Find Of The Day: You’ll NevAr Lose With This MK2 Jetta Coupe

Speed! Speed-speed-speed, speedy-speed speed. That’s what you’ll do in this 1989 MK2 Jetta coupe. So strap in for this Find Of The Day.

Simplify, then add lightness. So said Colin Chapman the founder of Lotus Motors. A pretty basic concept that auto enthusiasts all over the globe take to heart when working on their cars. In addition to lowering weight, it also helps to throw in a ton of horsepower.

This 1989 Jetta coupe has both lightness and power. And that power comes from Volkswagen’s 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, AKA the “nevAr lose.” We’re not sure if this engine swap fits the “simplify” portion of Sir Colin’s equation, but who cares: it’s a 1.8T! Imagine the looks on people’s faces when you scurry away from a traffic light in this 30-year-old small car. Save some room in your budget for replacing tires, because you’ll be burning through them regularly. The 1.8T is bolted to a 5-speed manual transmission also from a later model.

But there’s more to this car than the engine. It has Recaro seats, H&R coilovers, disc-brakes all-around, and a high-powered stereo, just to name a few. But who needs tunes? The turbo-whine alone should be the only music you need.

Maybe best of all, the current bid on this no-reserve auction is quite low: as of this writing, this 1.8T MK2 Jetta sits at $1750. Keep in mind the auction is open until Friday at 5:30pm EST, so it’s bound to go up. And being that this a bringatrailer.com auction, there’s no telling how high bidding may go.

Take a look at the listing on bringatrailer.com. This ’89 NevAr-Lose Jetta is in Fenton, Michigan.