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1992 Volkswagen GTI 16V

The 1991-1992 GTI followed the same basic recipe as the 1987 model the double-overhead-cam motor was introduced in, but everything was turned up a few notches. Starting in the mid-1990 model year, all US-bound A2s received the ‘big bumper’ treatment; new smooth aerodynamic covers front and rear. To help to differentiate it a bit, the GTI’s blackened arches were widened. Filling those arches were new 15″ wheels from BBS. The multi-piece RMs were lightweight and the perfect fit for the design, echoing other contemporary class-leading sports cars such as the M3. Volkswagen color-coded the mirrors and rear spoiler to match the car, as well, and the GTI got a fresh face with more illumination; quad round lights filled the grill, and foglights were integrated into the lower bumper. Prominent GTI 16V badges still encircled the car.

Power was up to match the heightened looks. Now with 2.0 liters of twin-cam fun, the 9A in the GTI produced 134 horsepower at 5,800 RPMs and 133 lb. ft of torque at 4,400 RPMs. Coupled to the close-ratio 5-speed manual, that was good enough to drop 0-60 times below 8 seconds. That may not sound like much today, but at the time it was another league of performance compared to the typical economy car. Holding you in place were the same heavily-bolstered Recaros that special editions like the ‘Helios’ 1989 Jetta GLI Wolfsburg had enjoyed.

It was a recipe for success, but these cars were also relatively expensive in period, and fell into the global recession time frame which affected sales of nearly all European marques drastically. The general consensus is that around 5,000 of the last of these GTIs were imported, putting their rarity on the level of the M3. But because they weren’t M3s, there are far less around today to enjoy and few turn up in stock configuration for a myriad of reasons. This example is far from perfect, but its rarity means that the price…well, you’ll see.

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Year: 1992
Model: GTI 16V
VIN: 3VWHE21G1NM027057
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 182,500 mi
Location: Coronado, California
Price: $25,995 Buy It Now

For Sale one of the most Iconic GTI of all Time
1992 GTI 16V MK2 finished in Tornado Red
Repainted 1 year ago,
Original Recaro Interior
Refinished Dash looks new
Rebuilt Engine
original BBS wheels refinished as well
New brakes
Coilover shocks
Cold A/C!
182k original miles
Car runs and drives good
All gears are good, although reverse tends to whine a bit when used, common on these older Vw’s

Link to Youtube video here:

Car is Located in San Diego, California
Can assist with shipping
$500 non-refundable deposit due immediately, the rest via wire transfer or certified check
Any questions, please ask! 

If you’re a sane person, I’m guessing that you think $26k for a 182k-mile GTI is..well, not sane. To put it in context, though, look at the pricing of E30 M3s. I’ll grant that the GTI 16V is not an M3 in terms of fit, finish, power, or pedigree, but it does tick many of the same boxes and offers a similar experience in some ways. The high pricing isn’t without precedent, either – a nice example sold in March ’22 for $42,500. Would I rather have an E46 or a 996 for the same price as this car? Well, the BMW and Porsches are really in a different league in terms of performance and comfort, but it can be hard to judge pricing across generations. This car is the ethos of the hot hatch for many, including me, and consequently has an intangible value above and beyond what it *should* be worth.



  1. jimf
    jimf January 22, 2023

    i am with your first sentence…25K for a 182K mile GTi…I dont think so.

  2. Sequential
    Sequential January 22, 2023

    Nice little cat but way too much $ wow

  3. Eam3
    Eam3 January 22, 2023

    In April of 1991 I was going back and forth between a brand new GTI 16V like this one and a leftover brand new 1990 Corrado. I chose the Corrado and enjoyed that car for 7 years. It was a tough choice but mostly because I wanted those damn Recaros so badly :). This is way too much money for this GTI, nice as it is.

  4. Mark Jawdoszyn
    Mark Jawdoszyn January 24, 2023

    I have always said that a MK2 has to appear somewhere on your automotive resume if you are a true enthusiast however at this price it may be best to have a gap in that area but if you must fill that void then this one looks pretty damn solid and exactly how I would have built it back in 1992.

  5. Gti’s aren’t e30 comps
    Gti’s aren’t e30 comps January 26, 2023

    Laughable asking price. This isn’t an e30 comparison.

  6. Dan
    Dan January 27, 2023

    Easily my favorite GTI ever built. My connection is a 1991 16V just like this one that I drove as a newly licensed 16 year old in 1992. The car hooked me! My first car in Fall of 1993 was a 1986.5 16V Scirocco that in June 1998 became my first new car, a MkIII GTI VR6. I still have my MkIII but I’ve always wished it was more like the MkII 16V than it was… fenders, BBS, Recaros… Every GTI after this has gone further away from what the MkII 16V was.

    This is peak GTI in my opinion. People now pay ridiculous money for Honda Civics on BaT so I don’t think this is too far out of line. It’s far rarer and way way cooler than a Civic…including the Civics that were called Integras… So I agree with you Carter…. There is an intangible to these for me too.

  7. Carter
    Carter January 29, 2023

    The GTI on BaT sold for $87,000 plus fees.

  8. John
    John March 21, 2023

    I had the same 92 GTI 16V in Tornado Red and remember calling VW of America in the 90s to ask how many in total 16Vs were sold in 1992? A very nice lady at the HQ fairly quickly found the number of 963 total sold in 1992! So the car is super rare.
    Mine got rear-ended and I got a 97 GTI VR6 which was so much better in every way but also much heavier.

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