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1987 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 16V with 53,000 Miles


This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar cars available to bid on eBay.

As I talked about in a post last April, the 1987 Volkswagen GLi 16V had some unique trim features. 1987 was the sole year in the U.S. that you could buy both a 16V and 8V GLi. Upgrading to the DOHC motor got you a rear spoiler and deeper front spoiler with integrated brake ducts. Though they were the same 14″x6″ size of the 8V model, 16Vs got the signature “Teardrop” alloys (though their actual name is Silverstones). Inside you got some awesome Recaro seats in place of the normal sport seats, and the more luxurious GLi models had many power features available. Both 1987 models retained the earlier split front door window design and narrow door trim as well as the 7-bar grill, but the 16V GLi also got a roof-mounted Fuba antenna. That particular 1987 I looked at in April was in awesome condition with near 140,000 for, so this one should be spectacular with 90,000 miles less:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 16V on eBay

Year: 1987
Model: Jetta GLi 16V
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 53,299 mi
Price: $5,900 Buy It Now

Available is our 1987 VW Jetta GLI 16v five speed manual car – tornado red on black/gray Recaro “Trophy” interior. Just over 53k miles from new. Garage kept on the east end and driven locally – purchased from the original elderly owner in rural PA. Runs and drives very well – a lovingly cared for and maintained GLI. This is a proper “Made in West Germany” VW that is only growing in rarity and value.

Cosmetically excellent with no rust/rot – original paintwork shows beautifully. An unadulterated, factory original car. All functions work as they should including air conditioning and heat. Well sorted – recent maintenance includes new battery, axles, brakes, spark plugs, wires, fuel pump, tires.

Serious buyers only – no trades – clean/clear NYS title – $250 deposit due via PayPal within 24 hours of auction close/payment in full via cash, bank wire, or verifiable cashiers check due within 3 days of auction close/vehicle must be picked up within 3 days of payment unless previous arrangements discussed – sold “as is”. Please ensure you have funds available as I am unable to hold the car for an extended period of time

Overall the car looks well presented from what is shown, though it really could have benefited from a few small details. One, it’s missing the relatively cheap mast for the Fuba – for $30 on eBay, they could have sported a brand new one. Next, while outside the car looks quite clean, under the hood shows poorly for the low mileage. Again, a few bottles of Sonax engine cleaner and an hour of time would have made a world of difference in presentation. However, those quibbles aside this is a pretty tidy 1987 model with reported low original miles and in great condition. The prior 1987 we saw, with 138,000, asked what I felt was a reasonable $6,500. This car, with fewer miles and in close to equal condition, is a bit lower at $5,900. As with last time, that’s a fair amount of fun in great condition for not much scratch and these GLi 16Vs have serious enthusiast credentials.



  1. Scott
    Scott August 14, 2016

    “Dirty” does not even begin to describe the engine compartment. Look at the low coolant level – looks more like “neglect” to me. Not a car to buy without a thorough PPI.

  2. greggiekay
    greggiekay August 14, 2016

    I know these car very well, that looks like more than the stated miles worth of underhood smegma

  3. Carter
    Carter August 14, 2016

    Agreed, the claimed mileage should be verified. Pretty easy to roll back the odometers on these A2s.

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