The now iconic Rabbit GTI hatchback helped usher in a post Brougham era into the 1980’s. It is almost laughable to think that a 75 horsepower car could made such a big impact on the auto landscape. Things like a zippy 4 cylinder engine, slick shifting 5 speed trans, sharp handling, great ergonomics, 60 series tires, and space efficient design were all very difficult to find on any price point cars back in 1983. The first generation GTI is a sure bet to become a future classic to Generation Xers. Find this 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI for sale in Northfield, MA for $5,000 via craigslist.
The seller has owned the car for about ten years and has put in a considerable amount of work on the car during that time. He has been driving it summers the past five years. The car is described as nice enough to turn heads, but is by no means a show car. A considerable stash of spare parts are included in the sale- extra transmission, lights, interior pieces, etc.
The engine has been totally rebuilt with rings, bearings, seals, gaskets, and a g-grind cam. A euro dual outlet manifold helps breathing with a Autotech exhaust and Borla rear muffler. The period correct and pricey two piece BBS RM wheels are 15×7 and 15×8. The suspension has been completely reworked with Vmaxx coilovers, poly bushings, bigger rear sway bar, and cross drilled rotors with stainless lines.
The body was fully repainted black. The antenna, rear wiper, and sunroof were all deleted when the body work was performed. The floors and windshield sill were replaced. Despite the clean looking bodywork, the seller makes note that the rocker panels need to be repaired to take the car to the next level. The pinch weld at the rockers are all rusted away.
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