Find Of The Day: Time-Machine 20th

It’s hard to believe the MKIV Golf debuted in North America nearly 20 years ago. These cars are quickly approaching classic-car status. Today’s Find Of The Day, a 2003 GTI 20th Anniversary Edition, is a perfect car to pick up now and hold on to as a future collectible.

Volkswagen created an entirely new category of car when they introduced the GTI. To celebrate the hot hatch’s 20th year in the United States, they created a special model, the 20th Anniversary Edition GTI that features a number of upgrades separating Anniversary Editions (“AE’s” for short), from regular GTIs.

Outside, there’s a painted body kit, 18” Aristo wheels, painted brake calipers, and the return of the original red GTI badges. Inside things get even more exciting; genuine Recaro sport-seats, a leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with matching leather shift knob, aluminum trim, and a black headliner. Under the hood is Volkswagen’s venerable 1.8T engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It’s really a stellar mix of equipment.

This 2003 AE has a lot going for it. The key element here is miles. As in not many; 54,000 to be specific. That’s less than 4,000 miles per year. It’s barely broken in (wink emoji). It’s essentially unmolested, save for the blue and white Euro emblems on the wheels, a boost gauge, and a few other bits. This little pocket rocket is pretty much as it left the factory.  It’s a time-capsule of a car.

The current owner, VWVortex member ebro, has taken excellent care of this blue beast. Most recently it had the timing belt and tensioner replaced, the A/C system flushed and recharged, new tires installed, and a few other maintenance repairs.

So if you’re looking for an impressively un-monkeyed-with GTI, this could be a great car for you. Take a peek at the photos in our classifieds, or look at it in-person in Cranford, New Jersey. And ebro just lowered the price to $8250.