Have You Met Our Callaway Turbocharged GTI Project?

By Colin Wood
May 8, 2020 | Volkswagen, GTI, Golf, Classic Motorsports

It found us. Honest.

A reader offered his 1984 Rabbit GTI to us. Since we had recently written a guide about the first-generation GTI—and considering we like these cars—we said yes.

The good news? It's a solid survivor with original paint and a super-rare Callaway turbocharger setup. The bad news? The engine hadn't run in over a decade, and the GTI sat about 2600 miles away in Montana.

Undeterred, we planned a trip to Montana and picked it up ourselves. Read about the GTI and how we got it back to Florida over on Classic Motorsports.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/8/20 4:18 p.m.

Kinda related: A 19,000-mile 1983 Callaway GTI recently fetched $38k on BaT. surprise

noddaz GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
5/8/20 5:01 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Kinda related: A 19,000-mile 1983 Callaway GTI recently fetched $38k on BaT. surprise




Datsun310Guy UltimaDork
5/8/20 5:08 p.m.

$2000? You stole it.  

jimbbski SuperDork
5/8/20 5:11 p.m.

My nephew bought a non-running Mk I Scirocco back in the 90's that had a Callaway Turbo kit on it. At the time I thought he overpaid for it at $1600.  He got it running and drove it for a while.  It was as quick as his friends auto V8 Fox Mustang.  The turbo destroyed itself one day and we just couldn't find a replacement or a re-builder for it. This was before the internet. We installed a different turbo that was suggested and it ended up being to big, as in lack of boost. He lost interest after that and the car ended up parted out.  To bad as the car wasn't in that bad of condition.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/12/20 11:43 a.m.

We just posted another update on the car over on Classic Motorsports.

In this update, we put the GTI up on a lift to see if we bought something great, or if we found ourselves a lemon.

Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter)
Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter) Dork
5/12/20 12:00 p.m.

This thing will be: fun x fun = fun^2

CyberEric HalfDork
5/12/20 3:20 p.m.

Yes, we met it, and we are tired of hearing about it because we want it really bad and we can’t have it.

Stefan (Forum Supporter)
Stefan (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/12/20 3:22 p.m.

Not sure if you've seen this or not:


but in case you need some spares or if someone here wanted to build their own...

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