1983 Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI LHD


  • Solid example
  • Original very ‘period’ cloth interior
  • Agile handling and simple mechanics
  • Iconic model in VW’s history
  • Mechanically well sorted

The Appeal

Almost immediately from its launch in 1974, Volkswagen’s Golf stood out as a star of the hatchback segment of the market, with the German maker virtually inventing the ‘hot hatch’ phenomenon with the introduction of the now legendary GTi.

The model’s build quality, chiseled minimalist chic, and agile performance has been in high demand ever since. The earlier versions with their cleaner lines and more simple mechanicals are now well established as youngtimer classics. You could even run one as a still-practical and nippy everyday car.

The History and Paperwork

  • £7000 part-restoration in 2015 including cutting out major rust and welding in new metal 
  • 2015; engine rebuilt, brakes rebuild, black plastics recoated, and wheels powder-coated
  • New clutch, oil pump and alternator between 2017 and 2019
  • 2022, new H/T leads and ignition coil
  • £521 recently spent to rectify MoT failures, including fuel pump and fuel leak, battery and wiring fault 

The Interior

  • Original striped cloth seats retain their colour and shape
  • Some wear to driver’s seat bolster
  • Carpets fair with good mats
  • Trademark Golf steering wheel and gear knob very presentable with no major scuffs
  • No handling wear to door handles
  • Vinyl and plastics remain a healthy shade of black 
  • Door cards and attendant trim/fixtures are very straight with good details
  • Instrument binnacle looks smart, and switch gear looks tidy and all works 
  • Headlining taut and presentable

The Exterior 

  • Paintwork remains fairly presentable but untidy up close
  • Underlying body panels sound
  • Panel fit is good with narrow gaps and consistent shut lines
  • Rain gutters good
  • Beltline plastic trim is intact
  • Plastic panels, rear spoiler and mirrors are firmly mounted and a great feature of the car 
  • Powder-coated window frames and rubber seals generally very healthy
  • Bonnet and boot panels – and edges - healthy

The Mechanics 

  • Reliable and well-maintained 1.8-litre eight valve engine
  • No signs of leaks
  • Hoses and H/T leads look healthy
  • Braided steel fuel lines
  • Very solid and dry boot compartment
  • Appears solid underneath  
  • Door bottoms and sills good
  • Original (recoated) alloys


This is an honest and very solid example of a car that’s become a legend in the industry. It would be very usable as is – certainly as a starter classic – or it could be refreshed and refurbished and brought back to its former understated glory.

 It’s present owner has always been determined to keep it running in good order, firstly with an initial part restoration and then with ongoing maintenance. It’s up the next owner to decide how far they want to take it, but they are starting with a very solid and attractive base.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1983
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Golf GTI
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 234,147 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1760
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Chesterfield
  • Location Derbyshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
12 bids from 6 bidders
  • ro•••• £6,000 21/09/23
  • ha•••• £5,900 21/09/23
  • ro•••• £5,800 21/09/23
  • ha•••• £5,700 21/09/23
  • ro•••• £5,600 21/09/23
  • ha•••• £5,500 21/09/23
  • To•••• £5,300 21/09/23
  • ha•••• £5,200 21/09/23
  • ja•••• £5,000 20/09/23
  • ch•••• £4,000 20/09/23

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