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, Pioneer AM / FM Cassette, Cassette storage, Lockable glove box.
Presented in Iconic Mars Red, the paint finish retains a glow and lustre that can only be attributed to the most cared for examples. Resplendent in it’s original coat of paint from factory, the in-house team have worked diligently to extract the best finish possible. Trim and surrounds have endured remarkably well; still soft to touch and exhibiting good fit and finish. The bumpers have survived very well whilst the fitted arches present as they should.
As original and as desirable as Mk2’s get in our eyes.
The appearance, touch and smell of this Mk2 are like taking a step back to 1989 – 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. Sunroof operation is clean and swift, with no unnecessary mechanical whine, while the headlining is taught with no sagging to report.
Completely original and as the factory intended.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Having enjoyed a healthy service routine with both the main dealer, and latterly local specialists, the car is in excellent health; largely thanks to the most recent service which included a rocker cover gasket and timing belt kit just 300 miles ago.
The car displays plenty of character and enthusiasm on test, with drivetrain and engine in perfect working harmony.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The standard 14″ alloy wheels are in very good condition, all shod in matching Goodyear rubber with plenty of tread remaining.
The brakes are in perfect working order pulling the car up in a nice straight line.
Registered by Newbourne Garages in the Summer of 1985 to a Mr G Dyson the car would remain in original ownership until early last year where his nephew would assume title.
Complete with a Full book pack, Original service book and all Invoicing from new the file certainly makes for pleasing reading. With Full main dealer history to 2006 and 51k miles the car has since been used sparingly over the last 10 years or so with the last Full service carried out in November of ’17 to include Gear bush kit, Leads, Plugs and a new Battery.
The file is accompanied by various MOT certificates and two spare keys.
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