It’s uncommon to see a 25-year rule automobile like in the present day’s Good Value or No Cube Golf Nation supplied by a supplier, and even rarer that the supplier is prepared to offer a guaranty for an extra value. Let’s see if the worth of this oddball Vee-Dub is price that consideration.
Yesterday’s 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE suffered from what appeared to be a superb little bit of rocker rust, which, once I give it some thought, sounds just like the title of a band chasing their former glories enjoying the state honest circuit. The remainder of the Benz coupe appeared intact and in good condition, however apparently, that wasn’t sufficient to construct a lot enthusiasm behind its $13,500 asking worth. A 67 % No Cube loss was the end result.
It’s arduous to pinpoint the enchantment of off-road 4WD automobiles to individuals who by no means really intend to stray off the asphalt farther than the gravel car parking zone of a roadside strawberry stand. The straightforward truth of the matter is that these types of automobiles — even those who solely attempt to look off-road powerful — have lengthy been a class that will get folks juiced up.
Germany’s Volkswagen has an extended historical past of constructing each off-roaders and vehicles that give the looks of such capabilities. This 1990 Golf Nation Syncro is among the former, that includes AWD, a entrance brush guard, and a raised stance for fording streams and clambering over rocky terrain. Heck, it even has an externally mounted spare for the reason that tire is just too huge to suit beneath the boot ground.
The mannequin began because the Golf Montana, a present automobile constructed for the 1989 Geneva Motor Present. Enthusiasm for that automobile acquired Volkswagen pondering that not constructing a manufacturing model would go away Deutschmarks on the dinner desk, so the corporate engaged Austria’s Steyr-Daimler-Puch to assemble a manufacturing model of the automobile, renamed the Nation.
That is one in every of about 7,700 jacked-up Golfs (Jack Rabbits?) so constructed over the course of the ’90 to ’91 mannequin years. None of these made it formally to the U.S., nonetheless, so we all know the nation within the title isn’t us. Since then, a handful have made it right here in personal arms, and owing to the commonality of lots of the elements shared between overseas and U.S. variations, it shouldn’t be too powerful to maintain it working.
Bodywork is commonplace Golf Mark 2, though with wheel arch and rocker extensions much like these of the GTI. The bumpers are distinctive, nonetheless, as they’ve to hold the comb guard up entrance and spare tire within the again. These bumpers, together with the headlamps and entrance wings, which have been stamped for European flip indicators quite than American facet marker lamps, are apparent variations between this and VW’s formally imported Golf. After all, the virtually five-inch greater experience peak and Syncro AWD are different useless giveaways.
Inside, there’s some good fabric upholstery protecting the door playing cards and seats, together with on the entrance Recaro sport buckets. All the pieces appears tidy and VERY ’80s. A five-speed follow particular lowered gearing mates the 97 horsepower 1.8-litre 4, and seemingly, there’s no A/C to eat up any of these ponies, so put on deodorant when driving.
In keeping with the advert, the automobile has 168,173 miles beneath its belt. That needed to be calculated from kilometers since that’s how the automobile’s speedo reads. Not far more info is offered by the supplier providing it, though the vendor does declare the automobile’s situation to be “superb” within the advert. It’s being supplied “As-is” though the supplier notes that an prolonged guarantee might be negotiated as an add-on to the acquisition worth. Possibly shopping for that may preserve all these telephone calls wanting to speak about much more guarantee extensions at bay.
The asking worth is $17,945, which, whereas on the excessive finish for what these vehicles are inclined to command on this market, does appear to characterize this specific automobile’s better-than-average situation and look. It’s additionally sufficient of an oddball automobile that it could be price it only for the enjoyable issue.
What’s your tackle this Golf Nation and that $17,945 worth? Does that appear like a deal, contemplating the automobile’s clear presentation? Or is that an excessive amount of to go as much as the Nation?
H/T to Jason McDowell for the hookup!
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