Excellent list. It's amazing how accessible used sporty cars were then. It was possible to find a 10 year old GTI 16v with under 100k for $4000 or so. If only we could be so lucky!
It also goes a long way to explaining why the sport compact market was so hot in the 90s and early 2000s. Young people could afford decent sporty cars and to modify them. In 2011, most young people either cannot afford a car, are driving their parents car, or driving the cheapest thing they can afford.
While there are fewer jobs, cars (new and used) are nearly twice as expensive and gas is 3-4 times what it cost then. It's harder to be enthusiastic about cars if you are in debt and can barely afford reliable transportation.
Sold: 86 240 DL 4MT+OD, 00 Protege ES, 87 325e, 93 S-10, 91 CRX Si, 99 Neon ACR, 90 Accord Coupe.
"I owe it to myself, and to my choir students, to not be upset about barns."
Laughing at the gearbox comment though. My GTI wasn't raced/abused, and it threw rivets out of the carrier. 020's love doing that...