1983 VW GTI Widebody for sale

Here’s a wee beasty, the likes of which you don’t see very often.  We all know the magic that surrounds the Mk1 GTI, but this has to be magic turned to 11.  A custom steel widebody kit has been grafted on, leaving it with the same classic silhouette but shifting it much lower and much wider.  This is no Heidi Montag though, as it comes with content to back up the extremely modified looks.

What the seller has to say:

My 1983 VW Rabbit GTI (Wide body) is up for sale.
This car was fully restored. Has steel wide body hand made. Fender flares are extended 3” each side. This car is in perfect condition runs great. I drive the car to work every day. The reason I am selling this car is because I have another toy. I have no room for this one in the garage. I will be honest with you I have autocrossed with this car and this car is amazing.
Engine: 16v
Auto tech cams
Valve Springs
Lifters
Titanium Retainers
New stock pistons
Crankshaft
Bearings
Transmission: Euro spec transmission with diesel 5th gear
Gears are heat treated
Peliquen LSD
Transmission is brand new has only about 2000 miles on it.
Brakes: Stock brakes on front
Rear 92′ Jetta GLI disk brakes
Exhaust: Techtonics full exhaust with race downpipe
Techtonics short shifter
Techtonics K bar
Techtonics ECU
Interior: 92′ Rabbit Cabrio dash with center console
Corbeau A4 seats
6 point roll cage
Spare tire area has been removed to make more room for fuel cell.
Momo F1 steering wheel
92′ Jetta GLI gauge cluster with working FMA
Exterior: Euro front end with badgeless grill
Euro tail lights
Rear wiper has been removed
Wheels: 15×8 Sport max one piece wheels
Suspension: Neuspeed race spring with Koni adjustable

That’s a pretty serious upgrade list.  Some power, some brakes, some suspension with a dash of style thrown in.  It sounds like it’s been well taken care of, but the generality with which the mileage and condition are described necessitates further investigation.  That said, it’s a Mk1 VW, so even if/when things go wrong, there should be an reasonable fix.  The seller’s testament of daily driving is a positive note.  I always love the no-bumpers look, and the widebody intrigues me and certainly makes a statement, though something about it strikes me as not perfect.  I think it might be the side sills and width of the front spoiler; I’d prefer the fender flares by themselves.  Overall though, this is a very impressive Mk1 and must be an intense amount of fun.

Bidding is hot, with 20 bidders pushing it around $3.5k currently, but the reserve is not yet met.  Considering clean Mk1s are pushing into the $4ks and $5ks, if this can stay under $7000 I think it would be a good price for a well put together, unique, and fast Mk1.

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Euro-spec 1978 GTI for sale

We all love a good GTI, especially the first generation.  The Europeans got the revolutionary hot hatch a few years before the States, and also benefited from an even greater sense of “less is more” with the Euro version.  Of course the US bumpers weighed down the ends a bit, as well as a clunkier, rectangular light setup instead of the classic Euro quads.  Today we have an imperfect-but-enticing Euro-spec GTI for sale in the SF Bay Area, in need of a little work but with a lot of great bits providing the foundation for a great A1 GTI.

1978 VW Euro-spec Golf GTI for sale on Craigslist

A list of mods from the seller:

2.0L Audi 3a Bubble Block
8 Scirocco valve head
Scirocco Intake Mani
Dual Downpipe
TT Race Header
TT Low temp fan switch
High-flow cat
Replaced Vaccuum Lines
TDI 5spd transmission
Strong Clutch
Weitech TX Height and Dampening Adjustable Coilovers
Nuespeed Fr Tie bar
Neuspeed Fr and Rear Sway Bars
Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines
Brand new bfg tires on oem 14×6 Snowflake rims
Have all fender flares (currently off the car)
Euro Duckbill front spoiler
Fenders Rolled for 15×8 Widened Steelies (not included)
Euro Bumpers (not running rear)
Euro Quad Headlight Setup
Euro Taillights
Euro Cluster (kph, speedo is not hooked up)
Euro Gti Grill badge
Euro Golf Gti hatch badge
Black interior
Radio Delete Panel
Glass in great shape
Current Registration
That’s a lot of great mods for $2700, and I like that he ends his ad with “Cash Talks, if you seem like you’re going to take care of it thats more important than the money.”   This is definitely a guy who had a fun Mk1 project and is looking to pass it on to a kindred spirit.  The Audi 3A block originally came with 115hp, probably more now thanks to the upgrades, and either way a significant improvement over the original mill.  Sitting low on Weitech coilovers, I really like the subdued grey color scheme and roof spoiler.  It’ll need some work to be perfect, but I think this would be a really fun GTI with a great Euro-theme already established.  And you know what?  I kind of like that it’s a dirty little monster.  If I had a little more in the bank, I’d go offer $2500 and have some fun.
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63k-mile 1984 VW GTI

Beauty may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but A1 GTIs are so gorgeous.  Something about the perfect little two-box shape, wide fenders, and sharky little nose get me going.  And yes, they’re on just about everyone’s short lists for best-handling, most fun, and most influential cars.  I had the chance to get a lowered, diesel-geared and Quaife-diff’d orange one from the guy who bought my Rabbit Truck, but my dad (I was in high school) had already decided a Toyota pickup would be more reliable and useful.  But I digress.  If I had $5k to spend on a fun little car right now, a clean Mk1 GTI would be where that money went.  This beautiful, 99% original example is for sale in a hot eBay auction with 32 bids at the time of writing.

It’s not perfect, but that will hopefully be a benefit as it will keep the price within the VW stratosphere (though the fierce bidding may threaten a reasonable sale price).  63k miles is awesome, and despite a few imperfections, this thing is superb.  A well-maintained GTI with lots of life left in it?  Worth quite a bit of money to me.  If you’ve been waiting for the right one, jump in with the dozens of other bids…

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Low Mileage 1983 VW GTI on Craigslist

The original hot hatch is still one of the cleanest and most fun, routinely ranking well on “Best Drivers’ Cars” lists.  Ever since my hand-me-down 1981 VW Caddy I’ve wanted a GTI.  With lines as tight as its handling, A1 GTIs turn my head more than most modern sports cars.  Simple, useful, and fun, it just doesn’t get much better.  This example has a mere 95k miles on it with a freshly rebuilt gearbox.

1983 VW GTI for sale on Craiglist SF

It shows it’s age in some spots, but the interior looks very clean (great Recaros!), as does the engine.  Though less-than-safe, GTIs look awesome without the bumpers.  95k well-documented miles means there’s plenty of fun left, and $3200 is a fine price for this condition.  It’d be mine if I had the means/space.

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1984 Rabbit GTi with only 517 Miles For Sale

1984 Volkswagen GTi with 517 Miles For Sale

Saw this on the Autoblog feed this morning and my jaw dropped. That’s no typo, this car only has 517 miles on it!

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quote from seller’s listing:

This 1984 GTI Rabbit is my father’s car. He is the one and only orignal owner. He bought this little slot car in Jan 1985 brand new from the dealer. It was driven home and later driven to CMC Stereo Center to upgrade the stereo to a Blaupunkt stereo and four Alpine speakers, this was top of the line back then. The car was later rustproofed with the LATEST WAX treatment in his garage by a persponal friend. We have ALL documentation. Within two weeks my dad had back surgery. The car sat in his garage for months hoping to fully recover from surgery.Years went by….two more surgeries, 25 years later it is time to sell. He simply can’t drive a stick shift anymore.My father had owned a Shell Service station for 50 years, he knows how to maintain a vehicle LOL and is quite the perfectionist.

You won’t find a newer GTI like this anywhere. It still smells new inside. It should be in a VW museum somewhere. This car is truly a “TIME CAPSULE”. All original, original owner, all original documents, blue car cover in trunk, 515 original miles, nothing needed but a set of license plates. We have put three new batteries in the car over 25 years , second set of tires . We have started this car monthly . All rubber is like new! Everthing is like new. Never driven in the rain snow or anywhere as a matter of fact. We garantee you will not find a newer one than this. the only flaws are a couple of bicycle handle bar nicks ( two small dings , one on front fender and the other on the rear). Nothing difficult to repair. This car starts perfect…….runs perfect ……….looks perfect…..It never sat out in the sun for any ammount of time. New, it sold for $8799.00 it should have held it’s retail price. .LOL IT NEEDS NOTHING!!!! But someone to drive it, it handles like a slot car. I owned a similair one 18 years ago, they are a blast to drive and carve the curves like a true sports car.

There is quite a spirited discussion in the Autoblog comments and also a 4+ page thread on VWVortex about this car and what it’s worth. I can see both side of the argument. Where do you think it will end up?

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1984 Volkswagen GTI For Sale: Clean, Original, and Affordable

Here’s a very clean looking 1984 Volkswagen GTi for sale on VWVortex. The seller is in Portland and from the looks of it, this car has been in the Northwest most if it’s life with no rust. That interior is nearly spotless too; check out the condition of those seats!

quote from seller’s listing on VWVortex:
This is a very stock/original GTI. 133k on the motor (1.8 8v JH) and trans (4k). Modest performance enhancements, upper and lower stress bars, 60/40 cup kit, TT short shift kit, dual outlet exhaust and downpipes with TT cat back, just put in a brand new battery too. AC works and blows cold. Currently stored indoors as it has been for the past 5-6 years.

Interior is as nice as you will find. Redone headliner and seats, uncracked and uncut dash, all trim pieces in place. Rear seat and parcel shelf are awesome. Recently installed a Concord two knob deck with decent dash and rear speakers.

Body has zero rust, sunroof was recently rebuilt, all doors and ignition are keyed the same, rubber is uncracked and fresh. Just had the pinch-welds straightened and undercoated. a new decal kit installed, and had the bumpers powder-coated. Clear-coat is great on the entire car with the exception of the top of the drivers side fender. This is not the cars original fender. I replaced it after it got dented when parked. It was the nicest OG paint I could find.

What’s “wrong” with it:
– Rear sprayer for the wiper doesn’t work.
– That’s it!

I’m not sure what else there is. It’s really a nice example of a stock 25 year old GTI.

I’m asking $4,500 firm.

As a long time MK1 and MK2 VW fan, I’d have to say it’s been since high school since I saw a Rabbit GTi this clean and original. While $4500 may seem like a lot to some, good luck finding one this nice for less.

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Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at the VW GTI’s and parts that are currently for sale!

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1984 Volkswagen GTi For Sale: Nice and Clean on eBayMotors

With the excitement around the Scirocco’s that have hit the market this week, I’ve got another nice looking survivor to post in this 1984 Volkswagen GTi listed on eBayMotors:

quote from the seller’s eBayMotors ad:

I am the third owner of this vehicle and it has been garaged ever since it left the dealership in 84′. The car was originally purchased here in California and hasn’t left since. No rust on the car. Meticulously serviced with the timing belt and engine mounts changed at 60,000 miles. The car is completely stock except for the BBS wheels with new tires, Bilstein suspension kit , Zender side skirts, Alpine tape deck, new exhaust system and upper & lower strut bars. I will include in this auction the original wheels with still good tires on them and an extra OEM GTI grille. This car is a 9 out of 10 inside and out. The interior is stock in blue cloth with a brand new headliner and all new weather stripping. The pictures should speak for them self. The car just passed smog and is in excellent running condition.

Note he states the car has been garaged it’s whole life and only has 77k miles. I’d have to guess that 90% of the MK1 GTi’s in the world wished they had such a charmed life! The white exterior with black accents and those great looking MK2 GTi BBS rims really make this car look sharp. My only ding would be the nasty blue, American spec interior — But it is clean and tidy.

$6750 sounds a little optimistic, but those rims are probably worth at least $1500. Taking that equity into consideration, I’ll be curious to watch where this car ends up.

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1976 Volkswagen GTi Period Modified Car For Sale in Portland

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

quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist ad:

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

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

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