Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:
All posts tagged Volkswagen
A few weeks ago I wrote up a great looking Rabbit Diesel that was well modified to look like an updated model. While I loved that particular model’s restoration, I have to say that I like the clean lines of the original slightly more, and today I found a great GTi alternative for those not in a hurry. Check out this great condition 1984 Rabbit Diesel L Wolfsburg Edition:
Model: Rabbit Diesel L Wolfsburg
Engine: 1.6 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 121,575 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel L Wolfsburg on eBay
Hello and welcome to my auction, today you are bidding on a restored rare 1984 VW RABBIT WOLFSBURG edition original southern California car with ZERO rust and a real barn find . To begin with I tore the interior apart and had both the front and rear seats reupholstered to match the original as close as possible, the head liner had to be redone as it was non existant, next the motor was totally torn apart and rebuilt with every thing new including a brand new TOP LINE head, new pistons, new piston rings, rebuilt connecting rods, new main bearings, new rod bearings, all new seals and gaskets, new oil pump, new windage tray,new water pump, all new belts and hoses, new radiator, new clutch , new brakes front and rear, new front strut and upper strut bearings, new battery, new tires ,rebuilt transmission, rebuilt front drive shafts, new motor mounts,new wiper blades, new rear hatch strut, new front seat nylon slider bushings, new glow plugs, new glow plug relay(fast glo), new fuel filter, etc etc, too much to list
The car starts right up even on the coldest day,and the injection pump does not leak, shifts and drives smoothly thru all 5 gears and has plenty of power, the interior is perfect as is the dash which is in very good condition.Every thing works on the car as it should including the speedo/odometer, the car has factory AC but will need a recharge, the car also has a dealer installed pop up sun roof, the car has less than 200 miles since the rebuilt and will need to be broken in gently , the car has a clear California title which I have in hand, I have spent a lot of time and money to bring back this bunny to its original glory, if taken care off it should last a couple of hundred thousand miles easily, if you have further questions I would be more than happy to answer them .I have set a very reasonable reserve much much less than what I have in the car, I would not hesitate to jump in it and drive it any where, THE CAR DOES NOT COME WITH THE FRONT VW PLATE. Thanks for looking and happy bidding!!!!!!!!!!
From the photos, the seller’s claim of a lot of money invested looks quite believable. From the condition of the interior and exterior to the spotless suspension and engine bay, this looks about as good as any Rabbit diesel I’ve ever seen. On top of that, buying a car that’s been previously sorted is almost always a much more cost-effective way to get to a nice car than to try to go through the restoration yourself. I like the addition of the early GTi chin spoiler but the retention of the Westmoreland hubcaps – I had the same set on my 1985 Golf when I bought it, and they bring back memories. I might go for a slight OEM+ upgrade to 15″ Corrado “Steelies” for a stealthy but improved look, and maybe down the road some period Recaros for a more comfortable drive. This is an impressive car and I’d expect the reserve is set reasonably high, but considering the amount of work I’d estimate the value of this car easily in the $5,000 – $7,000 range for the right person. At that price, you couldn’t replicate this car and it would be sure to be an entertaining show/weekend driver for a Volkswagen Diesel fan.
Over the years, it seems as if vans and four-wheel drive have been mutually exclusive terms. One would think given everyone’s propensity towards all-weather versatility, this combination would be more popular. Dodge and Toyota have dabbled with all-wheel drive in their minivans and there’s even some aftermarket companies who have retrofitted four-wheel drive systems to full-sized Chevrolet and Ford vans. But one of my favorite four-wheel drive vans is the Volkswagen Vanagon, or T3 Transporter, as it was known in other markets. A vehicle for anoraks, the styling was about as one box as you could get while the addition of Syncro all-wheel drive lent the rear-engined stalwort go anywhere capability. This Vanagon Syncro for sale in Colorado is a little bit rough around the edges but has a new engine and is up for sale at no reserve.
Model: Vanagon Syncro
Engine: 2.1 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 222,000 mi
Price: No reserve auction
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro on eBay
Up for sale is a very solid 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro. This is my baby; and unfortunately I’m forced to sell it. We recently put in a brand new 2.1 engine and it runs great. It has about 50 miles on in; all for the break in procedure. I haven’t even had a chance to enjoy it before I’m forced to sell it. Many other parts were replaced at the same time.
Brand new fully rebuilt 2.1 engine (New AMC Heads)
All fuel lines replaced
Brand new alternator
New Temp II Sensor
New muffler, catalytic converter, exhaust gaskets and oxygen sensor
Exhaust system in good condition, not rusted out.
New cap, rotor,
Battery replaced within the last year.
Throttle body, icv, afm, and fuel injectors all replaced with low mileage units. (the van has a really nice idle now)
New water pump.
Coolant system flushed and bled.
Previous owner claims transmission was rebuilt at 170,000. (I was never given the documentation, so I can’t prove that it was)
Transmission and clutch are in good working order.
All tires replaced since I purchased the van a year and a half ago. All of them have good tread.
Drives straight; no weird hums or vibrations.
Body is in overall good condition, but does have some damage from over the years (all damage will be pictured below. If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask). Body is generally clean with minimal rust (all rust is surface rust; I haven’t found anywhere where the body is rusted through). I haven’t found any seam rust, which is a good thing. All the rust I have found is in small patches, either under peaking out from under the rubber window seals and on the lowest part of the body under the. Again, all of this appears very minimal to me and probably could be fixed very easily, but I’m no auto body technician. The previous owner had the van repainted 4 years ago in the original silver. The paint has a nice shiny luster and appears to be in good condition. There are minor dents and dings on the vehicle, nothing out of the ordinary. Just normal wear and tear of a 27 year old vehicle.
Interior is overall nice and clean. Front seats have some wear, but overall good condition. Dash and door panels are in good shape. Radio and speakers have been upgraded. Bench seat and rear seat are in clean condition. Rear seat is a Z-bed and does fold down to a full size bed. The rear carpet was replaced with hardwood by the previous owner. The gauges have been having intermittent problems for the last couple months (I haven’t had a chance to get it looked at). Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. The speedometer and tachometer always seem to work though. The ash tray in the middle of the dash is broken. it can be easily replaced, as it is not fixated to the dash.
If your looking for a nice, solid, dependable van; that is not outrageously priced, this is the van for you. I will update the listing with any more info or pictures I have throughout the duration of the listing. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask. Thank you
Vanagon prices have been on the rise, especially the Westfalia Camper variants. This isn’t surprising, given what the values of their earlier T1 and T2 counterparts are fetching these days. But for the VW van enthusiast, the T3 is still very much within reach and a satisfying vehicle to own. The Syncro/manual gearbox combination on this example is surely a bonus that enables the driver to get the most out of what performance is on tap. If this were my van, I’d probably invest a bit of money into the interior and perhaps a little into cosmetic work. I wouldn’t go crazy, however, given this van’s off roading ability. You wouldn’t want to make it too pristine. Given what we’ve seen with other T3s, I’d expect this four-wheel drive version to pull a final bid of somewhere in between $9,000 and $13,000.
For a while, it seemed that clean Mk1 and Mk2 Sciroccos were an uncommon find, but a few good ones have been found and featured on GCFSB over the past year. Right on time for the holidays, here comes another refurbished late model 16V that was sold new in Hawaii. Anyone have a big stocking to hang over the mantle?
Model: Scirocco 16V
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 186,000 mi
Price: $8,500 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V on eBay
This 1987 Scirocco 16v has pretty much been taken apart cleaned and put back together though always well cared for all its life. I just went through the entire car, upgraded and now would like to sell to some one who knows how rare this particular scirocco is. All the work is done and the car can be your daily driver or show car. I just brought it back to an excellent condition. Very solid ride, poly bushings all the way around. No sunroof and no power steering! The A/C is converted. absolutely no rust anywhere on this car. Have some original documents. Originally sold in Honolulu HI in 1987
New Hood Liner
Bilstein shocks and neuspeed springs w/ poly bushings
NEW BBS RS reps with new Yokahama S-Drive tires
New head /intakes/injector sleeves
the list goes on…
I replaced tons of parts, tabs, clips relays, fuses, bulbs to get this car back to like new condition. the seats have been redone with leather and the original cloth. The carpet is perfect, no rips in drivers “pad” under feet. This car runs awesome! looks awesome, and will stay awesome as long as you are awesome and take awesome care of it.
$500.00 non refundable paypal deposit due within 48hrs of close. i will “help” facilitate any transport winning bidder sets up. car is located in san jose california area. If you live in California I have a transport company that can move the car to you… and/or I can drive it to you for a fee.
Normally, any shade of beige has me yawning, but the aftermarket, slightly upsized BBS wheels rounds off the look nicely without having too much of that slammed, stance look about it. It’s rather unfortunate that a greater amount of full pictures are not included with the ad, given the amount of work done to this car. While it is the later 16V model, $8,500 is a big ask seeing that we’ve seen low mileage, mint examples of earlier models sell for under $4,000. I’d suspect $5,500 to $6,500 would be more realistic for this particular Scirocco.