1994 Porsche 968 Turbo S replica

There are rare Porsches, and then there are rare Porsches. Like the 944 Turbo Cup Paul wrote up recently, today’s 968 Turbo S replica is a car that very few will ever get to see and a fair amount of Porsche enthusiasts in the U.S. don’t even know exists. The ultimate streetable front engined Turbo coupe from the end of the run, the Turbo S took the 2.5 8V turbo inline-4 to new heights of power by utilizing the newer S2/968 3.0 block with the earlier 944 Turbo S bits on top. Power reached over 300, a healthy bump over the existing 944 turbo and 968 16v. But there were only a handful made – around twenty between racing and street versions, making it one of the rarest Porsches ever made. This means you’re not likely to see one anytime soon – making the prospect of owning this replica much more appealing:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 968 Turbo S Replica on eBay

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4WD Week: 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country

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:

Year: 1991
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

Vehicle description:
Interior blue,

Alloy Wheels

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
Contact:
the faller + co. impex euro cars OHG
Phone: +49 (0) 7131 941 060
eMail: faller@mobile.de
Contacts:
the faller + co. impex euro cars OHG

Neckarsulmer Str 21
DE-74076 Heilbronn

Phone: +497131941060
Fax: +497131941062
eMail: faller@mobile.de

Commercial register: Heilbronn / Neckar
Location Trade:. HRA 103587

VAT ID. according to § 27a sales tax law:
DE811601230

Authorised representative: Stephen Faller / Edwin Urs Mallets

Tornado Red has to be one of the rarer colors on the Golf Country, as many were black or period toothpaste-green. If you caught our Facebook teaser photo yesterday, you saw the parts that made up the Golf Country – more than just a few brush guards, it included revised springs and shocks, frame rail protection and skid plates and more – a total of 438 parts. That resulted in a pretty high price for the Country – but that didn’t seem to deter buyers. This particular example doesn’t have the heavily bolstered sport seats but otherwise is fully equipped and looks to be in stellar shape. Still a few years from legal importation, these are high on the VW Mafia’s hit-list to grab as soon as the government says “go” so expect prices to crest around 2015-2016 when they start coming over. For now, they’re still not particularly cheap – $9,500 will buy you most any Golf model you want in the U.S. – but none of them will be a Golf Country, and for some folks there is no substitute.

-Carter

Tuner Tuesday: 1995 Porsche 911 RS Tribute

They say God is in the details, and if that is the truth than this car must certainly be holy. For 993 fans, it may just be the Holy Grail – a car that was never offered in great quantity or in the United States at all. Similar to yesterday’s 993 Carerra RSR, the Supercup version of the car had a roadgoing derivative as well – the Carrera RS and RS Clubsport. While the RS took the normal “add lightness” route, the RS Clubsport was an out-of-the-box race car, replete with roll cage and all amenities removed. Not content that these cars should remain out of U.S. hands, several copies of the RS and RS Clubsport cars have been made, but perhaps none as exacting as today’s Riviera Blue 1995:

Year: 1995
Model: 911 RS Clubsport
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: “1” mi
Price: $145,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 RS Clubsport Replica on eBay

1995 Porsche 911 993 Carrera RS Clubsport “Tribute”

The 993 Carrera RS Clubsport is the ultimate of all naturally aspirated air cooled 911′s. There are even fewer Clubsports built by Porsche than the RS it is based off of.

The Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport is a lightweight variant of the Porsche 993 Carrera, and a lighter version of the RS. This RS version in particular is a track-oriented Carrera RS Clubsport with only limited road usability. It features a naturally aspirated 3.8 liter engine with 300 hp. On the outside, it is easily distinguishable by a special non-retractable rear wing, small front splitter and 3-piece 18” aluminum wheels. The headlight washers were also deleted for additional weight savings. On the inside of an original Clubsport, the rear seats were removed, carpet removed, all power functions including radio, power locks, have been removed and two racing seats and flat door panels were installed. Sound proofing was eliminated completely.

The Porsche 911 Carrera RS Clubsport was produced in model year 1995 and 1996. It was street legal in European and many other countries, but was not exported to the US.

This Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport Tribute Re-Creation started off as a base model 993. This vehicle was the perfect candidate to convert into a rare sought after clubsport; the shell / tub is in great condition with no previous repairs or damage.

All parts used on this specific build are all original Porsche parts. Since many items from the 993 RS Clubsport are very hard to find or NLA, tracking them down was not easy. Every bolt, nut, washer, clip, hardware is brand new from Porsche Germany. Not one single component was left used or untouched. The vehicle was completely stripped down and rebuilt new with 0 miles. This vehicle is a rebuilt title due to previous water damage before the build up, the tub is clean with no accident or body damage history, it was never touched. View the project page on our website tunersmotorsports.com to see the before and after including the media blasting process.

The original 993 RS Clubsport was built mostly for track use, and were never imported to the US for street legal use. This RS Clubsport recreation however is intended to be used both on street and track, giving the owner the opportunity to enjoy this vehicle anywhere!

This Clubsport Tribute started off as a clean, base model Porsche 993 Carrera 2 Coupe. The entire vehicle was stripped down to its bare galvanized frame and built from the ground up. All parts on this vehicle are original Porsche Carrera RS parts, giving it a true “tribute” title to it. It took many years to gather all of the original parts from all over the world to complete this vehicle to near exact specifications that the factory would deliver back in 1995. Not one nut, bolt, seal went un-touched. The entire suspension was overhauled with original RS components, JIC Cross RS Coil overs, factory cup adjustable sway bars and every nut and bolt was replaced with factory new. The engine and transmission were reconstructed with new components; the engine built into a 3.8L and the transmission assembled with steel synchronizers, a lightweight flywheel and racing clutch. This RS also sports a super cup exhaust system, custom x-pipe, and original exhaust manifolds modified to eliminate heat exchangers. The brakes were upgraded to the “big reds”, 322mm front and 299mm rear, steel braided lines, cross drilled vented rotors and Pagid pads.

On the exterior of this tribute, the vehicle features a functional original rear plastic wing, original front lower spoiler, original RS side rocker panels, original front aluminum lightweight hood, original lightweight European doors, original lightweight rear thin glass and door windows. The RS Clubsport has been painted Riviera blue, a color from the era, in a single stage paint. The front and rear bumpers were converted to original European with the added original RS front air ducts and clear lenses, and European amber tail lights to compliment the rear. The roof panel was also removed during the build, and a light-weight carbon fiber panel was installed. Take notice as well that this RS has original center lock system installed, with original Speedline cup center lock wheels for Porsche, a rare find.

Getting to the interior of this vehicle; the original RS Clubsport from Porsche came naked, no carpet, no accessories with a full weld-in 6 point roll cage. The roll cage is to near-exact specifications that Matter cages installed into the original vehicles in the 90’s. This RS followed the same concept, but instead it was opted to have a lightweight RS carpet installed for a more “street-able” feel. Two Recaro Pole Position seats with alcantara centers and blue stitched leather match the blue stitched leather center console with original RS 6 speed aluminum and leather shifter and a blue stitched alcantara dashboard. The roof liner and side panels were done in alcantara as well. Vehicle features a completely functional original A/C system for hot climate areas.

This RS Clubsport is as close to an original RS from the time as you can get. The feel, looks and overall quality of the build resembles factory new.

1st place winner peoples choice 993/964 class

3rd place winner Judge Concours 993/964 class “wash and shine”

at the 50th anniversary PCA Gold Coast Region Mandarin “Porsches by the Bay”

ENGINE / TRANSMISSION
3.8L Naturally Aspirated Air Cooled Engine
3746 cc, stroke 76.4mm, bore 102mm
aluminum crankcase and cylinder heads
GT2 / TT Connecting Rods and hardware
dry sump lubrication system
964 Cylinder Heads with some extra attention to get the most out of them
RS Spec camshafts
sequential multi point-fuel injection
two stage resonance intake manifold, one central inlet air duct
dual spark ignition
Crankshaft balanced
6 speed G50 transmission with steel synchros
limited slip differential 40/65%
Engine control management flashed to RS 3.8L
Lightweight flywheel, performance clutch and pressure plate
Original 993 RS / Cup 72Liter Fuel Tank

Modified exhaust manifolds (heat exchange delete)

Custom X-Pipe (no catalytics)

Fabspeed SuperCup Exhaust

SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Original Porsche RS Suspension (control arms and links)
Original non-power assisted steering rack from the 993 Cup car
JIC Cross Adjustable Coilover Suspension w/Front Camber Plates
Front / Rear Adjustable Sway Bars
Complete corner-weight balance for maximum weight distribution
Porsche Brembo Big Red Brake Kit, Front/Rear with Pagid Brake Pads
Steel braided brake lines, fluid flushed with Castrol SRF
993 RS ABS Pump
993 RS Brake Master Cylinder Assembly

INTERIOR
Complete FIA approved design cage, 6 point weld-in (993 Clubsport Style with single door bar)
Original RS Lightweight Door Panels with red pull straps
Original RS Lightweight Carpeting (black)
Carrera RS Embroidered front floor mats
Original RS Crank windows
Original RS 6 speed shifter
Original RS Radio delete plate
Original RS European Glove Compartment
Two Recaro Pole Position Seats (manual sliders), blue stitched leather with Alcantara Suede centers
6 point red Sabelt Harnesses (hans friendly)
Original 993 Seat Belts (for street use)
Center console wrapped in blue stitched leather
Dashboard wrapped in blue stitched Alcantara Suede
Roof liner wrapped in black Alcantara Suede
MOMO Suede 350 steering wheel with SuperCup Series center cap
This vehicle DOES have Air Conditioning, Original parts
Original 993 RS Cup Manual Extinguisher

EXTERIOR
Single stage urethane Riviera Blue Paint (interior / exterior)
Original 993 RS Cup Center Lock Kit
Original 993 RS Cup Speedline 18” 3-piece center lock wheels
Original Porsche 993 RS Cup Aluminum Hood
Original Porsche 993 RS Cup Rear Plastic Spoiler
Original Porsche 993 RS Cup Side Skirts
Original Porsche 993 RS Cup Front Splitter
Sunroof deleted, Carbon Fiber roof panel installed
Halogen headlamp assemblies
Original Porsche 993 RS Front Brake Air Dams (fog light delete)
Original Porsche 993 RS Side Marker Lights
Original Porsche 993 RS Front White Side Lamps
Original Porsche 993 RS “thin” rear glass
Headlamp washer system removed
European windshield washer reservoir

VIDEO WALK AROUND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOZ6hRfXtkA

See the entire project build from day 1 to completion here: http://tunersmotorsports.com/?portfolio=1995-porsche-993-rs-clubsport-re-creation

The level of detail on this car is pretty impressive – all OEM parts or at least OEM replicated parts means this was both an extensive and expensive build. I’d recommend visiting the TuneRS Motorsport link to see where the car came from and how it was built; it is certainly impressive. Really the only item which is out of place but not unwelcome are the Supercup-spec center lock wheels. They’re great looking and suit the design perfectly, though the original came with 5-bolt versions of the wheels as seen on the Turbo 3.6 in the U.S.. Price? If you have to ask, it’s going to be a lot, and $145,000 for a 993 generation Porsche sure seems like a lot. However, real RS Clubsports hover in the 180,000 Euro range and getting them to the U.S. would certainly be difficult. Further, though I haven’t priced out the parts listed here my guess is that a solid chunk of the asking price would be eaten up just by ordering them all. Just as with the 4000 Quattro from yesterday, then, you’d probably be silly to try to replicate this vehicle as I’m not sure you’d come out significantly better off for all of your aggravation. That, and this one is achingly beautiful. Hats off to TuneRS for making one heck of a piece of Porsche art.

-Carter

Motorsport Monday: 1997 Porsche 993 RSR 3.8

In the mid to late 1990s, you had to be a pretty die-hard fan of endurance racing to still be watching. Long gone were the Group C battles and while racing was on the verge of another revolution with the “stock” GT1 cars from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, it would be another few years until the zenith of that as well. Quietly in the background, if you were paying attention, another chapter in endurance racing was coming to a close with the very last air-cooled Porsche factory cars being produced. They went out with a bang, too – with the monster 993 3.8 RSR and GT2 Evo turbocharged models being some of the fastest non-silhouette 911s ever produced. They didn’t make many of them for sure and they’re quite rare to see, but today one of the last is for sale, and reported to be the only black one ever produced:

Year: 1997
Model: 993 RSR 3.8
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $ 265,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Porsche 993 RSR 3.8 on Race-Cars.com

This is one of a few 1997 Porsche RSR 3.8 race cars that were shipped to the U.S. in 1996. This car was delivered to Atlanta in December of 1996. This car is number 13 and is the only black RSR made. Since it is the only black car ordered Porsche made this car last. This car was also ordered as a narrow body. We have all of the papers from the time we ordered the car. The car raced at the Daytona 24 Hr. in 1997,98,99 and 2000. Raced in the Sebring 12 Hr. in 1998. The car now has been mechanically rebuilt and track ready. Engine and trans was rebuilt by Jerry Woods Ent. in anticipation of racing in another 24 hr. race. Don,t miss out on a chance to own one of the last air cooled Porsche Built race cars.
History
Daytona 24 Hrs;1997,1998,1999,2000 Sebring 12 Hrs;1998 LasVegas;1997 Pikes Peak International;1997

Performance Data

Class: GTU,GT3
Weight: 2600 lbs

Engine

Engine Builder: Porsche
Type: RSR
Displacement: 3.8
Horsepower: 400
Induction: Fuel injection

Fuel System

Fuel Cell
Manufacturer: Fuel Safe
Age: 1996
Capacity: 28 Gal
Fuel Pump: Bosch
Fuel Type: Racing

Oil/Water System

Radiator: Porsche

Electrical System

Ignition: Porsche

Transmission

Manfacturer: Porsche

Rear End

Manufacturer: Porsche

Body

Construction: Steel tub,roof and rear fenders,Fiberglass front fenders and bumpers
Color: Black
Condition: original, patina

Chassis

Type: Tub
Builder: Porsche
Front Suspension: 993
Rear Suspension: 993
Brakes: RSR,993 turbo
Steering: Power
Wheels: BBS,Speedline
Tires: Pirelli

Interior

Color/Finish: Black
Fire System: Front to rear
Restraints: Original 5 point
Guages: VDO Porsche RSR
Steering Wheel: MOMO
Condition: original

Spares

Speedline wheels with rain tires
Every thing we have for this car goes with it.
BBS wheels with dry tires
All original RSR parts from doors to pistons.
Refueling rig.

The car has been modified both from it’s original delivery configuration – narrow RS body to RSR, and then again from the original colors it ran in 1997. That’s not surprising given that most of these cars change hands a few times once they’re not the latest and greatest. The condition overall appears good, though no mention is made of major crashes or damage, something if you’re into one of these you’d want to know. It is nice that despite the modifications all the original RSR parts go along with the car as that’s a fair amount of the value. As this car wasn’t particularly sucessful, that it does not appear in it’s original configuration probably has less impact on the value than it would if the car were a proven race winner. Still, for a non-winning car the asking price is steep; $265,000 would allow you to pretty easily replicate this car, though you wouldn’t have the factory Porsche Motorsport history. Perhaps that doesn’t matter to you, but it will undoubtedly matter to the individual who buys this car and will be willing to pay close to ask price.

-Carter

2008 Audi TT 3.2 6-speed

A few weeks ago, I wrote up a R32 Showdown in which I came to the conclusion that I didn’t really want either vehicle. I was mad at myself for coming to that place, but it was the reality of the platform. For me, what was missing was the manual option and 4 door option from the Mk.5 chassis car. It’s something that, generally, I associate with not being available on the later cars. Of course, what I was completely missing in that equation was the briefly available second-generation TT, which could be ordered with a 3.2 coupled to a 6-speed manual. For a while, this was the quickest of the Golf-platform cars you could buy. If you’re not into turbocharging and love the VR6 power delivery, these remain a great option to the R32; if anything, slightly more stealthy, much better looking and an impressive package all around:

Year: 2008
Model: TT
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 89,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Audi TT 3.2 V6 on eBay

AWESOME 2008 AUDI TT 3.2L COUPE 6-SPEED MANUAL!

I purchased this car new in August of 2007 from Flemington Audi in Flemington, NJ and it is in beautiful condition. It has always been kept in a garage, always filled with name-brand gas, always dealer-serviced and nobody has ever smoked while riding in it. It has never been in an accident of any kind. Its exterior color is “Brilliant Black” with dark grey leather/Alcantara interior. You can pick through the equipment list (see the picture of the window sticker) but here are some highlights:

3.2 liter 250 hp engine, AWD (obviously)

6-speed manual transmission

18” wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Tires (replaced 20,000 miles ago at 69,192 miles on the Odo) (Lot’s of tread left- see pic).

Bi-Xenon Adaptive (steering) headlights

The car has a build in Bluetooth voice-dial system which works great with my iPhone 4s. It allows me to dial numbers and names by voice command and works really well. The phone conversation sound through the car stereo is excellent.

ESP, ASR, ABS, TPS

LED turn signals, turn signals built into side mirrors

Heated 10-way-motorized sport seats (awesome!)

9-speaker, 140 watt sound (and it does sound very good!)

Auto-dimming mirror, automatic windshield wipers

2+2 seating and fold down rear seats (I have no problem putting skis or my full-size road bike in this car with the front wheel off)

Lot’s of airbags (never needed, thank goodness)

This car came with a really lame “iPod Interface” which I paid $250 for and is basically worthless. I have had a harness installed that plugs into my iPhone and lets me charge and play music, podcasts, etc. through the stereo. I have also designed and built a flexible “stalk” mount to hold my phone, but I’m taking that with me. You get to keep the cable harness for your phone. I will cover the four tiny holes I drilled with four small black screws, so that will look fine.

I have all documentation (including manuals, the window sticker and service records and these will be turned over to you

I’m pretty fussy about all of my stuff, so this car has been kept up pretty meticulously.

I have included pictures of the odometer reading and VIN number.

I have gotten up to 28 mpg on the one or two long highway trips I have taken with this car. Its main use is for daily commuting to work- 30 miles each way- and I usually get about 21 mpg. The original EPA rating was 17/24 (see pic).

Current mileage (as of 11/15/2013) is 88,931 miles. VIN # TRUDD38J681011195

Why am I selling it? Because I am a manual transmission fanatic. If I wait another couple of years before buying my next car, there may be no more manuals left. As it is, I could no longer replace this car with a new manual TT. (The ONLY manuals left in the US Audi line are the base level A4, the R8, and the S4. And yes I am replacing this car with a new S4. You might have noticed that I have become a pretty big Audi fan).

Here’s what works on this car: Everything‼

Here’s what you should know is not perfect:

Yes, I have scuffed the wheels a few times against curbs. I’ve tried hard not to, but you know how that goes. (My wife says it just looks stupid to leave the car 3 feet from the curb). It’s pretty minor- see the wheel pic for a typical scuff.

There is a small ding on the passenger-side door at the crease right below the mirror. If you look closely at the pic, you can see it.

There is some scuffing on the corner of the rear bumper below the crease. I tried to get it in the photo but it really doesn’t show.

There is some minor road rash (white specks) along the front bumper as there would be on any car that is 6 years old

There is some light scuffing damage on the edge of the driver’s side seat leather. This is from me sliding against it every time I get into the car. (see the picture). It probably could be polished back to new by someone who knew what they were doing.

It is due for a routine service (basically just oil-and-filter and a bunch of checking). Factory service was done at Flemington Audi every 10,000 miles per requirements.

Repairs that have been done on this car:

The dealer fixed a minor windshield rattle under warranty
the was a recall/fix involving the fuel tank
a dead audio amp was repaired under warranty
a bad ESP sensor was repaired under warranty
a headlight bulb was replaced
a serpentine drive belt self-destructed and damaged a pulley and tensioner (at 62k miles)
the driver’s side window mechanism was replaced (at 65k miles)
front brake pads and rotors were replaced at 76k miles. I believe brakes were also replaced earlier but I can’t find a record on that.
routine dealer servicing was performed every 10,000 miles up to 75,000 miles

I am a straight-shooter, and you can bid with confidence. I have bought and sold on EBay many times over the years (including a couple of cars) and I have never received any real negative feedback whatsoever. (I once received “negative feedback” for not posting feedback on an item that I bought, but EBay does not allow that kind of nonsense any longer.)

I will require cash or a bank cashier’s check and ID at pickup. I require a deposit of $1,500 by cash, bank cashier’s check, or Paypal within 48 hours after the auction closes. You must pay the balance and pick up the car within 7 days after the auction closes.

The “sunset” pics may be a bit over the top, but I had fun taking them and thought you might enjoy seeing them too!

The TT must be picked up in person in Pennington, NJ. You will have to bring plates to drive it home.

When you come to pick up the car, I will be happy to go with you for a drive on a variety of nearby roads. If this drive shows up any mechanical problems, I will return your deposit and you will be under no obligation to buy the car.

Other than this caveat, however: If you are the winning bidder on this car, you are legally obligated to follow through on the purchase!

MY RESERVE PRICE IS $18,450 ON THIS CAR. I AM NOT WILLING TO TAKE ANY LESS FOR THIS CAR. SURE, IF NOBODY WILL PAY THAT PRICE AFTER ANOTHER LISTING OR TWO, I WILL LOWER THE PRICE, BUT I BELIEVE THIS IS A FAIR PRICE FOR A MANUAL TT IN THIS CONDITION.

If you have any questions, please email me. Good luck on your bidding.

Carl

A few years ago I had a student at a BMW High Performance Driver’s Education that had a second generation TT; in that case, it was a 2.0T front wheel drive. The event was at Lime Rock Park, and the student was doing well and building speed throughout the day. One particularly dangerous corner that catches many drivers out is “West Bend” – a fast sweeper that you can quickly run out of grip and track on. In my track-prepared GT, it’s a max 85 mph curve and that feels pretty scary at that. In my students bone-stock TT, we were approaching the corner at the best part of 90 mph. In my head, I did some quick math, and as I said “brake brake brake” I prepared for the worst; trailing throttle oversteer, and we were going to crash. Quickly I tucked my hands under my legs and hoped as the student turned in to the corner at 90 off-throttle. What happened? Nothing. I felt the car twitch a hair, and the stability management sorted out that we did, in fact, want to come out the other side of the corner, and there it was – the car drove through the corner. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t the fast way though, but the car saved us from certain impact. To this day, I’m convinced if we were in any non-stability car we would have hit the wall – hard. That’s how impressive this car is in stock form.

For those who suggested the original TT was too tame or not sporty enough, you haven’t been for a ride in a second generation TT. It’s not a Cayman or a Miata, let’s be clear, but it is simply a great drive. Couple that with one of the best naturally aspirated engines Volkswagen made and a 6-speed manual and that’s a recipe for fun. The second generation TT stepped up a more mature styling, which on these 3.2s is nicely set off by the fantastic looking multi-spoke Speedline made wheels. The price for this fun is listed as $18,500 – not the cheapest of these that I’ve seen, but they’re not exactly common. Still, it’s less money than the asking price on most of the Mk.V R32s I’ve seen, and while the package isn’t quite the same I’d have to say I think I’d choose the TT over the R32, all things being equal. If I’m going to pay $20,000 for a used Golf, I’d really like to feel special; the TT does that, while flying lower on the radar and not grabbing all the boy-racer attention. For me, that’s a win!

-Carter

Wednesday Wheels: Abt Sportline A4/A9 3 piece wheels

I’ve always been a big fan of the Speedline-built Abt wheels. For whatever reason, I just think they fit perfectly on Audis. In particular, I think these would look just perfect on a mid-90s S4/S6 or later A4 – maybe in a pinch even on a Ur-Quattro. The three piece, five spoken design is classic:

Year: 2006
Model: Abt A4/A9 3 piece
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 35
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $2,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Abt Sportline A4 wheels on eBay

Very Rare ABT Wheels.
ABT A4 (Same as A9)
8×17 5×112 ET35
Good overall condition. Come as pictured.

While it’s true these are quite rare wheels, I just can’t see the pricing being in line with the condition presented. I mean, if you’re going to ask over top dollar for wheels, you could at least clean the backs and throw a coat of wax on the wheels! The fronts also need some work and there is no mention if the centercaps are included or if the wheels are straight; a few too many questions at the ask price in my mind. However, they’re a rare set of neat wheels, perfect for Audi fitment!

-Carter

Tale of two Audis: 2000 A4 1.8T Quattro Avant and and 2000 A6 2.7T 6 Speed

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We feature a fair amount of “S” versions of Audis, but there are some great options if you’re not looking for the flash or repair bills of the bigger brother models. In some cases, I really think these models will be collectable or at very least sought after in the future. They’re also a stark reminder of what we’ve lost in the past decade, because in their own way each of these cars has been discontinued in the United States by Audi. Today we’ll look at the last of the manual A6s, a C5 2.7T A6 Quattro 6 speed and a reminder to when Audi imported small wagons with a B5 1.8T Quattro Avant 5 speed. They’re also stellar deals below $6,000. Let’s start with the 6 speed sedan:

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Year: 2000
Model: A6 2.7T Quattro
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 128,500 mi
Price: $ 4,994 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Audi A6 2.7T Quattro 6 speed on eBay

2000 AUDI A6 QUATTRO! 2.7T, AWD, 6 SPEED, MANUAL, SPORT, MUST SEE!

This car strikes me as a great deal and fairly undervalued. At $5,000, this is a lot of car, effectively a S4 in a more dignified suit. The 6 speed manual A6s are a joy to drive and really the last of the breed, as the manual option was completely discontinued in the U.S. after this model. With nearly 130,000 miles I’d expect some repairs in the future, but even given a healthy repair budget this car still is a lot of value for the money. $5,000 would get you into an S4, but that car would likely have close to 200,000 or more miles and throws a very different vibe than the A6. As I said in previous posts, this car is really the spiritual successor to the much-loved C4 S4/S6 and deserves more respect than the market gives it. Looking for something a little smaller and more versatile? How about a B5 A4 wagon?

The B5 saw the introduction to U.S. shores of the small Audi wagon; a decade on, Audi has decided that all roads lead to Allroads and has removed this option from our pallet. That’s a shame, because for a while the A4 really cornered the small sporty wagon category. Equipped with the V6 these were sedate and luxury-oriented tourers, but with the 1.8T and manual, the A4 felt small and drove more like a GTi. If anything, the weight of the Avant over the rear wheels really helps out balancing some of the understeer inherently dialed into the Audi platform:

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Year: 2000
Model: A4 Quattro Avant
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 129,700 mi
Price: $ 5,499 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Avant on eBay

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2000 Audi A4 5dr Wgn 1.8T Avant Man Quattro AWD Wagon
Internet Special
2000 AUDI A4 1.8T AVANT TURBO WAGON QUATTRO B5 5SPEED NAVIGATION KW COILOVER APR

With some modifications to this already-Sport package equipped wagon, this is a desirable package. The APR goodies will up the power and make this car more fun, the KW coilovers are great in the twisties, and while black isn’t the option that I’d choose this car certainly looks great. I love the Speedline-option wheels for the sport package; as one of our readers noted they suit the design very well and look great while not standing out too much. Unfortunately this dealer hasn’t provided many photos of this car, but it’s priced below most of the market for similar mile A4 Avants, and like the A6 even factoring in some maintenance this appears to be a solid package for a daily driver with some spirit.

Honestly, I’d have a hard time choosing between these two; I love the A6’s combination of speed and style but the C5 chassis is not my favorite looker. On the other hand, I think the B5 A4 was better looking than the B6 that replaced it, but I’d really like to see more photos of this Avant before putting a bid on it. At these prices, though, either one seems like a good package and lots of fun. Which would you choose?

-Carter

Wednesday Wheels: Quattro Audi Favorites

Much like Volkswagen, Audi went from a fairly conservative wheel lineup through 1995 to some of the best looking wheels on the market. Consequently, there have been countless knockoffs that have sprouted up at budget prices; they always look appealing price wise, but never seem to perfectly replicate the original wheels. For my money and car, I’d always choose the OEM options over the replicas, which means looking to the used wheel market instead of brand new wheels – luckily, there are lots of folks who like to remove their high-quality great looking wheels for something…well, not OEM. Take a look at today’s offerings from Audi then:

Year: 2002-2003
Model: RS6 Celebration
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8.5″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 30
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $1,099 Buy It Now

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4 Genuine OEM Audi RS6 wheels off of my Black RS6 (I am riding on black Aftermarket wheels).

All Center caps are included (normally $70 each at Audi Dealership – I had to buy one for this listing)

These must go – I need to pay a bill or two.

TO CHECK PRICING – LOOK AT THIS AUCTION FOR 1 WHEEL – http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-OEM-Audi-RS4-2003-RS6-18-18×85-ET30-Wheel-Rim-4B3601025R-/161064533900

YOU CAN HAVE A MATCHING SET FOR A GREAT DISCOUNT!!

The RS4 and RS6 wheels are undoubtedly one of the most knocked-off designs, and poor quality versions adorn everything from budget beater A4s to Golfs. Audi even knocked off it’s own wheel, with the “Celebration” wheel that appeared on both the A4 and S8, but the real deal big-offset wheels are the ones to get if you can fit them. These are great looking wheels with only a light amount of damage at a great price. Looking for something a little better and more cutting edge? How about these S5/RS4 wheels:

Year: 2009+
Model: S5/RS4
Diameter: 19″
Width: 8.5″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 32
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 255-35-19
Price: $2,995 Buy It Now

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OEM 19×8.5 INCH RIMS WITH 32 OFFSET
WHEELS ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION
NO CURB RASH ON THESE WHEELS!
ABSOLUTELY NO DINGS SCRAPES ETC.
THESE WHEELS ARE IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION! DO NOT SETTLE FOR LESS! THESE RIMS ARE A+
COMES WITH OEM AUDI CENTER CAPS AS PICTURED
COMES WITH FACTORY TPMS SENSORS (TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM)
TIRES ARE 255/35/19 DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX GT. 2 TIRES HAVE ABOUT 90% TREAD REMAINING AND 2 HAVE ABOUT 75% TREAD REMAINING
SHIPPING: FEDEX GROUND
NO INTERNATIONAL, ALASKA, HAWAII, OR P.O. BOX SHIPPING.. 48 STATES ONLY
MONEY-BACK QUALITY GARAUNTEE* *MINUS RE-STOCKING FEE IF RETURNED AND BUYER PAYS RETURN SHIPPING
ANY QUESTIONS, JUST ASK!

Big, big, big. These wheels are aggressive and great looking. They really help to set the S5 apart from the competition, and look fantastic dressing up earlier S models. Speedline manufactured these wheels so they’re assured to be high quality. A bit too aggressive? How about a set of the popular S4 and S5 “Peelers”:

Year: 2012
Model: S5 S-line “Peelers”
Diameter: 19″
Width: 9″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 33
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi S5 S-line Wheels on eBay

I have a nearly brand new set of 19″ OEM Audi factory SLINE speedline wheels for sale that were recently removed from a Audi S5. The 2008 forward A5 and S5 vehicles use a lower offset (33mm) hence these wheels will fit the RS4 and RS6 vehicles as well. Additionally the Q5 uses a 33mm offset so these are perfect for Q5 as well. These wheels are a great way to update/upgrade your car while improving the appearance and increasing the value of your car. OEM Audi center caps will be included.

Wheels: 9X19, offset is 33mm

The wheels are in excellent condition with no curb scrapes. They have the original OEM factory “hyper-silver” finish and have not been refinished. There are a few tiny little marks simply from moving/storing them but they are near mint. Bolt pattern is 5X112 and the offset is 33mm. I receive a substantial fedex shipping discount which I pass onto you so shipping will be between $30 -$35 per wheel within the U.S. and if outside the U.S. please contact me. If you need the wheels sooner don’t hesitate to contact me. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. If you want to see them in Newport Beach, CA please contact me. Free local pickup.

These wheels are also pretty aggressive but a tad more understated than the split RS wheels. The “Peeler” design has appeared now on all of the S and RS variants, and even has been slightly modified and reborn on the Golf R in the “Talledega”. Honestly, they all look great. Like the last set, they are Speedline made so high quality. These appear to be as close to new as possble, so it’ll be interesting to see where they end up. Too big for your roads? How about some evergreen Avus wheels:

Year: 2005-2007
Model: S4 “Avus”
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 45
Condition: Used
Tires: Included, Worn
Price: $1,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi S4 Avus Wheels on eBay

For Sale: OEM Avus Wheels

In great condition.
Tires will be included for free for shipping. Cannot guarantee tread condition.

Fits: 2004-2005 Audi A4 S4
Fits other 5:112 Audi’s and VW’s.
Confirm Offset with your dealer.

Additional Parts available, please contact for details.

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These are a perrenial favorite amongst Audi folks, and appear on many earlier models. There are several different versions of the Avus wheel (I count 6, I believe) but they’re all great in their own ways. They’ll dress them up any older big-body Audi you can fit them on, and even some Volkswagens. Tonal manufactured these wheels and they’re fairly high quality. These appear to be in pretty good condition overall but are a tad bit pricey honestly, I’d hold out for a set for a few hundred dollars less.

Which are your favorites?

-Carter

Wednesday Wheels – Super Stars from Porsche

If you thought last week’s BBS post was a bit of a basket case, today we’re going to look at another popular style of wheel – this time, 5 spoke wheels that are always popular on Porsches. I’ve picked some of the most popular styles that have adorned several different generations so hopefully there is something you like here. Let’s start out with a great set of “Sport Classic” Fuchs replicas:

Year: 2005-2011
Model: Sport Classic (Fuchs)
Diameter: 19″
Width: 8.5″ front, 11.5″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 55 front, ET 50 rear
Condition: New Take-offs
Tires: Included Michelin Pilot Sport N2 235-35-19 front, 305-30-19 rear
Price: $6,499 Buy It Now

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NEW Porsche 911 997 FUCHS Sport Classic Wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport N2 Tires
Porsche # 997.362.157.56 & 997.362.163.56
Stock # 1000814

987 Boxster, Boxster- S [01/2005 – 12/2011]
987C Cayman, Cayman- S [01/2006 – 12/2011]
997 Carrera, Carrera-S, Carrera4/4S, Targa, Turbo, Turbo-S, GT2, GT3 [01/2005 – 12/2011]

These are simply beautiful.

Set of Porsche 19″ Sport Classic Wheel & Tires Package

Porsche Part numbers

99736215756 8.5x 19 ET55

99736216356 11.5x 19 ET50

This is a brand new set from the dealer, with brand new Michelin Pilot Sport N2 tires (235/35/19 – 305/30/19).

Originally made for the Porsche Sport Classic, these new age Fuchs are available for your 2005-2010 Turbo and wide-body

(Carrera 4S, Targa 4S, Carrera 4, and Targa 4)

Wheel sensors installed, Balanced and ready to go!

Narrow body sets are available, same listing though so just bid and let us know you need a narrow body set.

The Sport Classics are one of the best looking OEM wheels Porsche has put on their newer cars; as a throwback they’re a fantastic update of the original, but also look modern and aggressive, pulling the evergreen “911” into the current century. Like all Porsche wheels they’re pricey, but this set comes with centercaps and tires – something often missing from Porsche wheels for sale, as we’ll see. Still too rich or new for your blood? How about this set of OEM BBS-made 911 Carrera wheels?

Year: 2005-2011
Model: Carrera III
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″ front, 10″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 57 front, ET 58 rear
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Included Continental ContiSport Contact 235-40-18 front, 265-35-18 rear
Price: $2,400 Buy It Now

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or auction is a set of Original, OEM, Factory, Geninue 18″ Porsche 911-997/996 Carrera III wheel, Tire and Porsche OEM Black Crest Center Cap set. The auction is for Wheels, tires and Porsche OEM Black Logo Center Caps. These set of wheels and Tires are in Pristine condition with no chips or ware. There is no structural damage such as bends, cracks, curb rust or scratches. The wheels are straight and round. The wheels comes with original Black Logo Center Caps. The wheels will fit Porsche,911/997, 911/996 and 911/993 NARROW BODY Vehicles. This wheels and Tires will Also fit WIDE BOBY 997, 996, 993, 944, 928 WIDE BODY and other porsche models. This Wheel is very nice when mounted on your Porsche and very rear to find especially one that comes with Continental Sport Contact Tires. Wheels and Tires are in prinstine shape and condition.

Please Note: Wheel has been refinished to a Brand New Condition!!!!

PLEASE NOTE: eBAY COMPATABILITY CHART IS NOT CONSISTENT IN ANSWERING FITNESS QUESTION. PLEASE ASK ME DIRECT OR CONTACT THE DEALER IN YOUR AREA.

Wheels and Tires Details:

Front Wheel: Part #: 997-362-136-00 Size: 8Jx 18 Offset: 57 Front Tire Size: 235/40/18 Continental Sport Contact 2 Speed Rating 91Y. Tire Tread Remaining: 90%.

Rear Wheel: Part #: 997-362-140-01 Size: 10Jx 18 Offset: 58 Rear Tire Size : 265/35/18 Continental ContiSport Contact Speed Rating 101Y. Tire Tread Re maining: 90%

The Front Tires has 90% of Tread Remaining and the Rear Tires has 90% Tread Remaining.

The Porsche dealership retails the total cost of these wheels, Tires and the Center Caps is $5705.12 plus tax. This is a nice opportunity to dress up your Porsche at a reasonable cost.

Please note that the wheel and tire will be ship in each individual box to safeguard against damage.

Please read my feedback and bid this item with full confidence.

Thank you for reading my listing.

Thank you.

These are a great looking, simple wheel that is well built by BBS. I really thought these freshened up the 911 design when they debuted and made it look modern but also lighter. With included (and expensive) tires and centercaps, as Porsche wheels go these are a deal. Still a bit too pricey for you, but you’d like something from the same generation? How about these Carrera 4S “Twists”?

Year: 2005-2011
Model: Turbo Twist Hollow Spoke
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″ front, 11″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 50 front, ET 40 rear
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $650 Buy It Now

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SET OF 4 PORSCHE 911 991 996 997 C2S C4S TURBO WHEELS STAGGERED. CENTERCAPS ARE INCLUDED. PART NUMBERS ARE LISTED ABOVE SO MAKE TO SURE TO CHECK THESE ARE THE ONES YOU WANT. WHEELS ARE IN GREAT SHAPE WITH A FEW MINOR BLEMISHES AS PICTURED. SHIPPED FEDEX GROUND. NO INTERNATIONAL. ALASKA, HAWAII, OR P.O. BOX SHIPPING. ALL ITEMS SOLD AS-IS WITH NO RETURNS ACCEPTED. ANY QUESTIONS JUST ASK, THANKS

Talk about a stellar deal; with centercaps included these 18″ wheels with light use are only $650. As Porsche wheels go, that’s basically giving them away. These would ideally suit a 996 or 997 widebody, with an aggressive stance and clean look. Were you looking for something a bit older? How about this set of 993-era “Cup” wheels, brand new in box from Porsche:

Year: 1989-1994
Model: Turbo Cup
Diameter: 17″
Width: 7″ front, 9″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 55
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $4,995 Buy It Now

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Up for sale is an extremely rare set of factory Porsche OEM Turbo Cup wheels, for a Porsche 911 Turbo ( 965 ) . These are brand new, in the box, never been mounted.

See specs below:

FRONT WHEELS:

Part # 965.362.124.01
Size – 17×7
Offset – 55 mm

REAR WHEELS:

Part # 965.362.128.00
Size – 17×9
Offset – 55mm

While I love the originality of these wheels and this design on the 964s, I have to say I really liked the Speedline-made multi-piece Turbo 3.6 wheels a lot more. Despite this, if you’re in the restoration market for a 965, these might just be the wheels for you. In typical Porsche wheel fashion, there are no tires or centercaps and they’re very expensive. Are you like me and prefer the look of the Speedlines? Have an older 930? How about these Ruf Speedlines then?

Year: 1986
Model: Ruf Speedline
Diameter: 17″
Width: 9″ front, 10″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: not specified
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Michelin Pilot Sport 235-45-17 front, 255-40-17 rear
Price: $4,599.99 Buy It Now

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Original Porsche 911 930 1986 RUF Turbo wheels rims set w/ tires 17″ inch. (9×17) & (10×17) **RARE**

White face w/ polished lip

Up for sale is a set of Factory original RUF wheels.
These wheels pictured here have survived the test of time.
Still in factory original shape with no damage or repairs.

Like New.

In excellent condition.

Tires:

235/45 ZR 17

255/40 ZR17

Factory date stamped 1986

Inventory #: JH69610

Don’t miss this set, they will bring value to your concourse car.

The Ruf Speedlines are one of the best period-correct modifications you can do to a 911 or 930, or even a 944 Turbo. They’re not cheap, but boy are they good looking wheels. They’re absolutely one of my favorites and I like the inclusion of both tires and centercaps here, though I’d prefer “Ruf” caps to make it correct. Still not your cup of tea but in the right time period? How about some original Fuchs?

Year: 1977-1989
Model: Porsche Fuchs
Diameter: 15″
Width: 7″ front, 8″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 41 front, ET 42 rear
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Not Included
Price: $3,500 Buy It Now

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PORSCHE 911 930 FACTORY FUCHS- RESTORED

THIS SET WAS REMOVED FROM A 1977 PORSCHE 930 TURBO – THEY ARE STRAIGHT WITH NO RASH OR ANY MAJOR DAMAGE TO THEM. THE LIPS HAVE BEEN POLISHED AND CENTER REFINISHED IN SATIN BLACK.

PART NUMBERS

FRONTS 15XJ7 – 911361020 – OFFSET 41 – AS1062

REARS 15XJ8 911361020 – OFFSET 42 – AS1062

More pictures of this item are available at:

SOUTHFLORIDADISMANTLER DOT COM

The original, and still the classic, loved design. Pricey, but good taste costs, right? I just wish for the asking price they would include the center caps.

Which are your favorite, and what would you like to see?

-Carter

Generation Gap? 1988 VW GTi 16V v. 1998 VW GTi VR6 (edit)

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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:

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Year: 1988
Model: GTi 16v
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 169,700 mi
Price: $6,950

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! Huge discounts on over 150 cars and trucks! Experience Cars at 2500 North Carson Street in Carson City; Experience the Difference!

This car is pretty interesting – it has the bumpers and headlights from a later model (1990 up) but is listed as an early car, which would mesh with the lack of automatic seatbelts. The bumpers are easy enough to swap, but most people don’t swap the fog lights in too. However, that attention to detail may indicate that the previous owner was a fanatic or enthusiast which is verified by the condition of the car – certainly better than most that you run across despite the mileage. The dealer offers little information but does claim ABS, something that didn’t appear until the Mk.3 GTi, but then they also say it’s an 8 valve when it clearly has double that. That may raise some warning flags, especially considering the price of the car. If the price and peaky 4 cylinder of this car are enough to push you away, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence; in this case, more Tornado Red in the form of this VR6 GTi:

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Year: 1998
Model: GTi VR6
Engine: 2.8 liter narrow angle-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 151,270 mi
Price: $2,595 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Volkswagen GTi VR6 on Web2Cars

Fun little car that can save you money at the gas pump.

I have to thank the dealer for the overwhelming amount of information on this one. It appears from the Speedline-made wheels and shift knob to be one of the more desirable “Driver’s Edition” GTi VR6s. 1997 GTis were the only Driver’s Edition, while 1998 received the DE bits. It seems that A3 GTi VR6s are hard to come by in good original condition, but this one appears to be so. This is made even a bit more special by being one of the limited edition. Typically these cars are either heaps or heavily modified so it’s neat to see a clean original one, even if the miles are slightly higher. These are fun cars to drive, are fairly easy to work on, and reasonably cheap to keep running. The A3 doesn’t enjoy a reputation for being the most trouble-free Volkswagen ever made, but my experience overall owning a 97 Golf also in Tornado Red was pretty positive. There were some issues to overcome, but it was a great driving car and this one would be all the better with that sweet VR6 note these put out.

At half the price of the 16V, even taking into account the 16V is a harder car to come by in this condition, I’d have to go for the VR6. I do love the 16V GTis, but were I in the market I’d probably hold out for one in a color I’d prefer as this car is priced towards the top of the market. The VR6, on the other hand, looks great, is a great color, and is priced at the sweet spot to jump into ownership without too many concerns. Complaints about the Mk.3 compared to the Mk.2 were the same from Mk.2 to Mk. 1 – too big, too heavy, too complicated; these factors lead enthusiasts to claim VW lost it’s way and the original intent of the GTi. But looking at the fairly lightweight Mk.3 in comparison to the heavyweight Mk.4 and Mk. 5s, it’s downright tiny and relatively simple.

Which one would you have?

-Carter