I am not sure what it is, while it is hard to find a clean MK I GTI. It is exponentially more difficult to find a MK II in that sort of condition. I have my theories as to why but the fact of the matter is that cars such as this are rare.
From the seller –
“Up for auction is my 1986 GTI. This is a great original GTI. When was the last time you saw one Handles like a go-cart with Koni shocks on all four corners. Shifts are crisp and smooth with the Neuspeed short shift kit. Stops well with 4 wheel disc brakes. Interior features grey cloth sport seats with Red stripes. The exterior is Tornado Red with front and rear spoilers, black wheel house flares and tinted windows all around. Absolutely no rust, car has always been in CA or AZ. Original paint still shines. Interior front driver’s seat shows slight wear, no wear in passenger seat or backseat area. Door panels, dashboard, headliner and carpeting are all excellent. I have the original window sticker and build sheet, also the owner’s manual and service manual. Car comes with an extensive amount of service history. The car has 101k original miles and is in very good shape for a 25 year old car. It has an aftermarket radio/cd player in the dash but I have the original radio. It has a performance cat-back exhaust system, K&N air filter, upper and lower front strut bars, and rear upper strut bar. Car could use an A/C recharge and tires, but otherwise is in great condition. GTI enthusiasts take note!!! There are not many of these left out there in this condition. Experience Fahrvergnugen for yourself!!! You won’t regret it.”
It’s all there. Is it a garage queen, no. But this GTI could be a great driver or the basis for a fairly straight forward restoration. There are 12 bids thus far, bidding sits at $1.9k with the reserve not met. If you are truly interested in this GTI you have to look at the buy it now of $3,995 as bidding may well exceed that. I mean, this is no time to be cheap…