Junkyard Find: 1988 Volkswagen Fox Station Wagon

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1988 volkswagen fox station wagon

In the 1970s, the Audi 80 was sold in the United States as the Audi Fox. In the following decade, Volkswagen decided to sell the Brazilian-made Volkswagen Gol as a Volkswagen Fox in the United States, presumably using the Fox name because it was so good.

The Fox was cheap and disposable and most were crushed before the end of the 1990s, so this ’88 wagon is an unusual find these days.

I found this car in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it wears the KPFA sticker mandated for all aging German (or Brazilo-German) station wagons in the region. I’m sure that, at some point in the early 1990s, I was stuck behind this car going 15 under the speed limit while driving my ’65 Impala in Berkeley.

This one made it to over 200,000 miles on the odometer, which is pretty good for any 1980s car, much less a Brazilian one.

The two-door wagon had fallen out of favor among American car shoppers by, oh, about the late 1950s, but the Fox wagon was really more of an elongated hatchback than a true wagon (though it did have a proper wagon-grade tailgate).

It was the lowest-priced wagon in America, according to this ad. A bit of research shows that the ’87 Fox wagon listed at $6,590, while the ’87 Ford Escort wagon was $7,312. The larger Plymouth Reliant-K wagon was $8,579, while Honda priced Civic wagons well over 10 grand.

The Fox devours the competition!

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  • Zbnutcase Zbnutcase on May 12, 2016

    I really enjoyed my Audi Fox. It was light enough to push by myself!

  • ShoogyBee ShoogyBee on May 16, 2016

    Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but I am fairly certain that one could not get an automatic transmission or power-assisted steering on any VW Fox (US market at least) of this era, am I right?

  • Johnds Years ago I pulled over a vehicle from either Manitoba or Ontario in North Dakota for speeding. The license plates and drivers license did not come up on my dispatchers computer. The only option was to call their government. Being that it was 2 am, that wasn’t possible so they were given a warning.
  • BEPLA My own theory/question on the Mark VI:Had Lincoln used the longer sedan wheelbase on the coupe - by leaning the windshield back and pushing the dashboard & steering wheel rearward a bit - not built a sedan - and engineered the car for frameless side windows (those framed windows are clunky, look cheap, and add too many vertical lines in comparison to the previous Marks) - Would the VI have remained an attractive, aspirational object of desire?
  • VoGhost Another ICEbox? Pass. Where are you going to fill your oil addiction when all the gas stations disappear for lack of demand? I want a pickup that I can actually use for a few decades.
  • Art Vandelay Best? PCH from Ventura to somewhere near Lompoc. Most Famous? Route Irish
  • GT Ross The black wheel fad cannot die soon enough for me.