The Volkswagen Fox is a model which is almost entirely overlooked by us. It’s not because we don’t like the concept of the entry-level Volkswagen brought to the U.S. from Brazil, but the budget pricing coupled with legendary 1980s Volkswagen reliability and build quality (cough cough) hasn’t exactly left a plethora of examples of these small VWs left to contemplate. The Fox was offered in three configurations – two door coupe, four door sedan and two door wagon. Without a doubt, it was the wagon which gets the most enthusiast attention these days. In profile, it looks a bit like a B2 Audi if they had made a wagon, and indeed pop the hood and you’ll see the same longitudinal configuration. Some parts are even interchangeable with the B2 Audis, like the steering rack. But more of this car was shared with the Golf than any Audi product, and though the Fox resurrected the Audi B1 nameplate here the two shared only a passing resemblance. Infrequently seen, these little wagons are neat cars that march to the beat of slightly different Brazilian drummers:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Volkswagen Fox GL Wagon on eBay
Model: Fox GL Wagon
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 112,600 mi
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Price: $9,900 Buy It Now
You cannot help but to have a soft spot for this car:
GR Auto Gallery is pleased to offer this ultra clean, highly original 1989 Volkswagen Fox GL 2 Door Station Wagon for consideration. This “shooting brake” wagon was sold new in California, and remained with the original owner in until it was purchased by a driver enthusiast from Michigan in 2011. As a true enthusiast, he took the train to California, purchased the vehicle with 102228 miles, and embarked on drive around the west coast and headed back to Michigan.
Today, at just 112643 original miles and as a result of proper ownership and care, this 1989 Fox remains in very remarkable original condition throughout. The exterior appears to retain most if not all of its factory original paint, factory original trim and glass. The Beige interior is overall very clean, the dash is near perfect, the driver seat shows a little stress as does the rear sail panels on the rear trunk area. The engine compartment remains very tidy and the underside reveals an outstanding original structure where there is nothing to hide.
Now for the good part. This car drives amazing. The 1.8 liter inline 4-cylinder engine is very spirited, the 4-speed manual transmission shifts flawlessly, the clutch has great feel, the suspension is tight and the car brakes straight. For those of us who had Volkswagens back in the 80’s and 90’s, this Fox gives that familiar feel that is unique to the brand. By design, the car is spartanly optioned with power brakes and air conditioning. The A/C is complete, the compressor turns on and blows cool.
This 1989 Fox Wagon just brings smiles to faces wherever seen. It is so wonderfully simple, yet sporty and fun to drive. It has spunk. This is an opportunity to get into a very unique and mechanically fit car. It is a must see and a must consider if you are looking for a unique car as a driver with some future upside. Recent services includes: new ignition switch, valve cover gasket replacement, cooling fan switch, brake inspection, shifter bushings, trans oil, brake fluid flush and fill, upper and lower radiator hose, new fuel tank and lines, etc.
This Fox comes complete with its original owner manual, service records of what is mentioned above, a second set of keys, a complete driver log of nearly every mile since purchased in 2011 at 102228 until our acquisition and current mileage of 112643.
What was unique about the Fox was that longitudinal engine arrangement in a world of transverse configurations. Does it really help the car? No, but the survivor status sure does. The stock configuration coupled with the low-range spec is more compelling than anything else, though it’s pretty surprising that the car has A/C. That said, is this a $10,000 VW? That’s pretty hard to argue, I think. That could get you into a clean GTI, Corrado, or Scirocco if you shop around a bit. At $4-5k it’s a neat alternative. At double that, it’s a strong statement.