1985 Golf Mk1 GL Convertible


The Golf Cabriolet was built by Karmann at their factory in Osnabrück. The bodyshell was substantially reinforced by Karmann and they assembled the car using parts from Volkswagen in their own bodyshell

Roof up or down, the Cabriolet shape works well and Giugiaro’s bold styling still shines through. The Cabriolet stayed in production after the launch of the Mk 2 Golf and succeeded in making the Mk 2 seem rather dumpy. By the time VW replaced it with the Mk 3 Cabriolet the transformation of the Golf from Icon to Appliance was, sadly, complete

Driving this car reminded me why the Mk 1 was always the Golf Volkswagen had to beat. It’s so tidy on the road, so precise in its responses and so light on its feet that it makes huge amounts of sense, even on our appalling British roads. The steering is a joy, turning in surprisingly fast and making the Golf easy to position. This is not a sports car but it’s fun to drive and very easy to live with. It may be only one of many impressive cars I’ve driven recently but it’s definitely the most charming

  • 1985 VW Golf Convertible GL
  • Bronze Grey metallic
  • Tan interior (VW describe it as brown)
  • Optional water-resistant seats
  • Manually-operated mohair hood
  • Original space-saver spare wheel with toolkit and scissor jack
  • 32,500 miles
  • 1595 cc carburettor engine
  • Automatic gearbox
  • Unladen weight 940 Kg
  • Power output 75 bhp
  • Dual-circuit disc / drum brakes
  • Optional power steering
  • Optional VW alloy wheels
  • Original VW lockable petrol cap
  • Blaupunkt Cassette / Radio
  • Waxoyled throughout
  • Aftermarket immobiliser
  • Retrofit Weber carburettor with manual choke

This car comes with MOTs from 1994 to present day and a history file with bills from previous owners. The file has the original sales leaflet, which features a car in the same colour scheme, and a Concours judging sheet from a VW Owners Club meet at Stonor Castle where it scored 132/140 – a score that must have delighted the owner

The car has been with the last owner since late 2010 and has covered around 2000 miles during that time. The previous owner owned the car for eleven years and around 15,000 miles

This is one of a small number of convertibles fitted with power steering from new. It also has the optional water-resistant seats. The original vinyl hood has been replaced with a high-quality Mohair hood

The car has been garaged from new and is virtually unmarked. The paintwork appears to be all original and the bodywork is rust-free. The car has been Waxoyled regularly, apparently from new, and the wax can be seen on the tailgate hinges and all over the underside.  As can be seen in the photos the interior is close to original condition. Overall it’s a lovely, original car with no faults


For more details please contact Nicholas Froome on 07976 299636 or email sales@youngtimercars.co.uk

Photo credit
Golf GL Convertible shot in Sussex, Summer 2013, © Nicholas Froome
Courtesy of Youngtimer Cars