From eBay listing:
|Seller Notes:||“She is a used car and, as such, has normal wear and tear.”|
|Year:||1983||VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):||1VWDC0171DV074473|
|Make:||Volkswagen||Number of Cylinders:||4|
|Engine:||1.8 liter||Warranty:||Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty|
|Drive Type:||FWD||Vehicle Title:||Clear|
|Options:||CD Player, Sunroof||Sub Model:||GTI|
|Fuel Type:||Gasoline||Exterior Color:||Silver|
|For Sale By:||Private Seller|
You are bidding on a 1983 Volkswagen GTI. The original hot hatch.
I purchased a 1984 GTI brand new. It was my first new car and what a thrill it was to drive. Despite her 90 horsepower engine – she was considered quick. Still feels quick today. Why? She weighs only 1,800lbs.
You can toss this GTI into corners with aplomb – floor it in every gear (without discernable torque steer) and average 30 mpg doing so.
If you are reading this listing, you already know iconic nature of this car. GTI’s have their own cult following. One that I espoused. Sadly, I must let mine go. I am restoring three other cars currently. She deserves to be with another enthusiast that will restore her (or drive her as is). She is certainly a dependable daily driver.
Driving the MKI GTI reminds you why these hot hatches were so darn successful. There is no ABS, traction control or other electronic aids, just light weight and ample power to put a huge grin on your face. And everyone seems to know what this car is – judging by the number of thumbs up and smiles I get when I take her to town.
88,900 original miles (due to age title may say mileage exempt), thus cannot guarantee mileage
Silver over red interior
Manual crank sunroof
Five original GTI rims
Front and rear seats in very nice condition
Starts on the first turn of the key
Runs great, does not smoke
Brakes work very well
Emergency brake works well
Glass is in fine shape
Aftermarket Alpine Radio
Many extra parts included (see pictures)- red dash (no cracks), two additional used rims, rear wiper container (not cracked), one additional used setback, additional red console with gauges, additional electronic parts
Tires in great shape
Membership into the GTI cult is free, btw. Parts for the Rabbit are plentiful on Ebay.
Here is a great blurb about the collectability of the car written by Curbside Classics:
When the GTI did debut in the US for 1983, it had several significant enhancements from the base Rabbit. Foremost was the 1.8-liter 90-hp fuel injected engine that featured redesigned cylinder heads and a higher compression ratio. In addition to the engine (bored out and 22% more powerful than the standard Rabbit’s), GTIs received a close-ratio 5-speed transmission, a free-flow exhaust, and a suspension featuring recalibrated struts, stiffer springs, and front and rear stabilizer bars. Clearly, this was a serious effort at a performance car.
The GTI could reach 60 mph in about 10 seconds – not noteworthy today, but impressive by 1983 standards, and the fastest Volkswagen made until that time. However, the car’s most compelling performance attribute was its handling. The un-boosted steering provided exceptional feel, and the suspension components produced a rare combination of high capabilities and reasonable comfort. GTIs were literally cars that could be raced on the weekend, and then driven to work in perfect comfort the next day.
Everything meshed together in this car’s performance attributes, and its driving experience could be summed up in one word: Fun. After a decade of steadily vanishing fun, fun was back in cars, thanks to the GTI.
Visually, the car was still 90% Rabbit, but details suggested it was something more. A front air dam, fender flares, and 60-series tires on snowflake-pattern alloy wheels (from the Quantum) gave the car a more aggressive stance. Black-painted bumpers and trim, and subtle red GTI badges (the grille-mounted badge is missing on our featured car) completed the package. 1983 GTIs were available only in white, red, silver or black.
Inside, some GTIs received eye-poppingly vivid red (called cordovan in VW literature) upholstery, while others had a more subdued midnight blue interior. Less noticeable features included a newly designed steering wheel, full instrumentation, and a unique dimpled shift knob.
Now for the legalese: This is a no reserve auction. The car is not new, it is used and sold as-is, where is. We encourage email questions and inspections. My rating is important to me, as is your satisfaction. But, although she can be driven as is, I envision a restoration for the new owner.