1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V Trophy

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Today we bring you what is, hands down, the nicest MkII Jetta I’ve ever seen. And no, it does not have a twin-turbocharged 3.2l, all-wheel drive or slammed suspension. It is stock in a beautiful way, completely optioned-out as a GLI 16V with the Recaro Trophy interior. You’d be hard-pressed to find any signs that it’s covered even the conservative 90k miles put on over the past 25 years. For 21 years it was a babied weekender and it shows! If MkII Volkswagens are your thing, you should start looking at flights to Ohio.

Year: 1988
Model: Jetta GLI 16V Trophy
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,571 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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You are looking at my 100% stock 1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI with ONLY 90,571 miles. This GLI is in pristine condition inside and out. I am the 3rd owner of this time capsule, the second owner bought it in 1992 with 29,900 miles and kept in a garage for the next 21 years seldomly driving it only on the weekends (less then 3000 miles a year).

This GLI comes equipped with the following options:

-1.8L 16v motor (124hp)

-Manual transmission

-Sunroof

-TROPHY INTERIOR

-Power Recaro seats

-working A/C

-MFA trip computer

-4 wheel disc brakes

This GLI is in 100% original and in stock factory condition and has not been modified or molested in any way. It has all the original factory performance options, even the front air dams that collect air and cool the front calipers are still hooked up and ready for action! The exterior is very clean with no signs of bubbles or paint fading. The undersides of the doors are clean and the shock towers look like the day the came off the assembly line.

The TROPHY interior is in fantastic shape! The power driver and passenger Recaro seats are spotless. The drivers seat is supple and hugs your backside like a glove. There are no rips, tears, or significant signs of wear. The crank sunroof slides back with ease and will give you a great hairdo while your carving up the turns on your local back country road. The suspension feels tight and sure footed, 4-wheel disc brakes provide the stopping power for the 124hp 16v power plant and the clutch actuates where it should with no issues.

This GLI is a true throwback and a blast to drive!

This car is 25 years old and as such it is not brand new. Please expect normal issues of wear and tear consistent with the age of the car, but also keep in mind this is one of the nicest 1988 cars I’ve seen in my life. There are some very minor oil leaks and the car takes a minute or so to run really smoothly when cold.

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The factory tricked-out nature of this car (not to mention year) are reminiscent of the near-and-dear E28 M5. I love it and am extremely impressed at how beautifully the exterior and interior have been maintained. If this were an M5, it might be pushing $30k, but it’s not – it’s a Volkswagen. Bidding is very active but the price is still low. The GLI may forever be overshadowed by its little brother, but I’ve always loved it. Special, low-mileage, and well cared for, if its price stays within four digits I think it’s an awesome buy.

-NR

1991 Jetta GLI w/ TT 3.2L swap

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Mk1 and Mk2 Jettas are sharp cars, and the ease of finding and modifying them makes them a great proposition for motivated German enthusiasts. I’ll get it out of the way early that air suspension and a vastly upgraded engine seem like contradictions to me, but today’s GLI has been done well and thoroughly with an eye towards the VeeDub show scene. Highlighting the parts-bin accessibility of VAG, this Jetta has a TT heart, Golf Rallye headlights, G60 flares and Mk3 suspension and brakes. A conventional suspension would raise the desirability factor for me, along with a lower price. The seller has totalled up all of his receipts to price the car, which we know is a common mistake with modifiers.

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Year: 1991
Model: Jetta GLI
Engine: Audi TT 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 59k mi engine, 115k mi body
Price: $22,500 Buy It Now

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1991 VW Jetta original GLI
Fully customized, VERY good condition
$22,500
[price based on physical items receipt total]
 Body Work:
• shaved banana lights
• shaved rear seams
• shaved turn signals
• shaved exhaust hole
• shaved rear tow hook
• shaved spoiler
• fully ‘shaved’engine bay
• painted engine [black]
 Custom paint — color: Black Cherry
 Flares:
• Front: G60 front flares: Front arches cut;
• Rear: G60 front flares; Rear arches cut and reseamed
 Smoked Hella taillights
 Blackened Golf Rallye headlights
 Audi TT 3.2L engine swap [59K miles on engine]
 Lugtronic stand-alone engine management/full custom wire-tuck
 Techtonics Tuning downpipe
 custom 3″ downpipe back exhaust
 Pusher style Slimline fans
 Black center Schmidt 3-piece modernlines: Front: 16 X 8; Rear: 16 X 9
 Kumho Ecsta 205/40/16 tires
 BagYard Supreme air-ride struts
• Two Vivair 400c compressors
• Eight Asco valves
• AVS 7 switchbox
• 5-gallon air tank airbrushed [riveted metal]
• Mason Tech Sumpsaver Skid Plate
 1998 MK3 5-lug suspension & brakes
 Original GLI Recaro interior
 114,593 miles on car body

Reason for selling: Moving on

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The seller is going to have to be generous with people clicking “Make an Offer” before it actually gets sold, as I see his price as at least 25% too high. I’m sure the TT engine, suspension, work, etc. all cost a pretty penny, and the car appears to be very nice, but no one is going to buy a Mk2 VW Jetta for $22.5k. If he adds up the parts and they really are worth that much, then maybe he should consider disassembly. In reality, he should accept a lower price and pass this nice VW project on to the next enthusiast.

-NR

1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V

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.

This clean Alpine white GLI for sale in Columbus, OH looks like a nice clean slate for a driver, modified car, or a collector piece.

Year: 1990
Model: Jetta GLI 16v
Engine: 2.0 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $1,000

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BBS aluminum alloy rims, Recaro seats, needs work. $1000 obo. Please call or text to 614-216-2107.

I’ve always been fan of the GLI 16v ever since a highschool buddy of mine rolled up to track practice in one. It was quick and sounded the business when he masheded the gas. While the seller doesn’t offer a whole lot of detail on the car, it’s hard to go wrong with a $1000 price tag. If I had the space, this is yet another car I’d add to the corral.

-Brian

1989 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Finished in Helios Blue

1989 was my last summer working as a lot boy (official job title) on my uncle’s Volkswagen lot.  It was a great summer that comes with being 17 but also because of the great cars that VW was rolling out.  The G60 Corrado was just hitting showroom floors and a “special” GLI finished in Helios Blue was introduced as well.

What is a Helios exactly?  The term is used in the VW community with a great deal of awe and deference.  It is a 1,500 car run of GLI’s finished in a color somewhere between a blue and purple depending on the light.  The interior also carries the look and is one of the more unique you will find.

There are not many of these cars left, so when I see a clean one I have to give props.

1989 Volkswagen GTI GLI Helios:

From the seller –

“car is a real 1989 jetta gli helios
car is all OEM. except for these mods….
optima blue top battery
Foha trunk spoiler
hella heckblende
oem dealer option bosch fogs
oem gli 16v floormats
fischer cd holder in center console
gli dash plaque emblem
grey velour cloth dash mat
sony xplod deck with full sub wiring with 2 gauge wire to trunk.
amp and sub are in custom built 80’s suitcase. sub fires down under the suitcase. sounds great and completely hidden.
oem accordian shiftknob
sitting on rokkor coilovers
206k miles head rebuilt at 205k
runs and drives great and fires right up everytime
ALWAYS parked in the garage.
car does NOT have power windows anymore. regulators are all there as well as wiring behind the center console. i put it all back in. the only thing you would need is the power window center console power window door panels and switches. and regulators.
car has manual door cards from the 89 carat which is the same color as the helios interor.
also the power steering and a/c has been removed.
car has a brand new alternator, wheel bearings, head gasket, tie rod ends and ball joints, new plug wires, plugs
this car is an awesome car and i would not hesitate driving it across the country.
i have placed 2nd at one of the 2 shows i entered it in.
i constantly get compliments in this car everywhere i go.
anyways heres the pics. if you have any more questions let me know.

i am asking $4,000 firm.”

In looking at the pictures it is hard to see 200k miles on there.  If well cared for these cars wear pretty well but that can be a pretty big “if”.  Not sure about the lack of power steering or the ride height, I would prefer to get as close to stock as possible if it were me.  But, it’s not like there are a lot of other Helios cars to choose from.

$4k does not seem out of line, that is not a great deal of money for a daily that you could show on the weekends.

~Aaron.