Find of the Day: 1984 Callaway Stage II GTI

The individual who sent this Find of the Day over said it was a “once in a lifetime car”, and we’d have to agree.  With just under 21,000 miles on the odometer since new, and full engine rebuild coming just 300 miles ago, this GTI could be the nicest Callaway Stage II car around.


As the car has largely been gone through and updated, we’ll let the seller do the talking.  A full transcript of the eBay Motors listing can be found below.

A true time capsule! 20,930 documented miles! A complete and very rare Callaway Stage II Turbo GTI! 

This car has been thoroughly gone through and needs nothing.


Car was purchased new on January 11, 1984 at 36 miles.

2nd owner purchased the car on April 15, 1985 at 11,588 miles and installed the Callaway Stage II Turbo Kit. He kept the car for 28 years.

I purchased the car from the second owner on June 15, 2013 at 20,699 miles.

I then went completely through the car with no expense spared.

This included a rebuilt balanced and blueprinted engine by noted VW Rabbit specialists Double J Motorwerks in Portland Oregon at a cost of over $6,000!

Some of the items included:

  • ARP head studs and rod bolts.
  • Forged pistons with 8.5:1 compression ratio.
  • New flywheel, nickel hub clutch disc and 16V pressure plate.
  • Everything was balanced and blueprinted.
Additional items that have been taken care of:
  • Rebuilt Turbocharger.
  • New radiator.
  • New heater core.
  • All new hoses and belts.
  • New water pump.
  • New brake rotors, calipers, pads and all brake hoses.
  • New tires-less than 250 miles.
  • New headliner installed.
  • New battery installed.

The car has always been stored indoors.

Part of the Stage II Turbo kit included a taller 5th gear to increase top speed so that it would no longer be rpm limited. 

Car has the rare options of Air Conditioning and Sunroof! Please note that while complete, the A/C has not been charged.

Seat covers were put on the front and rear seats in 1985 where they remained in place until I removed them almost 30 years later in 2014-giving the interior a truly “never sat in” look.

The paint is 95% original (save for a small repair on the left rear fender due to minor scratches). The car has never had any body work and even retains its original red pinstripe! Being original, the paint is not perfect but in really great shape for being over 30 years old.

The car has never had any rust nor has it ever been driven on salted roads.

Period correct Cibie driving lights and Zender body kit and rear spoiler installed.

Original Snowflake Wheels are free from any curb marks (the clear coat is pealing in places however).

Original owners manual as well as its original Warranty and Maintenance manual-both in excellent condition. Original Sales Brochure-like new.

Period correct JVC AM/FM Cassette works great. All paperwork is included as well as the factory optional “Dual rear speakers”.

Original Spare has never been on the ground and comes complete with Jack and Tools.

Inspections are more than welcome prior to the end of the auction. I can also help you arrange shipping if necessary.

Please contact me with any questions that you might have: [email protected]

Good luck and happy bidding!

Check out additional pictures in the eBay listing, here.