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1994 Volkswagen GTI 16V

While the step up to the Mk.3 added a fair amount of size – and accompanying weight – to the Volkswagen Golf, the GTI emerged with the much more potent VR6 engine borrowed from the Passat and Corrado. While admittedly the power and the exhaust note was very appealing, and in hindsight the third generation Golf looks positively tiny compared to cars today, I have always lamented the loss of the what I consider the best GTI – the 1990-1992 16V model.

But, what if that model had continued? Well, it did – just not in the U.S.. What we have here is a 1994 GTI 16V from Europe. Replete with Recaro interior, blacked-out rub strips and fender flares, beefy wheels, and dual-chamber headlights with foglights. But the best part is under the hood, where the 9A lived on as the ABF. With Digifant engine management power was up to 148 at 6,000 RPMs, while torque remained at 133 lb.ft but again higher in the range. One of these gems has turned up for sale on Ebay:

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Year: 1994
Model: GTI 16V
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 53,716 km (~33,300 mi)
Location: Smyrna, Tennessee
Price: $9,967 Buy It Now

Vehicle Description
53,716 Kilometers

So, how the hell does a super low mile European 4-door 16V GTI end up in Smyrna, Tennessee? I have no idea. And the selling dealer offers us absolutely nothing about the car. Win! I just find it pretty baffling. It’s legal to be here at this point, so that’s not really a concern, but beyond the lazy lack of information, there’s just a lazy presentation, too. It doesn’t really look like the car’s been cleaned, and while I’m not a fan of Armor-all saturated photos by any means, so simple plastic restoration would take less than an hour and completely transform the listing. I assume since the car has a metric cluster they know that it’s not a normal Golf, or even a normal GTI, but….I’m at a loss.

What’s really cool is that this one has the Recaro interior PLUS some cool woodgrain trim. Source a shift boot and spend a weekend detailing this car, and I think it’d be stunning. To me, the $10k asking price isn’t all that outrageous given the rarity of the package, the general condition, and that it’s already here.



  1. Christian
    Christian October 18, 2020

    I’m laughing at those floor mats, and the fact that they figured there was no benefit to installing a shift boot.

  2. Cory
    Cory October 21, 2020

    It’s nice to hear the MK2 9A GTI acknowledged as the greatest of a great lineage. Someone should tell it to the MK1 folks.

  3. Andrew Dunlap
    Andrew Dunlap December 1, 2020

    I was just at this place in Tenn checking out a BMW that they have. It seems their speciality is old JDM stuff ,but they get Euro cars from time to time. From what I gather not much into doing any Recon on the cars at all(typical),but they do have some cool stuff. This MK3 is really cool,but I will always prefer my Mk2 Jetta GLI 16V that Im gonna keep around.

  4. Carter
    Carter December 5, 2020

    Interesting, thanks Andrew! Neat that they have the car, but a bit strange they don’t put at least a little more effort in.

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