Generation Gap? 1988 VW GTi 16V v. 1998 VW GTi VR6 (edit)

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In my recent Jetta GLi post, I took a look at two late model Jettas that were around the same price as an earlier A2 Jetta GLi 16v. In that post, I claimed that the Jetta was the red-headed step-child of Volkswagen. Well, if that’s the case, here is the good son – the GTi. Acclaimed as the original of the “Hot Hatch” market, the original A1 GTi gained weight before it even hit U.S. shores and never stopped eating. Each generation gained weight, options and complexity – and to make up for that, VW kept upping the power. From the simple 1.6 8V the original sported, it was up to 1.8 liters by the time it hit U.S. shores – then a few years later, gained 8 more valves, than another .2 liters in 1990, and finally made the jump to the narrow angle VR6 with its mighty 2.8 liters pumping out nearly double the horsepower of the original. Despite the changes, each generation has been revered by it’s own group of enthusiasts, and it’s rare to find original condition GTis over 10 years old. Today we have two examples that are pretty original from two very different generations -a 1988 GTi 16v and a 1998 GTi VR6. Let’s start with the 1988:

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Year: 1988
Model: GTi 16v
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 169,700 mi
Price: $6,950

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Volkswagen GTi 16V at Experience Cars

1988 VOLKSWAGEN GTI, black, must see to appreciate. Very rare to find a GTI in this condition. runs and drives excellent. Alarm system, stereo abs brakes, air conditioning, alloy wheels, anti-lock brake system: 4-wheel abs, body style: hatchback 2-dr, cargo volume: 17.50 cu.ft., cassette player, curb weight-automatic: 2653 lbs, curb weight-manual: 2565 lbs, driver airbag, engine type: 2.0l l4 sohc 8v, front brake type: disc,front headroom: 37.50 in.,front hip room: 51.60 in.,front legroom: 42.30 in., front shoulder room: 54.00 in., front spring type: coil, front suspension: ind, fuel economy- city: 22 – 24 miles/gallon, fuel economy- highway: 29 – 31 miles/gallon, ground clearance: 4.80 in.,manual sunroof, maximum payload: 1072 lbs, maximum towing: 2000 lbs, overall height: 56.20 in., overall length: 160.40 in., overall width: 66.70 in., passenger airbag, passenger volume: 86.80 cu.ft.,power door locks, power windows, rear brake type: disc, rear headroom: 37.40 in., rear hip room: 52.10 in., rear legroom: 31.50 in., rear shoulder room: 54.60 in., rear spring type: coil, rear suspension: ind, rear window defogger, standard payload: 1072 lbs, standard seating: 5, standard towing: 2000 lbs, steering type: r&p, tachometer,tank: 14.50 gallon,tires: 195/60r14, track front: 57.50 in., track rear: 57.00 in., turning diameter: 32.80 in., wheelbase: 97.40 in., 169,700 miles, VIN: 1vwdc0176jv036393, Don’t miss our Big April Spring Cleaning Sale April 4-7th! Huge discounts on over 150 cars and trucks! Experience Cars at 2500 North Carson Street in Carson City; Experience the Difference!

This car is pretty interesting – it has the bumpers and headlights from a later model (1990 up) but is listed as an early car, which would mesh with the lack of automatic seatbelts. The bumpers are easy enough to swap, but most people don’t swap the fog lights in too. However, that attention to detail may indicate that the previous owner was a fanatic or enthusiast which is verified by the condition of the car – certainly better than most that you run across despite the mileage. The dealer offers little information but does claim ABS, something that didn’t appear until the Mk.3 GTi, but then they also say it’s an 8 valve when it clearly has double that. That may raise some warning flags, especially considering the price of the car. If the price and peaky 4 cylinder of this car are enough to push you away, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence; in this case, more Tornado Red in the form of this VR6 GTi:

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Year: 1998
Model: GTi VR6
Engine: 2.8 liter narrow angle-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 151,270 mi
Price: $2,595 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Volkswagen GTi VR6 on Web2Cars

Fun little car that can save you money at the gas pump.

I have to thank the dealer for the overwhelming amount of information on this one. It appears from the Speedline-made wheels and shift knob to be one of the more desirable “Driver’s Edition” GTi VR6s. 1997 GTis were the only Driver’s Edition, while 1998 received the DE bits. It seems that A3 GTi VR6s are hard to come by in good original condition, but this one appears to be so. This is made even a bit more special by being one of the limited edition. Typically these cars are either heaps or heavily modified so it’s neat to see a clean original one, even if the miles are slightly higher. These are fun cars to drive, are fairly easy to work on, and reasonably cheap to keep running. The A3 doesn’t enjoy a reputation for being the most trouble-free Volkswagen ever made, but my experience overall owning a 97 Golf also in Tornado Red was pretty positive. There were some issues to overcome, but it was a great driving car and this one would be all the better with that sweet VR6 note these put out.

At half the price of the 16V, even taking into account the 16V is a harder car to come by in this condition, I’d have to go for the VR6. I do love the 16V GTis, but were I in the market I’d probably hold out for one in a color I’d prefer as this car is priced towards the top of the market. The VR6, on the other hand, looks great, is a great color, and is priced at the sweet spot to jump into ownership without too many concerns. Complaints about the Mk.3 compared to the Mk.2 were the same from Mk.2 to Mk. 1 – too big, too heavy, too complicated; these factors lead enthusiasts to claim VW lost it’s way and the original intent of the GTi. But looking at the fairly lightweight Mk.3 in comparison to the heavyweight Mk.4 and Mk. 5s, it’s downright tiny and relatively simple.

Which one would you have?

-Carter

1984 Volkswagen GTI

I can summarize my 1984 Volkswagen GTI experience as a trial. First, it was trial by rust; there were few parts of the car that didn’t contain some rusty bits. It actually became a bit of a joke with my friends where we would say that it was on a perpetual weight loss program and dubbed it the “Rusty Rabbit”, a name that still survives today though undoubtedly the car is long gone. The final trial, though, was trial by fire when the fusebox unceremoniously and spontaneously combusted while driving home, eliminating all electrical items from functioning in the interior. Still, there was something that was a lot of fun about that car – it sure felt connected to the road, and made me smile when it wasn’t trying to kill me. When I owned mine, it was rare to see a decent one on the roads, and now 15 years later, it’s even more rare, but a few good ones do survive, and today we found one:

Year: 1984
Model: GTI
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 166,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Volkswagen GTI on eBay

okay –

i’ve had the rabbit for 7-8 years now -it has mostly sat in the garage during that time as i was living out of state. i bought it from a good friend that added audi throttle body, momo steering wheel, sway bars, springs and shocks when he owned it – all minor stuff. ( it is stock otherwise)
it was garage kept then too. he claims it had never been rained on

when i moved back to kentucky, i put new tires on it, new gas tank and lines, new fuse panel and electrical under the dash cd/stereo receiver, there is more i’m sure – i think all receipts are in glove box. I’ve changed the oil regularly and just had it tuned up so it’s running great.

it needs a new windshield, there is a tiny ding on the hood ( which is really the only bad place on the car) and there is a leak on the passenger side floor board- when it rains. could be bad seal around windshield.

other than that – it needs a few interior pieces. (new visor, gear shift cover, various knobs) still though, the interior is a 7 out of 10 for sure.

The greatest thing this car has going for it is the body – there is no rust anywhere.

thanks for looking.

There aren’t too many times that you can own an automotive legend on the cheap, but this may just be the best one. This car (unlike mine) appears to be well cared for by the previous owners, so you’ve got a leg up on most examples right there. The second – and critical one when buying an A1 Volkswagen – is the claimed lack of rust. This all but eliminated these cars from the New England market where they had been so popular. It’s so bad even the hipsters can’t be ironic enough to resurrect an A1 to drive around in a tortured manner up here – and that should tell you something when I regularly see them cruising in 2002s.

There are a few warning signs – the Fuba roof mounted hood means there’s a hole there, so you’d be advised to check for rustproofing. The headliner isn’t in great shape and the paint looks a bit tired, but VW paint from this era rarely looks good so that’s no surprise. Shockingly, the rest of the original interior (minus the steering wheel) appears to be in pretty good shape – including the original “Golf Ball” shift knob, a nod to the European name Golf and completely lost upon the American market with the Rabbit moniker. There are some common upgrades to these cars present, but best in my mind is that the original snowflakes are still there. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for these wheels. As I write this, the reserve has not been met with bidding in the mid-$3,000 range. I’d expect that reserve to be between $4,000 to $6,000 based upon what we’ve seen these cars going for in the past two or three years. This car could be a great way to get into a pretty clean example without (at least some of) the headaches I experiences. Time to go three wheelin’!

-Carter

Wednesday Wheels: great options from BBS

BBS. Few letters cross boundaries of generations and marques of cars like BBS do. Renowned as some of the highest quality OEM, aftermarket and racing wheels available, BBSs have been selected by nearly all of the marques we feature as stock wheels or wheel upgrades, and many tuners still select them. In the heady 1980s, BBS really defined the aftermarket wheel category with it’s evergreen RS models, still highly sought after by most enthusiasts. Today we’re going to look at some different BBS options, each for a different marque. Let’s start with some popular BBS RMs – the two piece version of the RS, originally fit to 2.0 16V GTis between 1990 and 1992, but look great on 2002s, 320s, E30s, and most VWs:

Year: N/A
Model: RM 012
Diameter: 15″
Width: 6.5″
Bolt Pattern: 4 x 100
Offset: ET 33
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Not included
Price: GBP 760 Buy It Now ($1,216.08)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 M-System 2 on eBay

Set of 4 Genuine BBS RS/RM012 6.5J x 15″ 4×100 ET/IS33 Alloy Wheels / Split Rims

– Original BBS 2 Pieces wheels
– PCD 4×100 (E30 Golf Polo Astra Clio Civic Swift II. )
– OFFSET: ET33
– newly painted centers “Nogaro Silver Matt”
– freshly polished lips
– newly chromed screws
– The 4 BBS 3d wheel caps are included

Shipping to the US & EU Countries, email me for prices.

Please contact : auto@emails.hu – International buyers wellcome! Offers welcome!

When I originally saw the “Lobster Claw” wheels fitted to the then new 997 C2S/C4S, I loved the design. For me it’s one of those intangible items I can’t completely define, but I just love how 997s look with these. Porsche OEM wheels are always pricey, but these would be a great upgrade to an earlier non-S model or return one to stock. As a bonus, these come with some meaty and pricey tires that you could get some use out of:

Year: 2006/2007
Model: 997 Carrera 2S/4S OEM
Diameter: 19″
Width: 8″ front, 11″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 57 front, ET 51 rear
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Michelin Pilot Sport 235-35-19 (F) 305-30-19 (R)
Price: $1,300 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche 997 OEM C2S/C4S BBS Wheels on eBay

Buyer will pay $130 for shipping and handling. I do not ship to Canada, PR, Hawaii and Alaska. IF USING PAYPAL, I ONLY SHIP TO PAYPAL CONFIRMED ADDRESS AND NO P.O. BOX.

Disclaimer: Please feel free to ask questions before purchasing. Wheels and tires are used and are sold “as is” condition. Buyer acknowledges any and all responsibilty in purchasing used wheels and tires.

In the performance world, bigger isn’t always better; if you’re heading to the track, keeping a smaller diameter wheel keeps both weight and tire costs down. Looking for a slick set of track wheels to bolt onto your M3 or other late 80s/early 90s BMW? This set on offer from our friends at Classic Car Club Manhattan may be the ticket:

Year: N/A
Model: BBS RK
Diameter: 16″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 120
Offset: ET 15
Condition: USed
Tires: Not Included
Price: $900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BBS RK Wheels on eBay

Up for sale is a set of four BBS RK 16″ wheels. Wheels have no curb rash. Center hub caps on wheels do have small blemishes. Wheels are taped up in pictures for shipping. These wheels look outstanding on almost all BMWs. An example is our very own E30 M3. Best looking wheel setup on any E30 we’ve seen.

One of the more popular wheels with the B5 and B5.5 Audi A4/VW Passat chassis was the factory option BBS VZ; these RZs copy with look but have a centercap hiding the lugs. Perfectly offset for late 90s/early 00s Audis and Passats, these would really help to fill the arches out and are priced really aggressively, as well as coming with tires. Doesn’t get much better than that:

Year: N/A
Model: BBS RZ
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 35
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Goodyear Eagle F1 235-45-17
Price: $500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BBS RZ Wheels on eBay

I have a set of 4 BBS wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1’s. The tires are 235-45z-R17. There are a few minor blemishes in the wheels but other than that they are in good condition. Local pick up after sale or will try to assist buyer with shipping that they arrange.

Lastly, nearly everyone pines over the AMG Monoblocks. They’re cool looking wheels that really suit big-body Mercedes well. Today’s set looks to be in fabulous condition and looks great in multi-piece configuration with polished lips. These are also aggressively staggered, and could either dress up a lower spec Benz or replace some horrible chromies your car’s former homies put on there:

Year: 2002
Model: AMG Monoblock II
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8.5″ front, 10″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 25
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $988 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: AMG Monoblock Wheels on eBay

Offered for an appreciating new owner is this beautiful set of four Mercedes Benz 18″ AMG two-piece BBS staggered wheels with bolts. They came off a 2002 Mercedes Benz SL500. I am not certain what else they will fit. They are 18″ x10″ rears and 18″ x 8 1/2″ fronts with et25 offset. I am told they are Monoblok IIs. They are all in very nice slightly imperfect condition with some light blemishes/curb rash. Buy it now price includes free packing and shipping to you anywhere in the U.S..

Please check out my positive feedback here and feel free to call me directly at 650-307-2251

Which are your favorite, and what would you like to see?

-Carter

1999 Volkswagen GTI 2.0 Supercharged

The regular readers of this site know that I owned a MkIV GTI. So did our fellow contributor Brian. We’d both agree that these were not Volkswagen’s most stellar effort to date. As Brian once quipped, these cars were “fat, bloated and slow. Like Elvis in the seventies.” He had his Rave Green VR6 for a year and a half, during which the intake shifter rod failed. I had my Satin Silver 2.0 for exactly two years, during which many trim pieces fell off inside and out, and the dashboard lights and warning lights would flicker on and off like a pinball machine on full tilt.

Now that the years have passed, is it time to give these hatchbacks a second look? While they aren’t exactly faithful to the original GTI formula of nimble handling and lightness, it wasn’t all terrible. The handling was a bit more ponderous than my MkIII GTI 2.0, but it was still a fairly fun car. One thing I wish it had more of was power. Due to my young age, I couldn’t afford the insurance and extra cost of the VR6 model at the time. But the idea of bolting a supercharger to the “2.slow” was an attractive idea. This Cosmic Green 1999 GTI 2.0 has the Neuspeed supercharger kit under the hood as well as a cat back exhaust and Bilstein shocks.

Year: 1999
Model: GTI 2.0
Engine: 2.0 liter supercharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 122,054 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Volkswagen GTI 2.0 Supercharged on eBay

This rare, German made MK4 was purchased from the original owner in Santa Barbara back in 2009 with 72k miles. Since then, it has only been driven summers and stored inside over the winters. The car is tastefully modded with an array of Neuspeed goodies and performs great with no hindrance to reliability. This car is female owned and has never been raced or tracked.

The car recently was driven for a summer vacation and didn’t miss a beat along the 26 hour journey. It has seen only synthetic oil changes (Mobil 1 or Castrol) since new. This vehicle currently has 122k miles on it, but should continue to climb as this car is driven. Everything works, from the A/C and moonroof to the rear wiper.

Specs:
1999 MK4 Golf GTi
Cosmic Green / Black Sport Cloth
Supercharged 2.0L / 5 Speed Manual

Motor:
Neuspeed Supercharger Kit
Miltek Sport Full Cat Back Exhaust
Color Matched Engine & Battery Cover

Interior:
OEM Lupo GTi Shift Knob & Boot
OEM Leather GTi E-Brake Boot
Aluminum Pedals
Alpine Head Unit

Exterior:
Kamei Eyelids
Borath Front Grill
Filled Hood Notch
Filled Bumper Notch
Grillcraft Grill Inserts
Shaved Side Markers
Modified 337 Front Lip
Smoothed 337 Rear Apron
Caractere Rear Roof Spoiler
Hella Magic Color Tails
Color Matched Rear Badge
Europlate

Suspension:
Bilstein Shocks
Neupseed Sport Lowering Springs
Neuspeed Front Strut Tower Bar
Neuspeed Rear Sway Bar

Wheel & Tire:
16″ Steel Wheels
205/55R16 Summer Performance Tires

**Note: The car will not come with Porsche Wheel & Tire Setup**

More photos can be found here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/113873558623855216110/CosmicGreenGTi?authuser=0&feat=directlink#5901740977265589826

The car had the timing belt & water pump work completed when we took ownership, as well as a fresh supercharger rebuild two years ago. It also received a new power steering pump and brakes last season. Although not perfect, this is an exceptionally clean, 100% rust-free example of a well-rounded MK4.

Sale includes some extras such as two sets of floor mats, windshield sun shade, and a nice stack of past receipts/history.

The MkIII and MkIV GTIs fall in that range of not yet classic but too old to be desirable for those considering a slightly used vehicle. In the case of the MkIV, with exception of the R32, they weren’t exactly as loved as the Mk1 or MkII, or even the MkIII, some would argue. The one thing that bothers me about this ride is that the seller is unwilling to sell the car with the wheels, which is a shame in this case. I think the Porsche turbo style wheels certainly dress up this ride. If I were selling a car, I’d have it equipped as sold. I wouldn’t tease people with aftermarket bits you aren’t going to include. As it sits, I’d expect this car might bring $4,500 to $6,000, given that the modifications are fairly tasteful when it comes to tuned Volkswagens of the period.

-Paul

1985 Volkswagen GTI Group 2 Rally Car

I’ll admit that while I’m an urbanite, there’s not a little bit of me that wants to get out of the city and into nature. But I’m not your camping or hiking kind of person. No, I’d be more content tearing up the trails in something like this Group 2 Volkswagen GTI. This prepped 1985 GTI for sale in Colorado is suitable for Group 2 racing and is ready to see some action with its next owner.

Year: 1985
Model: GTI Group 2 Rally
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $14,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Volkswagen GTI Group 2 Rally Car on SpecialStage

1985 Group 2 VW GTI. Originally a road race shell, prepped for rally by Scott Fuller. I’ve had this car for 10 years. Time to sell as there are no rallies in Colorado and work/family schedule isn’t going to allow me to travel out of state. Highlights are VW Motorsports Gemini Dogbox with new refresh from Gemini Trans in the UK. Techtonics built motor. Lots of Group A parts. Just did a bunch of work to have the car ready for the Land’s End Hill Climb here in Colorado—so the car is up to date and running well. I’ve got lists of specific parts and spares. Call if interested and I will send spec sheets and give you the history of the car. $14,000 USD with full spares package. Might split dogbox from car – might. Located in Boulder, CO. Possible delivery.
Thanks,
Matt

Anyone seeking $14,000 for a regular 1985 GTI would never get it, but as enthusiasts, I’m sure we’re familiar with the expense of building a competition vehicle, what it takes to keep them running on the track and most importantly, meeting regulations. It’s not a cheap hobby, but it’s one which challenges you on many levels and provides a sense accomplishment, even if you aren’t always leading the pack. It would be worth checking with the owner to see the extent of parts and spares that will come with the car, but the spares along with the fact that it is a complete and ready to race car is attractive.

-Paul

1991 Volkswagen Golf G60

The GTI has always been the performance oriented Golf, but there’s been a few über Golfs that have graced the lineup throughout the years. Many VW fanatics are familiar with the MkII Rallye Golf. This was an all-wheel drive homologation special with box fenders and was powered by the 1.8 liter, supercharged G60 four cylinder engine. Built in Belgium, these special Golfs cost almost twice as much as a base GTI. Since then, we’ve seen a few more all-wheel drive Golfs, including the current Golf R. While the Rallye Golf was being sold, there was a cheaper, more tame option: the Golf G60.

The Golf G60 was another pumped up Golf that wasn’t available to US customers and featured the G60 engine in front-drive form. These lesser known Golfs are not too common, as they were launched in 1990 and were marketed for only about a year and a half. This particular G60 is on offer not too far from London and will be legal for importation to the US in a little over two years.

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Year: 1991
Model: Golf G60
Engine: 1.8 liter supercharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 135,403 km (84,135 mi)
Price: £10,995 (~ $16,769 USD)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen Golf G60 on 4StarClassics

MODEL HISTORY
The VW Golf Mk2 succeeded the Mk1 from 1983 and remained in production until late 1992. Volkswagen reportedly spent £500 million developing the Mk2. The car slightly grew in wheelbase, exterior and interior dimensions over its predecessor but still retained the overall look of the MK1 albeit slightly more rounder so to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. During the life of the Mk2 there were a variety of updates and revisions to styling and trim, the most notable was the introduction of the ‘big bumpers’ introduced in the European market during the August 1989 facelift.

The success of the Mk1 GTi was continued with the sporty Mk2 GTi and to capitalise on the world wide success of the MK1 GTi. Volkswagen chose to release the Mk2 GTi in the same year as the rest of the fleet. The Mk2 featured a 1.8litre 8v engine but also a second engine choice, a slightly more powerful 16v variant followed shortly, the 8v displaying good low down torque and driveability while the 16v enjoyed high revs and more top end power. During its midlife update the 8v unit benefited from the introduction of a Digifant engine management system.

Popularity of the MK2 grew from the 1987 commercial “changes” in which Paula Hamilton bearing a close resemblance to Diana, Princess of Wales is seen leaving her husband, posting her wedding ring back through the letterbox, ditching her mink coat, throwing the house keys at the cat and dumping the pearl necklace BUT keeping the car keys – the tag line ‘If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen’. The commercial was a hit and changed the way cars were advertised from then on.

In 1990 the Golf GTi G60 was introduced featuring the 8v 1.8 with a Supercharger, wider wheel extensions, BBS alloy wheels, tinted rear lights and clear front indicators. The engine delivers 160bhp and a very impressive 166ft lb of torque.

EQUIPMENT
Supercharged, Wide G60 arch extensions, 15″ Lenso alloy wheels, Smoked rear lights, Brilliant black (LA9V) paint, Central locking, Full black leather (PL7) interior, Trip computer, Sunroof, Alpine head-unit.

EXTERIOR
This rare and desirable G60 is finished in sparkling (LA9V) brilliant black and is in excellent shape with no dents, scratches or signs of corrosion. The only negatives to the paint being a couple of minor stone chips to the front. All of the plastic trim and body kit are in good order with no signs of fading or damage and the factory Hella lights on the front are free from chips or cracks as is the windscreen and other glass. The original VW sticker is still inside the boot confirming the specification and that it’s an original G60.

INTERIOR
A rare option on the G60’s is the (PL7) leather option which really improves the look and feel of the interior and sets it apart from the standard Mk2s. The leather remains in excellent order with only the smallest amount of wear to the drivers bolster and some discolouration and marks on the steering wheel. The door cars are also very nicely trimmed and show no signs of wear. The boot area is perfectly clean and the space saver wheel and tool kit are neatly stored under the boot carpet.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The car comes with an excellent history showing plenty of maintenance work and light regular use. The engine benefits from some mild modifications to improve drivability, these include a stage 3 supercharger, 68mm pulley and performance a performance tune. The engine runs very well and makes a fantastic noise as the supercharger winds up. The cambelt service was done less than 3k miles ago in 2010.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The alloys are all in excellent condition with no signs of corrosion or curb marks and are shod in a matching set of Yokohama tyres. The brakes and suspension are all in fine order and the car recently benefited from some new front discs, pads and shocks. Since arriving at 4 Star it has also had a brake fluid service.

HISTORY FILE
The car was first registered in Germany in May 1991 and was then imported to the UK in 2004. The history file contains a certificate from VW confirming its originality along with lots of German history and the import certificate. Since being in the UK all the history has been kept which includes parts and service invoices, all the old MOT certificates and tax disks. The last service was done in 2011 at 81,670 miles. The car also comes with the original VW sales brochure and 3 keys. The mileage is 135,403 KM with equates to 84,135 miles.

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This dilemma some people may reach with the Golf G60 boils down to one word: Corrado. Why not buy Volkswagen’s sport coupe from the 1990s with it’s similar engine? Well, the Golf G60 is certainly an unorthodox choice for VW aficianados and you’ll be in more rarefied air than if you owned a Corrado. Then again, only the most astute VW fan will be able to spot one of these in a crowd. This particular seller always does an excellent job of photographing their stock. It makes these cars look showroom new. While the mileage is low for a MkII, the asking price is a lot more than anyone could reasonably consider spending, at least in the US. It’s hard to say what it would be worth once it’s legal stateside, but I would be willing to hazard a guess of somewhere around half of this asking price.

-Paul

1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI

It’s always hard to top the original. The MkI GTI is revered for being the progenitor of the hot hatch breed, remaining a top choice to this day for those who want affordable, practical thrills. The MkII GTI has steadily been gaining traction in the VW enthusiast realm as the GTI to have if you want a little bit more size and comfort to go with your hot hatch formula. However, it’s hard to find a MkII that hasn’t been tinkered with. Two decades have passed since the last one left the showrooms and with that comes a spate of modifications that run from VR6 engine swaps to ones with slammed suspensions, appealing to the stance crowd. But, every now and then, a true unmolested MkII will surface like this one for sale in North Carolina. This is a higher mileage car, but has been given the attention it deserves.

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Year: 1987
Model: Golf GTI
Engine: 1.8 liter 8V inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 207,000 mi
Price: $5,600

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI on The Samba

Golf GTI, Mint Condition, Always Adult Owned, Price: $5,600

For Sale: “Tornado” Red, 1987 Golf GTI 1.8L 8V 207K. All original, unmolested, unmodified 2 adult owner vehicle. Have every service recored since it was new and original window sticker from dealer lot. This is your chance to own a fun reliable hatch back with all the features of a modern equivalent vehicle at a fraction of the price.

Has been heavily serviced in the last year, all factory correct parts used, including; new clutch, transmission seals, tall ratio 5th gear, clutch “finger”, pushrod, pressure plate, drive shafts, alternator, complete shift linkages and bushings rebuild, new brake pads, brake master cylinder, valve cover gasket, heater core, thermostat, coolant flush, new VW specific antifreeze, ball joint, tie rod ends, steering bellow, cabin fan resistor, 4 new single direction sport tires with under 5000 miles…

Factory options include: Sunroof, power windows (motors work perfect no hesitation), power door locks, cruise control, intermittent wipers, rear window wiper, multi function indicator (avg speed, MPG, time, trip miles, oil temp…), air conditioning (system has been upgraded to modern freon, Ice cold), rear defroster, folding rear seats, power steering, electric adjustable mirrors, factory optional sunroof wind deflector, factory Recaro sport seats.

Other extras: 1 extra brand new never mounted snow flake wheel, full header back stainless steel Techtonics Tuning exhaust system with Borla muffler, Jetta dual port header, cylinder head replaced with new big valve head, new black headliner, extra original seat fabric, extra GTI badges, extra door handle, extra CSI fuel distributor, many extra parts…

I’m selling because I have too many vehicles and need to consolidate. Please call, text, or email Will Porter during reasonable hours (9am-9pm) at: (336) 908-two69four Porterwebsales@gmail.com. ALL REASONABLE TRADES AND OFFERS ARE WELCOME

Full size pictures here: http://s93.photobucket.com/user/dashawndakeng/library/87%20GTI

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While it’s not the more desirable GTI 16V, there’s a lot to like about this MkII. The MkIII and MkIV generations added on pounds and size, so for those wanting one of the last originals, a MkII of any sort will suffice nicely. It’s not hard to tell this car has been adult owned, as it shows. It’s condition is impressive for the mileage. It would be a shame if a boy racer gets their hands on it though, as this is one particular car that should be preserved as it sits. If it is as good as it looks, $5,600 isn’t too bad a deal for such a mint MkII. Given the distance on the chassis, however, some bargaining may be in order and it’s nice to see the seller is open to offers. Ready for a nostalgia trip back to the 1980s? This is a good car to do it in.

-Paul

57k-mile 1984 Volkswagen GTI

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Mk1 GTIs are garnering the most love they’ve received since their world-changing introduction, mainly due to the bloat and over-regulation of modern cars pushing many enthusiasts to look backwards towards simpler and more fun automobiles. When it comes to simple and fun, few can match the original GTI. Today’s example comes with a shockingly-low 57k miles, but they have not been pampered. It will need some love to become perfect, but its low mileage provides a solid base to build up an amazing GTI.

Year: 1984
Model: GTI
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 57,500 miles
Price: Reserve still on at $4,050

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Volkswagen GTI on eBay

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This car lived most of its life in California (I have carfax copy which shows service records). It moved to South Carolina in 2012 then to Harrisburg, PA in early 2013. It has the original paint with no rust. There are the typical parking lot imperfections in the paint and a small amount of fading but overall the original paint looks great. The car is unmodified. It has stock exhaust, intake, suspension, wheels, tires, brakes, etc. The only things that are not original are the reupholstered seats. I think the seats are the originals but are now covered in a different than stock material (see pics).

1.8L 4 cylinder, 5 speed manual, am/fm cassette, crank sunroof, new battery from Advance Auto ($100), tires have plenty of tread, Air Conditioning blows very cold, car steers straight, stops perfect, etc.

I have a receipt for $2240 in maintenance items dated 8/24/2012 at 57,048 miles. That receipt (see pic) was for a new timing belt & water pump, new rear brake drums, air conditioning Freon, new front brake pads, front strut inserts, rear shocks, replaced front brake calipers, radiator flush. The car only has 500 additional miles since then. Included in the price is an original owners manual and some extra seals, instrument cluster, etc.

The only things wrong with the entire car are:

* The Tach does not work, but a spare cluster is included. Not sure if it just the cable to the back of it, or the entire Tach needs replaced?

* The Dash Board has a crack in it, and a few holes (one the size of a someones finger poking down through it, with some spider effects near it and a couple much smaller holes)… see pics

* Due to the age and someone with fat fingers, the Carfax is clean but it does have a warning *Mileage Inconsistency* (“the mileage reported here conflicts with this vehicle’s odometer history. Ask a mechanic or seller to confirm the actual mileage – this entry may just be a clerical error”) – in Someone in 1997 entered the odometer at 150,799. The car was in California until 2012 and in early 2012 the mileage was reported at 56,

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As the bidding shows, even GTIs that need some love are getting plenty in the form of demand. The exterior is still eye-catching and VW Mk1 parts, be it OEM, junkyard or aftermarket, are plentiful. We’re going to need to start investing in these while they are still moderately reasonable, before every GTI is a $10k minimum!

-NR

2004 Volkswagen R32

While the GTI has been the standard bearer of hat hatch performance for Volkswagen since the 1970s, there’s been a series of even hotter production Golfs over the years that have taken the formula one step further. The MkII Rallye Golf was the first of these über Golfs, bringing a supercharged engine and four-wheel drive to the equation. Over a decade later, Volkswagen would release the Golf R32, based on the MkIV platform. The VR6 had already been in action for about a decade by the time this model came around. Instead of the supercharged four cylinder, a larger, 3.2 liter version of the VR6 was employed mated to a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive.

This R32 is for sale by our reader Buzz. It is a one owner car that looks barely broken in, which is not surprising since it has done less than 20,000 miles.

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Year: 2004
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 17,600 miles
Price: $18,900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen R32 on Craigslist Reno

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For sale: 2004 VW R32

Standard Features:

V6, 3.2 ltr engine
AWD
Manual 6 speed
Traction control, ABS
A/C
Power windows & door locks
Cruise control
Tilt Wheel
AM/FM Stereo, Cassette, CD
Dual Air Bags, Side Air Bags
Sun Roof
Alloy Wheels
MPG: City 17/Hwy 24 (manufacturer statement)

Purchased new at Lithia VW in Reno. Single owner car, only 17,600 miles!! Yes, that’s all. Smoker car but has just been professionally detailed for sale. Silver with black leather interior. Sport seats. Vehicle belonged to a deceased family member. Please e-mail reply to this ad or call Seven75-85two-5three2nine. $18,900.00

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The MkIV Golf earned a bit of a reputation for being cantankerous. I experienced this behavior first hand as I owned one of the last MkIV GTIs that were produced with the 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. I had that car for two years and sold it the day the warranty expired. The R32, although it may look similar, is an entirely different proposition. It’s a car that I’d be willing to overlook any potential faults and there is a big performance upside. A part of me still wants to live out that VR6 engined GTI fantasy from my youth, as my MkIII and MkIV GTIs were four cylinder models. An R32 as nice as this keeps that desire burning.

-Paul

1984 Volkswagen GTI

Possibly my favorite car of all time, the 1984 US Spec Rabbit GTI is just an all around fun car to be behind the wheel of. The 94bhp Bosch CIS injected four cylinder is certainly not an autobahn burner, but coupled to the quick ratio 5-speed gearbox, it’s a quick little car that can surprise a lot of others off the line. Unfortunately, it’s all over by the time you hit 40 mph, but at least you had your moment of glory.

The true magic of the GTI isn’t in a straight line, rather in the twisties. These cars were made for corners and when pushed to the limits remain poised and confident. Push them a little further and you’ll get a slight lift from the inside rear wheel as a gentle reminder that you’re approaching the limits. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Rabbit GTI is by far one of the most fun cars I’ve ever driven, which is why I keep one in my garage at all times.

This well kept silver over blue GTI for sale in Calhoun, GA would make a great addition to any German car collection.

Year: 1984
Model: Rabbit GTI
Engine: 1.8 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 106,000 miles
Price: No Reserve auction

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First of all, I cannot say enough about the excellent condition of this car. I have personally been a VW mechanic and enthusiast for 15 years and bought this car to be part of my collection just a couple years ago. When I ran across this car I was shocked at the over all condition.To start with its a very original, unmolested, rust free example. (Folks, the battery tray in this car isnt even rusty!)

Its easy to see that this car has been “adult” driven and taken care of. The car is very tight in all respects. The doors etc. open and shut like they should, and the car drives straight and true. There is no suspension noise whatsoever and the shocks/struts feel great. The clutch, shifter, and transmission operate flawlessly. In driving the car, its easy to notice that this one hasnt been abused. The odometer reads 106K and works.

The body of the car is as straight as can be. Upon purchasing I decided that the car needed to be “preserved” just the way it was, so, thats what had to happen. While I liked the original, sunburnt paint on the car, I knew that it something should be done to preserve it. I started by dismantling the car and taking it to the body shop. The car was properly prepped to accept clearcoat and was sprayed with PPG concept clear. I then had the trim re-dyed (not painted) and had the bumpers media blasted and painted with all of the associated hardware and brackets. I spent a great deal of time cleaning the grill and embelms and re-installed with new hardware. The headlights, turn signals, and tail lights are all NOS. While in the process, I had a new windshield installed. I used new window seals in the doors where necessary.

As far as the interior goes, the carpet is original and in very nice shape. I installed a new headliner and cleaned/detailed things a bit. The dash is nice, clean, and without cracks. I sourced a NOS shift boot and “golf ball” shift knob just for the cause. The seats are nice, vibrant and without any rips or stains. How long has it been since youve seen Rabbit Gti seats that were this nice????

Since the original wheels were in such nice shape, I decided just to leave them alone. The tires have a good %50 tread remaining. Mechanically the car is original and unaltered. Everything works as it should. I have installed a new fuel tank and pump recently. The engine doesnt rattle, smoke, or use oil. All of the motor mounts are tight, and in place. The transmission shifts great with no syncro grind or roaring. I converted the AC to 134a and it cools great. The heater works just as it should also. To make a long story short, the car really is a pleasure to drive and isnt a project like most of that are on the market today. Everything on the car works well and I really wouldnt be afraid to drive it anywhere.

This car has seen a mild restoration with regards to the finishes, which is certainly necessary for a car that has been abused by the sun for almost 30 years. While I understand the idea behind it, I feel like it would have been better either left alone or resprayed to silver, not the half way approach. That aside, this is a beautiful example of a well preserved GTI.

I like that the seller has this car for sale at no reserve to let the market speak. I think that when the market does speak, this car will see $6,500 to $7,000 when the perverbial hammer falls. These cars are great collectables and in this condition it’s a great driver too. If I had the cash and the space, I’d be all over this.

-Brian