1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 2.0 16V

Volkswagen and Audi in the 1980s were an interesting bunch. Consistency in product was just not one of their strong suits, and consequently there are some strangely equipped “changeover” cars that made there way to the U.S.. My Coupe GT is one of these; a digital-dash equipped 1986 non-Commemorative Edition car, it’s one of those “off the books” cars. However, I’m not alone; I had a friend with a 1990 8V GTi that should have had the later “big bumpers” but didn’t. Today’s Jetta GLi must have also been a “Monday” car as well, since although it sports the 2.0 16V engine, it doesn’t have the 1990 aerodynamic bumpers that characterized the 2.0. Either way, it’s red, it’s got Recaros, and it’s got a 7,200 RPM redline:

Year: 1990
Model: GLi 16V
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 109,000 mi
Price: $3,800 Buy It Now

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A dying breed, an unmolested pre-93 Volkswagen is a rare find. An unmolested 16v GLI is even rarer. A favorite of VW enthusaists, the 16v GLIs and GTIs are the top level of performance offered in the MK2 (at least in the US). The 1990 model sported the 134 bhp 2.0 16v (it was 1.8L on earlier GLIs) mated to a quick ratio 5 speed gearbox making these cars are a blast to drive. The GLI also offered Recaro sport seats, BBS RA alloys and a GLI trim package that differentiated it from your every day GLI, Recaro Seats. 109K mileage, well maintained, new studded snow tires,sunroof w/ deflector. One small dent on left rear door, one small dent under trunk lid, one crack in windsheild on passenger side, right rear ext. door handle needs work.

Sellers, sellers, sellers…if you’re going to quote what makes your car special and then not have those items, don’t quote them. Case in point; “BBS RA alloys”. Yes, the GLi came with them but no, the wheels on this car are not RAs. They appear to be RZ alloys, probably off a Corrado. It’s a minor point, but it shows a lack of attention to detail in ownership. That’s backed up by the “quick ratio 5 speed” quote. Steering boxes are quick ratio, gearboxes are close ratio. But ultimately, you’re not buying the seller or the description, so perhaps neither of these things matter but I do have to admit they bother me.

The car shows signs of use, but overall presents decently for a driver. The 16V specific air dam needs to be replaced but last time I bought one from the dealer it wasn’t too pricey, there are some dents, but the important stuff is there. Critically for these cars, it’s unmodified. While it would carry more weight if it was a GTi 2.0 16V, at below $4,000 this car appears to be appropriately priced considering it’s current condition. It sure would make a fun daily driver!


1985 Volkwagen Scirocco


The last few months has seen some crazy expensive A1 Volkswagens, so it’s refreshing to see a neat driver that is in the stratosphere. Today’s example started life as a plain-jane 8V 1.8 Scirocco in Titian Red Metallic, and probably would be higher valued if it had remained that way; but for me, I like what the owner has done with this car. Gone are the diving board bumpers and quad-sealed beams, replaced by the more desirable and slicker-looking European units. Also gone is the slightly anemic 1.8 8V, replaced by a Techtonics Tuning 2.0 16V. Round it out with a fresh set of BBSs, and this is a slick package for sure:


Year: 1985
Model: Scirocco
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed
Mileage: 114,600 mi
Price: $5,500 Buy It Now

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1985 8v Scirocco with Techtonics 2.0 16v engine installed in mid-90s. Three-owner car. We’ve babied and cherished it since June 1990.
–Complete maintenance records since 1990
–New tires (see photos): Yokohama S-drive 195/50R-15
–BBS 15-inch wheels
–Euro bumpers and headlights
–16v body kit, with EXTRA body kit
–Techtonics exhaust
–Bilstein shocks with Neuspeed lowering springs

A few dings and scratches (see photos). Paint is in beautiful shape. Small burn on backseat from previous owner (see photo). (We are not smokers and car does NOT smell like smoke.) Cloth interior of the sunroof has some staining from inside sunroof (see photo). Everything works.

It’s still a blast to drive, and we’re sad to see her go, but need to downsize our car collection.

On Sep-25-13 at 12:36:10 PDT, seller added the following information:

Addition on 9.25, based on query from potential buyer: There is no rust. Hasn’t been driven in winter, and it’s been garaged most of its life. The clutch was replaced when we dropped in the 2.0L engine, in the mid-90s. It did not need replacing, but we figured we might as well replace it with the engine out. The transmission is original and unopened. We have not even replaced the original shift bushings, no need to.

If you like mid-80s VW products, it doesn’t get much better than a Scirocco set up like this. Titan Red Metallic might not be everyone’s favorite, but in this guise the car looks like a 7/8th scale Quattro, and that’s not a bad thing at all. Thankfully, it’s not 7/8ths the complexity or price of a 1985 Quattro, and in it’s current form it’s likely quicker in everything put the snow. With maintenance records since 1990, a solid build, desirable Euro pieces and a great motor choice, this is a great package in my opinion. Better yet, it’s affordable as a driver – $5,500 seems like a steal for all this door-wedge goodness. Buy it now and enjoy trips up the tach for years to come, and I doubt it will lose any value if properly maintained!


1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin


Fewer cars looked more wrong leaving the dealership than the Harlequin Golfs. Schemed up as a marketing attempt to make the rather plain-Jane Golf stand out a bit, they kicked it up a notch by shipping several different colored Golfs to dealers and then having them switch body panels. What they created – perhaps somewhat unintentionally – was a whole culture of VW fans who know way, way too much about the Harlequin. Ironically, I doubt many of them know that it’s named after a duck, but then the people that are into Harlequins are hugely ironic. In any event, let’s take a look at this rare duck:


Year: 1996
Model: Golf Harlequin
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 134,033 mi
Price: $6,300 Buy It Now

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Here is a very rare 1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin. It has 134,033 miles on it and it is the Ginster Yellow base color. It is number 137 out of 200 out of 264 according to rossvw.com. The car is in great condition mechanically and aesthetically and was taken care of by an artist and engineer for 12 years. A lot of effort was put into keeping the paint in pristine condition with regular washing and waxing. Feel free to contact me with any specific questions you may have.



The Harlequin came with several different wheel options – most seemed to have Cabrio/GTi alloys or dealer-installed alloy options, but some had hubcaps. This car, however, has obviously lost it’s originals somewhere along the way. The best solution to wheels on a Harlequin I’ve seen yet was different color-matched BBS RSs on each corner, because why not? They’d certainly look better than the wheels that are currently on this model. A fair amount of Harlequins were automatics, so it’s nice to see a manual and the original “Joker” interior. This particular car was originally Ginster Yellow, meaning none of the other removable panels could be yellow. Properly, I believe that means that the front bumper should not be yellow, so perhaps it’s been redone along the way – not surprising given how easy it would be to repaint just one panel – no matching involved!

Speaking of paintwork, this car has some usual Golf III rust issues, so you’ll probably need to attend to more than just the wheels. Otherwise, the 2.0 ABA is a pretty solid motor and enjoyable to drive. These are light cars that get great mileage; I averaged around 33-34 mpg and put over 200,000 miles with the original motor never apart on mine. If you’d like a unique part of Volkswagen history, this is certainly one way, but it’d make a decent driver too. There were only around 260 of these imported to the U.S., so you’re not likely to see another pass you – ever. Is that exclusivity worth $6,000? That’s strong money for a A3, but the Harlequins do demand a premium. It will be interesting to see if this car gets close to that figure.


1999 Volkswagen GTI 2.0 Supercharged

The regular readers of this site know that I owned a MkIV GTI. So did our fellow contributor Brian. We’d both agree that these were not Volkswagen’s most stellar effort to date. As Brian once quipped, these cars were “fat, bloated and slow. Like Elvis in the seventies.” He had his Rave Green VR6 for a year and a half, during which the intake shifter rod failed. I had my Satin Silver 2.0 for exactly two years, during which many trim pieces fell off inside and out, and the dashboard lights and warning lights would flicker on and off like a pinball machine on full tilt.

Now that the years have passed, is it time to give these hatchbacks a second look? While they aren’t exactly faithful to the original GTI formula of nimble handling and lightness, it wasn’t all terrible. The handling was a bit more ponderous than my MkIII GTI 2.0, but it was still a fairly fun car. One thing I wish it had more of was power. Due to my young age, I couldn’t afford the insurance and extra cost of the VR6 model at the time. But the idea of bolting a supercharger to the “2.slow” was an attractive idea. This Cosmic Green 1999 GTI 2.0 has the Neuspeed supercharger kit under the hood as well as a cat back exhaust and Bilstein shocks.

Year: 1999
Model: GTI 2.0
Engine: 2.0 liter supercharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 122,054 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Volkswagen GTI 2.0 Supercharged on eBay

This rare, German made MK4 was purchased from the original owner in Santa Barbara back in 2009 with 72k miles. Since then, it has only been driven summers and stored inside over the winters. The car is tastefully modded with an array of Neuspeed goodies and performs great with no hindrance to reliability. This car is female owned and has never been raced or tracked.

The car recently was driven for a summer vacation and didn’t miss a beat along the 26 hour journey. It has seen only synthetic oil changes (Mobil 1 or Castrol) since new. This vehicle currently has 122k miles on it, but should continue to climb as this car is driven. Everything works, from the A/C and moonroof to the rear wiper.

1999 MK4 Golf GTi
Cosmic Green / Black Sport Cloth
Supercharged 2.0L / 5 Speed Manual

Neuspeed Supercharger Kit
Miltek Sport Full Cat Back Exhaust
Color Matched Engine & Battery Cover

OEM Lupo GTi Shift Knob & Boot
OEM Leather GTi E-Brake Boot
Aluminum Pedals
Alpine Head Unit

Kamei Eyelids
Borath Front Grill
Filled Hood Notch
Filled Bumper Notch
Grillcraft Grill Inserts
Shaved Side Markers
Modified 337 Front Lip
Smoothed 337 Rear Apron
Caractere Rear Roof Spoiler
Hella Magic Color Tails
Color Matched Rear Badge

Bilstein Shocks
Neupseed Sport Lowering Springs
Neuspeed Front Strut Tower Bar
Neuspeed Rear Sway Bar

Wheel & Tire:
16″ Steel Wheels
205/55R16 Summer Performance Tires

**Note: The car will not come with Porsche Wheel & Tire Setup**

More photos can be found here:


The car had the timing belt & water pump work completed when we took ownership, as well as a fresh supercharger rebuild two years ago. It also received a new power steering pump and brakes last season. Although not perfect, this is an exceptionally clean, 100% rust-free example of a well-rounded MK4.

Sale includes some extras such as two sets of floor mats, windshield sun shade, and a nice stack of past receipts/history.

The MkIII and MkIV GTIs fall in that range of not yet classic but too old to be desirable for those considering a slightly used vehicle. In the case of the MkIV, with exception of the R32, they weren’t exactly as loved as the Mk1 or MkII, or even the MkIII, some would argue. The one thing that bothers me about this ride is that the seller is unwilling to sell the car with the wheels, which is a shame in this case. I think the Porsche turbo style wheels certainly dress up this ride. If I were selling a car, I’d have it equipped as sold. I wouldn’t tease people with aftermarket bits you aren’t going to include. As it sits, I’d expect this car might bring $4,500 to $6,000, given that the modifications are fairly tasteful when it comes to tuned Volkswagens of the period.


1976 Porsche 914 2.0

We’ve featured a great many 911s, 944s and 928s here on GCFSB. One Porsche that hasn’t gotten much love is the 914. A joint venture between Volkswagen and Porsche, this sports car was born out of Volkswagen’s desire for a halo vehicle and Porsche’s desire to expand their lineup and find a replacement for the four cylinder version of the 911, the 912. In 1968, the prototype 914 was presented and the car went on sale as a 1969 model. Offered with both a horizontally opposed four or six cylinder engine, both variants were badged as Porsches in the US market, with the four cylinder cars badged as a Volkswagen-Porsche in Europe.

This 1976 version for sale in Georgia is the final year of the 914, and by this time, crash bumpers and a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine were part of the package.

1976 Porsche 914 2.0 on eBay

1976 Porsche 914 anacona blue collector quality. We are very happy to offer this collector quality 1976 Porsche 914 2.0 with only 53,000 original miles. As you all know the 914 are rapidly appreciating in value, following the 356 and earlier 911 models to rooftop values as everyone seems to appreciate these high quality build, last of the air cooled Porsches. Personally, knowing that the 914-6 models are now out of reach, I give the Limited Edition 914-4s followed by the 1976 models the highest collector values. The 1976 models in particular are very valuable because they were the last of the breed, the fewest produced of all of the four cylinders, and had all of the factory improvements developed over the years. No 1976 model was ever made in 1976, the last built in 12/15.

This is a November production car, with options of tinted glass and center seat cushion. This particular 914 certainly qualifies as one of the most collectible and if kept in its current original condition, will skyrocket in value in the next years. One of the best 914 colors ever painted (ancona blue L97b) and with only 53,000 miles, this car well shows those low miles with impeccable interior and body, totally original engine compartment, and immaculate front and rear trunks. In addition, the spare tire is the factory original having never hit the ground, the tool kit is complete, the owners manual and cover in the glove box, has all four original keys, and comes with the original factory window sticker and a file with the original maintenance receipts. The fussy owners actually kept the three sets of points, distributor cap, condenser, and rotor sets they changed over the years!

The body is as original as one could want, never rusted, never wrecked and with at least 95% of the original finish. The car had stick on side molding and negative side stripes installed early on (that I personally removed) and because of their years of installation, one can see slight etching of the original finish. However it is not bad and the paint is in such nice condition and shines so beautifully that it should NEVER be painted upon! The only other problem with this car (If you would call it a problem) is that it was rustproofed when new. This probably preserved all of the original paint under the wheelwells and floor boards and with some intense steam cleaning one could actually re expose this factory fresh finish!

This 914 drives as well as ANY 914 four cylinder I have ever driven, (as you all know I have driven literally thousands and well remember how they drove when brand new!) and our shop has thoroughly serviced the car so you can drive it home with confidence if you so choose. I like this car so much that I would consider it a very worthy 914 collectors car, it is that nice. I have my own black ’76 2.0 in our small showroom, and this one would certainly rival it. As usual I have a reserve on this car, but it is very small as I really what someone who will appreciate this car to get it for a bargain price. You will not be disappointed!

A typical late model 914 2.0 will fetch anywhere from $14,000 into the low $20,000 range. Given the low mileage and original condition, I’d wager to say this 914 might bring somewhere in the low $20,000 range. Anything over that starts reaching into mint 911SC and 3.2 territory and then you’ll find yourself saying “I coulda had a 911.” Still, given the pleasant color and condition, this car presents well and given Volkswagen’s recent drive to purchase an over 50% stake in Porsche, reminds us how intertwined the histories of these two manufacturers are.


Rough 1974 Porsche 914 Bumblebee For Sale

We have featured these cars, um, in much better shape before but the prices for those 914’s are somewhere in the $20k range.  Here is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor, so to speak.  This is one of 500 “bumblebee” edition 914’s.  These cars are getting harder to find so beggars cannot be choosers.

1974 Porsche 914 Bumblebee:

From the seller –

“1974 Porsche 914 limited edition find of the week.

We are thrilled this week to offer you our fellow 914 enthusiast this fabulous “bumblebee” limited edition running restoration.  As we all know these limited edition models were the only special 914 models ever made and only 500 of the white with orange and 500 of the black with yellow were ever made, thus making them one of the rarest 914s in history.

Current restored values of these cars are in the 25,000 dollar plus range and with the six cylinder versions hitting the ceiling, this is the next 914 to go sky high.

Equipped standardly with the fabulous 2.0 engine, front and rear sway bars, dual horns, driving lights, center console with gauges, Mahle wheels and rear anodized roll bar chrome, these cars had additionally color keyed bumpers and rocker panels as well as

bold negative stripes and specially designed factory front spoiler.

This car additionally has installed the so called “factory” air conditioning, an option provided by the Porsche audi volkswagen network but always installed at the dealer before new car delivery.

Although this 914 looks a little sad, as you can see by the pictures, the car is very very straight with light rust except for the  battery area, which results in the frame rail rusting as well.

Someone has “executed” a crude repair in this area which of course will have to be redone, but luckily we make all of the reproduction parts and actually repair these cars daily in our award winning restoration shop.

You will be thrilled to be the high bidder on this piece of Porsche history never to be repeated.  As you can see by the factory letter, the car comes with its pedigree, and all of the many pictures show you that the restoration is not comprehensive what so ever. ( We like 914s the best because they are simple cars with half of the parts of a 911 or a 356 and very straight forward so even the amateur restorer can complete a fine job! “

Auto Atlanta is an excellent organization, I have been buying parts from them for close to 20 years.  I consider them an authority on all things 914 so I trust their description without hesitation.

So, what is this Bumblebee worth?  My guess, as rough as it is, somewhere in the $7.5-8k range.  Factor in another $10k for resto and you will have an excellent Bumblebee to show and/or drive.  I will be curious to see where this auction ends up.  Bidding currently sits at $2.9k with the reserve not met.