• Oct 8, 2009
1984 Volkswagen GTI MkI - click above image for hi-res gallery

No doubt we've had GTI on the brain the past week or so after driving Volkswagen's new, fun, we-like-it-more-than-we-thought-we-would MkVI GTI. And if you read our review, you're aware that Volkswagen is actively trying to market the new GTI as if it's cut from the same cloth as the original gangsta GTI. It's priced nice, too, starting at just a smidge over $23,000. But what if you could get a real GTI, an ur GTI – which would you take? And what if said MkI GTI had only 517 miles on it? That's not a typo – just 517 miles! And stored properly, too. At least according to the seller, "My father had owned a Shell Service station for 50 years, he knows how to maintain a vehicle LOL and is quite the perfectionist."

Well, friends, today is your lucky day. Here we have a 1984 GTI that isn't even done with its break in period. The story –complete with lots of LOLs – goes something like this. The seller's dad bought the car new in January of 1985. He had a new Blaupunkt stereo installed (gotta have that). Then he had back surgery. Two more surgeries and twenty-five years later, the poor guy still can't drive a stick. So, the GTI has to go. And there's no reserve. Currently the bidding's at $5,600 with over six days to go. We have the strange premonition that it's going to tick up a bit higher than that. Happy bidding! Big ol' Autoblog shoutout to Mike R. for the tip!



[Source: eBay Motors]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Its up to 15k right now!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm, yes please!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That thing is perfect, I would buy it myself if I had the money. Or someone can put in in a museum.
      • 5 Years Ago
      C'mon guys, really? One of the seller's marketing points is that his dad "knows how to maintain a vehicle" but if the thing sat for 25 years - theeeeen what was there to maintain? So why bring that up? I've seen other old cars that had 1, 3, and even 5K miles on them and then sat but their engines weren't as dirty. 25 years is a long time for *anything* to sit. I've never lived in the same house longer than 10 years. Plus, over the entire 25 years, NOBODY thought to take this thing out on an especially nice day, just for fun/old times sake/excercise it a little/see what it's like/maybe consider selling it? Think about it, we've had five presidents, two wars, numerous economic fluctuations, etc. Heck, after 10 years, someone should have thought about getting it moving again. It's small, economical, and fun to drive. Why not get it back into service? Or, give it to a family member, sell it, etc. After 25 years, all the fluids would have ran rancid, congealed, or dried up, seals would have dried out and cracked. I think y'all got your beer goggles on. Yes, it's rare to see one of these in this nice of a condition, but I don't believe the entire story. Even if it's true, my point about all the fluids, gaskets and seals apply. Buyer beware!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i was expecting finding a clean motor, it looks kind of old to me, i guess is the dust . Not fan of the red interior.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the US version of the GTI Mk I looks so wrong and ugly.... a Mk I had to be with round headlamps and the large front spoiler... the early MKB EG 1.6l inline4 110PS engine with 4 speed tranny..

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ad/VW_Golf_I_GTI_white_v_TCE.jpg/797px-VW_Golf_I_GTI_white_v_TCE.jpg

      thats the real look of the 1976 GTI Mk 1

      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet I'd go 15,000 for it, I like it better than 90% of the new hot hatches out today but my wife would kill me. Especially when she would learn I’d have spent over 2K just to ship it to me I believe the story, feel sorry for the man who never got to drive it, and will vicariously enjoy it with the winner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Occasionally strange not so valuable cars, for the time, turn up like this. About 10 years ago I saw a Toyota Corona up for sale in the local paper that had less than one mile on it. Still had the original shipping plastic over the seats. Never titled, dealer prepped or driven. I think they were asking $4000. Lots of work and waiting for almost no return. Why anyone ever decided to do that is beyond me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A modern classic?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad it's not white with black and tartan seats.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah, memories!

      My first car was a used 83 GTI, white with red interior.

      90 horsepower, short gearing, and lightweight. Lotsa fun!

      Every car since has been an Audi ( an 88 90, 88 90Q, 94 100CS, 97 A8Q), with the exception of the short, enjoyable time with a Subaru SVX- fast, quiet, awd.

      German cars just have soul.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Real or not, I would love one of those.

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