Did you remember that VW once made two-door Jettas? Pepperidge Farm remembers, and today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe ’87 Wolfsburg might just jog yours. That is of course, if you’re not just going to shut the door on its price.
Let’s get this out of the way up front: the Elephant Man was one of a kind. I bring that up because rarity does not always equate to desirability, and at times it simply is demonstrative of a poor initial choice or bad luck roll of the dice. Fully 77% of you wouldn’t have rolled the dice on yesterday’s lime creamsicle of a 2009 Dodge Viper, at least not at its asking price.
If that kermit-colored Dodge wasn’t your cup of green tea, then maybe this 1987 Volkswagen Jetta will be. It has been rattle canned black, which can go with anything from fancy to goth so it’s extremely versatile.
This Jetta is also one of the more-rare (there’s that word again) two-door models from the marque’s second generation. Claimed a Wolfsburg, it’s also described as a Pirelli car, however the wheels with the little Ps on them - and who doesn’t enjoy a little P on them - seem be missing.
Instead you get your choice of a set of 14x6 Borbets with old tires, or some Enkeis with new tires… and the Borbets! Other goodies include Raceland coilovers, new brake bits and a slew of other wear-item replacements that you would expect on a car of this age.
On the downside, the “custom” 2.5-inch exhaust is now cat-free which should make title transfer in some areas dicey. Also, the A/C compressor is kaput, there’s a dent in the hood, the dash is cracked, and the reverse gear L-tab is broken. Oh, and those coilovers kind of make this Jetta a low-hanging fruit.
All that however might just be countered by the interior which is resplendent in Recaro finery. The car has received a full interior swap so the velour Recaros in front are fabric matched by the bench in back. There’s also a Polo steering wheel, which I guess must be a thing now.
The outside seems pretty straight and the car is claimed to be totally rust-free. It also should be noted that it’s badge-free if you’re OCD about other people knowing your business. Under that dented hood lies a pretty milquetoast 1.8 but as noted, it’s seen some maintenance including a new timing belt. The gearbox is a five-speed manual with a Golf ball shifter knob, and who doesn’t love those?
This could all be someone’s for $3,200. If you’ve ever wanted to run with the good folks at VW Vortex, then this would be your ticket in. It also would be an excellent first car for a teen driver - especially one who doesn’t want to really get their hands dirty as there doesn’t look to be a lot that needs a-doin’ here.
What’s your take on this two-door Jetta that’s been lightly personalized and its $3,200 price? Would you pay that much for the seats alone? Or, is that just too much to dance this ‘Dub-step?
H/T to Josh W for the hookup!
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