Volkswagen Golf Mk I, Hatchback, 1974 to 1983
The Volkswagen Golf was the German manufacturer's long- awaited answer to the question: "how do you follow the Beetle"? Launched in the UK in October 1974, the first Golf was a 1.1-litre petrol OHC front-wheel drive hatchback with opening tailgate complete with three or five-door layout. N and L models were offered with different trim specifications, and it marked Volkswagen's move from air-cooled, rear-mounted engines to water-cooled front-mounted motors.
In 1975, a 1588cc Golf 1.6 was offered, with other minor improvements including servo-assisted brakes and a rev counter; automatic transmission and a sun roof were offered as optional extras. In 1977, a 1457cc petrol engine was introduced at the Golf 1500, then in 1978 a 1471cc diesel entered the line-up. In 1980 the engine capacity was increased to 1588cc. In 1979 a 1272cc OHC petrol engine was added, then in 1980 a convertible (with boot rather than hatchback) was completed the line-up for the UK market.
The Volkswagen Golf Mk I model range also included the Golf GTi, which is covered in a separate model history.
Where the Beetle had enabled millions of people to own a car, the Volkswagen Golf offered many more the chance to drive a practical, modern vehicle. With folding seats and a hatchback it offered flexible load space, and with a wide model range from sporty GTi to family-spec diesel and petrol five-doors, its appeal was huge. Styled by Giugiaro's ItalDesign studio, the clean lines, unfussy exterior and smart interior set the standard for the small car which the Golf arguably continues to this day.
Other classic alternatives include the Peugeot 205, the Austin Metro, Fiat 127 and Alfa Romeo AlfaSud.
|Year||Make||Model||Submodel||Body Type||Average value|
|1974||Volkswagen||Golf||Mk I||Hatchback||£ 1,420 3,740 6,580 10,120|
|1975||Volkswagen||Golf||GTI Mk I||Hatchback||£ 8,200 13,560 20,340 28,540|
|1977||Volkswagen||Golf||Mk I||Hatchback||£ 1,620 3,950 6,780 10,320|
|1979||Volkswagen||Golf||Mk I||Hatchback||£ 1,520 3,850 6,680 10,220|
|1980||Volkswagen||Golf||Mk I 1.6D||Hatchback||£ 1,320 3,740 6,270 9,610|
|1982||Volkswagen||Golf||GLI Mk I||Convertible||£ 4,960 7,390 12,750 17,200|
|1982||Volkswagen||Golf||GTI Mk I||Hatchback||£ 7,990 12,650 18,520 26,510|