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1990 Volkswagen Golf GL

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  • Mileage~39,087
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine1.8L
  • LocationEaling


1990 Volkswagen Golf GL

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Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

The Mk2 Golf is a great all-rounder and a great classic option.

The Volkswagen Golf name is synonymous with durability and has with every generation has maintained an enviable demand. Originally presented as a replacement for the much-loved Beetle, the Golf quickly gained a following and established itself as the car to be seen in. The second-generation Golf was released in 1984, quickly becoming Europe's favourite family car. This facelift version of the 1.8 GL is finished with a durable cloth interior, electric windows and has seen a handful of useful upgrades. Aftermarket and OEM VW Classic parts are widely available, with the extra incentive of being a great DIY accessible classic.

Owned by the same family since 1995, the car has an impressive volume of carefully organised invoices, including full-service history and every MOT since the owner has had the car. As expected for a car that has yet to exceed 40,000 miles, the interior is in excellent condition and the structure and mechanical durability of the car is in great shape. In need of minor cosmetic attention, the car would make an ideal car to tinker with over the winter for what has to be described as one the best starter modern classics available.

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

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Meet the owner

The car has been a constant and dependable part of my life, it's never missed a beat for me.

Neville bought the car in 1995 and used it as a runaround for local journeys. Originally bought for his wife, who happened to be the cars second female owner, the car has seen every mechanical need, service and repair resolved by a specialist garage.

Appreciating the solid construction and mechanical durability of the Golf, he has not seen any reason to replace the car as it has served him well. However, as the car is located just within the ULEZ London emissions boundary, this has forced the need to sell the car. Neville will be happy to answer any questions you have on the car in the comments section below.

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The handsome chiselled styling still looks good today, careful ownership have left this car in great stead.

Wheels and Tyres

The wheel covers are reflective of the age of the car and would need replacements. The mixed brand tyres are all under 10 years old and have a good level of tread. Being a GL, we'd imagine that sourcing replacement items shouldn't be an issue.


Structurally the car is in excellent shape, with no issues in regards to the engine bay, chassis rails, floor pan, suspension mounts, inner wings or boot floor. It's worth watching the mechanical video to observe this.

The car has a handful of parking marks and repairs on the body, most are in line with the environment in which the car has been used. The main distractions are the uneven front bumper which has had a light bump, the front door sills well and blemishes noted on the nearside panels. The overall panel gap and fit are good, with very little in terms of visible corrosion. Take a look at the extensive photo review to see the detail.


The silver paint finish is mostly of a positive standard, with a few minor scrapes and age-related marks noted on a reason gloss. The paint has matted somewhat on flatter surfaces, but overall the coverage is even with a few touch-ups noted, mainly on the near-side rear arch.

View the exterior video to see the detail.

Glass and Trim

The glass is good, with good rubbers seals and trim. The body plastic trim is complete and shows typical signs of age but are mostly intact. The later style big-bumpers help to modernise the car, showing the odd blemish in places. It has been fitted with a GTI style front grill and light set-up.


The interior is reflective of its decades of careful ownership, having remained in the same hands for ~26 years.

Seats and Carpets

The interior has been remarkably well preserved, with the hard-wearing seats belying its age. The seats retain a pleasing firmness and show very little in terms of wear. The carpets show some wear but are far better than one would expect from a car of this age.


There are no issues with the dashboard presentation, with nothing more than a deep clean required. All of the functions, controls and dials work, with no notable wear observed on the switches, dials or controls. The alarm has been disconnected but the wiring and controls have been retained. All of the electric windows function well.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The gear lever and steering wheel are in decent condition, with no significant evidence of wear or damage.


The Golf's mechanical durability would be difficult to fault, these are hardy engines that stand the test of time.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine has been subject to regular attention, with servicing and mechanical parts spending all covered in the paperwork. The original troublesome Pierburg carburettor has been replaced with a more reliable manual Weber unit, which performs well, with a little run-on when the engine is switched off.

The car starts well, the cold start video was conducted after two days of non-use in December. Once warmed up, the car idles and runs well with no issues detected while the car was on the move. The gear change is said to be slick, with no slippage and no belt squeals or knocking were observed.

Suspension and Brakes

Recipients of regular and professional maintenance, the cars braking, steering and suspension are in good working order. Watch the video to see the underside of the car.

The Drive

The car drives well, its replacement carb offering a surprisingly sprightly urge to the character of the car. The car has seen very low mileages over its years, with its usage mostly confined to London use.

However, its regular servicing and maintenance record should alleviate any issues with its ability to perform as a usable classic.

Electrics and Other

The manual sunroof is believed to be functional but not tested on this occasion. The radio may also need investigation.

History and Paperwork

This is where the car shines, there are 53 invoices totalling £27,000 over its lifetime, in the same hands for ~26 years, this is a cracking car selling with no reserve on auction.

The car has an incredible body of paperwork and invoices, all of which have been carefully summarized by Neville. The main highlight is the full-service history, by VW and a specialist which has been carried out on an almost annual basis since 1995.

The mechanical costs over the years are mainly focused on mechanical serviceable items, covering running gear and engine sundry items. The head gasket was seen to in 2013, cambelt in the following year and front wishbones in 2015. A load sensing valve, window motor, alternator, water pump. power steering pump and another cambelt in 2017. The most recent work covers a new timing belt, water pump, drop links and thermostat housing - all carried out by a specialist garage that focuses on German cars. It comes with two keys, all of its original owner's manuals and workshop manual.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

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
19-01-2021 MOT 38,970
19-01-2021 Service 38,970
21-01-2020 MOT 38,787
21-01-2020 Service 38,787
25-01-2019 MOT 38,408
25-01-2019 Service 38,408
01-02-2018 MOT 37,908
01-02-2018 Service 37,908
08-02-2017 MOT 37,658
18-02-2017 Service 37,656
28-01-2016 MOT 37,348
28-01-2016 Service 37,348
03-02-2015 Service 37,090
03-02-2014 MOT 36,673
03-02-2014 Service 36,673
06-02-2013 MOT 36,176
06-02-2013 Service 36,176
06-02-2012 MOT 35,678
06-02-2012 Service 35,678
26-01-2011 MOT 35,115
26-01-2011 Service 35,115
18-01-2010 MOT 33,394
18-01-2010 Service 33,394
11-02-2009 MOT 32,867
11-02-2009 Service 32,867
07-02-2008 MOT 32,234
07-02-2008 Service 32,234
09-02-2007 MOT 31,312
09-02-2007 Service 31,312
20-10-2006 Service 31,109
14-02-2006 MOT 30,492
14-02-2006 Service 30,492
17-02-2005 MOT 29,161
17-02-2005 Service 29,191
05-12-2003 MOT 28,610
05-12-2003 Service 28,610
10-12-2002 MOT 27.961
10-12-2002 Service 27,961
04-12-2001 MOT 27,171
04-12-2001 Service 27,171
07-12-2000 MOT 26,421
07-11-2000 Service 26,421
26-11-1999 MOT 25,175
26-11-1999 Service 25,175
07-12-1998 MOT 24,198
16-12-1998 Service 24,100
29-11-1997 MOT 23,267
16-12-1996 MOT 22,318
16-02-1996 Service 22,300
02-02-1996 MOT 21,235
25-08-1995 Service 20,014
08-02-1995 MOT 18,041
15-02-1994 Service 15,607
26-02-1993 Service 12,810
26-02-1992 Service 9,477
22-1-1991 Service 5,208
Key Details
  • ModelGolf GL
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date24.02.1990
  • CC1,781
  • Mileage39,087
  • HistoryFull
  • ColourSilver
  • Interior ColourBlue
  • Interior TrimPlastic/cloth
  • Chassis #WVWZZZ1GZLW244048
  • Engine #GU301698
  • Last Service19-01-2021
  • RestoredNo
  • MOT13-02-2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • Former Keepers2
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned26 years
  • Key FeatureFull Service history

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£2,300 bid by scottcraig 22.12.2021 @ 19:22:07
£2,098 bid by Audiman20v 22.12.2021 @ 19:21:43
Kulraj Salh

Not long left to get your bids in, selling with No Reserve.

£1,808 bid by scottcraig 22.12.2021 @ 19:20:07
£1,403 bid by Shan187 22.12.2021 @ 15:49:29

Hi….bidding on your car…
Do you have the old parts for auto choke as l see it’s been converted to manual
Regards Scott

£1,202 bid by scottcraig 20.12.2021 @ 18:42:37

Hi, if we are the winning bidder we won’t be able to collect until the new year, will this cause you a problem?

Craig Hartley
Craig Hartley

Hi, if we are the winning bidder we won’t be able to collect until the new year, will this cause you a problem?


Vehicle Location

Ealing, West London

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