Callaway Turbocharged: 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI

A brand new Volkswagen Golf will set you back at least $20,910 before taxes, license, registration, etc etc and a GTI starts at $26,415 and something called a Golf R will cost at least $39,785…and I’m certain they are nice cars with all of the safety, convenience, and Apple car play that you’ll ever need…but they don’t have a golf ball shifter knob and will be worth 1/2 of what you paid in 3 years…so I’m going to recommend a classic Golf for half the price to start.  Find this 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI offered for $15000 near Portland, OR via craigslist.


From the seller:

1983 VW GTI 

condition: excellent 

cylinders: 4 cylinders 

drive: fwd 

fuel: gas 

odometer: 116000 

paint color: silver 

title status: clean 

transmission: manual 

type: hatchback 

This shockingly rare GTI is in incredible condition. Never wrecked, no rust and rare as hen’s teeth. Clean and clear Oregon title. Runs and drives beautifully with LOTS of new parts and recent restoration work.




Ultra-rare Callaway Turbo kit in excellent condition, intercooled and sounds AWESOME! The car pulls HARD the way an 80’s turbo does – like an on-off switch. It’s hilarious!



Gorgeous all-original interior, everything works. Cool, period Hella steering wheel. Stock golf ball shift knob hasn’t been polished smooth!



Perfect condition aftermarket GTI look-alike RML wheels are 15″ and wider than stock, new Kumho Ecsta 195 50 15 tires. Original wheels come with car with no tires on them. And one extra front seat.



New timing belt, water pump, drive belt, starter motor and alternator.

Complete new brakes: Drilled rotors, pads, calipers, stainless steel brake hoses, drums, shoes, wheel cylinders and spring kit.

Complete new suspension: Koni yellows, sport springs, control arms, tie rods, all bushings. Rear axle beam was removed, bushings replaced, cleaned and painted.

Fuel system: Tank removed, cleaned, painted and lined at Mac’s radiator. Body steam cleaned with tank and rear suspension out. All fuel lines replaced, fuel pump remounted.

Intake charge tubes and turbo down pipe ceramic coated at Finish Line coatings.

Custom exhaust – V-band clamped catalytic converter with additional test pipe. Stainless 3″ tubing and Borla muffler.






Paint has some age-checking but it is intact. Shadowline trim on rear deck has been removed.



This is a rare and collectible car – only 116,000 miles!! Serious offers only – I don’t need to sell so please skip the lowball offers. If it doesn’t sell locally, it will hit BAT next month, but I’d sure like to see it in my ‘hood every once in a while.



Clean and clear title ready to go, cash preferred but would consider part trade for another German sports car or motorcycle. Or a cool van – I have a weird thing for vans. Or a thing for weird vans, maybe.



Please call or email for an appointment to see it in SE Portland.