We all love a good GTI, especially the first generation. Â The Europeans got the revolutionary hot hatch a few years before the States, and also benefited from an even greater sense of “less is more” with the Euro version. Â Of course the US bumpers weighed down the ends a bit, as well as a clunkier, rectangular light setup instead of the classic Euro quads. Â Today we have an imperfect-but-enticing Euro-spec GTI for sale in the SF Bay Area, in need of a little work but with a lot of great bits providing the foundation for a great A1 GTI.
1978 VW Euro-spec Golf GTI for sale on Craigslist
A list of mods from the seller:
2.0L Audi 3a Bubble Block
8 Scirocco valve head
Scirocco Intake Mani
TT Race Header
TT Low temp fan switch
Replaced Vaccuum Lines
TDI 5spd transmission
Weitech TX Height and Dampening Adjustable Coilovers
Nuespeed Fr Tie bar
Neuspeed Fr and Rear Sway Bars
Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines
Brand new bfg tires on oem 14×6 Snowflake rims
Have all fender flares (currently off the car)
Euro Duckbill front spoiler
Fenders Rolled for 15×8 Widened Steelies (not included)
Euro Bumpers (not running rear)
Euro Quad Headlight Setup
Euro Cluster (kph, speedo is not hooked up)
Euro Gti Grill badge
Euro Golf Gti hatch badge
Radio Delete Panel
Glass in great shape
That’s a lot of great mods for $2700, and I like that he ends his ad with “Cash Talks, if you seem like you’re going to take care of it thats more important than the money.” Â This is definitely a guy who had a fun Mk1 project and is looking to pass it on to a kindred spirit. Â The Audi 3A block originally came with 115hp, probably more now thanks to the upgrades, and either way a significant improvement over the original mill. Â Sitting low on Weitech coilovers, I really like the subdued grey color scheme and roof spoiler. Â It’ll need some work to be perfect, but I think this would be a really fun GTI with a great Euro-theme already established. Â And you know what? Â I kind of like that it’s a dirty little monster. Â If I had a little more in the bank, I’d go offer $2500 and have some fun.
Beauty may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but A1 GTIs are so gorgeous. Â Something about the perfect little two-box shape, wide fenders, and sharky little nose get me going. Â And yes, they’re on just about everyone’s short lists for best-handling, most fun, and most influential cars. Â 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. Â But I digress. Â If I had $5k to spend on a fun little car right now, a clean Mk1 GTI would be where that money went. Â 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). Â 63k miles is awesome, and despite a few imperfections, this thing is superb. Â A well-maintained GTI with lots of life left in it? Â Worth quite a bit of money to me. Â If you’ve been waiting for the right one, jump in with the dozens of other bids…
Here’s a very clean looking 1984 Volkswagen GTi for sale on VWVortex. The seller is in Portland and from the looks of it, this car has been in the Northwest most if it’s life with no rust. That interior is nearly spotless too; check out the condition of those seats!
quote from seller’s listing on VWVortex:
This is a very stock/original GTI. 133k on the motor (1.8 8v JH) and trans (4k). Modest performance enhancements, upper and lower stress bars, 60/40 cup kit, TT short shift kit, dual outlet exhaust and downpipes with TT cat back, just put in a brand new battery too. AC works and blows cold. Currently stored indoors as it has been for the past 5-6 years.
Interior is as nice as you will find. Redone headliner and seats, uncracked and uncut dash, all trim pieces in place. Rear seat and parcel shelf are awesome. Recently installed a Concord two knob deck with decent dash and rear speakers.
Body has zero rust, sunroof was recently rebuilt, all doors and ignition are keyed the same, rubber is uncracked and fresh. Just had the pinch-welds straightened and undercoated. a new decal kit installed, and had the bumpers powder-coated. Clear-coat is great on the entire car with the exception of the top of the drivers side fender. This is not the cars original fender. I replaced it after it got dented when parked. It was the nicest OG paint I could find.
What’s “wrong” with it:
– Rear sprayer for the wiper doesn’t work.
– That’s it!
I’m not sure what else there is. It’s really a nice example of a stock 25 year old GTI.
I’m asking $4,500 firm.
As a long time MK1 and MK2 VW fan, I’d have to say it’s been since high school since I saw a Rabbit GTi this clean and original. While $4500 may seem like a lot to some, good luck finding one this nice for less.
Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at the VW GTI’s and parts that are currently for sale!