Ideally, I would have liked a wagon, but I soon discovered that there are very few B1 Passats left, and they don't pop up for sale often, so I couldn't be too picky about the model. I was also looking for a rescue project, not a finished, complete car. One that needed some love and attention and had fallen into neglect. In December 2008, I found Frank on Ebay. The listing read:
Selling this car AS IS and the buyer is kindly asked to organise it's transportation.
This car is the hard-to-find facelift model of the b1 passat. It was imported new from Germany by an elderly man from Wangaratta, who held onto it for a number of years until it was acquired by some neighbours (A lady owner, if that makes a difference).
Being a B1 passat enthusiast and owner of many, I spotted this and drove for 4 hours each way from Melbourne to buy it and bring it back down.
It was originally a diesel and still has the original diesel gearbox, which has been maintained. It has an ultra-lightened flywheel too.
The engine was purchased by me from a private seller and engineer (and another B1 passat enthusiast) who completely restored and blueprinted the engine using the best parts possible including GT flat-top pistons, 'Scat' brand valves etc. each little part was of very high quality and designed for performance. I have dyno readings showing this engine reaching 139 hp (this engine originally came with 75 hp or 85 hp with the twin-barrel carby). It's the same engine used in the golfs and audi 80's/foxes and will fit into nearly any 4 vw/audi without modification to mounts etc.
currently fitted with a reco-ed 32/36 twin throat weber carby, it was used as a daily driver by my mum for the last 5 years while i was overseas. it is EXTREMELY fuel efficient, but can be tweaked for performance if need be. It has never been thrashed. In fact there was never enough time or money to fully tune it for performace etc. The matched dizzy and electronic ignition system it came with was stolen before the
engine went into the car.
It has slightly lowered springs, a heavy duty sway bar and it might even be the only B1 with FOUR WHEEL DISC BRAKES! the front ones are big and use easy-to-find nissan pads. I have four alloys to throw in on the deal too. the car has the tachometer out of the passat 'TS'.
I can't even remember all of the other engine stuff, but has many other little things such as a custom oil sump, extractors, etc. It has a 2" exhaust, 'turbo' muffler and 3" tip. Produces a deep note.
Engine still starts, but have recently taken battery out. It's a good quality AC DECO european battery, which will come with the car of course.
About 5 months ago, it was hit in the driver's side rear panel, just before I returned from overseas and my folks allowed it to run out of rego. It was a reliable daily driver and obviously unique.
I had it resprayed in Jaguar british racing green, however this may no longer be much of a selling point, due to the car's BAD POINTS:
- the smashed panel
- body/paintwork not perfect: chips, dents
- basically every door lock has been damaged by attempted theives
- the steering wheel, which was once a nice piece, is deteriorating
- the dash is utterly cracked, as is common with EVERY single example of a B1 (can be replaced with a later audi model dash, I believe)
- interior tatty. I also just gave away the sound system it one had.
All in all, this car would suit and enthusiast/collector, someone wanting to utilise the 'hot' engine in the car (forgot to mention the 'hot' cam and heavy duty valve springs), someone wanting a unique project,
somone wanting to just rip out the interior and race this around a track or outback.
It has rally lights hidden behind the grill, a rear louvre, a rare and valueable spoiler, which is interchangeable with most cars.
can probably roll/tow it home. prob just need a crow bar to bend read fender up a bit higher and shove on one of the spare wheels.
I have decided to have no reserve on this item, as I am grateful enough that it is going to someone who cares.
A perfect example of a Passat that's fallen into neglect! I won Frank for approx $512, without seeing him in the flesh. I suspect the other bidders were wreckers looking for old cars to strip for parts or crush for steel.
The photos from the listing:
Because of the damage done to the rear quarter panel, we needed to get Frank towed home.