1981-1995 POLO/POLO COUPÉ
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