Classic Car Weekly Magazine 1991 VW Golf GTI Review

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Classic Car Magazine's review of our VW Golf GTI for sale at Wallis & Son, Cambridge.


  • Wednesday 29 October 2014 | CLASSIC CAR WEEKLY | 57


    If youve never sat in a Golf MkII, you may

    be surprised at how well screwed together the

    interior is. The 1.8-litre engine offers a spirited

    hot-hatch performance, allied with fine handling.

    This GTI is has weathered two decades and

    a lot of miles under its belt, but driveability is

    impressive surefooted and confidence inspiring.

    The engine seemed a little unwilling at first, but

    the car has not been driven for several months

    and really needed an Italian tune-up. The brakes

    worked well, but needed a good shove.


    This is impressively straight, with the blackish

    blue metallic paintwork in good order. We

    noticed one or two minor blemishes, a few chips

    in the paint lacquer and a tiny dimple or two,

    but no stone chips at the front. The plastic body

    trim sections around the wheelarches and along

    the sides of the doors have survived intact, as

    have the bumpers, with only a minute scuff at

    the front nearside corner. The sliding sunroof is

    perfectly serviceable. The complete underside of

    the car has been Body Guard undersealed.


    This is so well preserved and incredibly clean that

    its truly outstanding. The carpets show virtually

    no wear and there are no tears anywhere. The

    supportive seats, in dark grey with a red weave

    in the centre section, look virtually new, and the

    foam hasnt sagged or crumbled. Its the same

    story with the black headlining its in superb

    condition, as are the doorcards. The dashboard

    is perfectly preserved and theres not a sign of a

    scratch on the plastic instrument fascia.


    For most of its life the car has been regularly

    serviced at a Volkswagen main dealership, with

    a profusion of entries in the service log book, up

    to 185,000 miles in 2003. Recent work in 2014

    includes replacement of all linkages and bushes

    on the gear selector system, a new cambelt,

    alternator, water pump, battery, balljoint, track

    rod ends, plus a full engine and braking system

    overhaul. More than 4000 has been spent to

    make everything tip-top. The BBS alloy wheels

    have been refurbished and although all the tyres

    have plenty of tread, they are all different makes.

    Many of the wheel nuts are rusty, but these will

    be renewed prior to sale.


    This is a well maintained GTI, with evidence to

    back this up. With some minor exceptions, this is

    at a high level of serviceability and presentation.

    The stunningly well-preserved interior has to be

    seen to be believed. Paul Bussey

    While this GTI may have clocked up more than 220,000 miles, youll never believe it when you sit inside for the first time


    1991 Volkswagen Golf GTI

    EXTERIORQGood paintworkQRefurbished alloy wheels

    INTERIORQ Fabulously cleanQVirtually unmarked

    MECHANICALSQAlmost full service history with main

    Volkswagen dealer, new parts fittedQNeeds a good run

    PROS Excellent engineering, good performance and handling, wonderfully well preserved interior CONS All tyres different makes


    ENGINE 1781cc/4-cyl/OHC

    POWER 112bhp@5500rpm

    TORQUE 115lb ft@3500rpm

    TOP SPEED 112mph

    0-60MPH 8.5sec

    ECONOMY 30-37mpg

    GEARBOX Five-speed manual

    MOT 20 February 2015

    BUY IT FROMWallis & Son, Cavendish House, Barton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7AWQ01223

    Recorded mileage

    2 2 8 4 0 2




    Cavendish House, Cambridge Road, Barton, Cambridge, CB23 7AW




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