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1983 VW Golf GTI MK1

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  • Mileage~167,305
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.8-litre
  • LocationIpswich


1983 VW Golf GTI MK1

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Richard Gormley
Vehicle Consigner and Photographer

This design marked the start of a revolution - the 'Hot Hatch' revolution.

Introduced in 1976 the Golf GTI MK1brought a new dimension the family car market. Uprated saloon car performance was nothing new but this car combined sports car character and handling with good looks and practicality straight out of the box.

By 1983 the GTI was delivering 110bhp from a fuel injected, 1.8 Litre engine making it agile, spirited and communicative. Underpinned by VW’s legendary build quality it was an immensely attractive package which spawned a new generation of performance hatchbacks.

This car is a 1983 model in Lhasa Green with the Campaign interior. Lower numbers of cars were made in this colour and sound examples can be hard to find. The bodywork and paint need some attention, however, the car has a current MOT, the interior is in good condition and the wheels appear to have been refurbished recently. Ideal if you are looking for one of these iconic cars to use as a daily driver daily, or as a rolling restoration.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Richard after meeting John the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I love the style and elegant simplicity of these cars.

John is a VW enthusiast having owned a number of camper vans and GTIs in the past. John said, “I bought this car last year, but I’ve now taken on the rebuild of my son’s MK1 Golf and simply won’t be able to give it the time and attention I would like - the car is sound and drives well and I’d love to see it go to a fellow enthusiast”.

John will be more than happy to answer any questions you have on the car in the comments section below.

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Clean, understated and efficient - the VW stylists and engineers hit on an enduring formula with this design.

Wheels and Tyres

All four wheels appear to have been refurbished and look great. There is a receipt for four new Sincera tyres fitted in May this year and there is a good spare. All tyres have good tread depth remaining.


Shut lines appear reasonable with doors, boot and bonnet opening and closing cleanly. There are some areas of corrosion on the bodywork, the bottom of the passenger door and outer cills being particular areas of note.

There are other patches of corrosion on the body and we recommend taking the time to study the photographs to ascertain the full condition.


The Lhana Green paint has retained it's shine and, apart from some bubbling, looks reasonable. Some respray work has been carried out in the past and there are differences in shade across panels, most obviously on the offside front wing. This doesn't detract significantly from the overall appearance of the car from a distance but is clearly apparent on closer inspection.

Glass and Trim

Glass is clear, unbroken and free of major scratches and scoring. The Black Trim and badging appears in good condition and the car retains the classic Golf GTI red surround on the radiator grill.


Practical, purposeful and stylish - the light, comfortable interior is in remarkably good condition.

Seats and Carpets

The seats and carpets are non original having been sourced from a Campaign model. They suit the car really well and appear to be free from rips, tears and significant staining. The door cards and trim are in good condition and the Interior is light, feeling spacious with good visibility all round.


Having the feel of a much more modern car, the dashboard is practical and functional with all controls sensibly laid out and easily accessible. Dials are clear and easy to read.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel and iconic golf ball gear knob are in great condition.


Sprightly, free revving and willing four pot quickly established the Golf GTI's reputation as an excellent performer.

Engine and Gearbox

The 1.8-litre, four cylinder, fuel injected engine delivers just a shade under 110BHP. The car was a little 'lumpy' on starting but soon settled down to a steady idle as can be noted from the cold start video.

A service has just been carried out which included replacement of the timing belt.

Suspension and Brakes

John confirms suspension and brakes work as they should and the car pulled up cleanly and evenly on the short drive we joined him for. This can be seen in the On The Road video.

The Drive

The car appears to pull well and there are no adverse knocks or rattles we could hear. There is a healthy rasp from the non-standard, after market exhaust. John advises the car drives very well.

Electrics and Other

All switches and lights appear intact and John confirms all electrics work as expected.

History and Paperwork

A great opportunity for a winter project and to have a MKI at the end of it that's ready for shows in 2022, oh and whilst also being a sound investment - what's not to love.

This is a genuine, honest MK1 which will provide its new owner with the opportunity to enjoy and improve a genuine icon. The car comes with some history including MOT certificates going back several years. There is a receipt for a recent service which includes a cambelt change as well as a large number of historic bills for minor repairs.

A plastic wallet is included that contains period instruction manuals and a service guide

We’ve done all our usual seller checks; seller ID, V5, HPi.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
09.11.2021 Service 167,302
11.05.2021 MOT 167,237
30.05.2019 MOT 166,858
10.03.2018 MOT 166,173
29.10.2016 MOT 163,327
31.10.2015 MOT 159,988
11.05.2009 MOT 159,889
27.04.2009 MOT 159,889
07.04.2009 MOT 159,871
08.04.2008 MOT 157,763
28.03.2008 MOT 157,755
27.03.2007 MOT 156,579
26.03.2007 MOT 156,579
24.03.2006 MOT 155,156
23.03.2006 MOT 155,156
Key Details
  • ModelGolf GTi
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date02.02.1983
  • CC1,780cc
  • Mileage~167,305
  • HistoryModerate
  • ColourLhasa Green
  • Interior ColourBlack / Grey
  • Interior TrimGreen
  • Chassis #17HW263078
  • Engine #dx026559
  • Last Service09.11.2021
  • RestoredNo
  • MOTYes Exp. 10.05.2022
  • MOT ExemptNearly - in Feb 2023
  • Road Tax ExemptNearly - in Feb 2023
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers14
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned1 year 4 Months
  • Key FeatureLight Project

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£7,050 bid by peterb 29.11.2021 @ 19:45:41
£6,800 bid by smithypaul 29.11.2021 @ 19:44:10
£6,500 bid by peterb 29.11.2021 @ 19:43:03
£6,000 bid by steveb 29.11.2021 @ 19:41:10

also some concerning rust advisories, brake pipes, fuel pipes, sills mounts etc


seems unusual that it doesn’t have a sunroof?

£5,000 bid by Champers 29.11.2021 @ 15:35:21
£3,750 bid by jameschap1967 29.11.2021 @ 13:32:07
£3,250 bid by imrankarim 29.11.2021 @ 13:30:08
£2,500 bid by jameschap1967 29.11.2021 @ 12:27:06
£2,250 bid by imrankarim 29.11.2021 @ 05:24:50
£1,750 bid by imrankarim 29.11.2021 @ 04:47:51
£1,500 bid by jameschap1967 28.11.2021 @ 01:24:08
£1,010 bid by MrMagoo 26.11.2021 @ 08:48:43

Vehicle Location

Ipswich, Suffolk

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