1988 VW GTI 16V for ITA/EP, street legal


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This car is a great choice for an entry-level race car, especially since you can drive it to the track. I never really got off the ground with racing as my wife and I started a family not long after I purchased this machine. So, it's never seen more action than a couple track days and one novice race. I purchased it locally after it had been prepped to meet the basic racing requirements, but hadn't yet been raced. Since I've owned it I've done a lot of work to ensure it's reliable and in excellent running condition.

Basically, all the grunt work has been completed to make this car into a reliable, safe, and ICSCC-legal machine. Now it's up to the prospective owner to have some fun with it: bring it to the track more, make some suspension improvements to take it's already good handling to the next level, and get some more power out of the engine with some simple bolt-ons. As-is, this car is really fun to drive. These MkIIs are starting to enter a "classic" status according to GRM magazine. And this car has quite a bit more potential.

Basic information:

  • 177,000 miles
  • Straight body, no rust, no substantial dents.
  • Starts, runs great, very strong and reliable.
  • Street legal, current tabs.
  • ICSCC log book showing roll cage stamp, safety inspection, one novice race.

Racing equipment:

  • Six-point roll cage
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Master kill switch
  • Racing seat
  • Five-point harness
  • Window net
  • Welded sunroof
  • Longacre panoramic rearview mirror


  • Autotech power module
  • Lightweight billet crank pulley
  • Lightweight aluminum intermediate shaft sprocket
  • K&N panel filter
  • Ate slotted rotors
  • Hawk HP Plus pads
  • Ate super blue brake fluid
  • Short shift kit
  • Strut tower brace
  • Lower stress bar
  • Sport lowering springs
  • Sparco shift knob, pedal covers
  • Diamondplate dead pedal
  • Power steering delete
  • lightweight alternator bracket
  • Dual rounds, Bonrath badgeless grill
  • MOMO Arrow wheels
  • Toyo Proxes R888 5/32" remaining (used on one track day)
  • Single wiper conversion
  • Oil press, oil temp, water temp, volt gauges
  • Poly front motor mount
  • Radiator fan override switch

Replaced within last 2000 miles:

  • Redline MTL gear oil
  • Coolant hoses and clamps
  • Coolant tank
  • Radiator flushed and G12 coolant added
  • Thermostat and housing
  • Timing belt
  • Engine Oil seals
  • Water pump
  • Water pump pulley
  • Distributor cap, rotor
  • Upper and lower timing belt cover
  • Crank sprocket
  • Intermediate shaft sprocket
  • Rear wheel bearings
  • Spark plugs
  • Valve cover gasket
  • Intake manifold gaskets
  • Intake boot
  • Injector o-rings, holders
  • Fuel filter
  • Oil pan, gasket
  • VW key
  • Bosch windshield wipers








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Greg Miller

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I wondered what happened to that car!
With the anti intrusion bars it is an 8 point cage right?
It's a pretty car and would be great fun for a FWD enthusiast.
Besides Bonafort needs some competition! If you buy this car he would help you with build advise.
$4,000 is cheap for a track virgin.