenty of Volkswagen enthusiasts in the United Kingdom who would be interested in such a car, even if there are faster options out there for less money. I’d suspect maybe £1,000 to £2,000 off could be enough to entice the right buyer to take ownership.

-Paul

1986 Volkswagen Polo Coupe

We’ve all heard the stories about the little old lady from Pasadena, who owned a piece of classic American iron but rarely ever drove it. Well, how about die alte Dame aus Stuttgart ? What would she drive? Apparently a Volkswagen Polo MkII, like this example for sale in Deckenpfronn, southwest of the city that Mercedes-Benz and Porsche made famous. The second generation Polo bowed in 1981 and was available as a two door estate, two door notchback, or the 2 door hatchback, known as a coupe, such as our feature car. Offered were a variety of petrol and diesel engines, ranging from 1.0 liter to 1.4 liters.

Two interesting powerplants were offered during this generation. First, the was the supercharged 1.3 liter engine with 113 horsepower as seen in the Polo GT G40. This was a precurser to the later G60 engine that would appear in the Corrado and Golf. Second, there was a high fuel economy version called the Polo Formel E. This car featured longer gearing and a higher compression 1.2 liter petrol four cylinder engine. In a display of Volkswagen’s technical prowess, the Formel E also introduced start stop technology when it was released in 1983. If the engine idled for more than two seconds, it would shut off and automatically restart when the gear lever was moved from neutral. This function also had an override in the form of a switch on the dashboard.

From the description, this Polo appears to be a GL model with the 1.2 liter four cylinder engine, as it is stated as having 55 horsepower, which is close to the original 60 horsepower listed for that engine.

1986 Volkswagen Polo Coupe on eBay Deutschland

1986 Volkswagen Polo. Built in 1985. ORIGINAL 23,900 km driven by older lady until August 2011. Garage kept. Retrofitted catalytic, E-pollutant code no. 03. ORIGINAL, absolutely unused vehicle. TÜV August 2013 Checkbook (not complete) available. Vehicle in top condition, but because of age as a collector vehicle, offered without warranty.

At approximately $4,800 USD, this could be considered cheap for such a high quality vintage Volkswagen or pricey for what was the entry model Volkswagen of the era. While under 15,000 original miles is certainly impressive for any 1980s subcompact, one has to consider just how collectible a car like this is. If this were a Polo GT G40, it would certainly be more desirable. If one could procure this Polo for around $2,700 to $3,000, it would leave enough room for a rabid Volkswagen enthusiast to ship it here to the US and be the talk of the next show they went to.

-Paul

RHD 1982 Volkswagen Polo For Sale

I am a sucker for imported cars.  Somewhere in the rat trap that is my mind this equation exists, Euro stuff>Stuff we can get here.  It can be anything, if it comes from Europe is has to be better, right?  I mean why else would we be paying $1,000 for this?  OK, that I actually get.

Anyhow, here we have a 1982 Volkswagen Polo.  The owner states it is the only one in the states, which is, um, false.

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I’ll forgive the seller’s enthusiasm, this is a pretty neat car.

1982 Volkswagen RHD Polo:

From the seller –

“let me start off by saying the car runs and drives 110% very well kept never sleeps out side and turns heads everywhere…

i have all documentation clean New Jersey title in hand

i also have all dealer service records from points of origin

i am asking for best offer so don’t be shy make a offer that is respectful and you just mite be the proud owner of the only polo in the US from what i no

the car has 81000 miles on it every thing is original the only mods that i have done was..

1. side exit exhaust

2. 15″ bbs rs

3. music

it has a 1.3 liter motor and 4 speed Manual trans.”

As great looking as this car as this is, and it is beautiful.  It is packing a 1.3L mated to a 4 speed transmission.  That is going to be sluggish, like Zastava slow.  I can think of a lot of other cars I would rather drive for $10k.

But, it’s imported so by all means I completely understand the cool factor here.  Now, about that Jamon…

~Aaron.

 

1999 Volkswagen Polo 1.9 SDI Estate

Here’s another one of those “I wonder how it got here, who knows if it is legal” cars. The Volkswagen Polo was introduced in 1974 as a smaller alternative to the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta. Throughout the years it increased in size, however, even in the late 1990s, as we see with this example, it is a good bit smaller than the average Jetta/Bora estate. Also, with 64 horsepower, it is well off on the horsepower stats as well. Still, it is a neat and fuel efficient subcompact rarely seen here on these shores.

1999 Volkswagen Polo SDI Estate on eBay

Only Polo SDI Wagon in the US. Super low miles, euro car, clean and clear title. 1.9 Diesel engine, 5 speed manual transmission. Winter package, like a Golf TDI but is a wagon. Car achieves 60 mpg on the highway. Blaupunkt stereo, very cool car with a very cool history. More reliable and much more efficient than new TDIs. Will not last, being sold on a first come, first served basis.

We’ve seen that some states in this country that will accept non-US VIN numbers for titling purposes, such as the Audi S3 recently seen for sale in Colorado on Quattroworld. However, the S3 is similar enough to the S4 that it might have given regulators an excuse to turn a blind eye. The Polo…well, there was no related Volkswagen model sold here. If someone is able to work around the DMV and live in a state where laws are rather lax, salut. Your unique, German engineered gas miser awaits.

-Paul