1989 Volkswagen Golf GTI (MK2)


  • Highly original example
  • Extensive history file
  • Well presented, in great condition throughout

The Appeal

The hot hatchback is perhaps more popular than it has ever been, and rightly so, has cemented itself as a pivotal part of the modern automotive world. But where did it all start? With three all important, rather infamous letters, GTI.

When it first came to market the Golf GTI turned heads and changed the scope of performance cars for “the everyman”. Stylish, practical and astoundingly quick, the GTI really did change the game and some 8 generations later, is still seen as the benchmark for what a hot hatch should be.

This second generation MK2 Golf, is an exceptional example of the coveted nameplate, presenting in highly original condition and having been under the ownership of the current vendor or their close family since the 1990s, this well preserved pocket rocket, will make a wonderful addition to any collection or will be equally at home as a retro daily driver.

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The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 30/10/1989
  • Originally sold through Renwicks of Newton Abbot
  • Bought by the current owner from the first owner in February 1997.  Since then, it has changed hands between the owner, his wife and (briefly) a family friend; the current owner is listed as the fifth owner on the V5.
  • Accompanied by a wealth of service documentation dating back to 1996
  • The car was subject to an extensive retoration in 2018/19 including engine rebuild, replacement of all suspension components and brakes, subframes powder coated, and new headlining fitted.  Invoices and photo documentation present.
  • Original service book with regular stamped services
  • Interested parties should note that the car was subject to a CAT C write off believed to be in the 1990s as a result of some damage to the passenger door, however the owner bought the car back from the insurance company and had it repaired (SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS OF ORIGINAL DAMAGE)
  • The car is currently SORN
  • Keys have original dealer keyrings; original dealer plates still fitted front and back
  • Correct V5 registration document present with the vehicle

The Interior

  • Incredibly smart, highly original interior space
  • Patterned fabric upholstery is of a brilliant standard throughout 
  • Good quality sport seating in front, with just minor blemishing to be seen on the drivers seat base cushion and bolster
  • Rear seating is of a similarly good standard with distinctly lacking in blemishing, rips or tears
  • Two great door panels in the front, boasting neat leather door cappings and a smart collection of door furniture
  • Impeccable dash panel, still in great shape and notably lacking in wear, fading or UV damage
  • Iconic golf ball style aluminium gear knob (original black plastic one supplied)
  • Alpine radio head unit with bluetooth phone connection and hands free call functionality
  • Good collection of switchgear centred around the dash panel, all believed to be in good functioning form
  • Clean rear parcel shelf, free from aftermarket speaker cutouts
  • Neat and simple boot area, within which sits the spare, wheel, tools and some spare parts
  • Original VW rubber overmats and carpets in excellent condition

The Exterior

  • Wonderful dark blue metallic (VW royal blue) exterior paint scheme
  • Paint is in largely good order with very minor signs of age and some blemishing to be seen around the body work, as highlighted in the accompanying photographic package
  • Iconic red rimmed twin headlight GTI grille is still present and in great shape
  • Front and rear “big bumpers” are of a similarly good standard, with good quality plastic and just a minor area of scuffing to be seen on the front bumper corner
  • Exterior plastic trim all presents exceptionally well, with the plastics all still rich in colour, having not fallen victim to sun fading or damage
  • Four brilliant “snowflake” style BBS RA alloy wheels (refurbished and in pristine order) which thoroughly set the car off from an aesthetic perspective
  • 4 new Avon ZV7 tyres fitted less than 500 miles ago
  • In good honest aesthetic condition, this car really has worn its miles well, and has clearly benefited from its 2018 refurbishment

The Mechanics

  • Legendary GTI 1.8 litre four cylinder nestled under the bonnet
  • In brilliant overall mechanical order having been subject to a highly extensive overhaul in 2018
  • Engine fires into life confidently, with an excellent tone bellowing from the rear mounted twin exhaust pipes
  • On the road the GTI is reported to provide the excellent driving experience that brought these to critical acclaim upon launch
  • Quick, capable yet understated and incredibly usable


The Golf GTI is a car that will undoubtedly reside in the automotive hall of fame with little to no objection. Something of a genesis for the hot hatch, the Golf excited minds and B-roads for anyone who drove one, and this second generation model still possesses that kindred spirit. Raw, cool, practical, and above all else fun.

Benefiting from an extensive overhaul, a thorough history file and in well preserved aesthetic and mechanical condition. G306 STA will be a welcome piece of automotive nostalgia for its next loving owner.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1989
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Golf
  • Colour Dark Blue
  • Odometer 166,075 Miles
  • Engine size 1781
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Haywards Heath
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
18 bids
  • ne•••• £6,100 05/02/23
  • H5•••• £6,000 05/02/23
  • ha•••• £5,500 05/02/23
  • To•••• £5,400 05/02/23
  • wh•••• £5,200 05/02/23
  • ha•••• £5,000 05/02/23
  • To•••• £4,800 05/02/23
  • H5•••• £4,600 05/02/23
  • ha•••• £4,500 05/02/23
  • To•••• £4,200 04/02/23

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