1999 Volkswagen Polo 1.9 SDI Estate

Here’s another one of those “I wonder how it got here, who knows if it is legal” cars. The Volkswagen Polo was introduced in 1974 as a smaller alternative to the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta. Throughout the years it increased in size, however, even in the late 1990s, as we see with this example, it is a good bit smaller than the average Jetta/Bora estate. Also, with 64 horsepower, it is well off on the horsepower stats as well. Still, it is a neat and fuel efficient subcompact rarely seen here on these shores.

1999 Volkswagen Polo SDI Estate on eBay

Only Polo SDI Wagon in the US. Super low miles, euro car, clean and clear title. 1.9 Diesel engine, 5 speed manual transmission. Winter package, like a Golf TDI but is a wagon. Car achieves 60 mpg on the highway. Blaupunkt stereo, very cool car with a very cool history. More reliable and much more efficient than new TDIs. Will not last, being sold on a first come, first served basis.

We’ve seen that some states in this country that will accept non-US VIN numbers for titling purposes, such as the Audi S3 recently seen for sale in Colorado on Quattroworld. However, the S3 is similar enough to the S4 that it might have given regulators an excuse to turn a blind eye. The Polo…well, there was no related Volkswagen model sold here. If someone is able to work around the DMV and live in a state where laws are rather lax, salut. Your unique, German engineered gas miser awaits.

-Paul

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2 Comments

  1. $11k ask, ouch!

  2. Sometimes, a seller will get lucky and find a buyer with nostalgia pains for this some great car they had back in Europe or wherever. But what kind of buyer will have those sorts of memories for a Polo diesel wagon – enough to pay at least 2X market value? Good luck with that.

    As stated, only the most lenient state DMV is going to let you title and register this. But that’s not your worst problem – wait til you try to ensure it, or worse, file a claim!

    That said, some VW unobtainium fanatic with DMV and insurance connections will probably bargain it down to $8-9K, and show it off at every VW show they can drive it to.

    Personally, if I were going out on that limb, it wouldn’t be for a 12-year-old Polo diesel wagon!

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