23-Years-Owned 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI
- Chassis: 1VWDC0170DV041397
- 176k Miles Shown
- 1.8-Liter Inline-Four
- Five-Speed Manual Transaxle
- Red Paint
- Red Cloth Upholstery
- Neuspeed Front Sway Bar
- Neuspeed Springs
- 14" Snowflake Wheels
- Front Disc Brakes
- Kenwood Head Unit
- Long-Term Ownership
- Repainted in 2020
- Rebuilt Engine and Transaxle in 2020
- Refurbishment Records
- Window Sticker
- Clean Carfax Report
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This 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI was first purchased by the seller in 1991 before being sold in 1998 and re-acquired the following year. A refurbishment carried out between 2018 and 2020 included a repaint, replacement carpet and headliner, overhauls of the suspension and brake system, and a rebuilt 1.8-liter inline-four and five-speed manual transaxle. The car is finished in red over matching cloth upholstery and is equipped with a front chin spoiler, 14” Snowflake wheels, H4 headlights, a Kenwood head unit, and a Neuspeed front sway bar, muffler, springs, and tie rods. This Mk1 GTI shows 176k miles and is now offered with supplementary literature, an owner’s manual, a Volkswagen Communications Network VHS tape, service records, a window sticker, a clean Carfax report, and a Washington title in the seller’s name.
The car is finished in red with black pinstripes and was repainted in May 2020 following the completion of bodywork by Paramount Centre of Fife, Washington. According to the seller, the windshield was replaced at that time, along with rubber seals for the sunroof, doors, and windows. Additional features include black wheel arches and side mirror caps, a front chin spoiler, rear window wiper, red GTI badging, H4 headlights, and black bumpers. The driver’s door lock is inoperable. Photos taken during the repaint are displayed in the gallery.
Factory 14″ Snowflake alloy wheels were reportedly refurbished and are mounted with 185/60 Dunlop Direzza ZIII tires. The brake system was overhauled with a replacement master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pads, rear drums, and stainless-steel brake lines in May 2018, at which time the rear wheel bearings and parking brake cable were also replaced. The car is equipped with Neuspeed front and rear sway bars, Neuspeed front and rear strut tower bars, and Newspeed springs. Work performed in April 2020 consisted of rebuilding the drive axles, repairing the control arms, and cleaning and lubricating the steering rack. The following components were also replaced at that time:
- Shocks and mounts
- Suspension bushings
- Front control arm bushings
- Tie rod ends
- Steering rack boot
The cabin features red cloth and vinyl upholstery along with a matching replacement headliner and carpeting. Amenities include a Kenwood head unit, heater, and crank windows. The shifter was rebuilt and the shifter linkage replaced in April 2020. A piece of the shifter linkage was replaced again in December 2021.
A four-spoke steering wheel fronts VDO instrumentation that includes an 85-mph speedometer, a 7k-rpm tachometer, and auxiliary gauges. Additional auxiliary gauges and an analog clock that is inoperable are positioned in front of the shifter, and the six-digit odometer shows 176k miles.
The 1.8-liter inline-four is equipped with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and is reportedly fitted with a “G-grind” camshaft along with an aftermarket dual-outlet exhaust manifold and a Techtonic downpipe and muffler. An April 2020 service record provided in the gallery indicates a rebuilt five-speed manual transaxle and long-block with oversized pistons, along with a replacement radiator, clutch kit, water pump, thermostat, and cooling hoses. A later-model fuel tank has also been added. The fuel distributor was rebuilt and the timing cover replaced in December 2021. The seller notes that the engine will cut out if the accelerator pedal is quickly depressed upon cold-starts.
Additional photos of the underbody are provided in the gallery, along with receipts from the aforementioned work.
The window sticker lists initial delivery to Ray Schultens Motors of The Dalles, Oregon, along with factory colors, options, and a total price of $8,735.
The Carfax report indicates no accidents or other damages and lists history in Washington from its first entry in March 1998 through the most recent update in September 2020. The Washington title lists “Antique” under the brands section.