1985 Volkswagen GTI

With a sharp rise in values accompanying much greater interest in the late 80s and early 90s cars, I have to say I’m not surprised to see the trickle of clean Mk.2 GTIs coming out of the woodwork. It’s the best time to sell one since they were effectively new, after all. Recently we’re looked at two nice 1.8 16Vs, a 2.0 16V, and even a few mint early 8V models. Today, another Mars Red ’85 has popped up worth considering:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Volkswagen GTI on eBay

Year: 1985
Model: GTI
VIN: 1VWDB0177FV074757
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 80,345 mi….maybe…
Price: No Reserve Auction

“Original california survivor, comes complete with the orig motor trend car of the year sticker still in place, Car is basically 99% all original down to the paint which show very well,bent antennae,RUST FREE minus a few tiny spots at bottom of windshield, Other than a few minor ding/dents the paint shows very well for being 35 years old and has a very nice shine. The interior is VERY WELL KEPT. and shows as good as Ive seen on an 85 GTI, has and updated radio with ipod connect that looks very nice on the dash. the engine was gone through and runs VERY STRONG, you get a little smoke on startup when cold and it will need a new battery, This car has been gone through and serviced including redone head, Timing belt, radiator, Plugs, most fluids, wires, and MUCH MORE, the tires are new and the car retains all 4 original bottle cap wheels with near new tires….ALL OF THIS WORK WAS DONE LESS THAN 500 miles AGO. as with any old car its not perfect but I think I covered most of it.”

Original 1985 VW GTI Survivor

Original GTI only 1985 interior in great shape
Original Paint
Original California car sold in 1985 at TIMMON’s of LONG BEACH
Original MotorTrend 1985 car of the year sticker still in place
Original Key, owners manual, sales brochure and more from 1985
Original GTI 85 Bottle Cap wheels w/new tires
Lots of recent work to make this car run strong!

Selling one out of my personal collection here, Very hard to find original Red/Black VW GTI w/sunset interior, Original paint has a nice shine, the motor pulls VERY STRONG with the engine recently getting gone through including NEW HEAD, TIMING BELT, radiator, plugs/wires, fluids and quite a bit more to make this car very road worthy. Odometer shows 120k seem to be original but the odometer might not be working well.Car has new tires, brakes, belts and more…EVERYTHING WAS DONE LESS THAN 500 miles AGO.


Orig paint looks nice and holds a very nice shine, car looks very tidy going down the road. (see condition description above for more details)


Car runs and drives very nice with new tires and brakes,steers well and pulls strong in all gears and uphill, stops well and handles great, the clutch is very solid and the car shifts great with new shift bushings. I had my VW only mechanic go through this car to make it a great driver, I dont get to drive it to often so it will need a new battery but hey its an old car and what old car does not need a little tinkering??? All and all I really believe the next owner it going to like the power this little car makes with the new head and all the recent work done.(see condition description above for more details)


The interior in my opinion is really nice for an 85 GTI, the Original 1985 only seats are in great shape showing only a little wear, The matching door panels are also in great shape, the head liner has been replaced at some point but looks good, the dash is crack free, it come with a nice CD player that blends into the dash well and also has a remote and IPOD connect/charger hidden in the glove box, original VW carpet is in nice shape. the steering wheel still retains some original grain and has the GTI center plastic intact, like most 80 VWs the ODO has a mind of its own, but the major stuff work on the interior LIKE THE SUNROOF…yes the sunroof opens and closes. The interior might need a couple things to be perfect but all and all I think its as nice as I have seen in the last 20 years.

I believe I covered most of it above but Im sure there are a few little thing here and there I may have forgot SO PLEASE ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE! CA buyer responsible for any DMV costs while out of state buyers will have their own state to deal with. all older cars need a little work from time to time and Im sure this one is no different, that being said I really think the next owner is going to enjoy this old VW. Cars like this are getting near impossible to find in nice shape.

Selling this one out of my personal collection. I love this car because it drives so strong and handle so well for an original 85. Hard to let this one go but we are building a guest house so I will no longer have a garage spot for it. (keep an eye out as I may be selling a few more original 80’s VW /AUDI cars in the near future).

On Jun-03-19 at 06:44:57 PDT, seller added the following information:

Please note: miles are showing 120k on the odometer, car runs and drives very strong, this car is extremely original for an 85 VW. This is a very hard to find car. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

On Jun-03-19 at 09:40:53 PDT, seller added the following information:

To be 100% clear the car is a 1985, it shows 1995 on the ebay listing. Just want to be clear that this car is a 1985 showing roughly 120k on the odometer. car has original paint and interior.


I just went through what made the Mk.2 GTI recently, so I won’t go back through it – but if you’re interested, check out this post:

1985 Volkswagen GTI with 34,500 Miles

From what’s shown, this car appears to be in great original shape. A California car, rust should be less of a concern and it appears to have lived a reasonably pampered life. Outside of a changed headunit and a broken rear wiper, there isn’t much depicted that’s wrong – though the description and listing of mileage is off. Still, what you see is what you get here – the interior is wear-free, the exterior appears good and it’s claimed to be mechanically sorted. Honestly, you can’t ask for much more on these cars, especially when they’re offered at no reserve, but it would be nice to see better and more detailed photos.

With three days to go, bidding sits at a scant $2,000. That last ’85 I looked at was asking $25,000 for reference, and while it was a lot nicer in presentation, it’s really hard to see how you could go wrong on this hot hatch today.


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  1. Those out of favor “5 speed automatic”s might be keeping the bidding down!

  2. Refreshing to see one that has been spared from crippling suspension mods, oversized wheels or silly cambers. Will it escape the VW bastardization for much longer? Sure hope so.

  3. Had the exact car ’89-91……drove like a bat out of hell.amazing to see the easily faded seats in good shape. Strange seller didn’t source a wiper. The ad is short on specifics, mostly opinion. hmmmm

  4. @fastntq – Ha! Corrected, good catch. Also, take a close look at what’s hiding in that garage….looks like a Zermatt Silver Metallic ’84 4Kq to me!

  5. I know I will get drummed out of my lical union… but the Westmoreland cars were “no bueno.”

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