Successor to the Volkswagen Beetle soft-top, the Golf MK1 Cabriolet was introduced at the 1979 Geneva Salon and remained in production until July 1993. Engineered and built by Karmann of Osnabruck, the newcomer was every bit as stylish as its Giorgetto Guigiaro-penned hatchback sibling. Suitably reinforced thanks to a substantial rollover hoop, trans-dashboard 'knee bar' and strengthened sills etc, it also featured a snug-fitting and well-insulated hood. Initially available in GL / GLS and GLi guises, the ultimate GTi variant arrived during 1983. Powered by a fuel-injected 1781cc SOHC four-cylinder engine allied to five-speed manual transmission, it was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 9.4 seconds and 110mph. 1980s icons to rival the Audi ur Quattro, the VW Golf MK1 GTi hatchback and cabriolet have long achieved cult status.
H&H are indebted to the vendor for the following description: "This is an exceptional and immaculate MK1 VW Golf GTi Cabriolet. Starting life in television with a role in the BBC's 'Howard's Way', 'A527 JWD' has been cherished by its current owner for twenty-four years. It is a limited edition model; all white, white hood and white internal trim. The Golf has been visually updated with later-style MK1 bumpers, wheel arches, side skirts, grille and BBS alloys. However, the original bumpers, wheel arches and wheels are included in the sale, so the car could, if required, be returned to its 1984 original specification. The Cabriolet has all of its MOT certificates available and has never been involved in any accidents. It has always been regularly maintained and was serviced and tuned in the 1980s and early 1990s by B.R. Motorsport of Leamington Spa. During this time the Golf was further enhanced with a Sebring performance exhaust which sounds distinctive and superb. The VW also benefits from a multi-stack Pioneer CD system professionally mounted under the passenger seat. In addition it has been treated to a new hood and partial retrim (seats). Always kept garaged - it remains in fantastic condition. The Cabriolet has a genuine 68,800 miles and since its retirement from daily use has enjoyed being the family's holiday car for annual trips to the South of France. 'A527 JWD' has been totally reliable over its twenty-four years with us and will be missed by the family".