1981 Volkswagen Polo


Stemming from the Audi 50 and built to be an ultra compact economy car, the VW Polo fits that bill perfectly. The only thing smaller than the size of the car is the displacement of the engine, a 0.9 liter carbed four cylinder. While it was an economy car at heart, VW used the Polo as a test bed for many of the technologies that made their way in to later cars, like the supercharged G40 which later grew in to the G60 found in the Golf Special, Rallye Golf, and stateside, the Corrado G60.

The Polo was never sold here in the states, but a few enthusiasts have brought them here, and every so often they pop up for sale. This clean low mile example for sale in York, Pennsylvania will insure that you stand out at the local VW show.


Year: 1981
Model: Polo
Engine: 0.9 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 57,000 km (35,418 mi)
Price: $6,500

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That time of year. Getting the urge to move onto something else. I have owned this car since 2007. It is a ton of fun and gets lots of looks, even from people that have no idea what it is. I am really looking for a fun car I can take the whole family in if I want.

1981 VW Polo imported from Germany.

0.9L 4cyl w/ 4spd transmission

Runs great, always starts reliably. Even after being in storage all winter. It does need a new heater core. It is currently out and the lines are looped. These do not require you to pull the dash, it is accessed under the rain tray. The body has some rust issues and shoddy repairs. All in all not bad, but is a 32 year old body. Interior only has one problem area on the driver side seat bolster. I have spare material that you could repair it with if desired.

It is lowered on a cup kit of some sort and has Borbet Type C 14″ wheels on it. Also have the stock steelies for it. I have a spare motor as well. A 1.3L with a VWMS manifold and twin weber carbs.

$6,500 OBO would consider trades for a E36 M3  Located in York, PA.


As painfully slow as these cars are, they are a hoot to drive. Just allow plenty of time to merge on the highway, or any road for that matter. In reality though, you don’t buy a car like this for speed, it’s all about the rarity and the cool factor.  Having seen this car in person, I can tell you, it draws a crowd, and sparks conversations. The cool factor alone is worth its weight in gold, couple that with a legal Pennsylvania registration, and you have a pretty good deal at $6,500. Let’s face it, you couldn’t import this car for near that price.


1977 Volkswagen Scirocco Widebody


Who’s ready to get crazy!? We’ve had some cool race cars on here recently, from the RS America to the Jetta daily racer, but this car puts racecar in your face louder than the America’s double rear wing with its huge – HUGE – fender flares. Purportedly made by a guy who built two of these to race in the <2.0L Trans Am series, it's a shame there isn't any documentation of its history. I don't know if it was raced hard and put away wet or has occasionally come out for 19k miles of race duty, but most 5-digit mileage cars we feature here are in much better condition. A reasonable starting price reflects the sellers realize this, resulting in a potentially amazing Scirocco project. Pg_640

Year: 1977
Model: Scirocco
Engine: 1.7L inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 19,600 miles
Price: Reserve-on at $2,000 opening bid

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 Volkswagen Scirocco Widebody on eBay


1977 Volkswagen Scirocco

Another truly unique vehicle being offered up for sale from MF Auto! This 1977 Volkswagen Scirocco is truly a beautiful example. This is a custom widebody vehilce from 1977. We assume this car was purchased by gentleman in Chicago who was known to have built two custom widebody Sciroccos. This car, we believe, was built to run in a Trans Am under 2.0L race series. With only 19K original miles, this Scirocco is very low mileage.

This car is overall in great condition. We do have the spoiler for the car and it will be included in the sale if you would like to put it back on the vehicle. The exterior is straight and rust free. Floor pans are solid as well. There are a few paint flaws, such as an area under the fuel door, and some fenders, but overall in good condition.

The interior is also in great condition. The drivers seat is showing its age, as the fabric is coming unraveled. The other seats are in excellent condition. The carpets are free from any rips, tears, or staining. The dash is in fair condition with a few minor cracks.

Mechanically the vehicle is in good running order. It could use a little tune up to be 100% but does fire right up and drive very well. We have driven this car many places with no issues. Recently made the trip from Helen Georgia and back. The suspension was replaced with fully adjustable coilovers recently. We have also replaced the wheels and tires. It has 15X9 +0 Rota Shakotan wheels with BF Goodrich 225/45/15 tires on all 4 corners. This setup has less than 1,000 miles on it.

Overall this car is in great condition and is a true piece of Volkswagen heritage. A definite conversation starter.


If the reserve isn’t too far above the $2,000 starting bid, this is priced like what it is: a cool Scirocco that needs some work. But get your hands on a G60 mill or something like it, and you have an excellent mini-Trans Am racer that will draw crowds at VW shows. Thanks to our reader Nik for bringing this car to our attention!


Convertible Week: 1988 Volkswagen Cabriolet

While the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia might be a bit obscure when it comes to Volkswagen convertibles, the Cabriolet based on the Mk1 Golf/Rabbit is anything but. For years, this affordable drop top runabout brought open air German motoring to the masses, as one would expect of the People’s Car. Nearly 400,000 were built from 1979 all the way up to 1993, when the MkIII Golf debuted. Many of these Cabriolets were used as daily drivers, leaving a relatively small amount of mint condition examples out there. However, this car for sale in Pennsylvania has covered under 100,000 miles, a complete history and looks sharp with its white over red color combination.

Year: 1988
Model: Cabriolet
Engine: 1.6 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 97,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

1988 Volkswagen Cabriolet on eBay

You are bidding on a 1988 Volkswagen Cabriolet. 4 cylinder, fuel injected, 5-speed manual, air condition, cruise control, am-fm cd radio. My wife’s pleasure car for the last 12 years. We have never driven this car in the winter. Just a summer time, top down car on the weekends. 97,000 miles. Complete owner history. Original window sticker & lots of paper work. Mostly original paint but does show touch ups, scratches & dings. No rust ever. Nice original interior that does show some fading. Runs, drives, handles, stops very well. No issue car with an exception of non working AC which we have never looked into as top was always down. Overall a nice driver. Sold as is with no warranty expressed or implied. Preferred payment is cash in person or wire transfer & any check will need cleared before pickup. If you would like to schedule an appointment to see car in person please call Kurt at 717-490-1604. I am located in East Earl, PA 17519

The Cabriolet is probably one of the last open roofed vehicles I’d consider buying, but once I saw that car, I was hooked. Yeah, it’s a bit of a chicks car, but it’s one of those cheap and cheerful cars you can’t help but love. While the seller has a reserve, a Cabriolet in this kind of condition will probably fetch somewhere between $5,000 and $7,000.


1983 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Several of us here at GCFSB have owned MkI Volkswagen GTIs, but I’m not one of them. I had MkIII and MkIV GTIs, but nothing quite captures the hot hatch magic like the original. This ’83 MkI has the desirable Pirelli option with the 14″ P slot wheels and looks sharp in an uncommon shade of metallic brown. It has a low 15,000 original miles and is located about ten miles north of Cologne, Germany.

1983 Volkswagen Golf GTI on Mobile.de

Unique, rare 100% original Golf GTI Pirelli with 1.8 liter engine, original 24,788 km, no accidents, original paint, absolutely new condition. The vehicle was driven only in nice weather, all wear parts are still original with the exception of the timing belt that was changed. Collector’s vehicle.

There’s a lot to like about this car, but the price isn’t one of them. I consulted with Brian, one of our other contributors here at GCFSB, as he owns a 1984 GTI and is an expert on all things MkI. His thoughts were about right on par with mine. Maybe the best MkI GTI, barring some ridiculous provenance, might bring, at the most, $15,000. Your more typical MkI in good, unmolested condition may bring somewhere in the $8,000 to $12,000 range. Brian was in agreement that the Pirelli option is rather rare, but at €30,000 (~ $37,000 USD), this car will never sell, barring a millionaire showing up with a briefcase full of euros and no conception of market values.


Minty 1978 26k Volkswagen Rabbit For Sale

Here is a seemingly lost in time 1978 MKI Volkswagen Rabbit with only 26k miles.  This bunny has been for a sale a few times but has yet to find its forever home.

1978 Volkswagen Rabbit:

From the seller –

“1978 VW Rabbit C.
26k Original miles.
4 speed 8v gasser.
100% original 2 owner car.
Dakota Beige on brown.
New tires, OEM roof rack, MINT!

If you’re in Ohio or Florida you’ve probably seen this car. It’s also been up for sale a couple times here and once on Ebay. I’m trying to transition my “fun car” collection from two that sit in the garage to one that sees track time. More info and pics to be added, but for now it’s up again. The car was bid up to $9,000 on Ebay w/o my reserve being met. My personal feeling about old/classic/rare cars is they’re worth what they sell for at auction … or what someone is willing to pay for them of course. Therefore, I’m asking $9,000 obo.

Additional pics can be seen here: http://s282.photobucket.com/albums/k…%20Rabbit%20C/. Please feel free to PM me with any questions. Car is available to be seen locally by appointment.”

Yes, this is the same guy who owns the Golf Country we featured here some time ago.  This bunny is incredibly stock, kudos to the seller for respecting that.  The asking price of $9k is on the high side but these cars in this sort of condition do not come around very often.  You wind up paying for that exclusivity and it is just a matter of time until another enthusiast scoops this one up.



45k Mile 1983 MKI Volkswagen Rabbit GTI For Sale

Examples of these cars are bountiful and all over the board in regards to price and condition.  This one, is peculiar in that it has crazy low miles but looks to be in very rough shape.  Sure the seller saved it from it’s prolonged slumber and buffed away some of the years but looking at this red GTI there seems to be a great deal of work left to be done.

1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI:

From the seller –

“You are bidding on a 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI that came from Las Vegas Nevada from the 2nd owner, the car has a 1987 Nevada title in the 2nd owners name.  They parked the car under a carport for 18 years when the fuel pump went bad.  The car was towed to Chicago and the gas tank, fuel pump, fuel filter, and timing belt was replaced.  Also the car was buffed back to a shine, so the moldings was removed to not damage them and they are in the trunk.  The front seats are dry from the heat and will need to be reupholstered.  Also the headliner started to come down in the back.  This car does have minor dents but there is zero rust!  The tires are like new.  Zero cracks on the dashboard!  The windows were tinted and the old tint needs to be removed.  45899 original miles!   With a little work this car should be a nice museum piece or show car!”

Neat car, but this is more than a “little work” away from being a “show car.”  Hood and rear lower valance have body damage, interior is shot including the headliner, bumpers need to be powder coated, I am pretty certain those tires are rotten, and goodness knows what will rear it’s ugly head once you get started.

We are about $5-6k from having a very clean and original car which puts this one in the $3-3.5k range in value.  At that you are going to be buried in it a bit so I hope the buyer knows what they are getting themselves in to.  Bidding currently at $1k, reserve not met which is interesting since the seller advertises this as a no reserve auction.


9k Mile 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit L For Sale

Who buys a Rabbit back in 1981 and, well, does not drive it?

Little old lady?  VW fanatic?  Neat freak?

Regardless this Rabbit L has lived for 31 years and has only covered 9k miles.  Unlike many “time capsules” this one actually looks the part.  Still in stock form it looks frozen in time.

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit L:

From the seller –

“Selling our 1981 VW Rabbit. It is an L model with the only option of a cloth interior. It was a step up from the base model with the vinyl interior.  The L model was all about transportation with minimal frills.  The vent windows don’t even open and there is not a radio.  The factory radio block off plate is still in place.

I have all of the records since new that back up the mileage of the car. It even comes with the original window sticker. On my photo gallery I also posted some of the carfax pages that document the miles are correct.

The car is very original and not altered.  The headliners tend to sag on old VWs and this one was replaced. I found some NOS trim rings to brighten up the rims but didn’t paint the rims so that they have that original patina look. The car was driven a few miles each year. The only surface rust is on the front lower A arms and suspension but not bad at all. You can see how nice the underside is on the car if you view the photo book on my web site.  The car shows well and people just love it when we drive it. The paint shines very nice and all paint is original. There are two stains on the lower back fender where tar was left on the paint for a long time and stained it lighter than the paint.  The location is not very noticeable. The carpet is a little dirty but I did not want to clean it. I have also detailed the engine a little from the photos.

The 1.6 L motor runs great. I had to change several of the fuel injected components to get it to run great. One item was a new Bosch fuel pump. The transmission is a 4 speed which shifts fine. I picked up a NOS Abarth muffler for it and that really made it sound nice drive even better.

The pictures on my photo album describe the car well. If you have any other questions just ask. This is quite the museum piece. The mileage is actually  8,200 mile (unless I take it out this weekend).”

Neat car, there is a part of that is so very happy that cars like this still exist.  The other part that makes me wonder how on earth people find stuff like this.  Either way, $9.5k is a whole lot of $$$ for any vintage Rabbit.  That said, you would be hard pressed to find one nicer.

Kudos to the seller for a thorough seller and keeping the this bunny stock as possible.  Best of luck.