The MKII GTI will forever be revered for winning Motor Trend's Car of the Year in 1985 . To put things in perspective, the CoY award for the hot hatch was sandwiched between the 1984 Chevy Corvette (not too shabby) and the 1986 Ford Taurus (wait, what?). Volkswagen's big win was quite a surprise and probably caused more than a few subscribers to threaten cancellation: the GTI won in the domestic class and not the import one. Shocking! Since all '85 Golfs and GTIs were built in Westmoreland PA, the hot hatch qualified as American iron. I'm betting Ford, GM, and Chrysler execs were not too happy with Motor Trend's editors.

Since its introduction, the GTI has been celebrated for its practical form and lively performance. It was sensible fun back in the '80s; something to carve up back roads and haul all your bargains from Zayre (remember Zayre ?). The MKII GTI hit dealerships with a torquey 8-valve engine, and later the high-revving 16-valve engine was available as an option. In 1990 all Golfs and GTIs received some styling updates including chunky bumpers. Enthusiasts either love or hate the "big bumpers" but they helped the car look a little more aerodynamic and modern.


For this 1990 GTI 8v, we'll let the pictures do the talking; the seller has listed very little information. He does state the car has a new engine, and the air conditioning blows ice cold. Since the car is in Texas I'd have to guess this is an important feature. From the photos, we can see the car has a manual transmission, a lowered suspension, a very minty looking velour interior, and some sharp BBS-style staggered wheels. Other enhancements include single round headlights, tinted turn signals, and tinted tails. A classic look that never goes out of style.

The car is listed on the Samba with a $5900 asking price.