Daily Driver Special: 2000 Volkswagen GTI VR6 For Sale

Not every car on GCFSB can be rare, obscure, or exotic.  Sometimes there are just some out there that would make for a good everyday companion.

Case in point, this 2000 Volkswagen GTI VR6.  Looking back in the way way back machine I purchase one of the first MKIV VR6 GTI’s in the area.  I drove it right off the showroom floor and it stole my heart.  Before things started breaking I loved the rev happy engine and gobs of torque.  I have a couple friends that remember a spirited drive to the Oregon Coast and the GTI proved to be more than willing to provide many grins for all involved.

This example is not perfect but it is an exceptionally low mile example offered at no reserve.

2000 Volkswagen GTI VR6:

From the seller –

“Here we have a very low mileage 2000 Volkswagen Golf GTI GLX VR-6 with only 51,000 Original Miles! This golf runs and drives out excellent. It came in a trade in MASS and that is how we got it. The car runs and drives like new. The motor starts right up each time and it sounds solid with lots of power and torque. The clutch is perfect and it grabs strong. The outside shows some paint peeling of in the rear bumper/hatch. There is also some hail damage on the front hood and roof. The inside is very clean and well kept. Everything works as it should. The car has CD player, heated seats, sun-roof, leather seats, cruise etc. The tires are very good, I will also include another  4 tires with the car.  Over all a great running UNMOLESTED GTI VR6! We have a clean title. No check engine lights no warning lights no stories!”

Nice car, no reserve so it will go for nothing more than market.  It will need some PDR and the front and rear bumpers repainted.  Not sure why it is running on Nokian tires but if you are in a colder climate that is a nice selling point.

24 bids currently have it at $3.9k, I think at $5k this is a good value even with its faults.  There are tons of MKIV GTI’s out there with 130k out there so this low mileage example is a nice find.

~Aaron.

Too Good To Be True, 43k Mile Volkswagen Scirocco

I tend to be a cup half full kind of guy.  Every car is an opportunity, no matter how sketchy it seems.

Well, maybe not.

What we have here is a 1983 Volkswagen Scirocco with 43k miles.  One owner and recent mechanical work to get it up to par.  Too good to be true?  Perhaps, but I would be tempted to find out.

1983 Volkswagen Scirocco:

From the seller –

“Very clean 2 owner (same family) vw scirocco. body is in fantastic shape. this vehicle has been garage kept and rarely driven. has new tires, belts, current registration and safety check.”

Short but sweet, while I appreciate the brevity I would like a little more detail.  To the naked eye the car looks straight if not a little sun burned.  You would too if you spent the last 29 years in Hawaii.

But from a seller with next to no feedback, short description, and almost worthless pictures it does raise some concerns.  Which brings me to the buy it now price, $3k seems imminently reasonable for a 43k Scirocco.  Even with the shipping outside Hawaii you are looking at less than $4,500 shipped for one of the lower mile Roccos in the country.

The question becomes, are you feeling lucky?

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.

~Aaron.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle “Cal Look”

Love it or hate it, the original Volkswagen Beetle was a milestone car. Millions were sold and nearly everyone you talk to has a story about one. Granted it was not very fast and the brainchild of a dictator, but it brought simple, well engineered motoring to the masses the world over. My father owned several, including a 1967 model. This was a significant year for the Beetle, as a larger, 1500cc engine was introduced, along with 12 volt electrics. Around that time in the 1960s, the Cal Look became popular with Beetle owners, which usually included Porsche wheels, a lowered stance and various engine and exhaust modifications. This example for sale in California is an example of the Cal Look, benefitting from a recent rebuild and some tasteful modifications.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle on eBay

Exceptional 1967 Sunroof Bug. Original California Black Plate Car. New Bare metal paint, complete new interior, new Type 1 Raby 2165cc Engine (best of the best internals), new Rancho GBox, new brakes, new suspension.

Exterior: Fresh Paint, new chrome etc throughout. Euro Bumpers, pre 63 indicators, US spec rear lights, pop outs, new seals throughout and top tint screen. Cab decklid – Fuchs (Flat4 detailed by Al Reed), new tyres Yokohama 205/70 Rear and 165/60s up front. Interior: new headliner, new red mesh seat covers, new German squareweave, new shifter (BugPack), new steering wheel (Flat4), 150mph speedo, rebuilt Sapphire AM/FMRadio, new black and red Coco Mats.

Running Gear: New 2165cc Jake Raby motor (certified dyno sheet available 165.4 hp at 7000rpm), new Rancho ProStreet Box 3.88 and 0.89, CB Performance disks F and R, CB 2 inch narrow front beam, new KYBs all round. Intermediate tranny support, zero wheel hop.

Only just finished the build. Don’t know what to say really, super cool ’67, the car goes like stink, sounds and looks awesome and stops on a button, very very special car. Built, perfected and assembled to my specs in Southern California by Mike Moses. Mechanicals from Proformance and VW Paradise, the car will cruise at well above modern speeds, with ease all day. Looking at another purchase, hence reason for the considered sale, may consider a pre 67 Crew Cab or mango/mignon pre 64 old speed RAGTOP BUG. Please note everything on this car is NEW…..EVERYTHING including the engine which is a 10k item, with complete build spec sheets and dynomometer paper work 165.4hp at 7000rpm come with the car.

The car is a flying machine, not a stonechip not a blemish NEW, will take some new interior pics in the next few days, needless to say its perfect red mesh and grey squareweave, new rubber mats etc.

Vintage Beetles don’t usually pique my interest, but certain ones, such as this example, catch my attention. The color combination is pleasing, the wheels are superb, the stance is just right and I can’t even imagine how peppy this thing would be with 165 horsepower.

-Paul

RHD 1982 Volkswagen Polo For Sale

I am a sucker for imported cars.  Somewhere in the rat trap that is my mind this equation exists, Euro stuff>Stuff we can get here.  It can be anything, if it comes from Europe is has to be better, right?  I mean why else would we be paying $1,000 for this?  OK, that I actually get.

Anyhow, here we have a 1982 Volkswagen Polo.  The owner states it is the only one in the states, which is, um, false.

Exhibit #1.

Exhibit #2.

I’ll forgive the seller’s enthusiasm, this is a pretty neat car.

1982 Volkswagen RHD Polo:

From the seller –

“let me start off by saying the car runs and drives 110% very well kept never sleeps out side and turns heads everywhere…

i have all documentation clean New Jersey title in hand

i also have all dealer service records from points of origin

i am asking for best offer so don’t be shy make a offer that is respectful and you just mite be the proud owner of the only polo in the US from what i no

the car has 81000 miles on it every thing is original the only mods that i have done was..

1. side exit exhaust

2. 15″ bbs rs

3. music

it has a 1.3 liter motor and 4 speed Manual trans.”

As great looking as this car as this is, and it is beautiful.  It is packing a 1.3L mated to a 4 speed transmission.  That is going to be sluggish, like Zastava slow.  I can think of a lot of other cars I would rather drive for $10k.

But, it’s imported so by all means I completely understand the cool factor here.  Now, about that Jamon…

~Aaron.

 

1984 Volkswagen Callaway GTI With All Sorts of Euro Goodness

See an update on this car with a more recent post here: https://germancarsforsaleblog.com/1984-vw-callaway-gti/

When looking at cars, and I spend more than my fair share of time doing this very thing.  I judge value by internally assigning a grade to the exterior, interior, and mechanical state of the vehicle in question.  Sure there are other factors but these are the three I generally focus on.  Anything in the B+ range seems like a “good” car.  If not, it best be priced in such a way to let the buyer address whatever faults there may be.

So what to do with this?

1984 GTI with Callaway build – A

Pristine interior with all sorts of NOS parts – A

Body riddled with rust and poor paint – D+

You be the judge.

1984 Volkswagen Callaway GTI:

From the seller –

“UPDATE……………02-04-2012

**New T-Belt & Water pump w/all accessories installed today( peace of mind)

**Add’l Pics Taken** 02-04-2012 4pm

UPDATE……………01-29-2012

New Pics: Today..

Org Miles @ build start date 2/10/1996 date: 112,192

Miles current as of today : 113,638.. you do the math!

Project started in 1996,

Engine + trans completed

Bala2012nced Blueprinted + built by Collin @ TT

Stage two port + polish head job

int shift bearings set

piston set 81.5 G-60 Corrado

Rado rods

Bored + Hone block

Modi 8v Intake

Mani Pork + Polish + flowed

Aps 272 cam

Callaway turbo stage II ( last new pipes for ND ) Non AC

Jet hot coating 2000-4100 header pipe / Turbo housing 1300-2000

Water cooled conver.

Trans wide ratio 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

3.94 / .75 5th

quaife

And much more….

Road tested for 846 miles and counting as of November 2011… all receipts avail.”

Kudos to the seller, click through the link and you will see that he is showing the good, bad, and ugly of his car.  The question becomes, can you handle the ugly?

In my mind there are two ways you can go with this.  One would be too fix all that ails this GTI and you would have a wonderful car.  It may be expensive but you would know that the work was done the right way.  The other would be to take this car and use every last piece as a donor for a roller GTI that is solid.  It would seem a shame as that would basically turn this car into a vessel to transport all this fine euro goodness but in the end it may be more cost effective if you already have a spare rust free GTI laying around.

Either way, this car is an impressive collection of rare and obscure parts.  I am also quite certain that given the build it is about as quick a MKI GTI as you will find.  I am not sure if $9.6k is too high a price to pay but you would be hard pressed to find some of these parts cobbled together on a car anywhere.

~Aaron

2010 Volkswagen CC

I thought it was about time GCFSB featured one of the prettiest mid-sized sedans to hit the market in the last few years: the Volkswagen CC. Devised as a more stylish alternative to the Passat sedan, The CC aped the four-door coupe concept from the Mercedes-Benz CLS but brought it down to a more reasonable price point. Available with the turbocharged 2.0 four cylinder or 3.6 VR6 engine, these rakish sedans almost made one wonder if Volkswagen overreached with the Phaeton luxury sedan and should have introduced something along these lines instead. The 2.0T engined variant seem to be more common, as new VR6 versions are cresting $40,000. Here is a two year old 2.0T automatic with the 6 speed DSG automatic transmission for sale at an attractive price point.

2010 Volkswagen CC on eBay

Lowest price in Florida for a CC! It has 42,300 miles and factory warranty. Great Condition, loaded with options. This is the 200 HP 4 cyl 2.0L Turbo and a great driver. Great gas mileage. Striking leather-look interior. Just off lease, fresh oil change. Always properly maintained.

Pre-owned CCs are inching down in price to where they are becoming an alternative to more sedate sedans such as the Camry, Accord and Altima. With the four seat configuration, these cars aren’t as practical as the competition, but appeal to the individual who can’t bear boring transportation. The asking price of under $17,000 is certainly tempting for a two year old near luxury sedan and I would wager to say the looks of the CC will withstand the test of time, as the car’s styling includes just enough flash without looking contrived.

-Paul

13k Mile ‘ish 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Caddy For Sale

I am not sure what my fascination is with these cars, er, I mean trucks.  They aren’t fast, they aren’t pleasing to the eye, they are just cool I suppose.  Cool is a difficult thing to quantify and varies wildly from person to person.  I guess in this focus group of one that is what matters most.

What we have here is a stock 1980 Caddy with 13k or so miles.  I say “or so” as you never quite know with the older 5 digit VW odometers.  But from the looks of the vehicle that claim seems plausible.  The LEER canopy is a nice touch of 80’s goodness.

1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Caddy:

From the seller –

“UP FOR SALE IS A VERY RARE 1980 VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT CADDY PICK UP TRUCK, WITH TOPPER, A/C, CRUISE CONTROL.  CAR RUNS, DRIVES, SHIFTS AND BRAKES FINE, CAN BE DRIVEN ANYWHERE.

NEED SOMEBODY WHO ADMIRE THIS SURVIVOR AND TAKES IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL OR DRIVE IT FOR MANY MORE YEARS LIKE IT IS.  MILES READ 13,347 AND IS BELIEVED TO BE ACTUAL.

TRUCK HAS HAD A REPAINT JOB, LOOKS GOOD BUT IT IS NOT THE KIND OF PAINT JOB THIS CAR DESERVES, LOOKS MORE LIKE A MAACO $300 JOB.

INTERIOR IS NEAR MINT, SEATS, CARPET ETC. THE DASHBOARD HAS CRACKS DUE TO SUN AND AGE, ALTHOUGH THERE IS A PAD THERE NOW…..

ALL GAUGES WORK, ALL LIGHTS WORK, EVEN THE CRUISE CONTROL WHICH IS A RARE OPTION, WORKS. IT HAS A 4 SPEED TRANSMISSION, AND CAR IS GASOLINE, DOING ROUGHLY 35 MPG.

NOTE THERE IS THE ORIGINAL OWNER’S MANUAL STILL ON THE ORIGINAL VW POUCH.

NEEDS FRONT SHOCKS, THERE IS AN EXHAUST OR MUFFLER LEAK AND THE DRIVER SIDE VENT WINDOW NEEDS TO BE GLUE BACK IN PLACE.

ALMOST FORGOT, THERE IS A CRACK ON THE WINDSHIELD

A/C CAR BLOWS BUT NEEDS TO BE RECHARGED WITH FREON.

HAVE 4 MATCHING TIRES, 2 REAR ONES ARE 80%, 2 FRONT ONES WORE OUT UNEVENLY DUE TO NEED OF SHOCKS. DON’T KNOW HOW LONG PREVIOUS OWNER DROVE IT LIKE THAT.

HAVE A CLEAN AND CLEAR TITLE READY TO TRANSFER.

SELLING WITH NO RESERVE AND THERE IS NO BUY IT NOW PRICE, HIGH BIDDER AT END OF AUCTION WINS.”

With cars like this you have to assume they have more mileage than the seller claims and current bidding seems to agree.  Even if everything points to the lower number.  This Caddy is sitting at $2k with all kinds of time left.  With no reserve I can see this Caddy fetching $3.5k.

My hope is this Caddy finds a good home and the new owner does not hack it to bits.  This is a very nice car as she sits and will make someone a capable driver for years to come.

~Aaron.

 

1988 Volkswagen Fox For Sale

When I was young, oh so many years ago.  The only new VW I could even dream about owning was the Fox.  The Fox was like the step brother of the VW family.  Under powered, styled, and built the Fox was only available in the states from 1987-1993.  Although I would challenge you to find a Fox built in the 90’s.

Fast forward some 20 odd years and very few of these little econo boxes are still around.  The two door wagon models actually have aged pretty well in terms of styling.  This example is about as nice as I have seen in some time.

1988 Volkswagen Fox:

From the seller –

“We are selling our 1988 Volkswagen Fox GL, considering the age of the vehicle it is in extremely good condition. The best we can tell it has never been involved in any kind of wreck and has never had any paintwork. We purchased the car for our son to use while he did an engine swap on his BMW E30. He used the car to commute back and forth from college without any issues. Within the last 200 miles we have done the following work:

Replaced the alternator with a brand new one, not a reconditioned one

New Fuel Pump

New Fuel Filter

New Catalytic Converter

New O2 Sensor

New Exhaust Hangers

The timing belt and the injectors have been replaced within the past year

This is a very rare car, very seldom do you see them go up for sale, as of today there is not another one on ebay. The miles are not 100% accurate, according to the previous owner the odometer stopped working about six months before we purchased the car. If I had to estimate the miles I would say they are less then 130,000, but I have no real way to verify that. It is equipped with the well tested vw 1.8 liter engine, they run forever, get great gas mileage and are easy to work on. The brakes, steering and shifting are perfect, no issues. It is the GL wagon, which is more scarce then the non GL  version. The body is in fantastic shape, everything is straight and true. The hatchback includes the cargo area cover that allows you to store a bunch of stuff and keep it out of the sight of others. It has a stick shift, the boot around the stick shift needs to be replaced, we have been unable to locate a replacement. The drivers seat has a tear in the bolster, very common for a car of this age. Aside from those two issues the interior is in very good shape. the dash, the carpet, the carpeted floor mats, the headliner, everything is nice. Ever since we have owned the car we have not had a single drop of anything on our driveway. The car just had its oil changed. The wheels and tires on the car are NOT included with the car. They can be negotiated after the auction if someone is interested, otherwise the original black steelys will come with the car, tread is 65-70%. This is a no reserve auction, the car will sell to the highest bidder. We reserve the right to end the auction early as we have it advertised elsewhere. The new owner will not be disappointed, the new owner can drive it home, regardless where they live, with no problems. If anyone has any questions, or needs any additional information or pictures, just let us know.

This is a nice ride!!”

Neat car, I wish my parents bought me a Fox to run around in while I was doing a swap on my E30!

Anyhow, the wheels would have to stay, they are a great addition to the car and going back to the stock steelies would be a massive disappointment.  The recent work shows pride of ownership and this little Fox should not need much more to stay on the road for some time.

I must not be alone as there have been 26 bids on the car with a couple days to go.  She currently sits at $2,500 and it is conceivable that it could hit $3k before it is all said and done.

~Aaron.

1989 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Finished in Helios Blue

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

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

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

1989 Volkswagen GTI GLI Helios:

From the seller –

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

i am asking $4,000 firm.”

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

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

~Aaron.