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1981 MK1 VolksWagen Golf 1.6 GT/Li Cabrio A1 MINT For Sale$$£££DEPOSIT TAKEN$££££
VERY RELUCTANT SALE OF MY MOST RAREST MK1 GOLF ON OFFER TODAY BEING ONE OF THE EARLIEST AVAILABLE A 1981 CABRIOLET. WITH THE ORIGINAL 1.6 GTI ENGINE. THESE CABRIOLETS STARTED PRODUCTION IN 1980.
The convertible version, named the Golf Cabriolet (or Typ 155) in Europe and Canada ("Rabbit Convertible" in America originally and renamed in 1985 to "Cabriolet"), was sold from 1980 to 1993. It had a reinforced body, transverse roll bar, and a high level of trim, and kept the pre-1980 style of rear lamp clusters. The Mk1 Cabriolet is of unibody construction built entirely at the factory of Karmann, from stamping to final assembly; Volkswagen supplied the engine, suspension, interior, etc. for Karmann to install. The vinyl or cloth tops were heavily insulated and manually - or beginning in 1991, electrically - operated, with a heated glass rear window.
The body of the Cabriolet did not change through the entire production run except for a larger fuel tank. The space saver wheel was fitted from the outset in 1978, when pre production models were built, unlike the saloon which adopted this in 1984. In an attempt by Volkswagen to keep the car's styling current, all Cabriolets from 1988 on were fitted with a "Clipper" kit out of the factory, featuring smooth body-coloured bumpers, wheelarch extensions, and side skirts.
Prior to the 1984 model year the highest standard specification was the GLI, essentially a GTI but sporting a different moniker. It was only in late 1983 with the introduction of the 1984 model that an officially badged GTI version of the cabriolet finally became available.
This car is in truly Stunning condition and is in the most desirable colour light metallic Blue/Silver. There is not a spot of rust on this car, the paintwork is absolutely breath-taking and it is fitted with the very rare factory interior which is in beautiful condition, with no rips, frays or tears to the bolsters or seats.
The interior is in beautiful condition and all the instrumentation works! Including the econo-meter, rotating trip computer, clock etc all operated from the stalk and yes! – the dashboard lights are working!
There is a period stereo fitted which compliments the interior. The car sits on a full set of PIRELLI P-SLOT alloy wheels which complement the car.
The hood is original and in unmarked, undamaged beautiful condition and is regularly treated with a suitable repellents and conditioner. A matching tonneau cover and wind-breaker is included. This car has had everything lavished on it and no expense spared maintenance and upkeep. It is only used in the dry and kept in covered storage at all times.
The tyres are in first-class – A1 condition it is regularly serviced and recently had a complete engine rebuild from seals, gaskets, hoses etc and replaced the entire fuel system from tank to injector seals all documented in way of bills and photos. The car will come with a new MOT.
The performance is breath-taking – the car pulls strongly through the gears, sits happily at motorway speeds and brakes sharply in a straight line. It handles like a golf GTI should and is still a thrill to drive.
This car is in truly stunning condition and should not be confused with some of the tired – thrashed out – offerings that come on the market from time to time. This car has been enthusiast owned for its entire life and been a cherished classic by its previous owners. During my ownership has only covered a matter of 1500 miles or so.
The car is a real magnet...! and nearly always has a small crowd of onlookers around it when parked out; it would be an ideal show car if that is your thing!
This car is almost impossible to fault and I would strongly advise that you come and see it to see for yourself the extraordinary condition that it is in.
The car is 36 years old but is in truly fabulous condition. I have seen quite a number of these cars and frankly there is a lot of poor quality cars out there looking for top money. This has been well looked after, particularly over the last 15 years and is great fun to drive.
This car is a regular head turner - ready to enjoy for the summer. There is nothing more to do to this car except drive away and enjoy it..!
A large history file goes with the car and receipts dating back decades - which evidence the expense, care and attention lavished on it by both the previous owners and me!
THIS REMARKABLE CAR HAS ALSO STARRED/APPEARED IN 1980's GANGSTERS MOVIES BEING THE LEAD ACTORS MAIN CAR WHICH COPY OF THE MOVIE INCLUDED ALSO TONS OF HISTORY.
Happy to answer any questions and to provide more info / pictures as required. If you want to come and see the car for yourself, please get in touch. I saw several MK1 GTI’s before I bought this one so I know that it won’t disappoint.
Please take your time looking through the photos I'm happy to send a dropbox link with many more pictures if you drop me an email
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