Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Volkswagen At 80 -

WHY WE LOVE IT Bread van of­fers a slice of the VW ac­tion at low prices The Polo MkII was a prac­ti­cal re­think of the orig­i­nal VW su­per­mini (1975-1981), and was ini­tially avail­able with a squared-off back end and big rear win­dows, like a com­pact es­tate car that fans af­fec­tion­ately named the ‘bread van’. The ar­rival of the coupé ver­sion from 1983 of­fered a more tra­di­tional slop­ing hatch­back style.

En­gine sizes ranged from 895cc to 1272cc, but who can for­get the leg­endary su­per­charged 116bhp G40 in­tro­duced in 1991, that’s ca­pa­ble of a top speed of 120mph?

Per­haps spurred on by the G40, Polo MkIIs have a strong fol­low­ing – par­tic­u­larly among mod­i­fiers – though there’s good avail­abil­ity of most types and some re­ally great bar­gains to be had out there. BUY­ING TIPS

As ever, rust is the big po­ten­tial prob­lem – take a good look at those door bot­toms. Also check for signs of ac­ci­dent dam­age, break-ins and poor re­pair work.

Reg­u­lar oil changes ev­ery 5000 miles are es­sen­tial, so look for proof that they have been done. The same ap­plies to cam­belt changes (ev­ery 40,000 miles or four years).

If a Polo has been mod­i­fied, check that it has been done prop­erly. How­ever, the mar­ket prefers cars in stock con­di­tion these days.


EN­GINE 1043cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 40bhp@3500rpm TORQUE 54lb ft@2700rpm TOP SPEED 86mph 0-60MPH 18sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 27-30mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, four-speed man­ual

WHAT TO PAY CON­COURS £4000, GOOD £2000, US­ABLE £1500, PROJECT £750

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