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.
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?
The Volkswagen Polo SP we featured last May is back up for sale in Iowa. Unlikely place for this non-US market car, but could make a great runabout for someone looking for a compact with a bit of estate car hauling capability.
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:
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.
Engine: 0.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 57,000 km (35,418 mi)
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.
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.
Model: Polo G40
Engine: 1.3 liter supercharged inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 43,780 mi
Price: £6,495 (~ $9,830 USD)
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.
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. Built in 1985. ORIGINAL 23,900 km driven by older lady until August 2011. Garage kept.
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.
I’ll forgive the seller’s enthusiasm, this is a pretty neat car.
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
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…
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.
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.