GTI values are climbing like Yvon Chouinard: untethered and towards a future of helping well-to-do people be subtly cool with expensive recycled utilitarian objects. If you’re ready to make as good an investment as can be made when betting on soon-to-be classic “normal” cars, this may well be the one to buy. Purchased 3 years ago at an estate sale, the owner has taken the time to take care of all the little things and make this 25k-mile GTI look like it’s exactly that. In the face of all the tuner Mk1s and crazily-priced Caddys, I’d take this low-mile gem any day. It may not be all-original or perfect, but isn’t that kind of great? It’s here to be enjoyed, and you could enjoy the heck out of this thing for a long time and not even get close to 100k miles.
Click for more details: 1984 Volkswagen GTI on eBay
Model: Rabbit GTI
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 25,200 mi
Price: Reserve auction
Since buying this car in February of 2011 I have made the following repairs and/or modifications
Replaced front speakers with Kenwood KFC-835C
Replaced rear hatch lift assist with Meistersatz OEM lift
Added rear speakers to existing cutouts with Rockford Fosgate Punch P1462
Replaced battery, Autocraft
Replaced wiring on oil temperature sender
Fixed rear washer reservoir
Replaced Exhaust (cat back) Techtonics Tuning 2″ Dynomax Muffler (aluminized)
Replace interior fan with reconditioned OEM
Replaced all three wipers with Bosch Micro Edge
Flushed cooling system
Replaced coolant thermostat with Techtonics 80 degree
Replaced auxiliary fan switch with Techtonics 82 degree
Replaced drivers side rock guards
Replaced right rear tail light, OEM used from yard
Replaced reverse light switch
Powder coated bumpers, wipers and antenna
Resprayed entire car with original paint color
Replaced window and door rubber and seals
Replaced alternator, rebuilt OEM
Replaced transmission fluid with Redline MT90
Replaced engine oil and filter with Redline 5W40 and K&N Filter
Well those are the highlights, contact me with any questions.
Repalced all four tires with Yokohama AVS ES100
Will include all spares, a little touch up paint and anything else I have that pertains to the car.
As I’m writing this, bidding has just barely cracked $8k but it has a week left on the auction. I suspect there are a lot of VW enthusiasts watching this auction. If it stays under $10k it’s an outstanding buy, but I have a feeling it will nudge a bit above that. No matter what, the writing is on the wall: though perhaps on a different scale, the GTI is heading the way of the E30 M3. To use the hot word in San Francisco, it’s worth noting you can’t spell “gentrification” without G-T-I.