I think I've concluded my search for a fun winter beater / possible Ice racer.
Thing is, these cars can be found for dirt money with reasonable mileage for their age. Years ago a friend of mine had two GTs... at the time I remember the handling being pretty lively, not too disimilar from the GTIs of the same vintage.
Anyhow, bottom line... I've seen several with mileage between 90K and 100K miles all priced around 500-600 bucks. Ok body... little to no rust. Next step obviously is to go drive some but seriously... I basically want to rip out the interior.. install my old konig seat and a gnarly set of winter shoes.
I don't know much about these cars and for 500-600$ reliability isn't a total issue, I would figure on 1000$ total cost with replacing stuff... I know there were a couple trims and the model I'm looking for is the hatch. I've seen the GTs and the EXPs and I'm not sure when they were offered and what the packages contain. So a little help if you will.