Here’s a wee beasty, the likes of which you don’t see very often. We all know the magic that surrounds the Mk1 GTI, but this has to be magic turned to 11. A custom steel widebody kit has been grafted on, leaving it with the same classic silhouette but shifting it much lower and much wider. This is no Heidi Montag though, as it comes with content to back up the extremely modified looks.
What the seller has to say:
My 1983 VW Rabbit GTI (Wide body) is up for sale.This car was fully restored. Has steel wide body hand made. Fender flares are extended 3” each side. This car is in perfect condition runs great. I drive the car to work every day. The reason I am selling this car is because I have another toy. I have no room for this one in the garage. I will be honest with you I have autocrossed with this car and this car is amazing.Engine: 16vAuto tech camsValve SpringsLiftersTitanium RetainersNew stock pistonsCrankshaftBearingsTransmission: Euro spec transmission with diesel 5th gearGears are heat treatedPeliquen LSDTransmission is brand new has only about 2000 miles on it.Brakes: Stock brakes on frontRear 92′ Jetta GLI disk brakesExhaust: Techtonics full exhaust with race downpipeTechtonics short shifterTechtonics K barTechtonics ECUInterior: 92′ Rabbit Cabrio dash with center consoleCorbeau A4 seats6 point roll cageSpare tire area has been removed to make more room for fuel cell.Momo F1 steering wheel92′ Jetta GLI gauge cluster with working FMAExterior: Euro front end with badgeless grillEuro tail lightsRear wiper has been removedWheels: 15×8 Sport max one piece wheelsSuspension: Neuspeed race spring with Koni adjustable
That’s a pretty serious upgrade list. Some power, some brakes, some suspension with a dash of style thrown in. It sounds like it’s been well taken care of, but the generality with which the mileage and condition are described necessitates further investigation. That said, it’s a Mk1 VW, so even if/when things go wrong, there should be an reasonable fix. The seller’s testament of daily driving is a positive note. I always love the no-bumpers look, and the widebody intrigues me and certainly makes a statement, though something about it strikes me as not perfect. I think it might be the side sills and width of the front spoiler; I’d prefer the fender flares by themselves. Overall though, this is a very impressive Mk1 and must be an intense amount of fun.
Bidding is hot, with 20 bidders pushing it around $3.5k currently, but the reserve is not yet met. Considering clean Mk1s are pushing into the $4ks and $5ks, if this can stay under $7000 I think it would be a good price for a well put together, unique, and fast Mk1.