It's practically a new car.
A pristine Volkswagen Golf R32 with ridiculously low mileage has popped up for sale on Bring A Trailer.
This modern classic is practically brand new, with a mere 97 miles on the clock. The VR6-powered hot hatch looks resplendent in Deep Blue, a signature hue that highlights the subtly aggressive design. The neat body kit is sporty and works beautifully with the 18-inch Aristo multi-spoke wheels, behind which you'll find the blue brake calipers.
It's not entirely perfect, though, as the headlights show signs of fading. This is a common fault with vehicles made during this time, but the seller has said that replacement headlights and a new grille insert are part of the deal. The roof panel contains a small ding, which can easily be remedied.
Other than that, the paintwork and panel gaps are perfect, and this R32 wouldn't look out of place in a new car showroom.
Inside, it's a similar story, and this precursor to the modern Golf R is like a time capsule. The snug cabin is dominated by the heated Konig sports seats wrapped in flawless black leather with embroidered R logos on the backrests.
A few details set the 240-horsepower range-topper apart from other Golfs of the time. Brushed aluminum trim provides a sporty and upmarket feel and works well with the R32-branded sill plates and aluminum pedals. The Golf Mk4 has always been known for its impeccable build quality, which is reflected in the condition of the components.
It may be 19 years old, but the buyer of this R32 will enjoy amenities like climate control, cruise control, and an audio system with a cassette and CD player.
Some interior trim bits still have protective wrapping, with the sunroof shade, driver's door panel, and rear footwells covered with protective materials.
The vehicle was initially delivered to Jack Daniel's Motors in New Jersey before being sold to another retailer. It remained there before it was acquired by the current owner in 2020. It's an absolute gem for any Volkswagen enthusiast, with plenty of supporting documentation, including the original window sticker, service records, and manufacturer's literature.
While the low miles will appeal to any collector, it's a shame to see a driver's car such as this not being enjoyed. With four days to go before the auction concludes, the current bid is $80,000 - more than the price of two new Golf GTIs.
Adding to the R32's collectibility is the VR6 engine housed up front. The unique engine layout has been killed off in North America following the recent VW Atlas update. The configuration has been swapped out for a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
This particular model is also equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, adding to its appeal. The R32 was the first high-performance Golf made available with the DSG dual-clutch transmission, which has become common in many hot hatches.
We can't wait to see the final selling price and wonder whether it will reach the $100,000 mark. After all, someone paid $112,000 for a 2000 Acura Integra Type R last year - a clear sign that "youngtimers" are gaining more traction in the classic car market.
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