The Golf GTI – for many people, it represents the epitome of the “hot hatch”. No wonder these cars have gained such popularity: they offer a first-rate driving experience, akin to that of conventional sports cars, while not compromising any of their everyday usability.
This Golf II GTI is one of the lucky few: It was not, like so many of its counterparts, driven to the ground at the hands of third or forth owners. This car was decommissioned in 2009, still by its original German owner, and before it went into dry storage, it was subjected to thorough preservation measures like wax sealing, so the overall condition today is very appealing indeed. The odometer displays a mileage of only 129,000 km. The GTI with its 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine with 82 kW (112 hp) is in a very original condition, even the rear splash guards are still in place. Inside and out, the sporty VW looks well-kept and attractive.
A Webasto parking heater is installed, and the car features a sunroof as well as air conditioning. Very recently, a new timing belt has been fitted and the fluids replaced. The Golf is now ready for registration as a historic vehicle, it has valid technical approval until 05/2018 and comes with German documents.
In 1974, Volkswagen had presented its first Golf – a great improvement over its predecessor, the VW beetle and its air-cooled engine in the rear. The Golf was, from the start, a front-wheel drive car, with water-cooled transverse engines – and hugely successful. After nine years, the second generation was introduced in 1983. The characteristic shape and basic concept remained unchanged, but the new series was slightly more rounded and significantly larger – 5,5 cm wider and a full 28 cm longer! The choice of available engines was large, starting with 40 kW (55 hp) in the basic model and going up all the way to 118 kW (160 hp) in the GTI G60 towards the end of the production run. A total of around 6.4 million Golf II were built, topping the registration statistics in many countries. Even today, the Golf II is still a common sight on German roads, which is due to their effective rust prevention and superior build quality.
The “Golf Country” (1990 – 1991) with four-wheel drive, higher ground clearance and bullbars anticipated the concept of modern-day SUVs, but not their success. A small series (100 copies) of the Golf II were built as electric vehicles “citySTROMer”. Interestingly, no factory convertible was offered, so the Golf I convertible (1980 – 1993) actually outlived the Golf II.