The Details

VW Golf GTI Mk1 Cabriolet

£15,495

B00001

Specification

  • Mileage: 80,374
  • Year: 1991
  • MOT Expiry: November 2022
  • Exterior Colour: Inca Blue Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Mauritius Blue Cloth
  • Top speed: 108
  • 0-60mph: 9.4
  • BHP: 110
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
  • Engine Capacity: 1781cc
  • Engine Configuration: Inline 4

Model History

The legendary Mk1 Golf GTI was the car that first introduced us to hot hatches. Introduced in 1975, VW soon decided to transform the Golf into a sports orientated vehicle. Many people regarded this car to be the first true “hot hatch”, with its reliability, outstanding build quality, and usability.

The Mk1 Cabriolet was of a unibody construction and was built entirely at the factory of German Coachbuilder, Karmann. It was first seen for sale in 1980 with a manual convertible roof. Later to be introduced was the electric folding soft-top along with heated glass in 1991. Before 1984 the highest specification would’ve been the GLI. After this, with the new model Golf convertible, VW introduced the GTI variant, which became the highest specification.

Equipment

Inca Blue Metallic paintwork, Blue patterned cloth sports seats, 14-inch alloy wheels, 5-Speed manual transmission, Electric folding soft-top with heated rear glass, Tonneau cover, Dark blue carpets, Momo sports steering wheel (VW steering wheel included), Sony CD player, Spare key.

Exterior

Presenting in excellent mileage-defying condition, this lovely Mk1 GTI looks as good as ever beneath our studio lights. After a full machine polish by our in-house detailer the paintwork maintains a deep glossy shine all round with few imperfections worthy of note. Being really picky there are some hairline cracks in the paint at the top of the front bumper but otherwise it’s a very clean example. Quite remarkably there are no signs of corrosion in any of the common weak spots, and the underside is also notably fresh. The electric roof is without any rips or marks, operates exactly as it should, and can be neatly stowed beneath the accompanying tonneau cover when folded down.

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Interior

Readily equipped with sports seats in unmarked blue cloth, the interior of this little Golf is a great place to be. Amazingly there are almost no signs of any wear, even to the seat bolsters, the only real negative to report being a neatly drilled hole in the centre console. There is no damage or marking anywhere else on the dash, and all the switchgear still feels reassuringly solid to operate. In the footwells the dark blue carpets are well preserved with no discolouration to report, and at the rear of the car the boot area is very clean. A Momo sports steering wheel is currently fitted but the original VW wheel is also included, the only other upgrade over standard being a tasteful Sony CD player.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

The car has just returned from a full vehicle health check, service, timing belt change and clutch replacement, and so as you’d expect, she’s mechanically spot on. The 112hp GTI engine of this particular example is incredibly smooth, and the 5-speed ‘box a real joy to operate. Lifting the bonnet reveals a very clean and tidy engine bay with no signs of any damage or previous poor repair. A small amount of surface corrosion is visible to some of the more exposed metal components, but certainly nothing unexpected for an original and unrestored Mk1 such as this.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES

The GTI sits on 14-inch ‘Snowflake’ alloy wheels all in very good curb-free condition, although there is some deterioration to the lacquered finish on each one. They are shod in a matching set of Dayton tyres with ample tread left throughout. The brakes have also been checked, cleaned, and adjusted as necessary, and so remain in fine operational condition.

History File

This lovely example in rare Inca Blue was first registered in May 1991. It was supplied new by Skipper of Cheltenham Ltd and has now driven just 80k miles in the hands of only 5 registered keepers (current since 2001). The current owner purchased the car over 20 years ago has always kept it garaged to preserve its amazing condition. Despite covering very few miles over the last few years the car has been MOT’d annually and maintained accordingly. At the current mileage it benefits from a fresh service, timing belt and water pump change, and the fitment of new clutch. With MOT until November 2022 she’s ready to be driven and enjoyed straight away.


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