1996 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 SE

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Husband and wife owned from new
  • Full service history
  • Ultra-rare colour and specification
  • Amazing Nineties interior

THE APPEAL

The 1990s was a bit of a purple patch for the supermini market, with small cars very much in vogue. It was an era that gave us some absolute gems such as the Vauxhall Corsa, Fiat Punto and Nissan Micra K11, all of which put a bit of pizzaz into the small car market.

The Volkswagen Polo 6N was Germany’s contribution. It was bigger and more solidly built that some of its rivals and felt more mature from behind the wheel, but with showroom appeal of the era being all about youthful exuberance, the Polo had to up its game to stand out.

In 1996, the SE Special Edition did just that. Offered in a range of vibrant colours, it also had a plush specification – electric windows, a sunroof, Sony radio-cassette, Fox alloy wheels and a wonderfully Nineties interior trim unique to the model.
 
This one was supplied new by Vindis VW of Cambridge to a couple just up the road in St Ives, who are its only two recorded keepers – husband and wife. The car was in regular use and fully serviced until 2019 when the husband passed away and the car was passed on to his wife, from whom the vendor acquired it at the start of 2024. It hadn’t been used since the husband’s passing, and has been recommissioned with a service, new front tyres and a comprehensive check-over.

It's one of only a handful of ‘Pistachio’ Polos known to still exist and is even rarer as an SE.

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THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK

  • First registered in September 1996
  • Supplied by Vindis VW in Cambridge
  • Vindis VW window sticker, key ring and bumper sticker
  • UK V5C showing two owners with the same surname – husband and wife
  • MOT May 2025
  • Genuine mileage of 66,375
  • Service book last stamped at 66,199 miles in 2019 with cambelt and brake fluid change – car stood in garage ever since
  • Original handbook, service book and instruction manuals in leather VW wallet

THE CONDITION

  • Original Pistachio paint – amazingly vibrant 1990s colour scheme in good overall order
  • Five-spoke Fox alloy wheels
  • No major dents or damage
  • Very slight corrosion to nearside sill trailing edge
  • Minor marks and dents commensurate with age but still presents very well
  • Faded paint on roof and nearside arch
  • Tilt and slide sunroof
  • Dealer accessory headlight protectors
  • Dealer accessory mudflaps
  • Dealer accessory rubber mats
  • All original badges and trim in very good order
  • Stunning 1990s patterned seat fabric in amazing condition
  • Electric windows 
  • Electrically adjustable mirrors
  • Power steering
  • Carpets, door cards and headlining in good order – some ripples on sunroof trim panel
  • Some small cracks in trim surround above heater vents
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Original Sony radio-cassette player with operation manual – aerial needs adjustment, cassette player works perfectly

THE MECHANICS 

  • 1.4-litre 4cyl 
  • 60bhp
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Cambelt, water pump and brake fluid replaced less than 200 miles ago
  • Brand new battery
  • Starts and drives without fault – reported by the vendor to be in very good running order with no known issues, and a lot of fun to drive
  • Mileage may increase slightly as vendor is using the car occasionally
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Auction Details
  • Year 1996
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Polo
  • Colour Green
  • Mileage 66,375 Miles
  • Engine size 1390
  • Seller Type Private
  • County Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
18 Bids
  • na•••• £2,450 24/06/24
  • In•••• £2,350 24/06/24
  • na•••• £2,300 24/06/24
  • In•••• £2,200 24/06/24
  • na•••• £2,100 24/06/24
  • In•••• £2,000 24/06/24
  • na•••• £1,900 24/06/24
  • In•••• £1,800 24/06/24
  • na•••• £1,700 24/06/24
  • ar•••• £1,600 17/06/24

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