A pristine low-mileage second-generation Volkswagen Jetta has sold for the equivalent of six figures in Ontario, Canada.

That may seem like a rather lofty sum for a Jetta, but this particular derivative, badged as the GLI Trophy 16V, was limited to just 500 units when it was sold in 1989. And, of course, it has just 21 000 km on the clock.

First sold by Auto Hamer Inc. of Montreal, Quebec, this Jetta sports the standard 1,8-litre, four-cylinder 16-valve engine, comprising a cast-iron block, an aluminium cylinder head, hydraulic lifters and Bosch KE­Jetronic port fuel injection. This gave it a power output of 95 kW and 168 N.m of torque when it left the assembly line some three decades ago. Power is sent to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox.

Visually, the Trophy sets itself apart from the standard GLI with its “Midnight Blue” paint and black plastic bumpers and trimmings. A front air dam, plastic flared fenders and "Trophy" branding (complete with a silver pinstripe flowing along each flank) completes the sporty image.

Jetta-branded mudflaps, Wolfsburg front fender badges and a manually operated sunroof are also fitted. A standout addition on this special model were the 15-inch BBS Basketweave alloy wheels with 185/55 Continental SportContact tyres.

Inside, the Trophy sports a set of Recaro bucket seats with black leather and grey cloth upholstery. Other key features include air conditioning, electric windows and a Volkswagen Design cassette audio system.

Auctioned by Bring a Trailer, this unit proudly displays just over 21 000 original kilometres on the odometer, which is likely partly why, after 64 bids, it fetched a price of $32 250 (or around R580 000).