1990 VW Fox wagon

Someone rescue this 1990 Volkswagen Fox wagon

This is a 1990 Volkswagen Fox wagon. It’s currently for sale in Huntington Beach, and it appears to be in great shape. The owner is asking just $1,500 bucks for what’s ostensibly a rare car here in North America. Why so cheap? It’s been parked in a warehouse since 2009.

1990 VW Fox wagon rear

This Fox has a lot going for it, despite its current non-running status. The seller states that they are the original owner. There’s no rust and the body is straight. Additionally, the interior looks well kept for a car of this age. There are only 128,000 miles on the odometer.

So for $1,500 bucks, plus the cost of some fresh gas and a new battery, you might be in proper shape to get this machine up and running again. Hell, I’m tempted to hop over to Huntington Beach and give it a look myself.

1990 vw fox wagon interior

There are a few custom features but nothing too crazy or that couldn’t be reverted back to stock if you so desire. Here’s the full text of the ad, in case it disappears, which it’s going to at this price:

The full listing

Very Rare 1990 VW Fox Wagon!
This is my OG Surf Ride!!!
If this ad is up, the Fox is still available! So don’t ask….. Thx!
Original Owner! 29 years old!!
Doesn’t run.. see description below!
Great Condition!
Placed on non-op with DMV… No back fees!
Interior is great!
Body is straight… Nice patina and bit of rust that can’t be duplicated
Only 128,000 +/- miles!
4 speed manual.. stick shift!
Parked and stored inside at my warehouse back in in 2009 when it last ran. Then I moved it to my new warehouse in 2015 where it was was stored outside until now.
Wont need much to get it running again as it was running when I parked it and stored it.
Lowered professionally back when I bought new with custom rims and tires! Sits so nice and doesn’t look like the original frog hopper..
Includes custom sound system with installed 1000 watt amp and base box with 2, 10′ sub box in trunk!!
Rare opportunity to own this original owner survivor!
Only $1,500! Not in a rush to sell..
Serious buyers only…
Text only! 714 six 5 eight 8 one 7 eight

Someone needs to hop on this one. Make it snappy, and you have a Radwood-era survivor that looks to be in great shape, outside of the whole currently not running bit.

[Source: Craigslist]

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22 responses to “Someone rescue this 1990 Volkswagen Fox wagon”

  1. Maymar Avatar

    That is so period correct I’m shocked it doesn’t have a Sony Xpod or similar in the dash. If it weren’t for the California plates, I’d have sworn I remembered it from my high school parking lot.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      ha! I had an Xplod in my 300ZX

  2. 1slowvw Avatar

    “In French she would be called ‘la renarde’ and she would be hunted with only her cunning to protect her.”

    I’ve owned golfs, jettas, passats, rabbits, and a scirocco but if this were within a reasonable drive I’d be bringing it home with me.

  3. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    This deserves to be restored and preserved as one of the vanishing cheap cars of its era. Just as there were dozens basic Tempests and LeMans for every GTO in 1970, there were dozens of Foxes and base A2 Golf for every GTI 16V in 1990.

  4. outback_ute Avatar

    Step 2 (after getting it running), remove purple-faded tint…

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      From the ad: “1st photo posted is not the actual vehicle, the 2nd one is.”

      I love the second (and only other) photo:


      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        There really is a lot of space for a red flag in that photo.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          I’m surprised the ad doesn’t at the very least describe it as “garage-kept.”

          Still, this is a quite reasonable price for a Freeway if it really is in “good” condition as stated.

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            Do you have an idea how many Freeways have survived the passing of time? I can only imagine that waiting for the right buyer could take its time.

          2. mdharrell Avatar

            There’s no HMV Freeway club other than the by-invitation-only Yahoo! Group, so it’s not easy to track down reliable numbers. The group has an infrequently updated spreadsheet with about 150 Freeways listed but my guess is well over half of the total production run (which was about 700 or so) have survived. They’ve always been novel enough to set aside even when nonfunctional, they don’t take up much room, and they don’t have much value as scrap, so why junk one? Even when rolled the damage tends to be superficial. It’s not all that easy to casually remove the engine, either, so probably most of the survivors are fairly complete.

            I’ve just posted the ad to the Freeway group, so we’ll see whether that generates any interest.

    2. Zentropy Avatar

      Ha! Being 40 minutes away, it’s a wonder that one didn’t show up in my daily CL search. Fortunately, my “manual transmission only” filter settings kept it out.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Now you’ve had a glimpse of what you’re missing by disregarding the “transmission: other” category…

  5. Zentropy Avatar

    I wouldn’t go anywhere near it. I know that mechanically it’s not much different than Golf, but I had nothing but bad (and numerous) experiences helping a co-worker keep his Fox sedan on the road back in the late 90s. A few years later, watching my wife’s Passat devour its own water pump in our driveway, I swore off of VWs forever.

    I like boxy wagons, but you couldn’t pay me to take that one.

    1. gerberbaby Avatar

      well there ya go. Thats the bucket of cold water we all needed in order to go back to our sensible existence.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        I’ll have you know that some of us don’t have a sensible existence to which to return.

    2. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

      This is a VW with the AP engine from Brazil, known to be very reliable!

    3. James Oxford Baker Avatar
      James Oxford Baker

      Roushe carburetor with a biggo intake. Heck no these aint built like mk2s of the same year. It was a totally different vehicle

  6. mark bavorak Avatar
    mark bavorak

    Don’t worry Jeff, its getting rescued!!!

  7. Esio Avatar

    Where this car??

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  8. Matt Bailey Avatar
    Matt Bailey

    I have an Argon 18 pro comp road bike for trade?