Is this $12,000 1984 VW Jetta a coupe coupe?
At once, the Jetta was VW‘s best-selling car in the US Ttwo-door editions like today’s Good price or no dice Auto never contributed much to these numbers. Let’s see if it’s a rarity and be condition, can do this value it asks.
There were many disagreements last Friday 1964 dune buggy and its price of $8,500. Some of you claimed that it appeared to be a well constructed toy at a toy price. Others, on the other hand, asked for more car for that kind of money. In the end, the dune buggy took off a squeak with the yess outweighs the nos at a 53 Percent Good Price to win.
Well, Friday’s Dune Buggy might have been Volkswagen powered, but we wouldn’t really call it a member of the VW clan. Today we’re going to look at a car that’s definitely part of the family, even if its two-door body style means something of that owner fam have to be pretty supple to get in and out the back seat.
This 1984 Volkswagen Jetta two-door represents the less popular edition of Volkswagen’s once most popular line. The early The 80’s proved to be a tough time for VW in the US. Sales of the Rabbit fell precipitously, while the Contemporaries Quantum, Scirocco and Vanagon were never sold in large numbers. The Jetta was the only bright spot in Volkswagen’s rapidly darkening sales picture.
This “Rabbit with a Trunk” became a minor hit here in the US, where its combination of size, price and big haul resonated with car buyers. Elsewhere in the world, the Golf (Rabbit here) typically outsold the Jetta three to one. Here in America the relationship was reversed. Most of these sales were the four-door sedan. This is a slightly less practical, but also slightly lighter two-door.
According to the ad, the car comes with a clear title and a clean bill of health for its emissions. The Craigslist ad doesn’t give much background, but there is another ad for the car Facebook Marketplace which provides the following information:
This beautiful classic is a 1984 Volkswagen Jetta Deluxe Coupé. This vehicle is super rare. I’ve owned it for about 5 years now. I recently decided to move to another federal state due to living conditions and am selling my beloved Jetta. It has the Clean California title along with a recent Smog Check (passed with flying colors). It has a 1.7 liter single cam along with a 5 speed manual. The engine and fuel rail were rebuilt by a local shop in the valley in front of my property. This car also has working and updated air conditioning, very cold. I installed the H&R lowering springs. The car has been leveled and runs straight (most lowered cars don’t). Euro Small Bumpers were also fitted during my ownership. This car is a real head turner for the enthusiast who knows what the car actually is.
There were many updates to the car, most of which were carried over from the Golf GTI (i.e. wheels, seats and gear knob), but while the car sports the GLI badging on its boot lid, as stated in the ad, it has the 1.7 with 74 HP under its hood and not the hotter 1.8 with 90 HP. So it has a five-speed stick skinny stable from It should be fun to push ponies.
While you might lament the smaller engine, it should be noted that VW never brought a GLI two-door to the US this Jetta is a bit of a “what could have been” sort of thing. Car. Oh, and that GLI engine fits right in here.
The car looks nice too. The US market’s massive plastic-topped bumpers have been given preference to a pair of much smaller Euro-style units. As noted, the car rolls on GTI/GLI BBS alloys and these look pretty good decent shape. The interior looks fantastic, with fabric upholstery on the Sport seats and door panelss. The vinyl on the door caps has a few tears but otherwise everything appears to be very neat and in good condition. Plus, two glove compartments!
According to the seller, it has 20,000 km on the clock. I guess tcap means since the odo rolled over, broke down or the car was massively rebuilt. This might be a point to bring up for a potential buyer.
Another will be the car’s price of $12,000. That’s half what the car cost new. Of course, the seller claims it’s in mint condition now, so considering inflation, maybe that’s a deal.
What do you think, $12,000 seems like a fair price for this interesting and well presented Jetta? Or will that prove very unpopular?
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