Have you ever wanted a Mk1 GTI? I have since about 6th grade. My 2.0′d Caddy is as close as I’ve gotten, but some day the original German hot hatch will inhabit my car barn (so will another Caddy). If the car barn ever happens, it would be a good indicator that I have the kind of money where I can drop $10k on a GTI and feel good about it. Considering how GTI prices have been creeping up these past few years, getting this one for that price suddenly seems reasonable. Seriously, start by looking at the undercarriage; it’s painfully immaculate. Then you pull back to the clean-but-unique exterior and tip your head in to a tastefully improved cabin, and you’re looking at a GTI that is unhyperbolically listed as “possibly best in state.” It might be the best period.
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I recently saw an early-2000s Eurovan in the scrap yard and couldn’t help but wonder about the memories collected within. Buying a Eurovan is not like buying a late model sedan, or even a minivan – you’ve clearly got a purpose in mind, whether it’s the thirst for adventure or lots of family road trips. Either way, my glass half-full assessment of Eurovans is that they carry families, friends, couples and retirees on those great journeys they always swore they would take. While this particular Eurovan isn’t loaded up with folding tables and kitchen areas, it still emits an sense of adventure with captains chairs up front and endless horizon through the wide windshield. I may be over-romanticizing the ownership experience, but it’s infinitely more charming than the usual go-to of Caravans and Odysseys – and that counts for a lot.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Volkswagen Eurovan GLS VR6 on eBay
Last week, I popped a quick ad up on our for a stock Mk. IV GTi 337 Edition. Not only are GTis in just about any form rare to find stock once the warranty in over, but in the case of the 337 and 20th Anniversary Edition GTis, it is nearly impossible to find one that hasn’t been modified to death. Lucky for us, we can take a closer look at this 337 because it failed to sell and was relisted this week. The 337 was an attempt by Volkswagen to bring the GTi back towards its roots; the VR6s made a great noise and were more refined highway cruisers, but the basis of the GTi was back in those peaky 4 cylinders that combined economy, light weight and performance into defining the hot hatch category. In that light, Volkswagen equipped the 337 – called the 25th Anniversary edition in Europe – with the 1.8T motor now churning out 180 hp coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox. To keep weight down but looks up, the 337 received specially painted BBS RC wheels with a revised sport suspension and larger brakes. Additionally, the 337 came with a unique body kit and some awesome Recaro seats that again evoked memories of the 16V GTis and you could get it in any color you wanted – as long as it was Reflex Silver:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Volkswagen GTI 337 on eBay
Much like the original Mini, there was a plethora of special editions that came and went during the Volkswagen Golf Mk2 production run. Just when I think I’ve heard of them all, up crops another one. This Golf Boston was a 1989 only special, featuring unique trim and exterior graphics. This particular Golf has led a fairly easy life, with the equivalent of under 100,000 miles being traveled.