2008 Volkswagen R32

Starting in 2004, VW has started the every four year tradition of releasing an R version of the Golf. Starting with the 2004 R32, these cars were an instant hit with VW enthusiasts, and performance enthusiasts alike. With a 240bhp narrow angle V6 (VR6) 6-speed manual gearbox, and Haldex AWD these cars are capable on the road, and at track days. While the first generation was a hit, the second generation R32 was met with much hesitation among enthusiasts. Based on the MK5 platform, the 2008 R32 offered the same VR6 torque monster, however the 6-speed manual was replaced with VWs DSG dual clutch gearbox. While the DSG was a technological masterpiece, with launch control, and split second shifts,  it still left manual lovers shaking their heads in disgust.

As polarizing as the DSG gearbox is, the R32 still possessed all of the elements for success. With the 3.2-liter, 250-horsepower V-6 engine, six-speed double clutch transmission, Haldex 4 AWD system, electromechanical steering the MK5 R32 did its MK4 predecessor proud.

This Tornado Red on Black 2008 R32 for sale at VW of Oakland is sure to be a cop magnet for whoever buys it.

2008 VW R32 on Cars.com

This is a car that I’m on the fence about.  I have driven the DSG, and it is a great transmission for flogging the R32, but it tends to be quirky around town in everyday situations.  no matter how great it is on paper, I still missed the visceral feeling of ripping through the gears.  All that aside, this 10K mile car is one of the cleaner R32s I’ve seen for sale.  At around 2500 miles annually, this car has seen an easy life.  The asking price of $26,991 (cars.com has an older price advertised) is right where it should be for a car this clean, making it a great deal no matter what your position is on the DSG gearbox.




Coming to America: 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country

I have often wondered why dealers, specifically those that export vehicles do not go out of their way to bring more interesting cars to our shores.  Case in point, this 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country that is currently in en route to the states from Japan.

1991 Volkswagen Golf Country:

From the seller –

“For sale is a 1991 Golf Country Syncro

Price: $11,500

First of all about this sale: The car is in the process of being imported, however is currently still in Japan. I, as the seller, assume all responsibility for importing the car and making it legal. This will be up to me, and whoever buys the car will be buying a street legal, licensed car in America. I work for a dealer in Japan who imports cars from America to Japan. Recently we have been talking about trying to start going the other direction. At my suggestion we got this Golf Country, and are sending it over as a “test car” to gauge feasibility etc. I am not some tourist over here for a brief stay claiming to bring a rare car back to make internet friends.

That being said lets get to the details

1991 Golf Coutry
I bought the car from a long time customer of ours who was the second owner. He bought it from a nother dealer who had accepted it as a trade in from the origial owner.

1.8l 8v with 131,459 km/ 81,684 original miles

OEM 5-speed syncro with ~1,000km / 621 miles on it. before I bought it we had put in a brand new transmission. We were lucky enough to be able to source one for $7,000 from Germany as there were none in Japan, and we were told there was only 1 at the dealer we bought it from in Germany.

Wheels/ Suspension/ Brakes:
Still has the original set of 5 Speedlines. 15×6 et 35. Tires are 195/65R15 Firestone FR10`s which still have good life on them. The spare has never been used. The wheels were repainted gunmetal about 1.5 years ago.
Suspension is all original as are the brakes. Front are 2-pot and rears are drum.
The car is fitted with all the original Country Golf suspention and sway bars, as well as full underbody subframe.

The have to say the interior is really nice and full of cool subtle 90`s style touches.
Everything is original and in very good shape. The only non original items are the navi/dvd player which will be removed before export (cant use a Japanese Navi in america anyway) and the sparco pedals which add a nice touch, but can be easily removed if so desired. The current DVD/ Navi I will add was installed in such a way as to not harm any of the original dash/ bezel area and will be taken out without harming anything.
The seats are in very good shape and have syncro embroidered in all four headrests (one of the subtle touches I like). The outer lower drivers side bolster is slightly worn in a quarter sized spot, but other than that everything is great. The rear seats have rarely been sat in. One of the plastic covers for the speaker in the door is cracked a bit but no pieces are missing and could be glued back together if it bothered the next owner enough. Still have the front and back original floor mats. The trunk is very nice as well. Everything is still nplace from the shelf to the original Bilstein jack and tool set.
Automatic front windows work amazingly as does the rear windshield defrost, heat, A/C etc. The rear windows are crank. Manybe this is normal but being a mk1 guy myself I was pretty impressed!

The exterior is also in very good shape. The car received a full “windows out” color coded respray 1.5 years ago (same time as the tires) and is still in great shape. At this time the fender flares, bumpers, and molding strips were smooted and painted the same gunmetal as the wheels. Being that Japanese roads are much narower than American roads there were some scuffs on the fenders so they, along with the bumpers, molding strips, front roll bar, rear bar holding the tire, skid plate, and mirrors have all been removed and are being repainted to match the body color. There is no rust on this car! The rear windows are tinted with film and can be removed easily if so desired. The car has four Bosch rally lights which are wired into an original switch in the dash. The one thing that doesnt work is the electronic antenna wont come up when you push the button for it on the dash, havent figured out why not yet.

Overall I am very happy with the car. I have driven it around and it is definitely different and fun to drive. there are a few issues I want to address however. Keep in mind the car is at our dealer now, and some if not all these issues will be repaired before the car is exported. The muffler should be replaced. It has a hole in it and is pretty loud. but very likely will be replaced in short order. Most if not all the rubber axle boots are torn and should be replaced. The rear drivers side drum break leaks fluid slowly and should probably be rebuilt. Lastly the engine/ bay in general isnt very clean and a bit oily. I plan to thouroughly clean everything and find out if there is an issue and have it taken care of before exporting. I will update with these things as I am able.

The ship across the ocean takes 2 week, and this is the main reason I am starting the post now. Our hope is to have a buyer by the time the car has reached america to cut down on time between it being legalized and sold.”

I have seen more of these cars surface in the past twelve months than I have seen in the last decade combined.  This as fine an example as I have seen.  It’s not cheap, but, it has a new ($7k!) transmission and the seller will facilitate the import and legalization process.  The latter is huge as the past couple examples that have surfaced have had questionable title issues.

The only troubling issue, and normally I could care less, how is the dealer making any money?  I am not what I would call math smart, or smart for that matter.  But, if a new transmission is $7k, shipping is $2k, what did they pay for the car?  The asking price of $11.5k does not seem to be firm either.

Not my problem, I would drive this all day over a Tiguan.  The key word being drive, assuming the seller does what they say they can do in regards to import this is a Golf that can be driven and enjoyed almost immediately.


Minty 1978 26k Volkswagen Rabbit For Sale

Here is a seemingly lost in time 1978 MKI Volkswagen Rabbit with only 26k miles.  This bunny has been for a sale a few times but has yet to find its forever home.

1978 Volkswagen Rabbit:

From the seller –

“1978 VW Rabbit C.
26k Original miles.
4 speed 8v gasser.
100% original 2 owner car.
Dakota Beige on brown.
New tires, OEM roof rack, MINT!

If you’re in Ohio or Florida you’ve probably seen this car. It’s also been up for sale a couple times here and once on Ebay. I’m trying to transition my “fun car” collection from two that sit in the garage to one that sees track time. More info and pics to be added, but for now it’s up again. The car was bid up to $9,000 on Ebay w/o my reserve being met. My personal feeling about old/classic/rare cars is they’re worth what they sell for at auction … or what someone is willing to pay for them of course. Therefore, I’m asking $9,000 obo.

Additional pics can be seen here: http://s282.photobucket.com/albums/k…%20Rabbit%20C/. Please feel free to PM me with any questions. Car is available to be seen locally by appointment.”

Yes, this is the same guy who owns the Golf Country we featured here some time ago.  This bunny is incredibly stock, kudos to the seller for respecting that.  The asking price of $9k is on the high side but these cars in this sort of condition do not come around very often.  You wind up paying for that exclusivity and it is just a matter of time until another enthusiast scoops this one up.



1977 Volkswagen Scirocco With Trans Am Body Kit For Sale

Tip of the hat to Wojciech for the heads up on this Rocco.  Stock 1977 VW Scirocco with a Trans Am Body Kit and 18k miles.  Back in the day VW produced two factory race cars known as #43 and #44.  #43 was wrecked and I believe #44 is somewhere, just not in St Louis.

1977 VW Scirocco W/ Trans Am Kit:

From the seller –

“1977 Volkswagen Scirocco with 18,927 original miles with a full six digit odometer. $3900 obo.

I am moving and can’t keep my toy anymore.

Trans Am Body Kit. The body kit was professionally installed. I still have the original floor mats that will go with the car.
New tires, new plugs, new plug wires, new distributor, new distributor cap, and rotor, new alternator. All filters have been changed.
There is a chin spoiler that I removed because it hangs to close to the ground for road driving. The chin spoiler will come with the car. There is no rust anywhere on the car.
The tint on the back windows is peeling a bit at the corners and some of the weather stripping could be replaced. The driver’s seat has a few tears.

I have the current title, receipts for all work performed,original bill of sale, build sheet, and some other documentation that all comes with the car.”

The story here should be the mileage and not the body kit.  Back in 2009 a low mileage ’77 Rocco eerily similar to this changed hands for close to $8k.  That car was touted as one of the few remaining factory race cars which of course it was not.  I sure hope this was not it.

Regardless I am a bit torn on what one would do with this.  Restore as is knowing you have a low mileage Rocco with no racing lineage, just a questionable body kit.  Or remove the Trans Am cladding and take her back to stock.  I lean toward the latter.

Either way at $3.9k I think there is some value here for the right person.


Lost in Time: 1982 43k Volkswagen Scirocco For Sale

First the bad news, it’s an automatic!

OK, now that we scared off everyone let’s get to the car.  1982 VW Scirocco, one owner and only 43k miles.  This car is stock, how stock?  It still has the factory stereo in the uncut dash.

Cars like these just don’t exist anymore, regardless of your transmission preference this is an unique opportunity.

1982 Volkswagen Scirocco:

From the seller –

“1982 Volkswagen scirocco, this is an original very nice example with only 44’100 Miles owned by one family since new. All services have been performed and Documented with hand written notes showing items performed and or replaced with dates and mileages.  Sold new 2-24-83 and given to there daughter 1/16-96 this car was taken care of by both members of the family.

Finished in it’s original color and paint the car has never sustained any Damage, it is very straight and has no rust issues. The car has been stored in a Climate controlled environment so there is no sun fade either. There are a few scratches to the passenger side and some chips on the hood, these have been brush touched. A few very minor door Dings to the passenger side that the dent wizard could easily remove.  The interior is 100% original; it has an automatic transmission, and factory air Conditioning.

The factory VW radio still there and works, the headliner, carpet and dash is like new, there has been a dash saver on the car since new and the seat covers are original and also in as new condition and the foam is still tight and not broken down and no wear to the side bolsters.  This VW runs very well, oil and filter was changed ever 4000 miles or every six Months, the most recent major work was a new timing belt, all new belts, Compressor,  water pump, ac pump. I also just did front brakes with new pads and Rotors along with new wheel bearings also four new tires.

The car is 100% stock.  The car runs very well  ,no leaks, no smoke, a little vibrating when at a stand Still but when you give the car a little gas and the rpm’s go up it goes away so Maybe  the idle needs to be raised. The trans shifts great and the car gets up to 35mpg. I have alot of extra service parts that come with the car new and still in the factory boxes, plugs, filters, belts etc. All gauges, lights, signals, Wiper works. The temp gauge works but will go up to the red and flash the warning light but the car runs cool I had added an external temp gauge I think it needs a new sending unit for the temp.

This is a nice original low mileage Scirocco that will be a collector car in the near future, you just don’t see them anymore and if you do there in terrible condition.”

A very thorough explanation, bidding currently sits at $1k with the reserve not met.  The automatic transmission does dampen the opportunity a bit but there is a great deal to like here.  I could see a final amount of $5.5k as appropriate, either as a nice show car or a cheap daily.  The latter, while very thrifty it would be shame to expose this Rocco to a daily commute.

Either what I hope whomever obtains this Rocco respects how it sits today and resists the urge to modify her in any way.  The stock nature of this VW is quite alluring, if it has stayed this way all these years it should remain as such.


2 Owner Restored 1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S For Sale

This is an interesting situation.  Seller posts their uncompleted Rocco project five years ago.  Lost time, money, or interest either way they went dark in 2007.  Fast forward to 2012 and the Rocco is complete and back on the market.

1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S:

From the seller –

“It’s finally done, and back up for sale again.

1981 Scirocco S G60

Bought from original owner and had it imported from Cincinatti. These cars are RARE and very hard to find now in this prestine condition and you know this Scirocco looks waaaaay better than that ‘IROC’ now.

1992 Passat Syncro G60 motor (only 3000 from rebuild)
Low mileage block: fully refreshed, descaled, hot tanked, painted and honed bores
Stock pistons with NEW rings
NEW ABA oil pump
NEW ABA windage tray gasket
NEW waterpump/housing/thermostat
NEW seals and gaskets
NEW timing belt and tensioner
Fully refreshed cylinder head with competition valve job and NEW valve guides
NEW alternator
NEW Remus muffler
NEW fuel tank
The G60 charger needs to be put together, it needs an inducer. We noticed the lack of power, the charger was defective. A used charger can also be an option. Included are brand NEW seals.

Stage 4/5 upgrades:
TT 268/260 camshaft
NEW Eurosport ceramic coated tri-y race header with 2.5″ outlet
NEW custom 2.5″ mandrel bent exhaust system with carbon muffler
Acid etched/ported G60 intake manifold
NEW 440 cc injectors
Various size of pulleys (58, 62, 65, 68, stock)
NEW K&N cone filter
RSR outlet
Custom intercooler pipes
Saab intercooler
Custom SNS stg 5 chip
NEW battery kit to installed in rear of car

MK3 DFQ 2.0L 8V fully rebuilt
Quaife ATB differential
0.71 5th gear
NEW ACT stage 3 clutch
NEW 100mm axles

Painted original Mars Red
96 ### miles on body
Fully restored, sandblasted and painted and absolutely no rust!!
Bare shell respray in and out of car. Glass and wiring was taken out.
Doors and hatch were off the car and were painted separately
Smoothed out rear parking lights on rear quarter panels
Smooth out emblems on hatch
Took out the rear metal parcel shelf
Took out the front battery tray
Modified coolant reservoir hook to incorporate newer style reservoir
Floors and strut towers are mint, before it was even restored.
Very solid car. Perfect for any motor/drivetrain conversions.
Factory no sunroof.
NEW windshield mouldings
NEW window mouldings
Mercedes Benz factory yellow inner headlights
DIY euro bumpers
Factory Scirocco S spoiler
NEW hood

The carpets were steam cleaned
NEW set of keys
Mint MK 2 Scirocco dash with 16V cluster
NEW VDO boost gauge
Corrado G60 front seats
Rear seats deleted.

NEW FK Sport full adjustable coilovers
Converted to power steering with NEW poly urethane bushings
NEW control arms and bushings, NEW tie rods and ball joints
The rear axle’s been repainted and looks brand new.
Autotech rear sway bar
10.1 MK 2 Scirocco 16 V brakes painted red.
Converted to rear discs with drilled rotors.
MK 4 GTI aluminum lightweight rear brake calipers painted red.

15″ original Enkie 92s, not reproduction

My main objective of this car is to use it occasionally at the track. The car is 99% done, other than the charger issue. The car still starts and runs. The horn needs to be wire up. I know I’m probably forgetting some more info. Spent thousands on building this, nothing spared. Including with the sale are spare parts for this car. I know I’ll regret selling this cause it was being built for the last 5 years or so and I never had a chance to really enjoy it. Priorities first so it has to go.

Located in Toronto, asking $8999 obo. Open to reasonable offers, no trades, not parting and lowballer offers will be ignored. IM is the key.”

Great looking Rocco.  When asked if the asking price was in CDN or US dollars the seller replied “It’s either USD or CDN, price is flexible.”  I am really not sure what that means but you have to love the Vortex.  I have seen a great many Rocco’s not nearly as put together as this for much more money.  If you have been in the market this may be worth looking at.


1961 Enzmann For Sale

I have read about these but have never seen one for sale which makes sense since there are only 19 known examples that still exist.  As the seller points out, Enzmann built the 506 bodies and placed them onto the frames of new Volkswagen Beetles.  Some of the “hot” versions were built on Porsche 356 drive trains.  I can see where these designs made some sense in the 60’s as they are very George Jetson ‘ish.  But, taste being what it is you have to appreciate the unique nature of what is going on here.

This example is rough and is in need of a motor.  That said you can see some very cool detail in some of the finishing bits of this car.  Drop in a stock 356 motor and some light interior refreshing and you would have a very unique car to show and drive.  Or, go off the deep end and commit to a full restoration in the hopes of having something akin to the example that recently sold for $130k.

1961 Enzmann For Sale:

From the seller –

“As much as I hate to do it, I am selling my 1961 Enzmann sports car.  These cars are beyond rare. Only 67 were ever produced and only 19 were still known to exist until this car was rediscovered.

Here is a little history on the Enzmann’s.   The Enzmann family designed and built the Enzmann 506 bodies in Switzerland , then bought Volkswagen Beetles directly from the VW Factory and had the car shipped to thier shop back in Switzerland.  The bodies were removed and the Enzmann bodies were then installed.  You could get the car in many different performance packages, the best was with the 356 Porsche Engine and 356 brakes.   With this set up, the Enzmann’s used to give the Porsche 356’s and 550 spiders fits back in the day….they had the same drivetrains , but due to their weight, they used to leave the Porsche 356 and 550 spiders in the dust in road racing on the European race circuits . The Porsche 356’s weighed 1700 plus lbs and the Porsche 550 Spyder’s came in around 1346 lbs.  The completed Enzmann weighs only 1102 lbs. The dimensions are very slightly over 156 inches long, 48 inches wide, and 36 inches high. Thus, the Enzmann has a greater performance potential than either.

My car is all there less motor. The body is in pretty good shape.  This car was recently discovered in Southern California, where it has spent the bulk of its life.  The car looks like it was built for road racing….it has early Porsche 356A brakes all the way around…and was powered by a 356 engine (not with the car).

A fully restored Enzmann 506 recently sold for $134,000.00 in Germany in the last few months.
This rare car would be a great addition to any ones car collection…….

The last picture posted of the red Enzmann, is of my car back in the early 1970’s…..”

This is not some busted up kit car.  There have been 4 bids up to $15k, the reserve has not been met.  I am going to go on a limb and say this will sell as the buy it now does not seem terribly unreasonable.  Either way this is an interesting find with some curious history.


Low Mileage 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC For Sale

Last week I featured a SLC Rado with a few more miles and was a bit more expensive than this example.  That, my friends is what I like to call a “ripping deal.”  Well if it was such a good deal it would have sold on eBay but nobody was willing to meet the $7.9k asking price.

It may be just me, but how can a one owner Rado not get some nibbles at that price?  For you Rado fans it is still on the Vortex so gawk away.

1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC For Sale:

From the seller –

“I’m selling my 1992 VW Corrado SLC with 56k original miles on it, I am the original owner. It’s stick shift, has full leather interior, has been garage kept and has no rust. I have all of the original stock parts on hand should you want to pull off any performance enhancements. All of my service work was done at Jennings VW in Glenview, IL.

Here is the list of what is on the car…

Always used synthetic oil
I have a high quality car bra that will be included
Bilstien HD shocks
Autotech Springs
Front and Rear Strut bars
28mm sway bar in rear
GIAC Performance chip
Low temp thermo
Coolant = Distilled Water and Water Wetter
Color matched SAMCO radiator hoses
Jacob Ignition Coil – Omni Torquer
Techtonics Tuning Stainless cat back exhaust
Koenig Villain rims along with the Stock rims and tires
Alpine stereo, 4 channel Soundstream Amp.
Sunroof is original and works (no scratches)
4 point Racing seal belt
stainless steel brake lines
slotted rotors
push button starter
Alpine Alarm with impact sensor and radar proximity sensor
Paint is Red and original, some minor dings. I’ll consider all offers.”

That is a incredibly clean car.  The seller started at $10k and has come down to $7.9k, so he is motivated to sell.  I look for these weekly and I am not sure I have found a car that is a better combination of condition, mileage, and price.

If you can deal with those robotic seat belts that want to behead drivers at every turn this may be worth looking into.


45k Mile 1983 MKI Volkswagen Rabbit GTI For Sale

Examples of these cars are bountiful and all over the board in regards to price and condition.  This one, is peculiar in that it has crazy low miles but looks to be in very rough shape.  Sure the seller saved it from it’s prolonged slumber and buffed away some of the years but looking at this red GTI there seems to be a great deal of work left to be done.

1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI:

From the seller –

“You are bidding on a 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI that came from Las Vegas Nevada from the 2nd owner, the car has a 1987 Nevada title in the 2nd owners name.  They parked the car under a carport for 18 years when the fuel pump went bad.  The car was towed to Chicago and the gas tank, fuel pump, fuel filter, and timing belt was replaced.  Also the car was buffed back to a shine, so the moldings was removed to not damage them and they are in the trunk.  The front seats are dry from the heat and will need to be reupholstered.  Also the headliner started to come down in the back.  This car does have minor dents but there is zero rust!  The tires are like new.  Zero cracks on the dashboard!  The windows were tinted and the old tint needs to be removed.  45899 original miles!   With a little work this car should be a nice museum piece or show car!”

Neat car, but this is more than a “little work” away from being a “show car.”  Hood and rear lower valance have body damage, interior is shot including the headliner, bumpers need to be powder coated, I am pretty certain those tires are rotten, and goodness knows what will rear it’s ugly head once you get started.

We are about $5-6k from having a very clean and original car which puts this one in the $3-3.5k range in value.  At that you are going to be buried in it a bit so I hope the buyer knows what they are getting themselves in to.  Bidding currently at $1k, reserve not met which is interesting since the seller advertises this as a no reserve auction.


Beautiful & Stock 1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC For Sale

Boy ‘oh boy you have to sort through a ton of questionable Rados to find something like this.  My want list for a Rado starts with a bone stock, SLC, with lower ‘ish miles, and lovingly maintained.  Check, check, check, and freaking check.

1993 Volkswagen Corrado:

From the seller –

“Seller has 24yrs of experience as a certified Volkswagen mechanic at the VW dealership I work for. This car is immaculate and garage kept. I photographed the car and drove it, it is a solid car. I only noticed the Neuspeed intake, I am unaware of any mods. This is an extremely OEM car. Excuse the glare in the photos, this car looks much better in person!

-86k original miles
-original clutch
-new front brakes
-new sunroof assembly
-new windshield
-new headliner
-new driver window regulator
-newish pass window regulator
-charged AC
-2yr old distributor
-new coolant flange, thermostat and coolant temp sensor
-new ignition switch
-10 disk changer comes with car
-original rims w/ tires come with car
-2 keys and 2 remotes”

That is a lot of pictures but I am pretty smitten with this car.  As a much younger man I remember taking a new SLC home for the weekend to wrap my head around buying it.  Thankfully cooler heads prevailed, what does a starving college student need with what was a $23k car at the time?  It would have been financial suicide.

But, the Rado did not make it a easy choice.  Superb handling, fantastic build quality (for a VW), and the willing VR6 made for a very tempting proposition.

This particular Rado is in wonderful condition, loved, and owned by a VW tech.  If you have been looking for a Rado this may be the one to act on.  Price has been reduced to $10.5, which is a lot of German goodness for the money.