WHAT TO PAY
Low build numbers mean there’s generally no more than a dozen Lupo GTIS for sale at any given time, so you might have to be patient to find the right car at the right price. At the lower end, high- mileage but presentable cars start at around £ 2500. Better examples tend to sit in the £ 3500- 5000 bracket, though some dealers are asking bigger money – £ 7500 or even more for immaculate, low- milers. Six- speeds are more sought- after, while desirable options include leather, air con and the upgraded hi- fi. There are lots of modified cars and high- milers out there, but it’s the low- mileage, unmolested ones that will pile on pounds in years to come.
Above left: bonnet, front wings and doors were aluminium – ensure that they still are. Above: engine is pretty tough, but check it doesn’t smoke. Right: examine the exhaust – a new VW backbox is almost £600