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1984 Volkswagen GTI 2.0 16V

Okay, so recently we’ve seen neat A2 and A3 Golfs turned up a few notches – where’s the A1 love? Not to be forgotten or overlooked, the ‘original’ hot hatch is ready to make a splash in your morning feed!

This ’84 GTI looks relatively innocent enough, but it’s sporting an early production look with round headlights, thin Euro bumpers, and small taillights. It’s obviously low and it’s hard to miss those fantastic BBS RM wheels. But there’s even more to see on this neat example:

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Year: 1984
Model: GTI
VIN: 1VWDC0177EV072583
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 145,096 mi
Location: Morgantown, Pennsylvania
Price: Reserve Auction

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1984 Volkswagen Golf




Engine Size
2.0 Liter

Transmission Type
5 Speed Manual


Exterior Color

Interior Color


1984 Volkswagen Golf

The VW Golf Was Named After A Horse? If you’re like most car geeks, you know that Volkswagen has a thing for winds when it comes to naming cars. Sirocco is a Mediterranean wind, Passat is a trade wind, Jetta refers to the Jet stream, and Golf is what the Germans call the Gulf Stream.

This consignment starting out as a GTI and then went under some meticulous steps to become this low rider racer you see in front of you. Geared to appeal to the Mini Cooper, Ford Fiesta, and Nissan Versa crowd, this quasi tuner car slides neatly through turns, and has a good kick for its size. Our consigner added excitement to the compact sedan sector.

A ‘lil red racer if you will all nicely restored and straight steel mini panels all sprayed in racin’ red. Black accenting on the bumpers, belt line trim spear, grille, and rear wheel fender protector. Black window surrounds, and a lower rocker trim spear complete the package. 15-inch shiny BBS RM snowflake styled wheels are all around.

The steering wheel from a 16v car fronts an absolutely pristine original square design Euro dash. All the tiny warning lights are working flawlessly, and the only derivation from the original is a radio delete plate and a trio of extra gauges, which now hang from the center of the dash. Recaro sculpted seats now replace the originals, and are covered in faux stitched, vented black vinyl. A very clean rear bench sits in back and stretches the width of the car. Black carpeting below and a new white headliner is above.

A 2.0 Liter 4 banger with a 1.8 Liter Head which sports 276 cams, has Digifant fuel injection, and a 5-speed manual with a short throw shifter. On the side it has a Raceland header, on top a short runner intake manifold, and a serpentine belt conversion is noted.

Very nicely restored with a solid unibody, shiny floorpans, and no rust in sight. The rear suspension is dual trailing arms connected by a twist-beam rear suspension and coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers. The front is McPherson struts. Power 4-wheel disc brakes are now on, and a Techtronics Stainless steel exhaust replaces the factory exhaust.

Wonderfully comfortable, and some gnarly acceleration and rail like handling put this car into the thrill ride category. It started right up and ran fab!

This is a neato sub compact car transformed into street racer cool, with a great restoration. Excellent interior, snappy power, and an excellent tune to the exhaust and we are off to the drift track.

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What an interesting setup in that engine bay! The PL used KE-Jetronic, while the 9A used Motronic injection. This car? Digifant. Why? I’m not really sure. My memory of A2 days was that the Digifant system was really quite limited and couldn’t be tuned well. That’s it’s now running a hybrid PL/2.0 block (which may not be a 9A, but could be an Audi unit) seems strange. And then there’s that short intake, which appears borrowed from a turbo application – but, of course, there’s no turbo. Shorter intake runners will help the car rev a bit more quickly, and coupled with the Schrick cams this one should develop its power all up very high in the rev range. I do wonder a bit how this car runs, but there’s no denying it’s left a unique and clean looking engine bay.

In fact, the rest of the car is quite clean, too. The A2 Recaro seat upgrade and Italvolanti wheel are awesome, and everywhere else this example looks clean. It’s a clean, smooth approach to a well assembled A1, assuming the Hodge-podge engine works well. What will it cost you? Well, it looks like about $16,900 per the seller’s website. That’s cheaper than the last few modded VWs I’ve looked at, and I think this one might be better done as a package. And since the wheels, seats and a few other details can run several thousand dollars on their own, to me this one doesn’t seem too outrageously priced for what it is.

Thanks to our reader Wojciech for the spot!



  1. Dallas
    Dallas January 12, 2020

    Nice clean Rabbit but the auction description of this “neato fab 4-banger” doesn’t do it any favours.

  2. eurowner
    eurowner January 13, 2020

    “1VW” Vin is Not a Golf but a Rabbit made in the Westmoreland Pa, USA plant.

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