1983 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli Edition

Rétromobile 2020 - Artcurial
Friday, 7 February 2020
$29,214 (€26,680)
Sale Price
7 February 2020
Sold Date
Lot Number
Recent Restoration
Auction House
Chassis No. WVWZZZ17ZEW010168. Red over black and gray cloth. 1.8-liter L-4, 5-speed, and Pirelli alloy wheels (but, curiously, Falken tires).

Evaluation: Recent restoration | Restored in 2016–17 by a Golf specialist to a total cost of about €30,000 (about $33,000). Showing 1740 kilometers (1081 miles)  but that isn’t represented as actual. Very good recent repaint that looks factory. Lightly scratched rear glass. Like-new interior. Redone underneath with new suspension, fasteners and exhaust. Fully restored to essentially new condition, and has to be one of only a few early GTIs to have gotten such a lavish treatment.

Bottom Line: The original Golf GTI essentially started the hot-hatch segment, so it’s only natural that clean ones become collectible cars. And since they were usable, fun to drive quickly and cheap to buy for so many years, there aren’t many clean ones still around. Converted to dollars, this one sold for around what a brand-new GTI costs.

by Hagerty Insider
7 February 2020
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