The VW Golf Mk2 succeeded the Mk1 from 1983 and remained in production until late 1992. Volkswagen reportedly spent £500 million developing the Mk2. The car slightly grew in wheelbase, exterior and interior dimensions over its predecessor but still retained the overall look of the MK1 albeit slightly more rounder so to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. During the life of the Mk2 there were a variety of updates and revisions to styling and trim, the most notable was the introduction of the ‘big bumpers’ introduced in the European market during the August 1989 facelift.
The success of the Mk1 GTi was continued with the sporty Mk2 GTi and to capitalise on the world wide success of the MK1 GTi. Volkswagen chose to release the Mk2 GTi in the same year as the rest of the fleet. The Mk2 featured a 1.8litre 8v engine but also a second engine choice, a slightly more powerful 16v variant followed shortly, the 8v displaying good low down torque and driveability while the 16v enjoyed high revs and more top end power. During its midlife update the 8v unit benefited from the introduction of a Digifant engine management system.
Popularity of the MK2 grew from the 1987 commercial “changes” in which Paula Hamilton bearing a close resemblance to Diana, Princess of Wales is seen leaving her husband, posting her wedding ring back through the letterbox, ditching her mink coat, throwing the house keys at the cat and dumping the pearl necklace BUT keeping the car keys – the tag line ‘If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen’. The commercial was a hit and changed the way cars were advertised from then on.
Sunroof, Power steering, Trip computer, AM / FM Cassette, Lockable glove box.
This Mk2 GTI is in true time warp condition and is finished in the rare Calypso Green. The paint finish retains a glow and lustre that can only be attributed to the most cared for examples, with excellent panel fit and surrounding trim in quite exquisite condition. Being a later spec Mk2 with the bigger bumpers, there is not a single mark on either the front, rear or any of the plastic trim. The inner wheel arches and underside are as clean as the top side. Both dealer plates are still on the car and the original dealer stickers are on both front and rear screens.
The dealer markings (used to monitor how long the cars have been in stock when new) are also still present on the rear lights!
The appearance, touch and smell of this Mk2 are like taking a step back to 1992 – the only thing not included is the cassette with your album of choice! The seats and door cards display zero sagging or wear, with plastics and switch gear retaining next to new feel and operation.
The original rubber over mats and dealer tax disc holder are present and correct whilst the boot space is immaculate.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This Mk2 has been looked after like no other and despite its low mileage has been religiously serviced every year. The result of this is a car that has stayed in perfect mechanical condition its whole life; so often low mileage cars have had prolonged periods in storage but this car has always had light regular use keeping everything free and working.
The car displays as close to as new on test, with drivetrain and engine in perfect working harmony.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The standard 14″ alloy wheels have polished faces and are in perfect condition, all shod in the correct 185/60/R14 Continental tyres that display only the lightest of use.
The brakes are in perfect working order and pull the car up in a nice straight line.
This Golf was first registered in April 1990 by the supplying dealer – Whites Haslemere - with the car still proudly displaying the original sticker in the rear window.
The car has a full Volkswagen service history up to 2011 and despite only covering 22,950 miles has been serviced every year. The service book has been stamped every time (21 VW stamps and 2 recent specialist) and all the receipts have been carefully filed detailing all the work that has been carried out. The most recent service was carried out by Caffyns VW in Eastbourne in September, where the car received an oil and filter change as well as the dealer’s 34 point vehicle check.
The original document holder is also present with all the owners manuals.
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