VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI
COST NEW: £8000. VALUE NOW: £11, 495
THIS NEEDS TO BE SPECIAL FOR SUCH A HIGH PRICE, SO DOES THIS ONE STACK UP? WE FIND OUT...
Before arriving at this dealer this Golf had two former owners (the first kept it for 21 years, the
second, a collector) and it survives in unmolested nick.
The 15in BBS alloys are perfect, recently refurbished and wearing excellent matching Toyo tyres. On initial inspection, the rear brake discs were a little corroded (indicative of the car’s minimal use recently) but they cleaned up well during our test drive, proving the callipers to be moving freely. The front discs look much newer. The window glass is in good condition all round, etched with the correct registration number, and all shut lines are good. The original Tornado Red paint shows no significant damage, and there are only a couple of minor scratches to the front bumper.
There’s nothing to worry about in the engine bay either,– oils and fluids are at their correct levels, and no leaks are apparent. The engine subframe has some surface corrosion which needs undersealing, but it’s no cause for urgent concern. The inner wings are immaculate, as is the boot. The wheel arches also show no corrosion.
CHOOSE YOUR GOLF GTI MKII
- The MkII Golf arrives in 1983.
- A 16v version of the 1.8 becomes available in 1986. Although it offers an extra 27bhp and a top speed of 129mph, some find the 8v (with its more accessible torque band) the more useable engine.
- ABS becomes optional from 1987, and a subtle facelift in 1989 sees the introduction of the ‘big bumpers’. From 1990, the previously optional power steering is fitted as standard, and the 16v models gains a fivedoor option.
The interior is in lovely original condition, with very few signs of wear. There’s a little fraying to be found on the gear lever gaiter, and only very gentle abrasion on the grey cloth of the driver’s seat. Central locking is not fitted, but an optional factory manual sunroof is – fully operational and apparently leak-free. The dash contains an aftermarket Sony CD player, and a five-cassette storage bin in the centre console.
On the road we didn’t encounter any wobbles, rumbles or vibrations. This example has power steering, which became standard the year this car was produced, increasing its usability around town. The rev counter was sadly inoperative, which theseller is fixing before sale.
There’s a little looseness in the gear linkage, a common issue, but it's not too severe in this
case. The lever responds well to a light touch, engaging all ratios smoothly. Feedback through the steering wheel does feel a fraction woolly, hopefully just the result of low pressure in the front tyres during our drive.
The large history file includes a receipt in 2015 for gearbox repairs, oil changes and rear axle
bushes, and a 2016 invoice for afront-wheel bearing, PAS belt and steering-rack gaiter.
This is a good example of an appreciating icon that’s ready to be used or squirrelled away as
an appreciating classic.
GOLF GTI MKII IN DETAIL
On sale at 4 Star Classics: www.4starclassics.com
Transmission FWD, 5-speed manual
Top speed 119mph
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