How much would you pay for an as-new 1980 Volkswagen Golf Mk1? Well, an example is set to hit the auction block in the United Kingdom, with just 738 miles (1 187 km) on the clock.
Offered by Silverstone Auctions without reserve, the time-warp Mk1 is a right-hand-drive, 1,5-litre diesel-powered version that originally arrived in the UK as a grey import from the Netherlands.
The Cornwall-based buyer apparently ordered the Metallic Green model (chassis number 17A0491754) as a replacement for a similar Golf, with much of the indicated mileage accounted for by the delivery process. When the car arrived from Holland, it was given a full underbody Waxoyl treatment. And, with the other Golf continuing to run for many years, the GLD-badged model was shut away in a garage where it remained (apart from two trips) for the next two decades.
The first outing was a short journey to a local dealer for a modification to a breather pipe while the second day out came in November 1999 to finally register it (some 19 years after it was built!). It was then bought by a collector and has since travelled less than 320 km.
Silverstone Auctions says it “would be a surprise” to find another Mk1 Golf out there with lower mileage. The special model is set to go under the hammer at the NEC Classic Live Online Auction on 13 and 14 November 2020.