Widebody 1984 Callaway GTI for Sale

Like any good car fans, we love the Mk1 GTI. And what makes cars better? Turbos. Aaron posted a Callaway Turbo GTI earlier this year that Brian revisited after it got a great repaint. At $14,500, it was a bit extreme. Today, however, we have a recently-restored Callaway GTI that has recently acquired some beefy implants to the fenders. The seller leaves a bit to be desired with the description, but the basic arithmetic adds up: amazing driver’s car + quality turbo + beefy looks = fun. Add a much more reasonable price (5 bids are up to a reserve-off $4,600) and this could be a solid buy.

1984 VW GTI Callaway Turbo Widebody for Sale on eBay


From the seller:

I have a rare 1984 Callaway Turbo VW Rabbit GTI for auction. It runs and drives great. it has just gone through a resto. It has neuspeed sway bars front and rear. upper and lower front and rear strut braces by eurosport, Miller-woods microfueler,Peloquin’s Differential, complete rebuilt engine and head was ported and polished with 3 angle valve job,Audi 5000 WUR, new injectors,, new water pump, ABA alternator conversion, corrado G60 Metal headgasket, Tial EVO Wastegate, complete respray of the car inside and out(interior and trim all removed), widebody kit, Hella Grille, B&G coilover kit, Rims are Borbet Type T, 14-7″ Front, 14-8″ Rear, under carriage was re-under coated, turbo rebuilt, poly all over, Buschur Racing battery and battery relocation kit, Rare VWMS Steeringwheel. This is from what I can remember. also included in the sale will be all my spare VW parts and Rial Mesh Rims w/Tires.

I have every receipt from the Resto and alot of callaway literature.
The Car also won 3 awards at DUBJAM 2010 which will go with the car.

Personally, I’d see this as a good starting point rather than a finished car, though someone else may like it as is. I really like the fenders and wild plaid headliner. The quad-rectangle grill is an interesting take, but a car this cool deserves some more tasteful side skirts and a paintjob that doesn’t look like primer. Much more information is also needed on the mechanicals before a purchase is made. Nitpicks aside, this looks like a well-priced and unique take on a Callaway GTI that could quickly be made awesome.

-NR

1984 VW Callaway GTI

UPDATE: The seller writs us that since this was posted the car has now had a complete paint job and some other goodies added:

Older info: For years Callaway has been synonymous with Corvette performance, and to this day they produce some of the fastest turn-key vettes around. Turn back the clock to the 80’s, and Callaway was also heavily in to VW tuning.  This 84 VW GTI, is not only one of the cleanest remaining examples of the classic pocket rocket in its own right, it has been fully prepped R&A Applied Arts which, was and still is one of the most respected authorized Callaway Installers on the east coast.

R+A’s last Callaway: 84 Gti

Project started in 1996,
Engine + trans completed
Balanced Blueprinted + built by Collin @ TT
Stage two port + polish head job
int shift bearings set
piston set 81.5 G-60 Corrado
Rado rods
Bored + Hone block
Modi 8v Intake
Mani Pork + Polish + flowed
Aps 272 cam
Callaway turbo stage II ( last new pipes for ND ) Non AC
Jet hot coating 2000-4100 header pipe / Turbo housing 1300-2000
Water cooled conver.
Trans wide ratio 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
3.94 / .75 5th
quaife
And much more….

Road tested for 846 miles and counting as of November 2011… all receipts avail.

****Updated Installed Parts List from build date(ALL New/with receipts)**** 1/31/12
-Manual Steering Rack
-Autotech Baffled oil pan
-Trans parts: Bolt kit, diff&pinion Bearings,mainshaft bearing, 2&3 syncrows,drive flanges ETC..
-All HD motor mounts
-Autotech close ratio rack&pinion kit
-Autotech short shift kit
-Mocal 25row oil cooler kit
-Aps Euro T-Body
Callaway / ND inter cooler kit non ac
N/D Turbo Micro fueler kit
-VW/Bosch injection system
-TT Stainless Steel 2.25 exhaust with (16v)12in resonation,Borla muffler
-Vw fuel dist. unit
-VW Bosch Ing.Dist & Coil(GLI),knock Box, Ams knock sensior
-16v Sirocco master cylinder
-100mm Drive flanges
– Oem Control arms
– Oem Ball Joints
– Oem Tie Rods
– Oem Hubs
– Poly Bushings complete
– Oem Front Spindles
More work by Colin @ TT
-HD Valve springs
-Drill & tap Crank oil Galleys
-Diassemble & Assemble Short block, Install intermediate,bearings, o-rings

*I know I’m missing a lot more! but you get a clear idea of quality work done….

New parts list: As of Nov 2011- present
100mm Axles Empi
All new seals
Front Scirocco Carriers w/ new calipers 10.1 rotors, pads.
Rears Mk2 Gti/GLI Disc brake conver. All new calipers, rotors, pads.
E Brake cables
Vmaxx Coils
NOS Euro Bumpers , I have the amber lights and clips, just not installed
4 point lower stress bar
Tie rod flip kit
Fuel Filter
Alignment 4 wheel w/corner balance
NJ inspection Passed, good until 05/2013
BBS Rs’s All completely redone (6) Set on the car : F-15×8, 6’inner, 1.5 outer(BFI) R- 15×8.5, 5.5 inner, 2.5 outer(radinox) Plus.. (2) 15×7.5, 4.5 inner, 2.5 outer (radinox) w/o tires
BN toyo’s 195 45 15 on all 4’s..

I will also include OEM (2) BBS 3.0 lips Front, (2) 4.5 BBS Rears to use with the Berg Cup kit,
end note would be F 15×8, R 15X11 they were made that way by BBS for use with BCK’s & Reiger wide bodies..

Have but not installed : Callaway Valve Cover (polished) & Boost Gauge, NIB VDO Boost Gauge.
++++See pics for NOS parts that will be included in the sale++++

Asking $14,500 per forum rules.

In the past few years values of clean MK1 GTIs are certainly on the rise, but high retail is still only $4900.  While this clean example of a GTI is chock full of go fast goodies, and includes a ton of spare parts, at $14,500 it’s about $5K too heavy on price.  It’s going to take the right person to justify this top dollar, whether it be a Callaway enthusiast, or a MK1 GTI enthusiast. That being said, with only a tick over 113K miles, I think you’ll be hard pressed to find such a clean, complete example of the original hot hatch, let alone one that has the Callaway treatment.

-Brian

1984 Volkswagen Callaway GTI With All Sorts of Euro Goodness

See an update on this car with a more recent post here: https://germancarsforsaleblog.com/1984-vw-callaway-gti/

When looking at cars, and I spend more than my fair share of time doing this very thing.  I judge value by internally assigning a grade to the exterior, interior, and mechanical state of the vehicle in question.  Sure there are other factors but these are the three I generally focus on.  Anything in the B+ range seems like a “good” car.  If not, it best be priced in such a way to let the buyer address whatever faults there may be.

So what to do with this?

1984 GTI with Callaway build – A

Pristine interior with all sorts of NOS parts – A

Body riddled with rust and poor paint – D+

You be the judge.

1984 Volkswagen Callaway GTI:

From the seller –

“UPDATE……………02-04-2012

**New T-Belt & Water pump w/all accessories installed today( peace of mind)

**Add’l Pics Taken** 02-04-2012 4pm

UPDATE……………01-29-2012

New Pics: Today..

Org Miles @ build start date 2/10/1996 date: 112,192

Miles current as of today : 113,638.. you do the math!

Project started in 1996,

Engine + trans completed

Bala2012nced Blueprinted + built by Collin @ TT

Stage two port + polish head job

int shift bearings set

piston set 81.5 G-60 Corrado

Rado rods

Bored + Hone block

Modi 8v Intake

Mani Pork + Polish + flowed

Aps 272 cam

Callaway turbo stage II ( last new pipes for ND ) Non AC

Jet hot coating 2000-4100 header pipe / Turbo housing 1300-2000

Water cooled conver.

Trans wide ratio 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

3.94 / .75 5th

quaife

And much more….

Road tested for 846 miles and counting as of November 2011… all receipts avail.”

Kudos to the seller, click through the link and you will see that he is showing the good, bad, and ugly of his car.  The question becomes, can you handle the ugly?

In my mind there are two ways you can go with this.  One would be too fix all that ails this GTI and you would have a wonderful car.  It may be expensive but you would know that the work was done the right way.  The other would be to take this car and use every last piece as a donor for a roller GTI that is solid.  It would seem a shame as that would basically turn this car into a vessel to transport all this fine euro goodness but in the end it may be more cost effective if you already have a spare rust free GTI laying around.

Either way, this car is an impressive collection of rare and obscure parts.  I am also quite certain that given the build it is about as quick a MKI GTI as you will find.  I am not sure if $9.6k is too high a price to pay but you would be hard pressed to find some of these parts cobbled together on a car anywhere.

~Aaron

1976 Volkswagen GTi Period Modified Car For Sale in Portland

Period correct GTi’s and project cars like this one don’t exist because they’ve been driven hard, beaten, and destroyed over the years. So when one comes up that is persevered, I get pretty excited. This is exactly as I would’ve built the car as a senior in high school in 1992 (if I had funds then of course!) Check out this great looking 1976 Rabbit GTi period modified car for sale:

quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist ad:

76 VW Rabbit,owned/built by 25+ year VW parts manager. Has been in dry storage for over 20 years.Rare Zender body kit,Koni adjustable front and rear struts,poly suspension bushings,callaway large front and rear sway bars,Hurst short shifter,upper and lower stut braces,VDO gauges,44mm dual sidedraft mikunis,1.7L with large valve ported head,euro spec GTI cam,adjustable cam sprocket,high capacity baffeled oil pan,header w/2″ exhaust,large brakes,front vent windows,rare opening rear Kamei side windows,BBS wheels.New tags,tons more $4500

I recently picked up a stack of old VW & Porsche magazines and this car would easily have been a feature within those pages. And good luck finding some of these parts today like the Mikuni carbs and manifold, Callaway bars, and Zender aero kit. As a complete car, $4500 sounds like a great deal to me and of increasing value in coming years. Have you seen what’s happening to GTi prices? I may have to drive up just to take a closer look and re-live my high school years!

dc

Two Classic Porsche 944’s For Sale: One for $8k and one for $80k

We’ll start with dessert first, a 1983 Porsche 944 modified by Callaway Turbo Systems. The ad states it’s one of 20 examples ever made. At $80k listed, I have no idea if this is a good deal or pipe dream, but it sure is cool!

quote from seller’s CL ad:

This Porsche is one of only 20 ever built. 5 of these Porches are at the Porche museum in Stutgart, Germany. This vehicle has had a complete inspection, new brakes and rotors, multiple mechanical upgrades on 7/28/08. It is extremely fast and street legal, but could be raced under historic ranking since it has a full rollbar. All gauges work. I have performance specifications from Callaway Turbo Systems if desired. Best offer will be considered.

Like the look but a little outside your budget? Check out this mint 1984 Porsche 944 with 38k miles!

quote from CraigsList ad:

1984 Porsche 944.
38,200 miles. 5-speed. All stock and original except stereo.
PS, A/C, power windows & mirrors. Everything is in perfect working order. Clean carfax.
Rare dark “Kopenhagen” blue exterior. Immaculate black leather interior.
Newer tires, shocks, and struts. All manuals and complete maintenance records. Synthetics used regularly.
Timing and counter-rotating shaft belts replaced.
The car drives tight and strong.
$7,500.

In addition to being a very affordable and low miles Porsche, this looks like a nice investment opportunity as well. Excellence Magazine’s 944 Market Update in the April 08 issues indicates that an excellent condition 1984 Porsche 944 is worth $8k. In addition, the rare color and low miles would probably qualify for their additional 10% consideration, making this car look like good value at full asking. Their past analysis indicates the car was worth a low of $5k in 2005 and has been steadily increasing since.

Hmmm, Spokane is only three and half hours away…

dc