1984 Volkswagen GTI: Featured in Performance VW

The kind of Mk1 Volkswagen GTIs available these days usually fall into three camps: well worn out examples, clean originals and those that are heavily modified. The vehicle listed here has been a labor of love for a friend of mine in the Boston area who has been active on the Volkswagen scene for years. For me, this car has just the right mix of modifications and originality that I would be looking for.

1984 Volkswagen GTI on VW Vortex

The seller states:

84 GTI cashmere white with blue interior. Featured in Performance VW, February 2009.

Engine:
2.0 ABA (recent swap 5/10)
Head ported, and valves done (5/10)
T360 trim turbo (new 7/10)
AWIC
ViPEC v44 standalone, installed and tuned at Diebold Autosport
many new parts done at time of swap (radiator, gas tank, starter, braille battery etc…)

Transmission:
020 CHE with peloquin diff
empi axels

Wheels & Suspension:
5 x 15″x7″ mirror polished Zender Turbos with Toyo Proxes 195/45/15
H&R Coilovers (installed 9/10)
H&R Swaybar/Scorocco K-bar

Body:
Clean original paint (some marks, and such, but it’s original)
Happich pop-outs
All seals & stripes replaced
Powdercoated bumpers

Interior:
Custom upholstered recaros (stock seats included)
Rare Zender/momo steering wheel

This car was essentially rebuilt this summer, and is finally where it should be.

$14,000 obo

Two of my favorite things about this car are the amazing custom upholstered Recaros and that Zender steering wheel. Knowing the owner of this vehicle, I can affirm that this car has been maintained to the same high standard as my vehicles have been, which means obsessive, regular cleanings and an impeccable maintenance record. The other good thing about this car is that unlike low mileage Mk1 GTIs that haven’t been exercised regularly or that you would be afraid to drive around the block, this example has been driven (albeit not on a daily driver basis). The neighborhood of $14,000 might seem high for a Mk1, but if I was going to drop that kind of money on one of these, it would have to be the best. And this one, in all honesty, is.

-Paul

Affordable (?) 2006 VW GTI RSS for sale

It doesn’t please me to say that the MkV GTI never did it for me, though I know I’m not alone in this feeling thanks to styling that was simultaneously overly bold (the front end) and completely unimaginative (the rear). The MkVI has proven that the V was a sort of ugly-duckling phase, maturing into a handsome and sharp package. That said, the MkV is remarkable for its reintroduction of energetic fun to the GTI, and mechanically is not far behind the newest generation. This platform is ripe for modification and today we have an example on eBay that has some of the most popular mods you’ll see in your European Car or local Dubfest, including a VF Engineering/GIAC turbo kit and Stasis chassis upgrades. All of this with a Buy-it-Now of under $15k, and I’m thinking this is a lot of bang for your buck.

Work from VF Engineering outlined by the seller:

GIAC “RSS” GTI

2006 Volkswagen 2.0 TFSI Golf GTI 6-speed.

Engine and Transmission:
Stock engine and transmission. No internal modifications.
VF/GIAC RSS Turbo system
GIAC Flashloader for switchable ECU program modes for different fuel qualities
Garrett GT28RS Ball bearing turbo
High flow OEM replacement “rail” pump
High flow OEM replacement FSI fuel injectors
AWE full turbo-back exhaust

Chassis:
VF-Engineering 3-piece replacement engine mount set
STaSIS Engineering Touring Suspension

Performance as measured (at the wheels) on a Dynojet 224XLC
Multiply figures by 1.15 to convert to flywheel values

336 whp, 283 wtq on 100 octane at 17 psi “Race fuel mode” (Red on dyno plot)
300 whp, 281 wtq on 91 octane at 17 psi “Pump Gas mode” (Blue on dyno plot)
(torque limited for reliability of stock engine internals)

If anyone has some info on buying modified cars and would like to share in the comments, that would be great.

My personal take is that even with 75k miles on a tuned car, I think the new VW/Audi platforms are supposed to be pretty robust and getting 300 whp on pump gas for $15k is a recipe for fun. Complaints are few from this peanut gallery and center on the exterior; it might be my perfect MkV with a quieter take on the slick white/black exterior and a TDI Cup front bumper. Plaid interior and a good old-fashioned stick shift emphasize that this is a no-nonsense car, ready for some affordable back-roads fun (not counting tickets).

-NR

1978 Volkswagen Scirocco

Even though 22 years have passed since the Volkswagen Scirocco was sold here in the United States, they still have a strong following. Here is an early example of the breed on The Samba that has some period correct styling touches and the later G60 engine that saw service in the Corrado.

1978 Volkswagen Scirocco on The Samba

The seller states:

Cars like this don’t come along all that often…this is a true once in a lifetime time-capsule. I have acquired an amazing 1978 Scirocco G60 and are now offering it up for sale. This car hasn’t seen the road in 20 years, and is amazingly perfect in every regard. Only 32,580 miles were on the chassis when it was taken off the road. Tons of period parts…from the rare BBS body kit with fender flares, to the rare Zender Turbo wheels, super old-school Momo steering wheel, shift knob, etc.

No part has been left untouched. The entire shell has been resprayed, and the undercarriage is almost as shiny as the roof. The interior has been re-trimmed in green leather (headliner to match) with black accents. When have you ever seen a car as completely period correct and perfect as this? Not ever.

The engine is a 2.0 G60 8v with a ported stage 3 G-lader, lower front / bottom mounted intercooler and a full Supersprint exhaust from the header to the tailpipe.

Obviously a Scirocco this nice should not go to just anybody. It deserves the proper owner who is going to love and cherish this car for exactly what it is…an amazing example of period styling and parts. It is for the passionate enthusiast who knows that the chances of finding another Scirocco as clean and perfect as this are pretty much close to impossible these days. As such we are currently accepting offers on the car but I do not expect to have a problem finding a new owner with the right price in mind, so don’t wait around if you’re interested.

Parts include:

* Neuspeed sway bars
* Neuspeed strut bars front / rear / front lower
* Neuspeed Springs w/ shocks
* 2.0 G60 motor
* Stage 3 ported G-lader
* Chip, etc
* Supersprint header / exhaust
* BBS body kit including front spoiler, fender flares, side skirts and rear valance
* Zender Turbo wheels, 15″ w/ 205/50 Kumho tires
* Momo steering wheel (not sure which model, looks like part of the I.D.E.A. system from the late 80s / early 90s?)
* Momo Shift knob (also very rare, never seen one like this)
* Fully re-trimmed interior, green leather
* Super clean
* Super low miles
* ZERO RUST!

There is no doubt this is a clean Scirocco, however, the colors may not be to everyone’s taste, obviously. The scheme of this particular Scirocco reminds me a lot of the Lotus Esprit Jim Clark special from 1991. Personally, I think $12,000 is a bit optimistic in this market. If this was more like $7,000 to $8,000, we’d be in the ball park. Still, a rare, clean example of the people’s car styled by Giugiaro.

-Paul

1993 VW Corrado VR6 for sale

I’ve strayed from the strong affinity I felt for the Corrado in the early days of my VW obsession. Not because they aren’t great; I’ve just been busy discovering older, weirder, and/or faster Germans to focus on. Yet there’s always something striking about this little bulldog of a Volkswagen, a car more aggressive than they seem to be interested in making these days. It pulls you back in with promises of affordable, ethereal driving magic. Maybe this one is the good one…

1993 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 for sale on Craigslist SF

You’re just gonna have to be careful on these and get it thoroughly checked out. That said, this one isn’t overly modified or beaten to hell. No cream puff, but that helps out the affordability factor, bringing this in at $4000 OBO. If you can handle a few visual imperfections and fixing the sunroof, I think you could make a good deal and have some fun miles beyond the 140k it’s covered so far.

-NR

B-e-a-utiful 1984 VW GTI

The MkI GTI in Mars Red is like rosso corsa Ferraris- sure, they look great in other colors (I could do white or black), but they just look right. Today’s low-mileage example has had the benefit of a recent respray and redone interior too. First-gen GTIs don’t get much better than this.

It won’t take much to make this baby perfect. I probably would have gone for the black/plaid interior if I had my druthers, but that’s negligible in the face of how nice the seller has made this car. Don’t know what his reserve his but he says he’ll take significantly less then $10k. With only 106k miles I’d say it could go as high as $7k, but getting into a Mk1 this clean for around $5k would be a great, and really fun, deal.

-NR

German marques well represented in Watkins Glen.

Having just returned from my annual “business trip” to the Glenora Wine Cellars, formerly Zippo, U.S. Vintage Grand Prix and Racing Festival in Watkins Glen New York I thought it would be appropriate to give you a taste of some of the German metal out on display. In the next couple of days I’ll put up some posts of several of the German street and race cars that I came across for sale while cruising the garage and paddock. Over the course of the weekend I saw all the major marques we cover, except one, represented racing on the track and though there wasn’t one racing, an Opel GT was prowling the car corral. If you ever find yourself near the Fingerlakes region of New York early in September put this event on your calendar. It continues to be one of the largest vintage racing events in the country seeing between 400 and 500 of the finest and funkiest vintage and modern classic racers zooming around the birth place of road racing in America. Here is a  small look at a few of the German machines:

The fast included:

1. a legendary 2000 Audi R8 that turned the fastest time of all competitors with ease.
2. a pair of BMW CSL racers looking and sounding fantastic.
3. a pair of serious M powered Formula cars.
4. a new 2011 Mercedes SLS, parked next to an equally fast Ferrari 599, I overheard someone say both cars were for sale.
5. Speaking of fast and Ferrari, the Audi S4 pictured in this photo can be seen leading a Ferrari 355 challenge. When the rains came Sunday the Audi took control garnering a second place overall in its class race. Despite a fogged windshield, due to non functioning defroster, the Audi left the Ferrari far behind in a roar of turbo whine and quattro powered rain plumes.
6-7.Audi wasn’t the only German with a quest to beat up on Ferrari, note the badge on the rear of this mean sounding Mercedes 190E 2.3-16V. Unfortunately for this Merc it finished back in the pack unceremoniously being out driven by the likes of a 4 door Peugeot 505.

The funny included:
8-9. Some of the amusing Porsche badges on the Pirate Racing team.
10.a Mercedes 190E M sport.
11. a BMW 323i with a bumper sticker describing how it feels being out on the track.

The pretty included:

12. a nice looking BMW E28 M5
13. a cherry 500E with some contemporary German pals.

The doesn’t fit in any category:
14. a Vixen 21 BMW powered motorhome. These are extremely rare, 100 MPH RVs. Around 500 total were built and I suspect that combining the words high-speed and motorhome has resulted in far fewer surviving today. Ironically Jalopnik posted a picture of one just yesterday in a post about “Automotive Unicorns”. This one looked every bit like it came straight out of the movie Blade Runner. Very cool.

License Plates:
15-18.

~Evan

Museum-worthy Restored 1964 VW Karmann Ghia

It’s probably my life of modest means that attracts me to cars that provide a good value, allowing me a slightly more realistic daydream of ownership. Today’s Karmann Ghia is on the opposite end of the spectrum, a car that, while probably totally worth it, is seriously expensive thanks to a borderline-obsessive restoration just 2200 miles ago. It’s gorgeous inside and out, top to bottom, and the restorer apparently went to the greatest lengths to get every detail correct and perfect. It shows, and while I love me some function-over-form classic German cars, I certainly have respect for showroom-quality classics.

Exhaustively restored 1964 VW Karmann Ghia for sale on the Samba

Just look at that jaw-dropping undercarriage. It has a great description so I’ll leave it to the poster:

Offered is a 1964 Karmann Ghia, restored by veteran VW specialist, Brent Winman. Brent is the Chief Engine Builder at Raby’s Aircooled Technology and has been since 2000. Brent has unparalleled attention to detail and vast VW knowledge with over 30 years of experience. This Karmann Ghia illustrates his dedication to Volkswagen.

You will find cars sold at a cheaper price than this one, but you won’t find a Ghia with the attention to detail and correctness that this car has right down to the infinite details that took Brent years of research to complete.

I brought the body and floor pan back from California in 1998 and had planned to restore it myself, instead I sold the rust free project to Brent and he took the car to a level that simply cannot be put into words.

The car took over six years to restore to the state illustrated by the pictures and video posted in this ad. With only 2200 miles on the entire vehicle since restoration was complete back in 2003 this is virtually a new car, the interior still smells new and the car hasn’t sat outside for one night since being completed, nor has it seen a single rain drop.

Mechanically every nut, bolt and washer was removed. Instead of just replacing many of these fasteners with Chinese reproductions the original fasteners were blasted and reused, that same attention to detail and correctness can be found in every aspect of this car. The entire body chassis and subsystems were completely removed, restored and reassembled and nothing was left attached, this is a full ground up restoration.

The correct 1200cc engine is installed and is detailed right down to the original air filter assembly with the factory writing. The engine performs great and on a 550 mile trip to “Bug Jam” back in 2003 where the car was shot for a Hot VWs Feature it cruised easily at 75-80 MPH with exceptional fuel mileage as I followed Brent in my 912E.

The body of this vehicle is perfect, it has the slickest Gulf Blue paint that can be found and all work was done by Eddie Martin of Murphy North Carolina. The entire chassis was stripped and coated with POR-15 for durability, corrosion resistance and luster.

The car comes complete with the original key and a history that is very interesting. It was restored by a person who is more passionate for VWs than any other person I have met and the job was done with correctness and function. This vehicle is not a daily driver and should be considered a museum piece more than anything else. This Ghia has been restored to showroom condition.

Featured in the January 2005 issue of Hot VWs Magazine, this car has been recognized as one of the best examples of quality restoration in the country.

Totally awesome. I love the color and really appreciate that someone took the time to give this Ghia a rebirth. I can really see it sitting on a showroom floor just as the Beatles hit America. Would I pay $30k for it? No, but I’m not going to say it’s not worth it considering the time and love that went into making it perfect.

-NR

1990 Volkswagen Doka Syncro Tristar

A few months back we featured a few VW T3 Dokas here and here, and yet another one has cropped up for sale on The Samba, this one relatively cheaper than what we have seen lately:

1990 Volkswagen Syncro Tristar on The Samba

The seller states:

1990 Syncro Tristar 2.1 wbx

Yes, a 4 door, 4 wheel drive Volkswagen pickup truck, one of only 500 ever made. The Tristar is the top of the line in the doublecabs. It’s easy to make a Tristar more off road capable, but very difficult to turn a regular doublecab into a Tristar loaded with following options in addition to other Tristar standard options:

factory sunroof
factory anti lock brakes
factory fog lights
antenna in windshield
rear window defrost
power windows, locks, mirrors
aftermarket cruise
H4 headlights
headlight washers
power steering
factory tow hitch
sliding rear windows
factory rear bench seat belts for three
locking rear differential

Truck has dents, scratches, and other exterior blemishes. Repaint or not. Very little rust. Driveshaft is currently in place and vibration free. Titled and registered in California. Comes with spare vinyl rear bench, great for dogs or messy kids.

Price does not include the 16″ rims as shown. Truck will come with stock 14″ rims/tires to match stock 4:86 transmission. I have some 15″ Ronal rims which would look great on this truck and would still match standard gearing. Optional higher price of $17,900 will include a fresh rebuilt 5:43 drivetrain w/ rear locker , decoupler and front locker (three knob setup) 16″ rims w/ 225/75/16 tires as shown, coilover suspension. New 2.1 motor was installed in Germany, runs strong.

Rare opportunity to own a great driving practical collectable that turn heads ! This rare truck will hold it’s value over time. Offered for a bargain price because of the dents which can easily be pulled out. Almost no seam rust which is very common in doublecabs. Sorry, no trades, serious buyers only please.

While I’m not a truck person, these things have that similar basic appeal that draws me to the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen. Someone out there is sure to snap this Doka up at this price and it will more than likely soldier on for many years to come.

-Paul

1983 VW Jetta Coupe for sale

While there’s been on/off talk of a new Jetta Coupe for the past decade or so, they haven’t produced on since the Mk2 series ended in 1989.  This is a shame as the concept pictures of more modern coupes are quite attractive, and examples from 80s are awesome but rare.  The sharp Jetta shape looks better just a little more compact, and this one for sale on VW Vortex is looking great in the Mk1 Mars Red and black.  I’ve always wanted this color combo on an early GTI, but the funky rarity of a Jetta Coupe might even be a little cooler.

1983 VW Jetta Coupe for sale on VW Vortex

The list of upgrades is too long to put here, but worth checking out on the listing if you’re interested in VWs.  Essentially, this is a thoroughly gone-over and loved Mk1 that’s better than it left the factory without being over the top modified.  There are some scuffs and scratches outside but overall it looks great with that color, clean vinyl molding, and decent black wheels. The tweed interior is as perfect as one could put in a Mk1, and the running bits are very well-chosen and sorted.  The seller is looking for $3,900, right in the middle of what I consider acceptable Mk1 range: beaters around $1k (or less), showy engine swappers closer to $7-8.  The time, energy, and care put into making this a great little coupe makes me think it’s a good price for a fun and funky alternative to more common VWs.

-NR

Low, low mile 2004 VW R32 for sale

Until the new Golf R comes out, provided VW blesses us deprived ‘mericans with its presence, the 1st-gen R32 will be top on my list of modern VWs to have thanks to its healthy VR6, 6-speed, and awesome 4Motion all-wheel drive.  I don’t think I’m alone in this, as the much newer (and thus less used and abused) 2008 models are going for just a few thousand more on the market.  Today, I found a magically low-mile and clean 2004 in Black Magic, though I can never decide if, were I actually to make the purchasing jump, I would go for black or the Deep Blue.  Regardless, this 20k-mile example comes in black, so I’ll go with it.

I’ll preempt the haters and say that this generation of VWs has it’s faults.  It may require some maintenance.  There, I said it, so I can go back to drooling over thoughts of bombing up the mountains with nary a care in my AWD hot hatch.  This thing has gone just over 3k miles a year, in my eyes making it worth the $22,500 asking price provided everything checks out.  Their rarity will only become more important as time goes on, and I think we all, as German car lovers, owe VW a hearty thanks for having the cojones to put out a car like this while a lot of other volume-based companies went bland and beige.  I may have to wait a few more years until I get mine, but a low-mile one like this is what I’ll be looking for.

-NR