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1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI

It’s always hard to top the original. The MkI GTI is revered for being the progenitor of the hot hatch breed, remaining a top choice to this day for those who want affordable, practical thrills. The MkII GTI has steadily been gaining traction in the VW enthusiast realm as the GTI to have if you want a little bit more size and comfort to go with your hot hatch formula. However, it’s hard to find a MkII that hasn’t been tinkered with. Two decades have passed since the last one left the showrooms and with that comes a spate of modifications that run from VR6 engine swaps to ones with slammed suspensions, appealing to the stance crowd. But, every now and then, a true unmolested MkII will surface like this one for sale in North Carolina. This is a higher mileage car, but has been given the attention it deserves.


Year: 1987
Model: Golf GTI
Engine: 1.8 liter 8V inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 207,000 mi
Price: $5,600

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI on The Samba

Golf GTI, Mint Condition, Always Adult Owned, Price: $5,600

For Sale: “Tornado” Red, 1987 Golf GTI 1.8L 8V 207K. All original, unmolested, unmodified 2 adult owner vehicle. Have every service recored since it was new and original window sticker from dealer lot. This is your chance to own a fun reliable hatch back with all the features of a modern equivalent vehicle at a fraction of the price.

Has been heavily serviced in the last year, all factory correct parts used, including; new clutch, transmission seals, tall ratio 5th gear, clutch “finger”, pushrod, pressure plate, drive shafts, alternator, complete shift linkages and bushings rebuild, new brake pads, brake master cylinder, valve cover gasket, heater core, thermostat, coolant flush, new VW specific antifreeze, ball joint, tie rod ends, steering bellow, cabin fan resistor, 4 new single direction sport tires with under 5000 miles…

Factory options include: Sunroof, power windows (motors work perfect no hesitation), power door locks, cruise control, intermittent wipers, rear window wiper, multi function indicator (avg speed, MPG, time, trip miles, oil temp…), air conditioning (system has been upgraded to modern freon, Ice cold), rear defroster, folding rear seats, power steering, electric adjustable mirrors, factory optional sunroof wind deflector, factory Recaro sport seats.

Other extras: 1 extra brand new never mounted snow flake wheel, full header back stainless steel Techtonics Tuning exhaust system with Borla muffler, Jetta dual port header, cylinder head replaced with new big valve head, new black headliner, extra original seat fabric, extra GTI badges, extra door handle, extra CSI fuel distributor, many extra parts…

I’m selling because I have too many vehicles and need to consolidate. Please call, text, or email Will Porter during reasonable hours (9am-9pm) at: (336) 908-two69four ALL REASONABLE TRADES AND OFFERS ARE WELCOME

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While it’s not the more desirable GTI 16V, there’s a lot to like about this MkII. The MkIII and MkIV generations added on pounds and size, so for those wanting one of the last originals, a MkII of any sort will suffice nicely. It’s not hard to tell this car has been adult owned, as it shows. It’s condition is impressive for the mileage. It would be a shame if a boy racer gets their hands on it though, as this is one particular car that should be preserved as it sits. If it is as good as it looks, $5,600 isn’t too bad a deal for such a mint MkII. Given the distance on the chassis, however, some bargaining may be in order and it’s nice to see the seller is open to offers. Ready for a nostalgia trip back to the 1980s? This is a good car to do it in.



  1. Carter J
    Carter J July 20, 2013

    Oh man – great find! I LOVED my 86 Golf 4 door Westmoreland. What an awesome car. I worked with a guy that owned a 87 GTi just like this, but black. I remember driving it and thinking it was so much peppier than my car. Mine was rock solid through 250K, and only died because of a crash. It was cheap to run, as well – still miss it in many ways.

  2. Raymond Lombardo
    Raymond Lombardo July 20, 2013

    What fun. My wife had the ’87 Jetta two door Wolfsburg. Obviously a slightly different car but wow this thing brings back memories — we were dating at the time. Great, fun little cars. Hers had a lot of little issues because it was neglected by the prior owner but these cars are pretty simple and robust if they are cared for, and this one looks it. Not that 5600 is cheap for a 200k mile car, but it is hard to find one that hasn’t been molested, and it’s always, always cheaper to buy the better car. I think a little haggling is in order, but I don’t think the price here is that far off.

  3. ConservativesDefeated
    ConservativesDefeated July 20, 2013

    I had the exact model down to the color……boy do I remember those seats. It was 1989…….bought it used.all of two years..had no trouble selling it three years later.

    Nice to see one still running, though notwithstanding all that has been done, still a hi-miler for the price. Or is the dollar do devalued that five grand is chump change these days?

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