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 Post subject: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:13 pm 
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Someone called me out of the blue and asked if i wanted to buy a MK1 swift gti.
Without too much thinking I did.
It's a 1986 MK1 Swift GTI with 84000km on the clock that wasn't very well taken care of.
Here are some pics.


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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:18 pm 
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In a couple of years It could look like this.


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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:11 pm 
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Interesting :
Never seen one in person Mk1 GTI
But if I could would have bought it Light weight body with that motor that must be a kick to drive
Interested in does these setup have a rear anti sway(roll/Stabilizing/ bar
could you take some pictures of that.? and what the mounts look like
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Look at that rear hatch Europe only because of the inset around the Lic, plate larger.....Cool

Thanks for the posting :) jv&s
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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:32 pm 
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You, sir...have made my day!
Excellent vehicle.
What are they going for in your Country?
I would consider importing one eventually, as it would be easier than building one out of a Turbo Sprint.

We did not get them here in North America, sadly.
Only one exists that I've seen in Arizona.

ROAD TRIP!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:34 pm 
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As much as I might hate to admit it. I think pacapo is on to something. I believe a ready market could exist importing swift GTI 's from overseas, now that many are 25 years old, Does anyone out there have a real working knowledge on what the regulations and requirements are on importation past the 25 year mark?? I still look longingly across our northern border. and wait for some magic loophole that would allow me to bring some back. Thank you for posting the cool pictures of your MK-1. Keep us informed of your restoration progress. Best wishes to each. Jonathan

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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:45 am 
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WOW !! < Super rare car ! :!:
I remember seeing a mag with a white one from Suzuki , Looked super sweet !!

Suzuki has a large brochure for that car .
Did you ever see the brochure for that car with fire behind it ?

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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:04 am 
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Great buy there ... gotta love the MK1 ..

I hope that you are able to give it a bit of TLC and bring it back to life! After having 6 road registered Mk1 in different levels of standard over the past 12 years ... I still have a real endearment.

For those from the USA that have never had the pleasure of the MK1 GTi ... I could go :-P but I feel it is truly a shame that Suzuki didnt import these - but then I feel it is a shame that we didnt get to see what a 3banger turbo version was like - I think they could be some fun as well!

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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:27 pm 
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The car was around 600 eur but it wasn't roadworthy. Right now it's at around 1300 eur and counting...
You can't really put a price on it because they are impossible to find.
New parts are impossible to find, bodypanels and such.
This model was for the german market, they had a sunroof installed on them and at first I bought it only for spares but it was a car that made me smile when I drove it on the street and so I decided to keep it and try to get it back to factory condition. I only drove a mk1 in hillclimbs (my other mk1 is a full race car) and not on the street so it was a surprise to see how it handled and how it went through the gears.
The car was neglected and had rust in the front section where the swaybar was mounted and lots of rust in the driver and passanger foot well.

The car doesn't have a rear swaybar, no mounts no nothing. My other mk1 doesn't have that either.


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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
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looks good clean i just got my new front headlight in so exited


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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:00 am 
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sweet looking car! Would kill for it :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 6:11 am 
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jaguar,vettes&sprints wrote:
Interested in does these setup have a rear anti sway(roll/Stabilizing/ bar could you take some pictures of that.? and what the mounts look like
MK1 Gti doesn't have a rear sway bar - doesn't need one. Rear sits on coil springs and there is a torsion bar up the center of the beam axle that does the swaybar job. Also has a panhard rod for lateral axle location.


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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 6:21 am 
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Correct, it's a torsion beam, it has a large tube welded inside the rear u shaped beam, you can cut the tube out and replace them with bigger tube, I know a guy who welded one in from a Nissan Pulsar I believe.
Whiteline used to make a swaybar kit to fit these cars, the swaybar mounted up underneath the torsion beam and you welded small brackets onto the chassis underneath, worked very well apart from collecting rocks...


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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 Suzuki Swift GTI
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 12:08 am 
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Thanks for the pics looks nice.... wow a lot of clean up. Interior looks great.


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