• Desirable limited edition, one of 900
• Concours winner, excellent condition inside and out
• Recently repainted
• New belts and major service just 260 miles ago
• Good, documented history
In 2001 Volkswagen celebrated the 25th birthday of the GTI with a special limited-edition model. Only 900 UK examples were built, each individually numbered, there were 300 each in the 3 original 1976 GTI colours of Tornado Red, Reflex Silver Metallic and Diamond Black.
Bearing the designation GTI 337, this is was Golf like none before. It had a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, 18-inch BBS alloy wheels, Recaro sports seats and a great many more upgraded features which makes this model a legend in the history of the GTI.
With its modified appearance, the 25th Anniversary Golf GTI is a real eye-opener. Sporting revised bumpers at the front and rear, and large BBS alloy wheels with 225/40 R18 tyres, the widened sills, the rear spoiler and rear apron all combine to give a sporty appearance.
The icing on the cake is the 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder engine with twin overhead camshafts, 20-valve technology capable of producing 180bhp, with turbocharger and intercooler which is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Highly sought after by Golf aficionados, the Anniversary edition GTIs are a stand out model, and it would be hard to find one that is anywhere near as well preserved as this one.
This 25th Anniversary example was first registered in June 2002, and is No. 0102 in Tornado Red. It sports a GTI numbered plaque on the fuse box door, with the number also etched onto the tool for the BBS wheel centre caps.
For a car that is approaching its twentieth birthday it is in excellent condition all round. Purchased by the current owner in August this year he has added about 500 miles.
The Golf has a healthy history file, including the original Service book that has 10 stamps, the most recent being in September this year at 101,943 miles when it had a cam belt change, together with a water pump, all filters and fluids. Other recent work includes inner and outer CV boots and track rod ends.
Not so long ago, the GTI was treated to a professional respray to refresh the Tornado Red, at a cost of £4,500. The air conditioning system which was serviced in July 2017 and new condenser was fitted and the system recharged. The current MoT is valid until May 2022, and there are plenty of old MoTs on file that corroborate the mileage, together with two sets of keys.
The previous owner took the Golf to the GTi International Show & Shine where it won its class against plenty of opposition; the glass trophy will accompany the Golf to its new owner!
A glance at the interior reveals aluminium-coloured sill panel trims, complete with GTI logos, and racy Recaro sports seats. These also bear the brilliant red GTI logo, as do the backrests of the rear seats. All the grey and red seat fabric is in excellent condition, only the front seats show the lightest wear. All the carpets are in similarly great condition, having been protected by GTI logo carpet mats.
The centre console and interior door handles are finished with decorative trims made of brushed aluminium. The door panels are clean and unmarked. With perforated leather and red stitching, the steering wheel, the handbrake and the gear lever gaiter all hark back to the original GTI of 1976, as does the golf ball gear lever knob.
In the boot all is equally as smart, with just one small mark on the carpet as can be seen in the photos. Lifting the boot floor reveals another 18 inch BBS spare wheel, fitted with an older Michelin tyre. The special BBS tool for undoing the centre caps is present, numbered 0102.
On the outside the GTI is most impressive, the fresh Tornado Red glows, even on the dull day that we took the photographs. Close inspection revealed no nasty surprises, no dings or stone chips of note. The deeper sills, chin and rear bumper give the GTI a squat, purposeful stance, accentuated by the 18 inch BBS wheels that are all in excellent condition.
Inside the wheels the huge discs both fore and aft are bright, and the red callipers are clearly visible. Tyres are all Arrowspeed N1000 that are all lightly worn.
All in all the exterior is near perfect; there is nothing that requires attention.
Under the bonnet everything is smart and tidy with only discolouration of the odd clip and metal surface to give the age of the car away. The engine bay is exceptionally clean; it is obvious that a lot of time has been spent to keep it looking so good, especially when you consider this car is no trailer queen having covered 100,000 miles.
Frequent documented servicing throughout its life, the most recent being just 260 miles ago with cam belt and fluid change, will give the new owner peace of mind.
All the versions of the timeless Golf GTI have provided excellent driveability with sure footed handling, plenty of punch and good looks. They are as popular now as when first launched in 1977.
Amongst the various editions have been a few that stand head and shoulders from the crowd, and the Anniversary model is one of these. With all the upgrades, the exclusivity and the enhanced appearance, good ones have become something of a “unicorn” of the Golf world.
We can assure that this one is unlikely to disappoint!
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