1986 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 GTI Cabriolet


  • Very well kept GTI cabriolet 
  • Popular BBS and Rivage upgrades
  • Recent service and belt change 
  • MOT to May 2025 with no advisories 
  • Stylish and practical drop top ‘hot hatch’

The Appeal 

Karmann’s development of the original Mk1 Golf was so good that it survived in production for 10 years after the hatchbacks disappeared. Looking at this stylish Alpineweiss GTI you can see why: crisp, Giugiaro-penned lines, practical four seater layout and, of course, that revvy 1.8litre 110bhp GTi motor. 
To that compelling mix this car adds a couple of key features that are popular with enthusiasts: a set of BBS split rim alloys and a Rivage Sportline body kit. Other neat updates like the grille eyebrow and smoked indicators will surely appeal to aficionados. 
Beyond the tasteful aesthetics, this is a very well maintained, low mileage GTI in great order. It has recently been recommissioned by the seller following 12 years of careful dry storage by its fastidious keeper, who owns a garage. This work included a check over and full service. The cambelt was changed recently. A long MOT to March 2025 - with no advisories - adds further reassurance.
The Mk1 Cabriolet is the GTI with added open-top versatility, a classic 80s four seater ‘hot hatch’ that adds summer warmth to every drive. This one has clearly been very well looked after and looks ready to enjoy. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 1st January 1986 
  • 11 registered keepers 
  • Current keeper since April 2014
  • This keeper is a garage owner who has used the car sparingly alongside dry storage
  • Speedometer changed in August 2005 which can be noted on MOT records
  • New unit had 20,593 miles when fitted
  • This gives a total of 104,646 miles 
  • MOTs back to 1990s to verify and confirm this mileage 
  • Rivage body kit fitted around 10 years ago 
  • Original seats and bumpers available and can be negotiated separately if required 
  • There is no service book but the seller has anecdotal evidence that it has been enjoyed and cared for 
  • Recent recommissioning including health check and full service 
  • Cambelt replaced around two years ago 
  • MOT to 3rd May 2025 with no advisories and 27,892 miles showing on test 

The Condition

  • Stand-out Alpineweiss white paintwork with matching Rivage body kit 
  • Very good paintwork across the car with few signs of age or deterioration 
  • Body kit fitted 10 years ago and in good order with good fit across skirts and bumpers
  • Bodywork in very good order with straight, tidy panels that present well 
  • Factory bumpers and interior can be supplied with car by separate negotiation 
  • Black fabric hood engineered by Karmann in very good condition with rear glass screen
  • Roof works correctly with smooth mechanism 
  • BBS split rim 15in alloy wheels in good condition with tyres in similar order
  • Supplied with matching black hood tonneau 
  • Appealing modifications such as grille eyebrown and smoked indicators 
  • Upgraded interior with grey fabric patterned trim in very good order
  • Seats show good shape and little wear, particularly to common areas such as bolsters
  • Original dealer stickers in rear window 
  • Interior fittings including switchgear and dials very well kept with few signs of wear
  • Later Pioneer stereo fitted but otherwise largely factory standard interior 
  • Well kept car with no structural advisories on current MOT 

The Mechanics 

  • 1,781cc GTI-specification 110bhp engine 
  • 5spd manual gearbox 
  • Long term garage-owning keeper 
  • Stainless steel exhaust 
  • Will be fitted with new radiator before sale 
  • Recent recommissioning including full service and health check 
  • Cambelt replaced two years ago 
  • No mechanical or running gear advisories on current MOT 
  • Said to run and drive very well by its well regarded seller 
  • No reported running or driving issues 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1986
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Golf
  • Colour
  • Odometer 104,646 Miles
  • Engine size 1781
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Knutsford
  • Location Cheshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
16 bids
  • ja•••• £7,500 11/06/24
  • ma•••• £6,500 11/06/24
  • ja•••• £6,000 11/06/24
  • co•••• £5,000 11/06/24
  • ja•••• £4,500 11/06/24
  • ma•••• £3,700 11/06/24
  • ed•••• £3,400 10/06/24
  • cr•••• £3,300 10/06/24
  • ja•••• £3,000 10/06/24
  • cr•••• £2,175 10/06/24
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