Sly Shooting Brake: 1989 Volkswagen Fox GL Station Wagon – SOLD!

Jan 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

February 1st Update – We confirmed this listing expired and with no replacement to be found, we’re calling this Fox “Sold!”

January 8th Update:  While preparing for Wagon Wednesday, we came across a fresh post for this 1989 Volkswagen Fox two door wagon we first featured on December 4th.  While the seller now has his Fox listed $1,050 less than his original asking price of $5,850, it still seems a bit pricy.  Good luck with the purchase!

Unloved when new, the Shooting Brake style of Volkswagen’s two door Fox wagon is gaining a following among VW enthusiasts.  Not sold in large numbers when new, Fox station wagons such as the example we came across here on Craigslist in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania are even rarer site today.  The private seller of this this 61K original mile, white over tan 1989 Volkswagen Fox GL Two Door Wagon is now asking $4,800 for it, which while $1,050 less than the original $5,850 request is still on the high end of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Appraisal Tool “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for this wagon is $1,550, $2,475, and $3,600 respectively.  You’ll have to decide whether this rust free, low mileage survivor Fox in a rare body style is worth the $1,200 premium or if you can meet the seller in the middle.  If you are serious about buying this Fox wagon, you can call the current caretaker Harold at (717) 580-4996 to start the conversation.

Facing stiff new low-priced competition from Hyundai combined with a very strong Deutsch Mark in the mid-eighties, Volkswagen of America responded in 1987 by importing a U.S. version of its popular Brazilian-built Golf rebranded as the Fox.  To put it in perspective at the time, the base price for a new Golf was $8,190 while VW was able to offer the Fox for $5,690. While the two and four door sedans for the most part have been forgotten, the rare two-door wagon remains a coveted piece among VW enthusiasts.

While we like the color combination and condition of this Fox, the yellow tag on the key ring and the back drop of the pictures provided have us concerned about who the seller is and where he purchased the car.  While not a dealer, if he’s a shop owner who bought this Fox at auction, it better have the maintenance documentation to correspond with the stated low mileage.  If there’s no story to go with this car, it might be best to walk away. If the story is there, good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s brief description:

“1989 VW Fox Station Wagon. 60 M original miles. This vehicle looks almost new.Currently has up grade wheels but original with tires come with it.4 speed manual trans.This is one outstanding original vehicle. Harold at

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