– VW Golf III GTI from penultimate year of production run, 1997
– 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine with 85 kW (116 hp) of power
– silver metallic paint in good condition
– special “GTI Edition” model with Recaro sports seats ex works
– very attractive interior with only slight traces of use
– power windows, air condition, trip computer, car alarm
– sports suspension, dual airbags, tinted windows, original VW gamma radio installed
– German registration documents with 4 entries (3 owners within one family)
– certainly one of the nicer Golf III GTI in untinkered condition
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. When the 3rd generation was presented in 1991, it had again grown larger and significantly heavier. The “Variant”, a station wagon, first became available in 1994. A new convertible was also added to the lineup, finally sending the Golf I convertible into retirement after 13 years.
For the Golf III, the choice of engines started at 1.4 litres of capacity and went up to the powerful 2.9 litre VR6 producing 142 kW (193 hp). Many Golf III were sold with the new direct-injection turbo diesel engines (TDI), available as of 1993 and upgraded in 1996. Unfortunately, in terms of rust prevention and build quality, the 3rd generation couldn’t quite match its predecessor.