1992 VW GTI Is Our Bring a Trailer Auction Pick of the Day

  • This exceptional and pristine 53,000-mile 1992 Volkswagen GTI is a in close proximity to match for our editor-in-chief’s very first car or truck.
  • The previous of the next-generation GTI 16Vs, this 2505-pound hatchback is powered by a raucous 134-hp 2.-liter 4.
  • Comprehensive with the factory mounted BBS wheels and Recaro seats, this primary instance is at the moment remaining auctioned right up until Saturday, January 28.
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It can be said you are not able to go back, but then you see your very first car remaining auctioned off on Convey a Trailer and you start to question that adage. Staring down at me on my notebook display screen is a box-formed piece of my past: a 1992 Volkswagen GTI 16V with 52,000 miles. It matches my 1st car or truck down to the Twister Crimson paint—other paint colours included white, black, and Montana Metallic, a teal-like hue.

Alright, it really is not precisely like mine. My 1990 model lacked the integrated 3rd brake light-weight and had black trim all around the rear window. But mine had the similar significant-bolstered Recaro seats with digital height regulate and two-piece BBS RMII cross-spoke wheels that had the look of the considerably pricier three-piece BBS RS wheels.

1991 vw gti

The final of the 2nd-era GTIs, the U.S.-spec versions were assembled in VW’s plant in Mexico. Earlier second-gen Golfing and GTIs came out of the company’s Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, plant, which shuttered in 1988. Early 16Vs arrived in 1987 and highlighted a 1.8-liter 4 with 123 horsepower. In 1990, the engine grew to 1984 cc or 2. liters, and horsepower rose to 134, with 133 pound-toes of torque at the completely ready. VW additional the four-headlight grille and large bumpers that aided modernize the vehicle. A extremely superior 10.8:1 compression ratio intended the four thirsted for premium, a recommendation that our sister publication Street & Monitor missed when it analyzed a person in 1991 C/D hardly ever examined a single. Jogging on 87 and with an R&T tester at the wheel, the 2505-pound 16V hit 60 in 8.4 seconds (VW claimed 7.8 seconds).

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The motor is tough, even by the expectations of 30 a long time in the past. Hitting the 5800-rpm power peak appears abusive, and punching the 6300-rpm redline isn’t substantially of a celebration both. Shifts are light-weight and favourable, and the gearing is limited. On the highway, the 4 settles into a constant 4000-rpm buzz at 80 mph. Easily the ideal component of the late-GTI 16V is the dealing with. Experience high quality is severe and the structure is lacking, but heaps of facts 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 much grippier Michelin Pilot Activity 3 summer season tires in the authentic dimension.

The cornering perspective is basic GTI as the within rear wheel lifts off the floor. The a few-wheel motion is not something you notice from guiding the wheel you simply marvel at the joy of hustling this rather light-weight equipment to its boundaries.

1991 vw gti
1991 vw gti

In addition to the Recaro chairs, you also get flares. Entrance fender flares, the black trim coming off the fenders, are broader to address the large rubber and 6.5-inch-vast wheels—this was heady stuff for a Golf. Behind people wheels are vented entrance rotors with stable rotors in back. Anti-lock brakes were not on the menu nor were being airbags. No airbags intended federally mandated doorway-mounted belts with individual lap belt. At least they’re fixed and not motorized. Fortuitously, this example would not appear at any time to have been in any kind of motion that involved an airbag.

1991 vw gti

This GTI is difficult to fault and significantly cleaner than the next GTI 16V I ordered in 2002—I’ve tried using to go again ahead of. I sold it a pair of several years later on when another person still left a observe on it in the C/D parking great deal. Even in the early ’90s, these were being uncommon autos and value roughly $15,000, or about $33,000 in modern income. Now, they’re even tougher to locate as most gave up their life to really hard and fun-stuffed miles. In a recent column, I wrote about how the spirit and joy of the Toyota GR Corolla reminded me of my very first 16V GTI. I think that this GTI will get up to about $45,000, which is about the price tag of a nicely outfitted GR Corolla.

Go back again or go forward? I would say you cannot go completely wrong with possibly decision.

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