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1992 VW GTI Is Our Deliver a Trailer Public sale Decide of the Day

  • This uncommon and pristine 53,000-mile 1992 Volkswagen GTI is a close to match for our editor-in-chief’s first automobile.
  • The final of the second-generation GTI 16Vs, this 2505-pound hatchback is powered by a raucous 134-hp 2.0-liter 4.
  • Full with the manufacturing unit put in BBS wheels and Recaro seats, this unique instance is at the moment being auctioned till Saturday, January 28.
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It is mentioned you may’t return, however then you definitely see your first automobile being auctioned off on Deliver a Trailer and also you begin to query that adage. Staring down at me on my laptop computer display screen is a box-shaped piece of my previous: a 1992 Volkswagen GTI 16V with 52,000 miles. It matches my first automobile all the way down to the Twister Purple paint—different paint colours included white, black, and Montana Metallic, a teal-like hue.

Okay, it isn’t precisely like mine. My 1990 mannequin lacked the built-in third brake mild and had black trim across the rear window. However mine had the identical big-bolstered Recaro seats with digital top management and two-piece BBS RMII cross-spoke wheels that had the look of the far pricier three-piece BBS RS wheels.

1991 vw gti

The final of the second-generation GTIs, the U.S.-spec fashions had been assembled in VW’s plant in Mexico. Earlier second-gen Golf and GTIs got here out of the corporate’s Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, plant, which shuttered in 1988. Early 16Vs arrived in 1987 and featured a 1.8-liter 4 with 123 horsepower. In 1990, the engine grew to 1984 cc or 2.0 liters, and horsepower rose to 134, with 133 pound-feet of torque on the prepared. VW added the four-headlight grille and massive bumpers that helped modernize the automobile. A really excessive 10.8:1 compression ratio meant the 4 thirsted for premium, a advice that our sister publication Highway & Observe missed when it examined one in 1991; C/D by no means examined one. Working on 87 and with an R&T tester on the wheel, the 2505-pound 16V hit 60 in 8.4 seconds (VW claimed 7.8 seconds).

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The engine is tough, even by the requirements of 30 years in the past. Hitting the 5800-rpm energy peak sounds abusive, and punching the 6300-rpm redline is not a lot of a celebration both. Shifts are mild and constructive, and the gearing is brief. On the freeway, the 4 settles into a gradual 4000-rpm buzz at 80 mph. Simply one of the best a part of the late-GTI 16V is the dealing with. Journey high quality is harsh and the construction is missing, however numerous data flows up from the 195/50R-15 tires to the four-spoke steering wheel. Initially, the 16V would’ve worn Pirelli P600s; the instance being auctioned wears far grippier Michelin Pilot Sport 3 summer time tires within the unique dimension.

The cornering perspective is basic GTI as the within rear wheel lifts off the bottom. The three-wheel movement is not one thing you discover from behind the wheel; you merely marvel on the pleasure of hustling this comparatively mild machine to its limits.

1991 vw gti
1991 vw gti

Along with the Recaro chairs, you additionally get flares. Entrance fender flares, the black trim coming off the fenders, are wider to cowl the large rubber and 6.5-inch-wide wheels—this was heady stuff for a Golf. Behind these wheels are vented entrance rotors with stable rotors in again. Anti-lock brakes weren’t on the menu; nor had been airbags. No airbags meant federally mandated door-mounted belts with separate lap belt. No less than they’re fastened and never motorized. Luckily, this instance would not seem ever to have been in any kind of motion that concerned an airbag.

1991 vw gti

This GTI is difficult to fault and much cleaner than the second GTI 16V I bought in 2002—I’ve tried to return earlier than. I offered it a few years later when somebody left a observe on it within the C/D parking zone. Even within the early ’90s, these had been uncommon automobiles and value roughly $15,000, or about $33,000 in at this time’s cash. At this time, they’re even tougher to search out as most gave up their lives to onerous and fun-filled miles. In a current column, I wrote about how the spirit and pleasure of the Toyota GR Corolla jogged my memory of my first 16V GTI. I imagine that this GTI will rise up to about $45,000, which is concerning the worth of a properly outfitted GR Corolla.

Return or go ahead? I might say you may’t go fallacious with both selection.

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