1992 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk 1 Rivage Cabriolet

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  • Lovely example of last of the Mk1s
  • Two previous owners, same family since 1994
  • New mohair hood
  • Full leather interior


A convertible version of the Golf was presented to Volkswagen's management by coachbuilder Wilhelm Karmann GmbH as early as 1976, as an evolution of the original Giuigiaro hatchback.

Unlike the production model, the Karmann concept didn’t have the central rollover hoop that was a prominent design feature of the versions sold to customers, but otherwise the clean and sharp styling remained as shown.

Designated Type 155 and sold from 1980 to 1993, it had a reinforced body, a transverse roll-over bar and a high level of trim. It was built entirely at the Karmann factory on VW’s behalf, hence why the Cabrio remained in production right up until the Mk 3 Golf made its debut.

All Cabriolets from 1988 on left the factory fitted with a "Clipper" bodykit that featured smooth body-coloured bumpers, wheel-arch extensions, and side skirts in a bid to disguise the fact that it was based on Mk 1 origins.

The very last of these were designated ‘Rivage’, the ultra-luxurious run-out models, complete with leather upholstery and a choice of four exclusive colour schemes. Just 470 were made, of which less than 100 were Classic Green, making this a very rare car indeed.


  • Full UK V5C
  • MOT valid until April 2024
  • Three owners
  • Comprehensive history file
  • Supplied by Alan Day VW of Finchley, London
  • Original company owned, then by father and son from 1994
  • Large pile of old invoices and past MOTs
  • Some receipts for recent work


  • Beige leather upholstery
  • Smart seats, carpets and trim with a couple of minor tears to seat material
  • Matching leather trim to door cards and gear lever surround
  • Colour-coded tonneau cover
  • Electric windows
  • Power roof
  • Aftermarket face-off CD stereo
  • Heated seats (untested)


  • Very rare Classic Green metallic
  • Original ‘Le Catellet’polished and forged 15-inch alloys in decent order
  • Mostly very good paintwork with a few minor imperfections
  • Seemingly solid underneath with no signs of any welding required
  • Still retains many original features such as the supplying dealers window sticker and number plate holders
  • New mohair hood in very good condition


  • 1.8-litre fuel-injected 4cyl petrol engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission 
  • The car starts and drives with no obvious faults being evident other than those referenced, however the vehicle is being auctioned as needing a good going over before any use as there may be faults which are not noted
  • Sometimes requires some assistance from the accelerator pedal to start but appears to run well once started


This is a great example of one of the most sought-after variants of the Golf Mk1 and certainly one of the most popular cabriolet models. Finished in a great colour and with a high level of specification, this is a really smart and desirable car that is presented in very smart and sound original condition, with a good ownership history and a decent service record.   

Rivages don’t come up for sale very often, and here is a rare opportunity to bag yourself a good one.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1992
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Golf GTI
  • Colour Classic Green
  • Odometer 101,757 Miles
  • Engine size 1991
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Sawbridgeworth
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
5 bids from 3 bidders
  • paul-vi•••• £9,750 24/09/23
  • stephen•••• £9,500 24/09/23
  • paul-vi•••• £9,250 24/09/23
  • stephen•••• £9,000 20/09/23
  • dean-co•••• £8,000 20/09/23

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