What appears to be one of the last Volkswagen Citi Golf units ever produced has come up for sale in South Africa, with the asking price set at a cool R1,2-million.
Posted on Gumtree, the advertisement for what is thought to be the third-last Citi Golf to roll off the Uitenhage production line lists the mileage as just 27 km.
According to the seller, the car “was never driven" and is "still in the same condition it came from the assembly line”.
Pitched at a “true collector”, the Port Elizabeth-based seller says the 2010-registered Shadow Blue metallic Citi Golf (in manual form) was auctioned by VW SA back in 2009, with the proceeds donated to the Ubuntu Education Fund. Power comes from VW’s 1,6i engine, offering 74 kW (at 5 400 r/min) to the front axle.
A quick Google search brings up a post on bidorbuy.co.za that reminds us the Citi Golf in question – number 003 of 1 000 individually numbered limited-edition units – fetched R300 100 at auction in late 2009, well above its retail price of R113 500 at the time.
The final two units produced, numbered 001 and 002, are kept at VW SA’s AutoPavilion museum in Uitenhage and VW Germany’s Autostadt museum in Wolfsburg, respectively.
As a reminder, the Citi Golf made its first appearance on SA roads in 1984, six years after the first-generation Golf was introduced locally. It stayed on the market for the next 25 years.