With only 109K on the clock, a fully stamped up service history and a wad of invoices and old MOTs to back this up, it is hardly surprising that when this rare to find 3 door 16v Golf GTi arrived with us it needed precious little doing. But as we normally do, to bring it up to standard original wheels were fitted, after being refurbished, along with 4 new tires and a service including new ancillary belts (its history shows a new cam belt in 2011 at 80K) Now apart from sitting slightly lower it is all original, the way it should be if wanted as a collectable retro car.
Body work is very good all round with the red paintwork having a deep shine and only one or two areas that could be improved if you wanted to. Interior is excellent with little or no wear evident.
Mechanically it is more of the same with the 16 valve engine loving to be revved and handling that allows for “spirited” driving. Gearbox is nice and tight and the brakes are smooth and progressive. They really did bolt these cars together well so much so that they good examples like this still feel fresh 22 years later.
With the car is not only its service book but also a full set of owner’s manuals in their original wallet, old mots, invoices and even a 1996 VW Golf Gti showroom sales catalogue. Current MOT is through to November so it’s ready for this year’s shows and enjoying.