One of the most iconic models in the history of Volkswagen (and even the automotive industry), today a classic in its own right, this Volkswagen Golf Diesel it’s a find.
The GTI version may be the most desired, but this example that we talked about today also deserves to be highlighted. After all, this is the first Golf Diesel, the GLD, here with a five-door body, equipped with the 1.5 l block, atmospheric, and only 50 hp. However, it also caught our attention for another reason.
With 40 years of age, this unit in its original state (not restored), has only 738 miles traveled (about 1188 km), having a peculiar history that we will show you in the next lines.
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Bought, but never used
Purchased new in 1980 in the Netherlands to “escape” British taxes, this Volkswagen Golf Diesel had a curious mission: to replace its owner’s other Golf when it became old and finished (a little like this story).
Once the deal was done, the intermediary responsible for it decided that it was a good idea to drive the Golf Diesel from Holland to Cornwall where the car owner lived and deliver it personally, curiously, this would be the biggest trip ever made by this car.
“Immaculate” is the best adjective to describe the interior of this Golf.
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Once in its new home, this Golf faced a “problem”: the famous reliability of these models. The years passed (15 to be more precise) and contrary to what its owner had thought, his other Golf never got tired.
The result? This specimen ended up locked in a garage for 20 years without having been registered or subjected to the British mandatory periodic inspection, the famous MOT.
During that period, he only made two trips: one to visit the official workshop for a small mechanical alteration and the other in November 1999 to finally be registered and submitted to MOT. All with just 561 miles (903 km) on the odometer!
Still in 1999, and after registering the “new” Volkswagen Golf Diesel, its owner decided to sell it to a collector who has since traveled less than 200 miles (321 km) at the wheel of this immaculate specimen.
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A famous example
Cover of the magazine “VW Motoring” in August 2000, this Volkswagen Golf has never undergone any restoration and still has all the original documentation, including documents for its import into the United Kingdom.
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Now, 40 years old and less than 2000 km covered, this Golf will be auctioned by Silverstone Auctions without having defined a base price, which leads us to ask you: how much do you think this authentic time machine is worth?