1992 VOLKSWAGEN Golf GTI Mk2 8v

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1992 VOLKSWAGEN Golf GTI Mk2 8v


Ah – the Golf GTi. The origin of the hot hatch genre. Or is it? Well, according to some enthusiasts of the marque, the Simca 1100 Ti started the whole thing back in 1973. Others argue it was the Renault 5 Alpine in 1976. Even more ardent fans insist the Sunbeam Lotus was the first proper hot hatch as its Lotus engine gave it 150bhp. They’re all wrong. The phrase ‘hot hatch’ was invented for the Golf, so it wins. Now let that be an end to it.

Before VW’s engineers secretly appropriated an Audi 80 GTE engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, nailed it into a stiffened Mk1 Golf shell, then lowered and uprated the suspension, nobody used the term hot hatch. But having convinced VW management that their skunkworks project had legs early in 1975, the German company launched its new Golf GTi (Grand Tourer Injection) a year later in late 1976, and spawned a whole new genre that’s still going very strongly to this day.

It was never going to be an easy job replicating the success of the first-generation Golf GTi. A tough act to follow it may be, but with the second-generation Golf GTi, Volkswagen hit the mark once again, with the top of the line model spawning not one, but two variations of the ever-popular GTi.

Designated the Typ 19E, or Typ 1G after the 1991 model year, the MK2 Golf was produced between 1983 and 1992, with a total of 6.3 million vehicles being built across all markets. The GTi was the star of the show, building upon the Mk1 GTi’s hot hatch characteristics in a more refined package, featuring more safety equipment and revised styling.

Yes, it was heavier than the previous iteration, but it was also faster and more reliable, which are, arguably, the two most important factors when choosing a hot hatch. Coupled with the Golf’s excellent practicality and styling, the Mk2 GTi was a hit, and firmly cemented its place in automotive legend.

Available with either an 8 or 16-valve versions of the venerable and happy to rev 1.8-litre inline-four engine, the Mk2 Golf GTi is wonderfully engaging to drive in either form, offering a truly analogue driving experience which is both enjoyable and easy to live with, making a good Mk2 a tantalising option for either a first classic or a retro daily driver.

The Vehicle

This is a last of the line run out model GTi in characteristic bright red finish. It’s the 8-valve variant, which is preferred by some as a more torquey, lazy performer, over the more rev hungry 16-valve version.

Astonishingly, it’s covered just 53,000 miles since 1992 and is in almost museum condition, such is its originality. It’s a long time since we saw such a spot-on Golf GTi.

On the Outside

Wandering around this Golf we can almost hear My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) by En Vogue playing in the background. This could well actually be 1992, such is the condition of the VW hatch back.

The bright red paint shines like a new pin, the BBS alloy wheels are immaculate and the black bumpers and trim are all superb. We managed to find some almost invisible tiny marks on the leading edge of the bonnet, but they really are tiny and we’re splitting hairs. This is a lovely car.

Opening a steel sliding sunroof can often reveal hidden rust but there are no such worries here, it’s all in excellent condition and totally rust free. The sunroof itself, naturally, works perfectly.

Opening a fuel filler cap often leads to disappointment on a repainted car as it can reveal the original, degraded finish. No such worries on this GTi – it’s like a new car under here. If only unleaded were still at 1992 prices (40p a litre)

On the Inside

If the outside condition of this Golf GTi makes you gasp in appreciation, take a good deep breath before you open the door. Inside here is simply astonishing. I think the single most amazing aspect is the driver’s seat.

No matter how little use a car gets used you can usually see some signs of wear here – especially on the upright’s bolster, which gets continually rubbed against as people get in and out. But it’s like new.

This is vitally important too – repairing leather seats is reasonably straightforward, albeit not cheap, but repairing cloth seats with unique material like these can get very tricky indeed, assuming it’s even possible to get the right cloth to do the job. However, that’s not something the lucky new owner of this GTi will need to worry about.

Everything else is equally impressive – carpets, dash, seats, switchgear – it’s all in unmarked condition and just waiting to win trophies at shows. The trademark golf ball shaped GTi gear lever knob is present and correct.


Okay – it’s not as shiny under here as it is up top – someone would have led a very dull life if it was, but it’s still in superb condition for a 30 year old car. There’s some light surface corrosion on the front steel suspension parts, but no oil leaks, no rust, copper brake lines and swathes of red paint are the theme of the day.

That surface corrosion has taken a bit more of a hold towards the rear of the car on the rear axle parts, and we reckon a good quirt of rust preventative wax would be a good idea to keep everything sound. That said, there’s absolutely nothing here that an MoT tester would be concerned about – these are merely cosmetic matters.

Under the bonnet though, and we’re back into concours land. The familiar eight-valve 110bhp VW GTi engine looks great, with a flawless cam cover and only small marks on the alloy cylinder head itself. Around the bay lots of parts have obviously been replaced simply to make the car looks this good.

History Highlights

This VW Golf GTi comes with a large stack of old tax discs, all its old MoT certificates, original handbooks, details of its concours wins and a large pile of receipts for parts and labour, highlights of which include:

2008. Assorted engine bay parts – £776.

2010. Service parts – £30.

2011. Replace brake fluid, flush cooling system, new engine temp sensor – £184.

2016. Distributor cap, rotor arm and HT leads – £60

2016. Timing belt and auxiliary drive belts £35.

2017. Cupro-nickel brake pipe set – £65.

2017. Goodridge stainless steel braided flexible brake pipe set – £115.

2017. All brake pipes and flexible hoses replaced – £150.

2018. New Bosch lambda sensor – £69.

2019. New gear lever gaiter and parts for brake caliper – £53.

2019. Rear brake caliper parts – £17.

2019. New rear disc backing plates and assorted trim parts – £51.

Also with the car are a Bentley workshop manual, two Haynes workshop manuals and a Haynes restoration guide.

The owner says:

‘I bought the car because like so many teenagers I always wanted a Golf GTi but could not afford one until later in life. I’m selling the car because I have now fulfilled that want.

‘It’s only 3 owners from new and covered just 55,000 miles. It’s the desirable run-out model in the right colour of Tornado Red. It’s been in a number of concours events and has always finished in the top three, most recently achieving second place at Stanford Hall Concours.

‘This actual car is featured in and on the front cover of the book Golf GTI by James Richardson. It’s all original, including the radio, has always been garaged, and only used on dry days.

‘It’s had over £700 spent on genuine VW parts for the engine bay alone,

And the excellent BBS alloy wheels have been fastidiously maintained.

‘Every part is standard/original VW Golf GTI, and the car has had a recent service, changing the cambelt, ignition leads, and fitting a new Bosch Battery.

All the solid brake lines are copper and there are stainless steel braided flexible brake hoses installed, plus Evans waterless coolant in the cooling system.

‘To do the it full justice potential buyers should see the car in the flesh – it’s probably one of the best in the UK.’

What We Think

We can’t remember seeing an unrestored Golf GTi in this kind of condition for a long time. It’s a proper time warp car and original in every respect. If you’re after a Mk2 Golf for your classic collection we suspect you’ll struggle to find a better, more original example anywhere.

We estimate this car to reach between £17,000 - £23,000.

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  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 56386
  • Chassis Number: WVWZZZ1GZNW081442
  • Engine: 1781
  • Gearbox: manual
  • Steering position: RHD
  • Colour: Tornado Red
  • Interior: Black,Grey/Cloth
  • Estimated Price: £17,000 - £23,000

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