1972 Volkswagen K70 sedan

With regards to water cooled Volkswagens, the K70 is where it all began. This is also the first front engined, front wheel drive Volkswagen. Designed by NSU, the K70 was intended to be a smaller sibling to the revolutionary R080 rotary engined sedan. After Volkswagen assumed control of NSU, the K70 filled a niche in Volkswagen’s lineup and was marketed as a successor to the Type 4. The K70 continued on until 1973 with the introduction of the Passat. In addition to a water cooled engine, some other interesting features were inboard front brakes, rack and pinion steering and MacPherson Strut front suspension.

Here’s an excerpt from the seller’s comprehensive ad:

There are close to 500 examples in the world and only 3 in the USA. This is an exellent example of a running orginal car and the best car I have ever found. It is the ONLY running K70 in the USA. It’s my great barn find, trailer queen. I purchased it from the original owner out of New York State several years ago so this makes me the second owner. It was brought over from Belgium where it was originally purchased and converted for US import. It has a MPH speedo!

I have pored over 15 grand into this car lovingly. I didn’t skimp on anything. I would consider this car “lightly restored”. My goal was to keep it as original as possible. It has about 90% original paint and 90% original or period correct pieces.

YOU GET:
The first water cooled VW.
1 Bavarian folk music tape
1 medium box or original used parts
1 spare windshield (just in case)
Owners manual
technical support from myself and or the K70 club after joining

This car represents a unique opportunity to own what could be considered the bridge between the air-coooled and water-cooled Volkswagen eras. Of, you could view this vehicle as a more reliable alternative to the NSU Ro80. In all of my travels to Germany, I have not come across a K70 in person. Even 40 years on, this car still looks rather contemporary. After years of seeing Beetles roam the German countryside, one could imagine how advanced this car must have seemed at the time.

Also, I’m not sure what everyone’s thoughts are on the car for sale itself, but the Bavarian folk music tape sold it for me.

-Paul

1969 Volkswagen VW Short Bus

This sort of fits into the SUV theme week.
This bus looks like it has been languishing in a junkyard or perhaps it is an extra from the set of Lost. Some clever person decided to shorten up this bus, but it looks like they never really finished their project. I’m sure there is some non-PC joke in here somewhere about the person who thought this was a good idea and this being a “short bus”. It looks a bit of a mess. There is some interesting iron in the background of some of the photos.
The seller says it hasn’t been driven and with a wheelbase like this perhaps that is the safest thing. $3500 to give yourself a new nightmare. If you really were to take this on, why not go nuts and mid mount a BMW V12 engine.

1969 VW Short Bus on AutoTrader Classics.

~Evan

Valentine’s Day Red 1972 VW Beetle Convertible

A quick post for Valentine’s Day. Make this chick car a gift for your sweetheart.
A cute little bug with 90,000 miles on it. The white walls on the red wheels are a nice touch. The seller has more pics and videos here: http://myspace.com/thinkalt

Looks like it has been well maintained. $8600 but-it-now.

~Evan

1969 Volkswagen Squareback, 17,000 original miles

Here’s an oddball for you. An all original Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback. The Type 3 range was introduced in 1961, with the Squareback, or Variant as it was known in Europe, appearing a year later. Designed as a larger, more refined option to the perennial Beetle, this model was initially produced at the company’s Wolfsburg plant. Assembly of the Type 3 would move to the newly established Emden plant later in the production run and eventually would be superseded in 1973 by the front engined, water cooled Passat (Dasher in the U.S.). This model features the automatic transmission which was introduced in the 1968 model year. No telling from the description whether or not it features the Bosch fuel injection system, which made this vehicle one of the first volume seller’s with this setup.

The seller’s description:

Fuel injection, automatic trans, only 17,000 miles, all original paint, has a few spots where it has polished through to the primer and various small dings and scratches from the 41 years. Runs and drives like new. Interior to die for, rare red and in fantastic original condition. One in a million, everything is original and in fantastic shape. It’s like stepping back in time. This is a real collectors or museum piece.

The Squareback was the most popular of the Type 3 range, with a little over 1.2 million produced in Germany. The Notchback and Fastback had a production run of 1.3 million, split between the two models. Average retail for run of the mill examples of the Squareback are running right around the low $6,000 range, so this is a bit on the high side of that. In my opinion, if this were about $500 to $1,000 less, this car would prove to be a good value. I’ve seen restored examples go for more, but as they say, they are only original once.

-Paul

1983 Volkswagen Scirocco Wolfsburg GT With Only 4700 Miles!!

I am a long time Scirocco nut. I had a ratty 77 that I beat up thoroughly in high school (class of 92). It took tons of abuse, but the willing little 4 cylinder and light weigh was a lot of fun for a kid my age to be driving back then. But my car was a heap compared to the MKII a friend’s older brother owned. It was black with black striped interior. And it was lowered on Momo rims, low profile tires (when 50 series was considered low profile!), an Alpine CD player and huge subwoofer in the back. It was one of the nicest modified cars at our school without a doubt. I even remember my Dad, who frowned on modified cars typically, remark, “That is a beautiful car. A high school kid owns it?!”

Seeing how nicely preserved this car is reminds me of that MKII from high school. The black on black is of course very familiar (though his seats were no where near as awesome as these leather ones!), but also because you just don’t see well preserved Scirocco’s anymore. Anywhere! And with only 4700 miles, this one takes the term survivor to extremes under the circumstances. These were all passed through the hands of high school kids, several times over, and each one wanted to modify it — ultimately killing most of them.

Check out this

quote from the eBay listing:

INCREDIBLE survivor – totally original and un-molested with only 4700 miles – absolute time warp car!!!

Original 1983 1/2 Wolfsburg Edition Scirocco with 4700 original miles. Quite possibly the finest example anywhere!

The car was purchased new in July of 1983, driven very little, and then stored for the majority of the past 26 1/2 years. The mechanic for the owner took care of and stored the car for the majority of this time up until about one year ago. The first owner had the euro headlights installed at the dealer. At some point in 1985 the GTI snowflake rims with their original set of Pirelli P6’s were put on. It also appears as if the original factory OE radio was replaced with an OE BMW factory radio out of an 83 320i. I am including an original used Heidelburg radio with the car. The orig factory 13″ rims are available with the car along with the original window sticker, factory manuals and all the OE literature on the BMW radio along with its security code & the factory OE headlights.

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The car is a literal “all” orig in every way, time warp. Never hit or damaged, never repainted anywhere. The only flaw is on the right side of the hood near the windshield where something hit it and left about a one inch crack in the paint. The leather interior, headliner, and carpet are in incredible condition and still smell like a new car. No cracks or fading whatsover. The dash, door panels, headliner, every inch of rubber on the door seals are impeccable in every way.

The last Scirocco I saw in person that was this nice was Josh’s 84 that we posted here last year. That was a really fine example. This is ridiculous. And I know not everyone reading this is going to believe it, but there are 19 bids on this car totaling $8600 — and the reserve isn’t met with 2 days remaining! Clearly there are some collectors out there who remember the car as fondly as I do; not to mention an owner who isn’t letting this one go easy!

dc

2000 Volkswagen Beetle Mona Lisa Edition

I came across this New Beetle and while I never see myself driving a new beetle let alone one with a da Vinci on the side, I thought it was kind of funny, so here it is.
The listing has more description, but I’m going to spare myself the time to write anything other than to say its a Beetle with an air brushed copy of the Mona Lisa on the side. $21,000 to start turning heads.
Seriously, what would Leonardo think?

~Evan

Modded 1994 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

I’ve said this before, but sometimes good photos in an advertisement can make all the difference. If it wasn’t for the nice first photo and beautiful color I probably would’ve skipped over this Corrado. I try to seek out auctions without reserves, but this one deserved a listing.

89,000 miles on the VR6 and plenty of mods including the great deep blue pearl paint. From the seller:

Exterior

-Fresh 2 month old Deep Blue Pearl Paint
-Shaved rear emblems
-shaved rear license plate lights
-shaved rear third light
-Shaved side molding
-Smoothened lower rockers
-VIS Racing Carbon fiber hood color Matched that fits perfectly
-90 MM front Euro VR6 Lip
-New OEM Fogs and New turn signals
-Smoked E-Code Headlights (RELAYED)
-Red taillights
-Glass working Sunroof

Interior

-160mph cluster from ireland (shows 800 miles more then the original)
-Momo Steering wheel
-Autopower 6 point rollcage (color matched DBP)
-Recaro Freshly recovered Seats (Centers are suede with Blue RECARO stitching)
-Sabelt 3 point harnesses (removed auto seatbelts)
-Suede black headliner
-Oem Corrado floor mats
-Rear seat deleted
-Custom rear enclosure with a hidden compartment underneath

Engine Bay

-Engine Bay fully shaved
-wiring harness lengthened and hidden in the rails
-Vr6 12v engine Painted BMP
-Aluminum MK4 oil pan
-CDM Corrado trans painted BMP
-new clutch 3 k miles on it
-Deleted A/C completely
-Deleted cruise control
-Painted engine covers
-Samco Blue radiator hoses
-Aftermarket radiator fan
-Eurosport Intake w/ heatshield
-3 inch custom exhaust

Suspension & Wheels

-Stock Speedline wheels ( DOES NOT COME WITH BBS WHEELS)
-Stock tires one has a slow leak
-Bilstein Shocks and Neuspeed springs
-Powdercoated front beam K member and control arms
-R32 control arm bushings
-New bearings
-New ball joints
-New tie rod ends
-New Axles
-Neuspeed 28mm swap bar
-Rebuilt and powdercoated front calipers w/ new pads w/braided lines
-Rebuilt and powdercoated MK4 rear calipers w/braided lines
-G60 corrado rear axle beam to allow wider wheels in the rear

~Evan

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?

dc

Low Miles 1984 Scirocco Loaded With Zender Goodies!

1984 Volkswagen Scirocco with Zender Goodies

I haven’t seen a second gen Scirocco this clean since high school, and that was nearly 20 years ago! This car belongs to my buddy Josh from Sports Car Shop in Eugene. In addition to only having 65k miles, this car is immaculate. Josh is a particular guy and keeps his rides spotless. He shopped all over the world to put together the great period correct aftermarket parts and the result is quite stunning.

Check out the listing on VWVortex for this 1984 Scirocco:

quote from Vortex post:

Need to sell my 1984 scirocco thats been sitting in my garage, but hardly gets driven. Garage is getting taken over, so it will not have a space to sit anymore.

miles: 65,xxx original

exterior:
zender front air dam
zender wind splits
zender gtx rear spoiler
zender badgless grill
factory original paint
scirocco mudflaps front and rear
relayed OE euro headlamps
OE euro bumpers front and rear, look new

interior:
NOS zender steering wheel with momo hub, also have OE wheel
3 gauge panel where ashtray and single gauge were
OE golf ball shift knob
radio delete panel, but still have factory radio that works perfectly
factory fog light switch hooked up to the inner headlights
new scirocco script floor mats
interior is pretty much flawless

wheels and tires:
zender sport wheels 15×7
zender sport discs in white and black
conti sport 195/45r15 tires (maybe 100 miles on them)
25mm H&R wheel spacers

suspension:
bilstein sport struts with H&R sport springs (maybe 100 miles on them)
neuspeed front and rear sway bars
neuspeed front and rear strut bars, rear is a early triangle bar

engine:
abd intake pipe
TT cam
TT adjustable cam gear
K&N air filter
new radiator, system filled with factory g11 blue coolant
recent tune-up and oil change
OE under hood foam due to the current stuff being hard and brittle

Some of these parts are simply unobtainable, no matter the market or price. I applaud Josh for selling this car complete and not giving in to parting it out. Someone is going to score a great ride for $4k!

Good luck with the sale Josh!

dc

Volkswagen Corrado, Affordable, Fun, Collectible

There are a good number of VW Corrados out there for the taking, in all different flavors, aftermarket blower 1.8s, turbocharged 2.0 liters, bone stock 2.8 VR6s, etc. For those non-Volkswagen aficionados out there, let me remind you that before the narrow angle VR6 came along the Corrado was offered with a G60 engine package that left the factory with a supercharged 4 cylinder. The G standing in German for G-lader, describing the G shaped scroll type supercharger. Not a bad setup and being able to say your car has a supercharger is almost always a cool selling point. The engine won International Engine of the Year in 1989. Plus they had ads like this:

When I was younger a customized VR6 Corrado was one of the favorites amongst the European tuner kids to go up against the Japanese imports. For this post I stuck with VR6 models, but if you do some looking on your own you’ll find some nice G60 models out there as well. I went looking and found matching models on Craigslist and eBay for you with this post. A blue, a black, and a red, from each site.

1990 VW Corrado with goodies on Craigslist.

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This custom take on the Corrado seems to be a work in progress. A later model VR6 engine is in the car and some extra parts are included. Seller has $20k invested and is looking for $12k. I say work in progress as the seller also mentions that there is no radio and a few bits still need finishing. Though it is pretty nice looking I don’t think it will realize $12k unfinished and even then that seems high. Perhaps the amusing vanity license plate number adds value.

Black 1993 Corrado VR6 SLC on Craigslist
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A good reason why I think the blue Corrado above is overpriced is this black, quite original looking example. 81k on the clock, original paint, and a still functioning rear wing, all for $3600. When the cash for clunkers program is offering $4500 rebates, this is a lot of car for the money right here. This is likely the deal of the bunch.

Red 1993 Corrado VR6 SLC on Craigslist


The west coast sure has the Corrado Craigslist market wrapped up. If black isn’t your color here is a red version. I wouldn’t normally list two cars with such high miles in one post unless they were really special, but perhaps the great photos struck my fancy with this 153,000 mile one. $4995 will get you a 5 speed, black leather, Speedline wheels, and a Neuspeed chip.

This Corrado features a Jetta engine, fancy headlights, and some other personalized touches. Another seller who also wants to make sure you know the rear wing works. Not the best looking of the bunch.

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The other high mile car of the group. Vanity plates strike again on this 158,000 mile model. A younger VR6 resides inside. It looks like about $4000 will get you this one, which appears loved.


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Keeping up the pattern of this post of identical models on Craigslist and eBay, a very good looking, lower mileage red 93 SLC recently ended on eBay unsold with bids up to $6200. Keep an eye out for it to be relisted.

The Corrado is a future collectible, maybe not so much as early M3s or 190E 16Vs, but nice examples are going to start rising in value. The difficulty is finding ones of collector grade withoriginal engine and paint, let alone low miles. Many Corrado owner’s have swapped in later versions of the VR6 to replace a thrashed original. The sporty, nimble (the G60 was lighter than the VR6),vehicle already has a good following of fans, with several Corrado clubs. VR6 models are bound to be less troublesome than G60s and there are plenty of VR6 parts around.

~Evan