1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6

‘It’s like déjà vu all over again!’

Only a week after looking at another example of my favorite GTI – the Montana Green 2.0 16V – we get another of my personal greatest GTI hits. Again, it’s one that’s pretty hard to come across at all, never mind in good shape. In this case it’s Ginster Yellow last-year Mk.3, and yet again after claiming it’s hard to find one, one popped up pretty recently:

1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6

Since I just covered what made the Mk.3 tick, I won’t do so again, but let’s dive a bit into this example. The last one, as it turned out, may have had some issues which prevented it from really being a top-tier example. Is it the same with this pristine and lightly modded one?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6 on eBay

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Wednesday Wheels Roundup

Time for another Wednesday Wheels Roundup, and I have a few neat sets of wheels I stumbled across. First is the super rare and super awesome (but also super priced) Speedline 3-piece wheels for Porsche Turbos. Though they’re listed as 930 wheels, I more often associate them with the 993 Turbo model. They’re not exactly like the Supercup wheels, but they’re not far off. Next is a non-German set of wheels, but a pretty spectacular one – the Clio Williams is one of my favorite hot-hatches, and these would really suit a BMW or Volkswagen 4-lug well, in my opinion. How about the 7 1/4″ width? Next are some rare Carlsson and Abt wheels that need some work but are both hard to find, and we round out the review with some show-ready Style 29 BBS BMW wheels. What are your favorites and why?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Speedline 5×130 18×8/10 Wheels on eBay

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Fired Up Quattro: 1982 Audi Quattro

Obviously I’m the big Quattro fan here at GCFSB, and I’ve carefully tried to track nearly every example that comes to market in the U.S.. I was frankly a bit surprised to see this one pop up, as it comes from a fellow enthusiast who has really enjoyed using the car as a collectable show car over the past few years. A staple at European events like S-Fest and Carlise, this Quattro has been seen and admired by many, who now have the opportunity to own their own rally legend:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 Audi Quattro on Hemmings

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Feature Listing: 1996 Volkswagen GTI VR6 – REVISIT

The clean Windsor Blue VR6 GTi I featured earlier this month has been updated with some new photos and a new listing. West Coast folks, take note – this sure looks like a great example of what’s increasingly becoming considered another classic from Volkswagen!

I’ve owned and loved modified Volkswagens now for going on twenty years, so I’m certainly not new to the scene. Obviously, being a popular tuning and performance platform since its launch, the GTi has undergone just about every conceivable permutation of modifications. Despite what would seem to be an endless pool of candidates, though, I often find examples lacking a clean, well put together look. I’ve also found as I’ve gotten older that the cars that really stand out to me aren’t the wildly modified cars, but the subtle cars; cars that manage to integrate their modifications well into what already was a good platform. Let’s be honest; modifying cars is a very personal endeavor, so of course there are going to be varied opinions about what looks good. To me, find a clean VR6 Mk.III in close to original spec but with just the right hints of spice to make it stand out and be a little less vanilla, and it’s perfect. Make sure those mods are on one of my favorite colors – Windor Blue – and it’s one of the rare cases where I think the seller got it just right:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Volkswagen GTi VR6 on craigslist

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Feature Listing: 1996 Volkswagen GTI VR6

I’ve owned and loved modified Volkswagens now for going on twenty years, so I’m certainly not new to the scene. Obviously, being a popular tuning and performance platform since its launch, the GTi has undergone just about every conceivable permutation of modifications. Despite what would seem to be an endless pool of candidates, though, I often find examples lacking a clean, well put together look. I’ve also found as I’ve gotten older that the cars that really stand out to me aren’t the wildly modified cars, but the subtle cars; cars that manage to integrate their modifications well into what already was a good platform. Let’s be honest; modifying cars is a very personal endeavor, so of course there are going to be varied opinions about what looks good. To me, find a clean VR6 Mk.III in close to original spec but with just the right hints of spice to make it stand out and be a little less vanilla, and it’s perfect. Make sure those mods are on one of my favorite colors – Windor Blue – and it’s one of the rare cases where I think the seller got it just right:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Volkswagen GTi VR6 on craigslist

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Tuner Tuesday Double Take: 1983 and 1984 Volkswagen GTis

Recently we’ve had a wave of lightly modified, good condition A1 GTis. Always a popular platform for tuners and back yard mechanics, the GTi for a long time was cheap, modifications were plentiful, and they mostly lived a hard life. Today, finding clean examples will yield you a highly sought after prize; with so few left, the price has been driven up and nice examples are coming out of the woodwork to test the waters. Today we have two modified but clean GTis – will either be to your taste? Let’s look at the cleaner and more original of the two:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Volkswagen GTi on VW Vortex

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1984 Audi 4000S Quattro Turbo

We’ve been lucky enough to see a string recently of very nice condition 4000 quattros, with the nicest and highest priced breaking the $10,000 glass ceiling on these models. That’s apparently signaled to other 4000 owners that the market is prime to get out at current top dollar, ignoring the confluence of factors that combined to create that record sale. A super well documented, fully sorted and all original example, that car also found the right buyer at the right time. In contrast, today we have a decidedly unoriginal 4000S quattro with an asking price unsurprisingly right around the sale amount for that 1985 model. Will a modded 4000 bring stronger money than the average? Take a look and see what you think:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Audi 4000 Quattro Turbo on Craigslist.org

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4WD Week Tuner Tuesday: 2005 Audi A3 Abt Sportline

As I said in yesterday’s Coupe Quattro post, there are a lot of fun Audis that never made it to the U.S. Also like the Coupe Quattro, the A3 isn’t high on many enthusiast’s lists because we got some very similar cars here. However, there were some unique A3s produced and tuned in Europe that never made it to these shores, and this must be pretty high on the list. It’s a model that the U.S. didn’t see; a manual 3.2 Quattro S-Line 2-door A3, which was then modified by noted Audi and Volkswagen tuner Abt. Abt has been in the game as long as some of the other big boys, and ran the factory-backed Touring Car efforts with the early TTs – so sufficed to say, they know what they’re doing. That know-how comes with a price though, and Abt cars are known for being pretty pricey out of the box – so not many have been sold. Take a look at this great rarity for sale today in Germany:

Year: 2005
Model: A3 3.2 Quattro S-Line
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 127,000 km (78,914 mi)
Price: E. 8,999 ($12,343.93 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Audi A3 3.2 Quattro Abt Sportline on eBay.de

For Sale on behalf of customers is a top well kept Audi A3 3.2 Quattro S-Line ABT Sportline plus!!
250 hp from 3.2 liters
Full leather black
Sport seats
3 spoke leather steering wheel
Heated seats
cruise Control
Climate
xenon
great Navigation
board computer
Central locking with remote

ABT double pipe exhaust system
ABT Rear roof spoiler
ABT side skirts
ABT front skirt
ABT Rear panel
ABT 19 inch wheels
ABT sports suspension

Trade-in possible!

For further questions please contact us at 01716202196

Like my complaints about the second generation R32 were answered with the 6-speed second generation TT 3.2, this A3 has the right gearbox and fun motor combination. Normally I’d prefer a 4-door but the lines of the A3 are prettier than the Golf by a long shot, so the coupe still looks great. The Abt kit integrates reasonably well, though I think the rockers and front spoiler are just a little bit too much. I also much prefer the early 90s Speedline-sourced Abt wheels over more recent offerings, but these fit the car period correctly as they should have been. One neat feature I do really like is the quad exhaust; in 3/4 profile the car reminds me a bit of a streamlined M-Coupe, and that’s not a bad thing at all. For about half the going rate of a second generation R32 then, this car sure looks like a lot of fun – but no, you can’t have it here. Das ist streng verboten!

-Carter

Wednesday Wheels: Abt Sportline A4/A9 3 piece wheels

I’ve always been a big fan of the Speedline-built Abt wheels. For whatever reason, I just think they fit perfectly on Audis. In particular, I think these would look just perfect on a mid-90s S4/S6 or later A4 – maybe in a pinch even on a Ur-Quattro. The three piece, five spoken design is classic:

Year: 2006
Model: Abt A4/A9 3 piece
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 35
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $2,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Abt Sportline A4 wheels on eBay

Very Rare ABT Wheels.
ABT A4 (Same as A9)
8×17 5×112 ET35
Good overall condition. Come as pictured.

While it’s true these are quite rare wheels, I just can’t see the pricing being in line with the condition presented. I mean, if you’re going to ask over top dollar for wheels, you could at least clean the backs and throw a coat of wax on the wheels! The fronts also need some work and there is no mention if the centercaps are included or if the wheels are straight; a few too many questions at the ask price in my mind. However, they’re a rare set of neat wheels, perfect for Audi fitment!

-Carter

Afternoon Accessories: Refresh your keyfob

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Want a simple way to refresh your Volkswagen key fob? As the owner of a few Volkswagens over the past few years, their metal stickers tend to wear off and delaminate. Short of purchasing a few one, you can simply replace the worn sticker that makes it look so dated. Ebay has any number of replacement stickers and colors available, but a favorite of mine has to be this Abt sticker. Abt has been in the tuning game as long as any of the other VW/Audi tuners, but their understated style has always been what attracted me.

Year: 1996+
Model: All
Price: $2.78 Buy It Now

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BRAND NEW REPLACEMENT VW KEY ABT BADGE

This measures 14mm,please check your key fob by measuring space to be covered before purchase.
The sticker is made of metal is slightly curved just like your old badge.
Easy installation, complete with adhesive tape on the reverse side.
Remove your old badge ,peel backing tape and stick the new badge into place.

Will ship the item via envelope to you after payment clearance,so no tracking number.

In modifying cars, it doesn’t get much cheaper than $2.78. For the price of a Starbucks (or if you’re a fancy boy or girl, for half the price of a Starbucks) coffee, you can refresh your key fob. Sometimes it’s the little things that count!

-Carter