Tuesday, June 9, 2015

10k: Wanderer: 1990 Volkswagen Golf Country Syncro 4x4 5-Speed

 Nothing makes you do a spit-take faster than seeing a car you normally see grounded to the ground, but instead is jacked up on mud tires like it's ready for the Paris-Dakar rally.  However, this isn't some transformed aftermarket ride with all the pedigree and refinement of a West Coast Customs hack job, this is a bonafide factory stock Golf Country Syncro, equipped with all-wheel-drive and factory bullbars.  Find this 1990 Golf Country Syncro 4x4 5-Speed here on eBay currently bidding for $7,700 in Woodbridge, NJ with 1 day to go.

The Golf Country Syncro was never sold new in the USA, so it has been imported sometime in the recent past, because it just became legal for import (25 year old).  What we've been missing all these years is a ride height raised Golf equipped with Syncro four-wheel-drive, a front skid plate and external bullbars.  It is the dignified German response to a Mad Max style vehicle, and is likely a capable offroader if equipped with the correct tires.

Power in the hill climbing Golf comes from 1.8 liter 8-valve inline-4 that was good for around 100 horsepower when new.  It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and to all-four-wheels via VW's Syncro system.

With only 51kms (31k miles) on the odometer, this looks like a good way to start a VW Golf museum collection. 

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  1. Fleetwood T. BroughamJune 9, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Man, this must be this car's 5th time on eBay. I've been seeing it since 2014. Love it, but not at the $15k BIN price they previously wanted.

  2. the BIN is likely higher now, or at least the selling price on the Samba is $25K.

  3. ^^this. The reason for this one's Bad Penny Award must be compelling. Damn if it ain't cool, though.

  4. Looks like they're probably a shill bidder too, as a recent no reserve auction that happened between the BIN I mentioned and this current one ended at $21.4k with no reserve. Conveniently a private auction so bid history can't be reviewed.

  5. This. Looks like it gets great MPG. Or not.

  6. If this goes for $10,000 or less it'll be a heck of a bargain. 1990 = "classic" now, and it'll have a bigger crowd around it at your local car show than any Ferrari will have around it.

  7. From the side, it looks like a calf with it's legs half roped. Guess it's not really my style.


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