Sporty Soot: 1987 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 16V Ecodiesel

With the exception of the short-lived Jetta TDi Cup Edition, Volkswagen has denied U.S. fans something that it’s offered in Europe for several generations – the sporty versions of its diesel products. They go as far back as the mid-1980s and made lots of sense in European countries were greater fuel economy trumped the need for speed. But that lack of importation hasn’t stopped some from creating their own anti-sleepers. What started life here as an early Jetta GLi 16V has gone through a unique swap to an equally if not more rare Ecodiesel-spec 1.6 turbo motor. You get the sporty look and interior from the GLi with all the clatter and fuel economy of the diesel:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 16V Ecodiesel on eBay

1984 Volkswagen GTi – REVISIT

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The 1984 GTi with a cool G60/turbo engine setup and some great Recaros and BBSs is back up for sale a little over a month after I first wrote it up. With some details fixed like the corner lights and some better photos, you can see some of the work that needs to be completed to finish out this GTi – something that’s much more realistic now that the price has dropped a substantial $2,500 to a nice round $6,000. I think it should go this time around!

-NR

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Volkswagen GTi on eBay

The below post originally appeared on our site September 2, 2014:

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Volkswagen projects slowly left my mind as I got more into classic M-cars, but the concept of interchangeable parts and endless custom possibilities made VWs take the place of sheep each night through many of my early car-loving years. A 1984 GTI with a nice swap has always been high on the dream list, and the G60 provides a solid platform that’s a little more contemporaneous and fitting than the VR6 or 1.8T ideas. Despite unassuming aesthetics, this GTI G60 has had the full workover with revised running gear, a turbocharger instead of the normal super, and some desirable exterior items. The “needs” items are few but give the impression this is a project he needs to get rid of, and projects can be a hard thing to transfer.

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Year: 1984
Model: GTI
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: Unknown
Price: $6,000 Buy It Now

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Up for sale is my recently built 1984 GTi with Turbo G60 setup.

1984 GTi
61,099 miles/ Odometer not working. Unsure of actual mileage.
No rust
New brakes all around w/ stainless braided lines & new hard lines
Raceland coilovers
Eurosport rear strut bar
New control arms and bushings
New gas tank

Engine:
55k original mile G60 with mild rebuild.

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.…

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

1989 Volkswagen GTi VR6 swap

It’s been a fantastic week on GCFSB for fans of the Golf. Paul started with a great Rallye Golf, then yesterday I tacked on a neat Golf Variant 2.9 VR6 Syncro and Golf Country. Well, we’re not done yet, and today there’s a neat 1989 GTi that has been updated externally and internally with some parts-shelf grab. Gone are the early bumpers, replaced by the 1990 up “big bumpers”, along with a Euro Jetta front end. Additionally, there are Golf G60 flares fitted and some GTi 2.0 16V BBS RMs that have been widened. It’s also got the great later Recaro Trophy seats to help you through the corners and a Corrado dash swap. If that wasn’t enough, a desirable VR6 powerplant has been dropped in to make this ride more fun. Take a look!

Year: 1989
Model: GTi
Engine: 2.8 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 74,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Volkswagen GTi VR6 on eBay

Top of engine redone
Car runs super strong
Car has no leaks and does not over heat
Car is being sold as is
I have brand new grill for car that fits round headlights
I have 5 inch and 7 inch round headlights
I also have the round headlights and stock tail lights

Things the car has:
Viper alarm system
262 Autotech Cams with C2 chip
2.9 clone intake manifold
Carbonio CAI
ECS tuning lightened pulley
Supersprint header
Autotech lightened flywheel
TT 2.5″ stainless exhaust with Borla
42-draft hi-flo cat

Bilstein coils
Eiback flat front trut bar
BBS RMs 15×8 all around
Neuspeed rear sway bar
VF engineering mounts

OEM Recaros
Carrado dash
Sparco steering wheel
Pioneer CD player
Diesel Geek Shifter
Plaid healiner
Power Windows

Euro Mk2 Jetta front end
G60 Fender flares
Bonrath single wiper
Euro smoke tail

I’m not a fan of all the mods – I’d rather see either the quad-headlight grill installed (which is included, apparently) or Rallye Golf headlights here.…

1990 Volkswagen GLi 16V – REVISIT

The Tornado Red 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 2.0 16V we featured in last week is back up for sale with a low Buy It Now of $3,000. One of these gems has recently joined the GCFSB fleet (watch for an update soon!); they’re neat quick cars that remain a solid value among special Volkswagens – especially in comparison to the Scirocco and GTi 16Vs that pull much stronger money. With a nearly 30% price drop, this one seems like a great value now!

The below post originally appeared on our site November 3, 2013:

Volkswagen and Audi in the 1980s were an interesting bunch. Consistency in product was just not one of their strong suits, and consequently there are some strangely equipped “changeover” cars that made there way to the U.S.. My Coupe GT is one of these; a digital-dash equipped 1986 non-Commemorative Edition car, it’s one of those “off the books” cars. However, I’m not alone; I had a friend with a 1990 8V GTi that should have had the later “big bumpers” but didn’t. Today’s Jetta GLi must have also been a “Monday” car as well, since although it sports the 2.0 16V engine, it doesn’t have the 1990 aerodynamic bumpers that characterized the 2.0. Either way, it’s red, it’s got Recaros, and it’s got a 7,200 RPM redline:

Year: 1990
Model: GLi 16V
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 109,000 mi
Price: $3,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 2.0 16V on eBay

A dying breed, an unmolested pre-93 Volkswagen is a rare find. An unmolested 16v GLI is even rarer. A favorite of VW enthusaists, the 16v GLIs and GTIs are the top level of performance offered in the MK2 (at least in the US).

1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 2.0 16V

Volkswagen and Audi in the 1980s were an interesting bunch. Consistency in product was just not one of their strong suits, and consequently there are some strangely equipped “changeover” cars that made there way to the U.S.. My Coupe GT is one of these; a digital-dash equipped 1986 non-Commemorative Edition car, it’s one of those “off the books” cars. However, I’m not alone; I had a friend with a 1990 8V GTi that should have had the later “big bumpers” but didn’t. Today’s Jetta GLi must have also been a “Monday” car as well, since although it sports the 2.0 16V engine, it doesn’t have the 1990 aerodynamic bumpers that characterized the 2.0. Either way, it’s red, it’s got Recaros, and it’s got a 7,200 RPM redline:

Year: 1990
Model: GLi 16V
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 109,000 mi
Price: $3,800 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 2.0 16V on eBay

A dying breed, an unmolested pre-93 Volkswagen is a rare find. An unmolested 16v GLI is even rarer. A favorite of VW enthusaists, the 16v GLIs and GTIs are the top level of performance offered in the MK2 (at least in the US). The 1990 model sported the 134 bhp 2.0 16v (it was 1.8L on earlier GLIs) mated to a quick ratio 5 speed gearbox making these cars are a blast to drive. The GLI also offered Recaro sport seats, BBS RA alloys and a GLI trim package that differentiated it from your every day GLI, Recaro Seats. 109K mileage, well maintained, new studded snow tires,sunroof w/ deflector. One small dent on left rear door, one small dent under trunk lid, one crack in windsheild on passenger side, right rear ext. door handle needs work.

Sellers, sellers, sellers…if you’re going to quote what makes your car special and then not have those items, don’t quote them.…

1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V Trophy

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Today we bring you what is, hands down, the nicest MkII Jetta I’ve ever seen. And no, it does not have a twin-turbocharged 3.2l, all-wheel drive or slammed suspension. It is stock in a beautiful way, completely optioned-out as a GLI 16V with the Recaro Trophy interior. You’d be hard-pressed to find any signs that it’s covered even the conservative 90k miles put on over the past 25 years. For 21 years it was a babied weekender and it shows! If MkII Volkswagens are your thing, you should start looking at flights to Ohio.

Year: 1988
Model: Jetta GLI 16V Trophy
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,571 mi
Price: No reserve auction

Click for more details: 1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V Trophy on eBay

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You are looking at my 100% stock 1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI with ONLY 90,571 miles. This GLI is in pristine condition inside and out. I am the 3rd owner of this time capsule, the second owner bought it in 1992 with 29,900 miles and kept in a garage for the next 21 years seldomly driving it only on the weekends (less then 3000 miles a year).

This GLI comes equipped with the following options:

-1.8L 16v motor (124hp)

-Manual transmission

-Sunroof

-TROPHY INTERIOR

-Power Recaro seats

-working A/C

-MFA trip computer

-4 wheel disc brakes

This GLI is in 100% original and in stock factory condition and has not been modified or molested in any way. It has all the original factory performance options, even the front air dams that collect air and cool the front calipers are still hooked up and ready for action! The exterior is very clean with no signs of bubbles or paint fading. The undersides of the doors are clean and the shock towers look like the day the came off the assembly line.