5k: Minty Mark 1: 1984 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Mark 1 was first available for the US market in 1983 and lasted only two years before the Mark II Golf was introduced.  The Mk1 version is still considered by purists to be the best GTI and is prized for its quick reflexes and simplicity of design.  Find this 1984 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 for sale in Jupiter, FL via ebay for the buy-it-now price of $6,500 with 6 days to go.

The Mk1 Volkswagen Golf (re-branded as the Rabbit in the US) was one of the world’s first successful mass production front wheel drive hatchbacks since the original Mini. The Golf is the spiritual ancestor to every basic economy hatchback since, from the Honda Civic to the Hyundai Veloster.  The GTI is a hopped up version of the Golf and can be considered the granddaddy of every hot hatch from the Civic SI or Veloster Turbo.

The GTI is powered by a 1.8 liter transverse mounted inline-4 cylinder engine that puts out 90 horsepower into the front wheels via a 5 speed manual transmission.  The funny looking container strapped to the hood is a vacuum reservoir and while it looks strange we’ve been assured by our VW expert that it is indeed stock and OE.

The GTI was available with a few interior options in 1984 and one of them is the crazy red color scheme with velour seats!  This particular car is claimed to have only 45k original miles on the odometer and the inside looks minty clean for a 30 year old car, even if it does resemble a velour jumpsuit you’d likely find on one of the working ladies at a Tijuana brothel…

This car has had one recent repaint, which is probably why no-one has hit the buy-it-now button, at this price an original paint low miles classic would be worth the risk of the distance sale…but with a new paint job it really needs an in-person inspection.

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