• So, basically, if he can't sell it for a crazy price locally, he'll go to an auction site which sells cars for crazy prices…

    • I wouldn't be so sure that's a crazy price. Maybe a little high, but clean, original Mk1 GTIs are starting to break into the $10-$12K range, which when you think about bang-for-buck is really pretty cheap. Of course there are other cars out there in that range to choose from, but the GTI is iconic. If I had $15K to spend, it likely wouldn't go towards this car, but I'd at least think about it.

      Not sure how much more the Callaway kit adds in value, but it's probably another grand or two. The way I see it, this seller is trying to get top dollar but for a car that's hard to find a duplicate of on the market. Figure there's a little room for negotiation. Or not, because the CL listing is already gone. Maybe someone found a deal… or we'll see it on BAT soon.

    • I have to agree with Anonymous (if that is indeed his real name) because the supply/demand curve for clean MkI GTIs has pushing up prices in the past few years, and Callaway stuff could add considerable street cred in the future. Additionally, a stock GTI is pretty slow (0-60mph in 10.6 seconds according to R&T 1983) compared to even the most basic modern cars, but the Callaway version should bring it closer to…i dunno..a basic Accord…which is fast, because modern cars are FAST stinking fast. Anyway, they aren't making any new 1983 GTIs with Callaway turbo systems at the factory…so…enjoy them while they are cheap-ish.

    • It is my real name (on the internet at least), and I'm glad you agree. Supply is definitely limited (I watch for them). I speak as a moderately-informed enthusiast who has owned a clean '84 GTI for 10 years in California, where there are probably more left than in any other state because of the mostly dry climate and mostly salt-free roads. I don't see these every day.

      I've never seen a Callaway-modified example in person. You can still find a basic GTI for a few grand, but it will have issues, probably some rust, and often questionable maintenance and mods. I was lucky to find a good one and know I couldn't replace it today with an equal one for what I paid in 2008. I'd be lucky to pay double and end up with the same car.

      Mine appears stock but has had engine and suspension upgrades and was mildly bored/stroked to be a 2.0L. It's still slow off the line. From a stoplight I'm always the slowest in traffic, but the car really comes to life when the revs climb. It's the type of car that shines between 30 and 60 mph. That's what you need for winding backroads. I'd love to try that Callaway though.

      Also, for anyone who missed out on the car listed above, I'll consider selling you mine for the same $15K. 😉 It could be a bargain in a few years. Buy now and save!

  • C'mon people……..9 comments so far and I'm the first to point out that the current GTi still actually does have golf ball shifter?

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