1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI Quartette


  • Rare GTi Cabriolet Quartet edition
  • Presents in largely original condition
  • Recent recommissioning carried out with service to K-Jet system
  • MOT until 7th February 2024 with no advisories


When Volkswagen launched the game changing Mk1 Golf GTi in 1976, it was only a matter of time before a drop head version was added to the model lineup. The Golf Cabriolet debuted in 1979 at the Geneva Motor Show with the 1588cc GTi engine and a stiffer suspension and was referred to as the GLi. 

The classy convertible version of the Mk1, which was crafted by Karmann, received the 1.8 GTi engine in 1982. In 1986 Volkswagen offered the Quartett edition, which allowed customers a wider choice of exterior and interior colours. In the UK the Quartett edition was sold as a GTi and the example on sale here with Car and Classic is a 1987 Golf Cabriolet GTi finished in Alpine White with a Red interior.


  • V5C in owners name
  • Manufactured in 1987 and first registered on 8th November 1989
  • Current MOT until 7th February 2024 with no advisories
  • Odometer shows 91,562 miles 
  • Two set of keys comes with the car
  • Acquired by the current owner in November 2021
  • A number of invoices are on file documenting maintenance carried out by the current owner
  • The Golf is believed to have originally been sold by Volkswagen dealer Hadwins
  • Unfortunately there is no service history for the car apart from the recent maintenance carried out by the current owner


  • The interior of the Golf GTi is finished in HE red which is believed to be all original
  • The seats are in decent shape with some signs of use and wear to the drivers seat fabric. A hole has been patched by the current owner with some new fabric
  • A sample of new replacement fabric in the correct colour was acquired by the owner which shows that it is possible to renew the seat trim should the new owner plan to do so
  • The rear seats are in good condition with some sun fade evident along the top
  • Red carpets are fitted and these are in overall good condition. There is wear to the drivers footwell area.
  • The dashboard is in nice shape with all the gauges present and intact and there are no cracks in the dash top
  • The owner informs us that everything works as it should
  • Part of the plastic trim for the drivers seat lever has broken off and the lever is loose but it still works
  • The headliner of the convertible top is present and intact and would benefit from detailing
  • The seller states that all the gauges work as they should including the MFA computer and they add that the original Blaupunkt stereo comes with the car, but this has a faulty display.


  • The Golf presents in Alpine White and is in clean condition and is believed to be largely original
  • There are some chips and marks and touch ins in the paint, with some scuffs noted on the bumper corners which are shown in the photos
  • A couple of car park dings are visible in the drivers door with some small ones on the passenger door
  • The Golf sits on a set of VW BBS alloy wheels. The Cabriolet GTi was sold with Avus alloys so these may have been swapped at some point in the past.
  • Elsewhere on the exterior the convertible hood is in good shape with no rips or tears evident and the rear screen is in good condition with no cracks or tears present
  • The seller adds that a wind deflector for a later Golf Cabriolet is supplied with the car and fits this era GTi well
  • They go on to say that the underside is in very clean condition with a small dent noted in the fuel tank


  • 1.8 litre four cylinder engine mated to a 5 Speed Manual Gearbox 
  • The seller states that the Golf was not running well when they acquired it in 2021 and they embarked on a recommissioning to get it back to reliable running
  • The Golf’s K-Ject fuel injection system has been serviced by BD Engineering in Sittingbourne who also carried out a rolling road test which showed a healthy 107.1BHP
  • Other items taken care of on the Golf were the fitting of new front brake discs and pads, along with new rear drums, wheel cylinders and shoes.
  • As part of the recommissioning both the internal and external fuel pumps were replaced with Bosch items
  • A recent service was carried out with genuine VAG parts including a new timing belt in November 2021
  • A new clutch was also fitted in December 2021 along with 4 new Michelin tyres
  • The seller states that the Golf starts on the button and drives very well


The Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet is a stylish convertible that has all the best attributes of the tin roof hatchback. It is rare to find an original and unmolested example, especially in GTi “Quartett” specification.

While it is a shame there is no service history prior to the currents owners purchase, this 1987 Golf GTi Cabriolet looks like it was looked after and escaped being modified like so many Mk1 Golfs from this era. With its recommissioning already completed, this retro 1980s convertible is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1987
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Golf GTI
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 91,562 Miles
  • Engine size 1781
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Benenden
  • Location Kent
  • Country United Kingdom

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