1983 Volkswagen Golf GTI 3 door (Mk1)

*** Interested parties should note, this vehicle was subject to a CAT D insurance loss in 02/2003 ***


  • Unmodified and highly original
  • Just two owners from new
  • Superb V.A.G approved service record with 33 stamps up to 2006
  • Off the road since 2009
  • Ideal candidate for light restoration

The Appeal

While certainly not the first time someone had made a fast small car, the Golf GTI is certainly the genesis of the hot hatch – and as such one of the most important cars of all time. Besides being historically important it’s a superb thing to drive, with a perky engine, excellent handling and that all-important VW build quality.

Of course, over the decades, the vast majority have been crashed, thrashed or modified. Which makes finding a clean, tidy, unmodified example akin to the proverbial needle in a haystack.

Well guess what? Here’s a needle. A rather pretty, Mars Red one, presented in original, unmodified condition with a superb service history. Having been kept in storage for the last 14 years, it’s now ready for a new owner to take it back to its best. An ideal candidate for some light restoration work, this handsome little hatchback is a true survivor and has bags of potential…

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in January 1983 by a doctor at 59 years of age
  • The car was declared a ‘Cat D’ by the insurance company in 2003 after some light car park damage to the near-side rear quarter panel, which the then owner chose to have repaired
  • Purchased by the vendor from the doctor in February 2008 when he was 84 years of age
  • The car has been SORN, stored in a heated garage and started regularly since 2009
  • Given an MOT and four new tyres in 2018 when the vendor briefly considered selling it
  • 111,709 miles from new, verified by the service record
  • Unmodified and original
  • Extensive service record – 33 V.A.G approved stamps, with the last at 107,485 miles in June 2006
  • Comprehensive file of invoices and maintenance records
  • Owner’s handbooks and two keys

The Interior

  • Original red and black cloth seats
  • The front seats show some wear, with the driver’s seat being in poor condition, but the rear bench looks to be in very good order
  • Black carpet runs through the cabin and appears to be in pretty good condition, just requiring some refitting to the passenger side
  • The vendor would like to stress that the car has not been professionally valeted, and they believe the interior will come up very well with a deep clean and valet
  • The black vinyl door cards show nicely, with no tears or sagging we could discern
  • The black headlining looks to be taut and undamaged, with no sagging in evidence
  • An original period Panasonic radio-cassette system is fitted
  • All of the controls and switchgear wear a light and appealing natural patina, with wear commensurate with the car’s age and mileage – overall it’s nicely preserved
  • At the back, the rear parcel shelf is intact, with no speaker holes having been cut
  • The boot itself looks solid and clean, with a full-size spare and a wheel brace present

The Exterior

  • Desirable three-door bodyshell
  • Original Mars Red paintwork with black side stripes
  • Highly original and unmodified – the car is still wearing its supplying dealer plates
  • Overall the paintwork looks to be in fine fettle, with some light blemishes and stone chips, as you’d expect and a little scuffing to the edges of the door shuts
  • The bodywork presents well, looking clean and straight with no notable damage or significant corrosion on show
  • We did note some bubbling to the rear arches and there is a hole through the off-side rear valance
  • Underneath the car is clean and tidy, with a little corrosion showing under the spare wheel well
  • Original factory 13-inch wheels, wearing some light scuffs to their rims and shod in a matched set of Avon tyres

The Mechanics

  • 1,780cc naturally aspirated four-cylinder
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Very well maintained, with a fine record of servicing
  • A new fuel filler neck – a common issue with these – was fitted at 70,396 miles
  • The vendor tells us that the car requires a little effort to start, but once running drives very well with no issues to report, although they believe some recommissioning is in order


It’s hard to overstate just how game-changing the Golf GTI was – it’s a true classic and an era-defining machine. This charming and highly original example just needs a little love and attention and could soon be back to its very best.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1983
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Golf
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 111,709 Miles
  • Engine size 1780
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town St Austell
  • Location Cornwall
  • Country United Kingdom

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