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

1984 Mercedes 300TD Wagon Looking fresh in blue

Not too much info to give on this one, but it looks super clean. The 300TD isn’t the type of car a general German car enthusiast will pick out of a crowd for ownership, but they do have quite a cult following in the Benz world. Known for their supreme reliability and ruggedness the 5 cylinder Garrett turbocharged diesel provides enough push to get from here to there. So though I don’t know the mileage in this case does it really matter as long as it has been maintained? It looks like the current owner has taken care of this car for instance those look like Cibié lights out front. The car comes with the 3rd row seat, an extra set of alloys with winter tires, and some extra parts. This car also has the load leveling suspension in the rear to keep the front end down with a heavy cargo. This system can be a pain to work with, but shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Parts in general for the W123 and 3.0 liter engine are plentiful.
The seller gives contact info as 607-two-five-seven-5588, the car was seen in Watkins Glen, New York, but that is an Ithaca number. The ask is $8600. There is probably some wiggle room to be had but, it is not an outrageous price by any means for a well maintained rust free version. I didn’t get a chance to really look underneath or inside, but it did look nicely preserved. That baby blue would look great off in a winter wonderland with some skis on the roof. I actually believe that the W123 300TD has held its value better than its successor the W124. Some fan should give this car a good home in the next chapter of its life.

~Evan

Very rare, very clean Audi Quattro Treser

Today we have a fantastic reader submission with many thanks to Valerio for finding this very rare, very cool, and amazingly well-kept Audi. I am quite a fan of the Quattro, as boxed fenders are just about my favorite styling element of all time and I’m quite enamored with AWD and Audi in general. Valerio’s tip points to a little-known piece of Audi history involving the head of Audi’s rally team, Walter Treser. More can be read here, but essentially the rally boss went on to sell aftermarket offerings for Audis, here including bodywork, wheels, engine improvements and a nice black interior. Adding to the specialness of this car is an amazingly low mileage of 35k, obviously having been owned with an eye towards future collectibility. It’s a very rare, very 80s-tastic improvement on the venerable Quattro, even foreshadowing the style of the later 90-based Coupe Quattro.

1984 Audi Quattro Treser for sale on Classic Driver

Some of the owner’s description:

This Treser UR Quattro is a two owner car which has covered a mere 35, 800 miles from new in the hands of two owners. It has been in the current ownership since 2005, since when just 3000 miles have been covered and it is stored in a heated and dehumidified garage when not in use. It has only ever been used in fine weather.

Finished in metallic black with Treser full black leather interior and high-back, rally style Recaro sports interior, the car is equipped with a host of other Treser options, which include 250bhp engine with high lift camshaft, big valves, a 8 port metering head, larger intercooler and a special airbox. The body has Treser wrap-around rear spoiler, front apron and Treser alloys road wheels, which are now shod with new Michelin TRX tyres.

A Treser UR Quattro is a rarity in itself but an example with just 35,800 miles on the clock and only two owners form new must be unique. It is taxed and mot’d and currently in daily use by ourselves! This car has to be seen to be believed.

The wheels and the wrap-around wing just add to the Quattro’s very epoch-specific styling and the cache of having it be an ultra-rare edition drenched in Audi history is great. Add to that an nicely warmed over 250-hp engine and this thing has some serious grunt to back up the unique looks. If you can get over the babied-low miles (or right-hand drive), it has to be a TON of fun. At 17,677 Euros, or about $23,600, this seems like an awesome deal. Shame it’s in Britain.

-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

63k-mile 1984 VW GTI

Beauty may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but A1 GTIs are so gorgeous.  Something about the perfect little two-box shape, wide fenders, and sharky little nose get me going.  And yes, they’re on just about everyone’s short lists for best-handling, most fun, and most influential cars.  I had the chance to get a lowered, diesel-geared and Quaife-diff’d orange one from the guy who bought my Rabbit Truck, but my dad (I was in high school) had already decided a Toyota pickup would be more reliable and useful.  But I digress.  If I had $5k to spend on a fun little car right now, a clean Mk1 GTI would be where that money went.  This beautiful, 99% original example is for sale in a hot eBay auction with 32 bids at the time of writing.

It’s not perfect, but that will hopefully be a benefit as it will keep the price within the VW stratosphere (though the fierce bidding may threaten a reasonable sale price).  63k miles is awesome, and despite a few imperfections, this thing is superb.  A well-maintained GTI with lots of life left in it?  Worth quite a bit of money to me.  If you’ve been waiting for the right one, jump in with the dozens of other bids…

-NR