1974-1983 GOLF MKI

WHY WE LOVE IT It’s fun to drive, prac­ti­cal, and still an affordable clas­sic

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

At long last Volk­swa­gen in­tro­duced its gamechanger – a sharp de­sign penned by Gi­u­giaro with a dis­tinc­tive in­te­rior and a trans­verse four­cylin­der wa­ter-cooled en­gine. No won­der the pub­lic quickly took the Golf to its heart. Come to think of it, plenty of us still love it to­day!

The han­dling and per­for­mance were great and even the post-1978 diesels proved to be bet­ter than we could pos­si­bly have hoped (yes, there was a time when diesel cars were seen as a good thing!).

Prices for Golf MkIs are shift­ing but you can still find some rea­son­ably-priced cars if you don’t leap for the first one you see – five-door mod­els are par­tic­u­larly good value. GTIs are great but are now seen as pre­cious – and there­fore ex­pen­sive – com­modi­ties. BUY­ING TIPS

Check for oil and fil­ter changes (ev­ery 5000 miles) plus cam­belt changes (ev­ery four years/40,000 miles).

If you con­sider buy­ing a mod­i­fied/low­ered car, be sure the work has been done prop­erly and safely. You can re­verse some­one else’s individuality – it can be done!

Parts and club sup­port are ex­cel­lent, and join­ing the MkI Golf Own­ers Club is a good move be­cause mem­bers may be able to help source you a good car. SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS EN­GINE 1093cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 50bhp@6000rpm TORQUE 57lb ft@3000rpm TOP SPEED 92mph 0-60MPH 15.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 28-30mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, four-speed man­ual EN­GINE OIL Cas­trol Clas­sic XL30 11 pints GEAR­BOX OIL Cas­trol Clas­sic XL30 3½ pints AXLE OIL Cas­trol Clas­sic EP90 1½ pints

WHAT TO PAY CON­COURS £8000, GOOD £4000, AV­ER­AGE £2500, PROJECT £1000

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