What did that 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI sell for?

J.A.
By J.A. Ackley
Feb 7, 2023 | Volkswagen, GTI, Rabbit GTI, Volkswagen Rabbit GTI

Photograph Courtesy Bring a Trailer

Who remembers when you could pick up a used 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI for less than $2000? Those days are gone.

This particular example sold for $28,750 on Bring a Trailer.

Yes, $28,750.

Prices on Rad-era vehicles continue to climb, and this auction exemplifies that.

[The Quintessential Hot Hatch Has Gotten Hotter: Volkswagen Rabbit GTI]

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/7/23 1:20 p.m.

Working backward through an inflation calculator, $28,750 comes out to about $10,200 in 1984 money.

Would you have spent over $10,000 to buy a Rabbit GTI when it was new?

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
2/7/23 1:22 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

Working backward through an inflation calculator, $28,750 comes out to about $10,200 in 1984 money.

Would you have spent over $10,000 to buy a Rabbit GTI when it was new?

Good question. The sticker price on this car, when new, was $10,175.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
2/7/23 1:24 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

Would you have spent over $10,000 to buy a Rabbit GTI when it was new?


No.

In 1983 when they were new I test drove one and they weren't dealing so with tax I'd walk out the door for $8000.  My problem was my used 1980 Datsun might've sold for $2500-$3000 and being in college I couldn't swing the extra $5000.  

In hindsight..............

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
2/7/23 1:29 p.m.

Point #8 for a 1983 model says under $8000.

 

GTwannaB
GTwannaB GRM+ Memberand Dork
2/7/23 9:24 p.m.

That is chump change. 
 

How about $87k for a 92 16V GTI

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1992-volkswagen-golf-gti-16v-7/ 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise UberDork
2/7/23 9:50 p.m.
J.A. Ackley said:
 

Who remembers when you could pick up a used 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI for less than $2000? Those days are gone.

This particular example sold for $28,750 on Bring a Trailer.

Yes, $28,750.

Prices on Rad-era vehicles continue to climb, and this auction exemplifies that.

[The Quintessential Hot Hatch Has Gotten Hotter: Volkswagen Rabbit GTI]

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this car didnt sell for 28k

 

it sold for 41k previously 

 

today bat had server issues. 

 

car hasnt sold yet - auction extended 

 

here is new link

 

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1984-volkswagen-rabbit-gti-13-2/

84FSP
84FSP UberDork
2/7/23 9:51 p.m.

It almost makes me wish I had kept mine stock.  Nah, not really.  It's nice to see them coming up in value.  Still really buyable for nice drivers in the 6k range.

slantvaliant (Forum Supporter)
slantvaliant (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
2/8/23 8:46 a.m.

I came close to buying a 1984 GTI.   I went with the Shelby Charger instead.  No regrets.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/8/23 9:40 a.m.

I probably paid like $1800 for mine. At the time, it was just 10 years old. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/8/23 3:58 p.m.
GTwannaB said:

That is chump change. 
 

How about $87k for a 92 16V GTI

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1992-volkswagen-golf-gti-16v-7/ 

Yeah, that seems a bit spendy. Maybe if it was Montana Green....

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