Hot Hatches

Unrestored 16 Valve: 1991 VW GTI

The seller of an untouched Volkswagen GTI 16 Valve claims to have driven the car for less than 100 miles after searching for two years for one. That’s a strange way to enjoy a car you’ve longed for, so… more»

The Ultimate Omni: 1985 Dodge Omni GLH-T

The Dodge Omni GLH is revered in enthusiast circles; the GLH-T even more so. Clearly, these cars are disappearing at a furious rate, so preserving the ones that are left is a priority. However, this 1985 GLH-T is quite… more»

BF AUCTION: 1987 Toyota FX16 GT-S

We are excited to present the first official Barn Finds auction! To kick things off, I’ve decided to list one of my own cars. Yes, it’s a Toyota, but this isn’t just any old Toyota. The FX16 was built… more»

EXCLUSIVE: 1988 Yugo GVX Hot Hatch

Back in the eighties, hot hatches were hot. Volkswagen may have kicked things off with their GTI, but many manufacturers jump on the bandwagon and released their own hopped-up hatchbacks. Yugo even entered the fray with their GVX. They… more»

All the Goodies! 1986 Dodge Omni GLH

More and more, I think the 1980s represent my favorite era of vehicles. There was just something slightly obnoxious, slightly irreverent about cars from this era – almost like they knew they were odd little upstarts, but still wanted… more»

$700 Santa Fe Blue: 1985 Dodge Omni GLH

There’s been a rash of these turbocharged Dodge Omnis showing up lately, including some on this very site and others we haven’t had a chance to get to. I don’t think there’s a sell off – but maybe the… more»

$2,800 Hellion! 1986 Dodge Omni GLH Turbo

This pocket rocket is a 1986 Dodge Omni GLH Turbo and it’s in Heron, Montana. This little hellion can be found on craigslist with an asking price of $2,800!

63k Mile 1983 Volkswagen GTI

One of our first projects that we featured here on the site was a Volkswagen GTI that we found in a field. Josh and I tracked down the owner, paid him $400, and dragged it home. It was clapped… more»

Rusty Rabbit: 1984 VW Rabbit GTI

VW had a hit on its hands with the original GTI and even though this one isn’t in great shape, rust-wise, it’s probably worth bringing back to life. This 1984 VW Rabbit GTI is listed here on craigslist in Fairport, New… more»

California Legal: 1985 Renault R5

While we often point to the MK1 VW GTi or the Honda CRX as the benchmarks for hot hatches in the U.S., there are other vehicles that will truly put some hair on your chest while keeping with the… more»

Humpty Dumpty: 1986 Shelby GLH-S

Last night we had an affordable Maserati and this morning we have an affordable Shelby. Well, maybe. The seller mentions how great these cars were, that they were real Shelbys, and that this one only has 19,750 on the… more»

1984 VW GTI: $900 Runner

Here’s a very cheap MK1 VW GTI that still runs and comes with a boatload of spare parts, including a replacement interior. Available for $900 here on craigslist in Ohio, it will require repair to the hard fuel lines… more»

Hot Hatch: 1986 Shelby GLHS

It’s amazing what slapping a name like Shelby onto a car can do! When we talk about the creations of Carroll Shelby, we all tend to think of Cobras and GT350s, but Shelby wasn’t just a Ford guy. He… more»

1984 VW GTI: MK1 Survivor

This is one of those cars I’m going to kick myself later for not buying when they were cheap. Thankfully, they made a lot them so you can always find a project-grade example, but for low-mileage survivors like this… more»

Is It A Classic Yet? 1983 VW Rabbit GTI

First off, it’s NOT a diesel! Early Generation 1 GTI’s, the first ‘”hot hatch,” have been recognized in Europe as classics for a while now, and I’ve started to see some indications that the North American market is starting… more»

Shelby’s GTI: 1985 Dodge Omni GLH

After Lee Iacocca asked Carroll Shelby to breathe some life into Chrysler’s bare-bones hatchback, the famed performance consultant created the Dodge Omni GLH (short form for “Goes Like Hell.”) When stacked against competitors like the GTI and the Civic… more»