2003 Volkswagen GTi 20th Anniversary Edition

Last week I wrote up a Imola Yellow 20th Anniversary Edition GTi, a car that I prefer for a few reasons over the R32 – sacrilegious though it may be. Today another of these limited-run GTis has popped up, this time Metallic Black but again with those great Recaros and Aristo alloys:

Year: 2003
Model: GTi 20th Anniversary Edition
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 106,000 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 20th Anniversary Edition on eBay

2003-Volkswagon GTI-20th anniversary edition, limited production only 4,000 made. new timing belt, new six speed transmissions and new tires. have receipts available for work done. runs excellent! Recaro seats. call Romeo @ 732-773-5480

NOTE: THIS CAR IS BEING SOLD LOCALLY. THIS IS AN AUCTION AND COULD END AT ANYTIME!

NO EMAILS PLEASE!

In comparison to the yellow car, this is a slightly more common but less sought-after color, but there are many who want a black GTi. Again I’m happy that the original alloys are there, and the car overall appears to be clean and in good condition. It’s nice that the timing belt, transmission and tires have all been replaced recently – certainly less to worry about; but I do note in the photos that the airbag light is on. Despite that, this GTi really embodies the GTi package – sport, looks, utility and economy in an affordable package. For $8,000, this is a lot of different car in one slick package!

-Carter

Afternoon Accessories: Votex Volkswagen Mk.2 Rear Spoiler

Back when I owned a Mk.2, I was very excited to get a a GTi rear spoiler – that was, until I realized that it bolted through the rear window and I needed to purchase a new rear window, too. In hindsight, this probably would have been a cheaper and easier route to go! With double-sided adhesive tape, this Mk.2 Votex unit sticks onto the back of the car and is a rare, period correct accessory:

Year: 1985-1992
Model: Golf and GTi
Condition: New
Price: $290 Buy It Now

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Very rare: NEW Rear Roof Spoiler with Clear 3rd Brakelight for all Golf Mk.2. This part was made by Votex/Germany and is not anymore in production for ages.

NEW in box with mounting hardware, brakelight, wiring and mounting instructions.

Fast shipping with DHL/Deutsche Post following payment.

There aren’t too many times that you can get a 30 year old accessory like this new in box, and for those looking to complete the ultimate Golf build this might just suit the need! At $290, this seems pretty reasonably priced given the rarity and new condition.

-Carter

Afternoon Accessories: Rabbit GTi Driving Light Grill

Who doesn’t like a rare accessory for their rare ride? This ranks up there pretty high on the not-often-seen list; I believe in all of my VW days I’ve only seen this grill twice. If you’re looking to make a rare period correct modified GTi, here you go!

Year: 1983-1984
Model: GTi
Condition: Used
Price: $594.95 Buy It Now

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Vintage Volkswagen Rabbit GTI Grill with Driving Lights

For more information call Fred at 724.925.6456

Shipping by FedEx, UPS or Local Pickup

Payment: Paypal or COD-PU

The seller obviously is aware of the rarity of the item, too – pricing it at the same going rate for most parts cars in their entirety. I wonder if going forward it will be easier to reproduce these NLA rare parts with 3D printing. While that may be not far off, if you want the real deal this is pretty much your only option today, and would really suit the Westmoreland grill setup well!

-Carter

2003 Volkswagen GTi 20th Anniversary Edition

A few weeks ago, I wrote up a few R32s in a comparison in which I declared that the GTi 337/20th Anniversary Edition body kit looked better. Today’s car is a perfect example of that; combining the awesome looking OZ Aristos under those hunkered down Mk.4 GTi arches is just about perfect. The front spoiler, side sills, and rear bumper cover integration aren’t the best designed ever, but they’re reasonably clean and didn’t fuss the lines like the R32 items did in my mind. No one would accuse the Mk.4 of being a light beast, but the GTi certainly looks lighter than the R32 without that gaping front bumper, and it was at least in part. Today’s example looks great in Imola Yellow with those comfy Recaros:

Year: 2003
Model: GTi 20th Anniversary
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 131,260 mi
Price: $7,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Volkswagen GTi 20th Anniversary on eBay

Thank you for viewing our vehicle. This is a chance to own a super rare, super desirable 2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary edition and it is #0919 of 3000. This vehicle is a unmolested and un modified GTI except for an aftermarket cold air intake. The car has a clean and clear autocheck report with no accidents or incidents ever reported to their database. The car has normal wear for a vehicle of its age and it has some very minor road chips from normal everyday driving. The car currently has 131,260 original miles and it has been fully serviced with 4 brand new high performance tires(Receipt) , a brand new clutch with less than 6k miles(Receipt) , and brand new wheel speed sensors. The car has factory Recaro GTI seats that are in absolute brand new condition, the complete interior on the car is amazing, the exterior is a 9/10 and mechanically it is perfect. Everything on the car is original all the way down to the factory radio and factory books with a lot recent service records and receipts. There are no error light illuminated on the dash so that mean no check engine/abs/traction ect.

If the car is sold within NYS you will be subjected to pay NYS Sales tax and inspection fees, also we are not looking for any trades for this vehicle and please don’t send us low ball offers. Please Contact Travis @ 1917-345-1098, our address is 9303 Atlantic Ave Woodhaven NY 11421 our office hours are from Monday thru Saturday from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM Sunday we are closed. I look forward to answering any questions you may have, thank you for viewing.

I had the pleasure of driving one of these almost new at Watkins Glen International race track. In stock form, it was impressive around the track – plenty of scoot, hugely composed at triple digit speeds, and with plenty of brake and grip. It was easy to drive quickly and didn’t give much up to the much more powerful Audis and BMWs that were my company on the track. Most of these 20th Anniversary Editions have been modified heavily, so it’s nice to see one reasonably stock – though this example has quite a few miles, it appears to be in good shape overall. I think it’s pretty reasonably priced under $8,000, too – with recent maintenance, good overall condition and rarity of the Imola 20th AE, this would be a pretty reasonable way to introduce some hot hatch to your daily commute!

-Carter

Reader Ride Success Story – Buying a Market-Breaking Callaway GTi

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There are plenty of internet tire kickers who comment on how much a vehicle is or isn’t worth. Heck, it’s what we do every day! And while the market tends to be pretty well defined on most models, there are occasionally outliers who throw us a curve ball we just weren’t expecting. Such was the case with last month’s low mile 1983 Callaway Turbo Volkswagen GTi I wrote up. I have to admit, I was pretty excited when I originally found it (though, probably not as much as the new owner’s description below!). Why? Well, when I came across it, I had mixed feelings – with 18,000 miles on the clock and being a rare Callaway Turbo model, this GTi was drawing very strong bidding despite having a somewhat poor description and photos. While it was fascinating, it didn’t quite add up – but it was sure to draw attention. It turns out I wasn’t alone in that feeling.

I paid particularly close attention to this GTi because I thought it was heading towards being the highest selling A1 GTi I can remember seeing. As the bidding increased, we here at GCFSB exchanged excited messages such as “unreal” and “that’s crazy”. I tuned in for the end of bidding, too, just to see where it ended up – an astounding $17,754. To me it sounded like a lot of money for any A1 Volkswagen. Imagine my surprise when the next day in my inbox was a message from the new owner of the car who had tuned in to my post, explaining the purchase. I had to know more – who would pay so much for a 1983 GTi, and what was the motivation? The story was perhaps even more surprising than the purchase amount, and ranks pretty high on my list feel-good stories of 2013. I can’t say enough about how enthusiastic the car’s new owner, Lance, has been about sharing his story and time. People like Lance are true car enthusiasts and the story of his GTi purchase is a great reminder of why we all love this hobby. As I can’t do it any more justice, I’ll let Lance tell the tale:

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GCFSB: How long have you been looking for a GTi, and was the Callaway GTi your goal or a bonus?

Lance: I have a fond memory of when my father used to drive our 1st Generation GTI when I was about 12 years old and just a kid. We had a long cul de sac driveway that was approximately a quarter of a mile which seemed like a mile when I was a kid. My father who was my best friend and mentor used to flat shift from first to second on our driveway and I’d continually ask him to stop the car & do it again – over & over again… it was a blast when I was a youngster. Nevertheless I looked for 8 long years to find a good representation of a stock VW GTI that was identical to the one I remembered. My mission was to surprise him with it. Unfortunately he passed away in 2004 from a rare disease called amyloidosis, in his honor we started the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation – more at http://chipmiller.org. I discontinued my hunt for the GTI due to his passing. However my friend, Tim Scanlon, remembered that I was looking for a black GTI and shot me an email with pics of the car in 2009 (5 years from his passing)- needless to say I purchased it without hesitation.

I’m certain my father would be proud of the black GTI purchase, it’s a pretty sweet little car, it drives perfect and even has functional AC, lights & etc. Life is good was his motto and I do my best to live by it! I guess for me the memory from when I was a child is what really strikes me. The GTI was a badass little street rocket and I was lucky enough to have a cool father that wasn’t afraid to bang through the gears on our driveway!

Fast forward 4 years…

I woke up early one morning and decided to look on ebay through my cell phone without waking up my wife. I searched for “Renntech” and was checking out a few cars that popped up, nothing really grabbed my attention. Next I did a search for “Callaway” and the first thing that popped up was a 1983 Volkswagen GTI Callaway with 18,000 miles. I about fell out of my bed! I read the advertisement and was excited as can be. I actually woke my wife up at this point and told her I’m going to buy a new car! I bid on it first and quickly became the high bidder. Irony has it, I really wasn’t looking to purchase a car – I was more just looking to see some neat rides. It never hurts to dream, right?!

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GCFSB: Tell us a bit about your pre-purchase inspection – how did it go, how was it arranged, and were there any surprises?

Lance: It worked quite well asking on VWvortex.com if someone with knowledge lives close by where the vehicle is listed for sale. There were a couple of details that concerned me about the ad on ebay. 1) the images were terrible and didn’t show enough details of the vehicle being sold 2) the seller had zero (0) feedback 3) the engine bay looked older than an 18,000 mile car 4) I sent out some questions pertaining to the vehicle and never heard back for the first 48 hours 5) the ad was written oddly, meaning it was an original owner car but didn’t appear to be written by the owner. I decided the safest thing for me to do was have someone go do a pre-purchase inspection of the car. This would allow me to know if the car is what the ad states it is and potentially get some much better pictures sent my way without having to drive 5 1/2 hours each way. When roaming on VWvortex.com I decided to search for the ’83 Callaway GTI to see what people were saying and sure enough it was on the site. I decided to post a quick question to see if anyone would bite knowing if they are on that forum they will most likely know what they are looking at. Sure enough within a few minutes I had a private message from one of the members stating that they lived approximately an hour away from Millford, WV where the car is located. His name was John and I asked him what I could do in order to get him to look at the car – simple enough, he just wanted to see it himself! He said, cover my fuel cost and I’ll go. We had a deal!

Low and behold I received an answer from the owner after about 48 hours of my questions being written on ebay. Her message stated that she was having technical issues with her computer and didn’t answer any of my questions. Obviously, this scared me to death! I immediately fired another message to her on ebay and asked for her to call me and provided her with my cell number. Sure enough she called me. The owner turned out to be a super sweet older woman that explained to me she never used ebay before. She told me her computer has been giving her problems off and on. We finally got down to business where I could ask the questions I had for her. She nailed every one! She was selling the car because it was her husband’s baby and unfortunately he had recently passed away. She no longer had a need for the vehicle. She then told me that he logged all the miles driven in the vehicle along with keeping any and all paperwork regarding the car. She said it was stored inside every day of its life and it was only used for joy rides. In fact only three people ever drove the car – her husband, her son and her! Her handle for ebay was also a tad scary “junkid1” – my interpretation was “Junk Kid”. However after speaking with her… her name was June Kidd. Another relief!

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Lance: At this point I had arranged for John from VWvortex.com to go look at the vehicle. John went there in the morning prior to someone else looking at the vehicle. He told me he’ll text me as soon as he arrives. I was in a long meeting and quickly forgot about the GTI and John. However once the meeting was over about 3 hours later I realized John never texted me. So I started texting him and as I was typing he called me. He told me his cell phone didn’t work at her place, so he was calling from her phone. He told me that with being a stickler in every capacity that this car was a 9.5 out of 10. He also told me it would be easy and fun to make this car a 10 out of 10, stating it only needs some minor updates to really make it perfect. He kept telling me how blown away he was with the incredible overall condition. Needless to say I was excited and couldn’t wait to see the images he took which he assured me he’ll post later when he returned to home. John was awesome in every capacity! His images and his raving review were exactly the information I needed in order to pull the trigger. The only surprise was that the car was stronger than I initially thought per the inspection and images.

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GCFSB: Midway through bidding, it was obvious this car was going to be expensive. Were you concerned at all watching your bids get higher?

Lance: I really wanted the car. How often do you run across a low mile, original owner, all documentation & records with a Callaway Turbo stage II installed at Callaway Cars?!? After having John look the car over and send me some great photographs I knew I had to own this incredible car. I’m a total sucker for low mile, original cars that are well documented – I’m just thankful to be the next caretaker of this beautiful little rocket! When John told me this car was near perfect in every capacity I knew I wasn’t going to let this car sell to somebody else. However I knew there would be other people wanting the vehicle just as bad as I did, especially the ones that were able to see it firsthand. My only hope was that there wouldn’t be strong action for the car at the end of the auction. Well, my only hope didn’t come to fruition! There were some serious buyers on this Callaway GTI and I wasn’t about to let it get away. I’ve done this in the past and knew I’d be kicking myself if I didn’t pull the trigger.

I was on the road with my family headed to North Carolina when the bidding was ending. I decided to use esnipe to take care of my bidding on the GTI. I decided to place a ‘crazy’ high bid in on the vehicle of $25,550 to ensure I would be the high bidder unless someone was even more insane that me. You might ask – why $25,500 – simple, because to me that’s what I felt the car was worth in today’s market. Some people out there might say I’m insane, but I challenge you to find me another one like it… original owner, no rust, low miles, Callaway Stage II installed at the Callaway Cars Factory, all documentation, fuel miles logged by the owner since new and the list goes on… Needless to say I’m confident Mark I GTI’s are at their infancy in collectability. I’ll go out on a limb and claim in the next 20 years a GTI of this caliber will fetch in the six figure territory. Although that’s not the reason I purchased this car, it won’t surprise me if it happens. Just read various forums and talk to passionate VW Mark I GTI owners – passion drives the market and so does money. As the generations that really loved these GTI’s get higher paying jobs and etc. they will go back to their childhood favorite cars and they will be willing to pay whatever it takes to get them. I see this over and over again in the line of work I’m involved with today – car events; Carlisle Events. Needless to say I won the car, but it came with a steep price tag in today’s market.

I feel strongly that if you purchase a vehicle it should be one that you are truly going to enjoy, whether it be on the road or simply to look at in your garage. For me, I love the car and will certainly enjoy driving it on various occasions. I’ll also showcase the car so others have the opportunity to see this rare piece of history.

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GCFSB: Now that you have the car you’ve wanted, what are the plans for it?

Lance: Enjoy it! I’m one of “those” people that sleep better at night knowing I’ve got another car in my collection that fits well – strange, but I believe “car people” get exactly what I’m talking about… it’s simply a passion and I’m thankful I have it! Now time for the shameless plug… If you’re interested in seeing this beauty firsthand, I’d encourage you and every other German car lover to come out to enjoy the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals held annually in May. More information can be found by visiting our website: http://CarlisleEvents.com.

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GCFSB: What else do you have in the garage, if anything?

Lance: I’m a car guy at heart, but Corvettes are typically at the top of my list. All cars that made history due to design, power, race results and so forth really get my blood flowing. With this said, I’ve got the only Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette race car that ran in the World Challenge Series. The 2005 Test and Development Callaway Corvette dubbed the Carlisle Callaway Corvette is another favorite of mine – it was in every Corvette magazine and accomplished a mid 10 second run at over 130 mph back in ’05 along with big brakes, Callaway suspension and etc. Recently a purchase from overseas called the Callaway LM is one of my latest additions, it ran in the 24 Hours of Le Mans three consecutive years and won the SCCA World Challenge S2 Class here in the USA. Another one of my favorites is the ’84 GTI that resembles the one my father used to bang gears in when I was a child (black/blue interior). My all time favorite vehicle is a ’60 Cunningham Corvette that won its class in Le Mans back in 1960 which we took back to Le Mans 50 years later for a reunion along with the original driver John Fitch, check out the Quest Documentary – there was a film written and produced by Michael Brown – http://questdocumentary.com. Another couple vehicles that I “had” to have is the ’06 Ford GT Tungsten and an ’94 Porsche Turbo last of the air cooled turbo’s of that generation. I also have a few other cars with the details I look for in a vehicles as well.

GCFSB: Thanks, Lance! It’s an incredible collection for sure. Lance was also nice enough to share a correspondence with the original builder of the car, the legendary Reeves Callaway

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Reeves: Lance, as promised, a short history of the Callaway turbo GTI.

Remember that Callaway turbo systems was the company started in the back of my house in old Lyme Connecticut around 1977.

It was a point to choose only cars that could stand a substantial increase in power and still remain reliable. This pretty much defined the small German cars: BMW Porsche Mercedes and VW

The VW rabbit series and the subsequent GTI series, had a good enthusiast following in the sport hatchback segment. They became a good candidate for some substantial horsepower increasing.

We had good success in turbo charging the BMW 3,5, 6 and 7 series. So we decided to translate some of that philosophy to the VW productline.

The idea was to sell a very complete kit so that the advanced do-it-yourselfer in his garage had everything that he needed to wind up to turbocharging the VW reliably, quickly, and with a great feeling of more power.

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Reeves: We manufactured all of the components, the exhaust manifold, the tubing, the intercooling, the exhaust system, and the fuel enrichment system, and placed them all in boxes on Friday afternoon and UPS would come and pick up the entire weeks production. We shipped them all COD direct to the owners. There were five of us working out of the house, and those were the days. Beany had just been born. Pete was on the way. the shop was in the middle of being expanded and the reputation in the marketplace was good. the money was rolling in, no accounts payable and no accounts receivable.

There were 2 hp levels: stage one I believe was about 120 hp & stage two was 175 hp. The stage two cars with front-wheel-drive and the tires of the day, were a quite amusing torque steer proposition.

Very glad that you have what appears to be a good example of the vintage. Thanks for your continued enthusiasm. I’m sure dad is proud.

Best regards,

E. Reeves Callaway
Founder

Callaway Cars Incorporated
2441 Pullman Street
Santa Ana CA 92705

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-Carter

1988 Volkswagen GTI 4-door

Oftentimes, the follow on to an original is overshadowed, but it’s not the case with the Mk2 Volkswagen GTI. The second generation version of this pocket rocket has developed a strong following, from people who favor clean original 8V and 16V variants to those taking clapped out chassis and swapping a later VR6 motor in them. Whatever the case may be, they offer a neat and usually cheaper alternative to the Mk1 classic. This Mk2 GTI four-door comes to us from our reader Walker and is tempting for those willing to go to the extra mile to import something just a bit different.

Year: 1988
Model: GTI 8V 4-door
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $5,946

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Power Windows / Rear Window Wiper / A/C:front / Power Steering / AM/FM Radio / CD Player / Leather Seats / Alloy Wheels / No accidents

It always baffled my why Volkswagen never offered a four-door version of the Mk2 GTI in the states. Surely there were people who would have favored even more practicality than what the traditional two-door offered. Being a 1988, this car escapes any scrutiny from the federal government if you would choose to import it to these shores. I dig the four lamp grille and extra two doors. It would be nice if the dealer had provided a bit more information, as is the case with a lot of the cars we come across (especially the mileage figure). But, when it comes to most of the Mk2s we see, this car seems to have been well cared for. If you are resourceful and have the time and patience to import something from the Land of the Rising sun, you’d surely draw admiring stares at the next VW meet.

-Paul

1992 Volkswagen GTi VR6 swap

The Montana Green Mk.2 2.0 16V GTi has been a monster that has haunted my dreams since I first saw one. I’m not sure why it had such an impact on me, but it’s undeniable how much I love this car. Every time I see one for sale I try to figure out some way to justify not buying it and every time the argument becomes a little less convincing. Fortunately for me, today’s example isn’t “the one” that I’d get – because today’s example appears to be originally a 1.8 8V version which has had a serious motivation transplant in the form of the 2.8 VR6. Take a look:

Year: 1992
Model: GTi
Engine: 2.8 liter narrow-angle VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 100,000 mi
Price: $4,200 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen GTi on eBay

For sale is my 1992 RUST FREE GTI VR6. REAL GTI

DETAILS:
1992 Montana green GTI This is NOT A CLONE it is a REAL GTI

Rust free

Original paint expect for the front fenders ( the front fenders were replaced with euro fenders by previous owner)
VR6 5 speed Swap out of a Corrado, around 90,000 miles on it, runs and shifts good. ( driven daily)
Super Nice interior all in great shape. The drivers side seat has a small tear.
Super clean dash with no cracks.
Headliner is in perfect condition and sun roof works and doesnt leak.
Wind sheild has a few chips but all other glass is in great shape.
16″ wheels
bilstein struts and lowering springs
4 Wheel disc brakes
Brand new radiator and starter!
New axles and MAF sensor, installed last spring

Speedometer and Instrument Cluster works perfect, everything is wired in and working including warning lights

New Corrado Radiator and Starter installed this year!

Its ready to Drive and I drive this car daily to work. Im looking to go in another direction and that’s why it is for sale.

Again this car is RUST FREE, Floors are solid, the bottoms of the doors are solid, the hatch is solid, no rust holes anywere!

occasionally it smokes a little while it idles And the E-brake doesn’t work it will need cables replaced

So jump on your chance to own a rust free GTI! Euro plate is NOT sold with the car.

BODY:

The car has a Few scratches and some very small dents. The passenger rear body side molding is missing as well. Its an older car so please do not expect it to be

The Car is also Listed Locally for sale and I reserve the right to end the Auction at ANY TIME during this auction.

Call or TEXT with any questions or if you want to come see the car in person.

Alex (928)-533-0560
located in Canton,Ohio 44714

mileage on the body is Unknown—-

I have described the car to the Best of my knowledge. I have driven it for some time and it’s a lot of fun. I am selling the car were is and AS IS. It is your responsibility to come and inspect it before you bid to see if this car is right for you before you bid. If you win the auction. The car is yours. Shipping is YOUR COST and responsibility to arrange. I will not be delivering the car. I can help arrange pick up or possibly drive it to a location for pick up but the Buyer will be paying me for my time and Fuel to do so. The car is located in Ohio and please take the time to find out what shipping cost is from ohio before you bid. Again shipping is your cost. The title will not be released until all funds are in my hand for the complete purchase price. I have a clear title ready to go. Thanks for looking and happy Bidding

From memory, the Corrado transplant is the easier one to do into this chassis because they’re very similar. Overall the car looks pretty good but certainly not perfect. There are a few dents, the front fenders shade don’t quite match the rest of the car, the wheels are horrible, and there is some trim missing. To me none of those would be deal breakers, because I think this car is pretty reasonably priced at $4,200. Critical to Mk.2 GTis, there is no rust and the problems present couldn’t be overcome without a little work. I’m guessing from the amount of replaced parts in the front that it suffered a frontal impact, and the Mk.2 is a fairly soft chassis so I’d check out that it was straight before pulling the trigger. It’s not the car that haunts my dreams but I think it represents a neat way to get into a hot hatch that’s pretty unique.

-Carter

1983 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbo

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As Yogi Berra once famously said, “It’s like deja-vous all over again”. What are the odds of two 1983 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbos coming up for sale within a week of each other 30 years later? Not good. But perhaps it’s time to play the lottery, because here we go again! If last week’s stunning $17,750 1983 GTi wasn’t the right color to peak your interest, perhaps today’s example can color you a bit more red. Today’s example is not nearly as pristine as the earlier example with the best part of ten times the miles, but it still looks like a pretty slick package overall

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Year: 1983
Model: GTi
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 156,103 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbo on eBay

VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT GTI 1983 WITH CALLAWAY TURBO

UP FOR SALE IS MY 1983 RABBIT GTI…1.8 8 VALVE WITH 2H CLOSE RATIO 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION..MOTOR WAS COMPLETELY REBUILT ABOUT 10YRS. AGO…AT THIS TIME MOTOR MAY HAVE ONLY 3500 MILES, THE TRANSMISSION WAS REBUILT AND HAD HEAVY DUTY RING GEAR BOLTS INSTALLED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER..(TRANSMISSION MAY HAVE 5K MILES) IF THAT…

NEW PARTS THAT WHERE PUT ON AT TIME OF ENGINE REBUILD… ARP HEAD STUDS..ARP BOLTS IN BOTTOM END..COPPER HEAD GASKET..OIL PUMP..WINDAGE TRAY..REBUILT CALLAWAY TURBO.. TECHTONICS ADJUSTABLE CAM GEAR..CYL HEAD WAS RESURFACED AND NEW VALVE SEALS WHERE PUT IN..K N AIR FILTER..SACHS STRUT INSERTS..FEBI STRUT CAPS..WITH NEUSPEED FRONT AND REAR SPRINGS, REAR STRUTS ARE KONI ADJUSTABLE ( THEY WHERE USED AND ON THE CAR WHEN I PURCHASED IT)..EUROSPORT UPPER AND LOWER STRUT BRACES..NEUSPEED REAR SWAY BAR..NEW FACTORY MOTOR MOUNTS..POLYURATHANE BUSHINGS IN FRONT CONTROL ARMS..NEW BALL JOINTS..WHEEL BEARINGS..HALF SHAFTS..CAR ALSO HAS POLYURATHANE BUSHINGS IN REAR AXLE THAT WHERE INSTALLED BY PREVIOUS OWNER..

NEW FACTORY VW DOOR PANELS..NEW FACTORY VW GRILL..MARKER LIGHTS..TAILLIGHTS..( FACTORY VOLKSWAGEN PARTS NOT JAPANESE JUNK) EUROPEAN BUMPERS FRONT AND REAR..

CUSTOM 2 1/4 EXHAUST WITH STAINLESS STEEL BORLA MUFFLER

15X7 TURBO RONAL WHEELS ( 2YRS., OLD IN MINT CONDITION)..195/50/15 TIRES..FRONTS HALF TO 3/4 TREAD..REAR NEAR NEW

USED PARTS INSTALLED INCLUED.. OLD SCHOOL FRONT SPOILER (VASTATEC)..IS THE NAME THAT’S ON THE SPOILER , I WAS TOLD THAT IT WAS AN AFTERMARKET KAMI SPOILER..

CAR ALSO HAS REAR KAMI SPOILER ON TRUNK LID..KAMI HOOD SCOOP..THE FRONT SEATS ARE OUT OF A 1975 A1 SCIROCCO..REAR SEAT IS FACTORY GTI RED..THE STEERING WHEEL IS FROM A 1980 RABBIT..HAS OIL PRESSURE GAUGE, BOOST GAUGE, AUTOMETER AIR/FUEL GAUGE, FACTORY VOLT GAUGE, CLOCK, CELS GAUGE IN FACTORY SHIFTER CONSOLE..AUTOMETER SHIFT LIGHT WAS INSTALLED ON THE STEERING COLUMN..

THIS A LIST OF STUFF THAT I KNOW THE CAR COULD USE..THE ODOMETER, TACHOMETER STOPPED WORKING ABOUT 2YRS., AGO..FRONT END NEEDS ALIGNED..HEAD LINER SAGS..NO REAR WIPER..MISSING CARPET IN TRUNK..ALSO MISSING PLASTIC SPEAKER TRAYS IN TRUNK..WINDSHEILD WASHER BOTTLE AND HOSES..MISSING PLASTIC ROCKER PLATE ON PASSENGER SIDE AND MISSING PLASTIC GRILL PIECES IN THE BOTTOM OF BOTH DOOR PANELS..THERE IS ALSO NO HEATER IN THE CAR..

WHEN I BOUGHT THE CAR IT WAS IN A MINOR FENDER BENDER AND WAS HIT LIGHTLY IN THE REAR..THAT WAS ALL FIXED..THAT IS THE ONLY ACCIDENTS THAT I KNOW OF THE CAR TO BE IN..

THE CAR IS IN MY OPINION IS IN ALMOST PERFECT ORIGINAL CONDITION.. THE ONLY NEW PAINT ON THE CAR IS ON THE REAR END..THIS CAR HAS BEEN GARAGE KEPT PRIOR TO ME BUYING IT AND SINCE I HAVE BOUGHT IT IN 2002, IT’S ONLY SEEN WATER WHEN IT WAS WASHED.. THE UNDERNEATH IS IN AWESOME CONDITION..INSPECTION EXPIRES THE END OF THIS MONTH..

THE REASON FOR ME SELLING THE CAR IS I DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO SPEND DRIVING IT.. I HOPE TO FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL LOVE THE CAR AND ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS I HAVE..

PLEASE LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES AND ASK ANY QUESTION BEFORE BIDDING, IF YOU NEED ANOTHER PICTURE OF SOMETHING TAKEN PLEASE LET ME KNOW..THE LONGEST I’VE EVER DRIVEN THE CAR WAS MAYBE 100MILES TO A SHOW AND I DIDN’T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS..

I’M SURE THERE ARE THINGS THAT I’VE FORGOTTEN DO TO NOT HAVING THE TIME TO DRIVE THE CAR MUCH THEREFORE IF IT WAS ME BUYING THE CAR AND KNOWING THAT IT HAS NOT BEEN DRIVEN MUCH IN THE PAST COUPLE YEARS PERSONALLY I WOULD PUT IT ON A TRAILER OR TOW IT…WILL NOT SHIP.. NO RETURNS..CAR IS SOLD AS IS WITH NO WARRENTY..

PLEASE EMAIL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS, THIS CAR IS IN AWESOME SHAPE..ITS NOT BEEN IN A MAGAZINE, AND CALLAWAY DID NOT INSTALL THE TURBO KIT BUT IT IS ONE OF THE CLEANEST RABBIT GTI`S I EVER SEEN, I HAVE WORKED ON THESE FOR 19 YEARS….

Holy “Caps Lock”, Batman. This car has some obvious needs compared with the other two GTis we’ve featured in the past week. There are pieces missing, the steering wheel and front seats aren’t correct, the rear spoiler isn’t original but looks clean (similar to the Mk.2 design), and it appears that the interior overall could use a good cleaning. It’s not the cleanest build I’ve seen, but overall presents pretty well and crucially the floors look to be pretty solid, so it could be a great starting point to either further modify or revert the car towards a more-stock state. One thing I’m not a huge fan of is the wheels; I’d probably try to get some of the larger Fifteen52 snowflake replicas on there, or perhaps some BBS RA wheels. Get a set of period Recaros, a GTi steering wheel and some odds and ends, and I bet this is a fun car to drive!

Here are some wheels I found on Ebay:

And some seats from a later GTi which could probably work with some modification:

Pricing is no reserve, so we’ll have to see where it ends up, but my guess is like the 1984 Barn Find GTi a few days ago it should end in the $5,000 – $7,000 range.

-Carter

1984 Volkswagen GTi

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Hot on the heels of the unverified record-setting $17,750 1983 GTi comes this 1984 model. Missing the turbo but with a sunroof, this year newer model sports the blue interior option under the white exterior. This car has undergone some subtle modifications after a prolonged period in storage and certainly looks fresh. Unlike the first car which was certainly collector status (or at least, price), this example shows some more wear but would make a potentially great driver:

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Year: 1984
Model: GTi
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 105,900 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Volkswagen GTi on eBay

Up for sale my 1984 White and blue rabbit GTI. I bought the Car almost 3years ago after a 15 year stint in heated barn storage . Needless to say much work has been done to get running smoothly and California smog legal again. Replaced recently are :

The missing catyltic convertor
the fuel tank
the oxygen sensor
all the vacuum lines have been replaced and routed properly
the fuel system has been flushed all injectors disassembled and cleaned
The water pump and thermostat replaced cooling system flushed
the cap rotor wires plugs all new
new carpet installed
tires were new 3k miles ago
The right wheel bearing and cv shaft have both been replaced

The car appears stock on the outside other than being lowered slightly. The paint appears to be original small dings on the sides of the vehicle . There is a small dent on the right front fender and a small rust spot in right rear lower roll pan, The interior is very nice the dash id rate 9 out of ten. the seats 8 carpet again is new .The stock snowflake wheels are in very good condition

The aftermarket stuff :
Nuespeed throttle body
front and rear strut tower braces
lowering springs
k/n air filter in the stock air box
double down pipe header and complete techtonics exhaust

This is a nice car not perfect. it runs and drives great and looks good and is California smog legal !. Current mileage is 105,xxx
It is in better condition mechanically and body than the one I had in the ninties

Still needed :
rear hatch sticker needs to be replaced old one was removed because it was faded / cracked
headliner was sagging I cleaned shell off it needs to be recovered
rear wiper is arm is missing
rear seat door panels and shifter console are faded I was going to have them dyed when I got the headliner recovered.

Making it smog legal for California is no small task, so rejoice sun lovers, here’s one for you. The list of needs isn’t too long, but a careful look at the photos shows the seller noting rust in a few areas. As long as it’s not extensive it should be able to be corrected before it spreads too far. With new tires, mechanical service and some subtle modifications, this car looks like a great driver! I highly doubt that it will get anywhere near the pricepoint of the 1983 model, but there are already 19 bids with 4 days left as of writing; it will be interesting to see where this car ends up relative to the 1983, but if I had to guess it would be in the $6,000 – $8,000 range.

-Carter

How high will it go? 1983 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbo

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Like the E30 M3, the 944 Turbo and the Audi Quattro, the first generation Volkswagen Golf had a reputation as a bit of a legend in its own time. The father of the “hot hatch” craze of the 1980s, the GTi coupled practicality with performance at a reasonable entry price. For some owners, though, the 100 odd horses under the hood just weren’t enough, and for those well-to-do customers who wanted to scare Porsches and Corvettes on their daily commute, there was the Callaway Turbo option. This particular car had Callaway bump it up to “Stage II” with a scant 1,800 miles on the clock to the tune of $4,500 – in 1983! Since then the car has traveled few miles and appears to be one of the most pristine we’ve seen in a long time, coupled with a rare color combo:

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Year: 1983
Model: Rabbit GTi Callaway Turbo
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 18,561 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbo on eBay

In addition to the many standard items, additional options and information include:

*AM/FM Auto/Rev Cassette Stereo Model: 1983 Rabbit Engine (Call. Turbo)

*Vent Windows 4 Cylinder Fuel Injection

*Color Coordinated Floor Mats Transmission: 5-Speed Performance Trans.

*2-Door Hatchback, GTI 3-Way Catalyst

*Fuel injected engine Title: Clear

*Dual Rear Speakers Color: White with burgundy Interior

*Callaway Stage 2 Turbo Fuel: Gas

200 HP with Intercooler Mileage: 18,561

HISTORY AND CONDITION – One-owner, great-condition 1983 VW GTI that has been garage kept and has only 18,561 actual miles. Purchased December 31, 1982. Turbo installed by Callaway TurboSystems in Old Lyme, Conn., and picked up on 9-2-83.

The owner consistently followed protocol for engine warm-up and cool down after boost (turbocharger) used. Instructions for oil, gas, and engine care are written in front of Owners Manual. All maintenance records are included. Upgraded steering wheel, but original steering wheel is in good condition and goes with the car. A red pin strip was added to the black stripe to match other red trim; easily removed if desired.

Tires have been replaced; battery replaced in 2009. The inspection sticker is good until May 2014. Interior of car like new. Cloth upholstered contoured sport seats, front. No tears, holes, etc., anywhere. Some paint chips on black aluminum bumpers, could be touched up, if desired. The car has original factory paint…no restoration. Questionable if another original 1983 VW GTI Callaway Turbo with this low mileage and in this great condition could be found today.

The owner had a lot of fun driving this car on weekend outings, especially around curves for its handling and quick response at a stop light or passing other cars. This car is an antique so insurance and licensing will not be too hard on the pocketbook. Owner was an engineer who appreciated the technical research and endurance testing for “…a sophisticated product of engineering for which this vehicle was designed for maximum efficiency and driving pleasure,” as stated in the Owners Manual.

This 1983 VW GTI was highlighted at the time by Car and Driver (see Nov. 1982 edition), Road and Track, Motor Trend, Volkswagen and Porsche, and other news magazines. It’s been listed in Automobile magazine as 1981-1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI – Collectible Classic. Although rare, this VW GTI has been well cared for and is in great to excellent condition for its age.

Turbocharger cost was an additional $4500.00, added to the cost of this 1983 VW GTI. As a Collectible Classic, this car should maintain or increase in value with inflation.

(Car to be auctioned; reserve will be placed. Reserve the right to end auction; but if it finalizes, will quickly honor your winning bid. Please put deposit of at least $500.00 via PayPal and the balance via wire, check, or other secure method. Buyer is responsible for vehicle pick-up and/or shipping. Effort will be made for inspection of vehicle at buyer’s time and expense prior to close of sale).

On Oct-16-13 at 10:27:50 PDT, seller added the following information:

ADDENDUM TO ORIGINAL AD

Just recently located the complete file compiled by the owner before, during, and after the installation of the Callaway Stage II turbo kit at Callaway TurboSystems in Old Lyme, CONN. It includes the following:

*Excerpts from major Auto magazine articles singing the praises of the 83 VW GTI.

These are from the dealership where the car was purchased with the dealership business

card attached.

*The original window sticker and the original check written for the purchase of the GTI.

*All of the research done by the owner before making the decision to go with the

Callaway System (includes brochures from other turbo systems, magazine articles, etc.)

*Brochures, parts lists, price lists from Callaway TurboSystems and receipts of parts and

installation of Stage II kit including the addition of front stabilizer bar and stiffener and

heavy-duty clutch.

FOLLOWING ITEMS & ANSWERS MAY BE OF INTEREST TO BIDDERS

A number of additional recent pictures are included for bidders’ consideration along with the following information:

1. Regarding original window sticker – In owner’s file with other items including

Callaway Stage II turbosystem installed when car had 1850 miles on it.

2. This is a no-rust car and has never had any rust repair. One possible exception

is some surface rust on suspension, exhaust, or where there are some paint chips, like

on jacking points. The undercarriage is original and has never been retouched,

cleaned, or repainted, so there is some flaking of the original black paint on

suspension components and surface rust is present on these areas but would be easy to

clean and repaint, if desired. Everything is solid.

3. There is a GTI filler plate by the license plate that would be easy to take off, if one

wanted, and put the license plate back in that area. The license plate bracket is bolted

to the underside of the bumper with 2 bolts so its removal will not result in holes in

the bumper that would be visible except from underneath.

4. As mentioned above there has never been any undercoating or painting done to the

undercarriage. It’s original and nothing is covered or hidden from view.

5. Pictures of some of the original paperwork, sides of car taken in Oct 2013, included.

6. There are no dents or creases in the body ever!

7. The owner added an extension to the original shifter. It screws

on and can be removed and replaced with the shift knob.

Talk about setting the market; Rabbit GTis are hard to find in clean condition, and when they’re it great shape they have been commanding strong money. We’ve seen some big dollar Sciroccos in the past few months, but with strong bidding this car has already exceeded $10,000. That’s impressive considering that there are several non-stock items on this car; the steering wheel and shifter extension are interesting to say the least, but the Callaway installation looks typically messy and the front bumper is chipped up, and the rear panel has left holes in the bumper. Despite this this is one of the few clean GTis in white with red interior, and my guess is the super-low mileage on such a tough package to find clean is driving the bidding. The question is, “How high will it go?”

-Carter