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1 Of 50: 1986 VW Jetta GT Special

Volkswagens were a huge part of my formative hobbyist years, as a MK3 Jetta Wolfsburg Edition was the first vehicle I set out to modify with obscure parts from Europe. Consider me shocked, then, that I had never heard of this UK-market specific Jetta GT “Special,” with a number of enhancements VW enthusiasts today would salivate over. Find it here on eBay in the UK for £3,600.

First of all, like an European-market example, the boys overseas got all the cool stuff. Right off the bat, you notice the more powerful H4 headlights that were replaced by sealed beams when they came stateside. But the GT Special also received a custom body kit with integrated Bosch driving lamps, GT grill badge, monochromatic paint scheme with a gray stripe and matching alloy wheels, and high-performance tires when new.

Inside, you’ll find sport bucket seats and a three-spoke steering wheel emblazoned with the words “GTI Engineering,” reflecting the association with a company responsible for building hotted up GTIs in the 1980s. What’s most amazing to me about this car is the fact all of these bits are still attached – often, with vehicles like this, the parts become worth more than the car they’re attached to and they get hawked for quick cash.

Thankfully, that hasn’t happened here. Although the engine didn’t get any performance-yielding enhancements (do they ever?), the rest of the GT is so intact and complete that I hope it never does. The seller says just 50 were ever made, so how many can possibly be left? If you’re a MK2 VW enthusiast, a car like this is a bit of a holy grail, and the low list price may make it appealing to import for a U.S.-based VW fan.


  1. Chris in Petaluma

    A3 Jettas always had the H4s, it was the first couple years of the A3 Golfs that had the sealed beams.

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  2. Carter

    A2s you mean, and they didn’t have H4s, they had 9004s and DOT approved lights. The Westmoreland Golfs are the ones you reference with sealed beams, and were base models only for ’85 and ’86.

    GTI Engineering was quite the outfit. They built some awesome Audis at the time as well. They also campaigned a few Group C Porsches and 924 Carrera GTs by Richard Lloyd Racing.

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    • Chris in Petaluma

      Yep, you are correct, I meant A2s

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  3. Rx7turboII

    Love love love this car! Not a huge vw fan because of working on a few mid 80’s models and that complicated fuel system but always come back to loving the bodies! If I could only put a Honda engine in one of these early 80s Scirocco, Jettas, gti’s Etc that would be the bomb! Where’s my checkbook? Lol

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  4. Mark

    Was this same model type used in the Fast & Furious movie?

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    • Fiete T.

      “Not-So-Fast & Bi-Curious,” as a car nut I know (who is gay) calls that movie franchise. Welcome to Seattle

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