SOTW: VW Citi Golf
Shed spots a UK-based example of the Mk1 that time forgot
So a 1996 Golf, on the face of it, is not going to make a particularly grand SOTW. But there was a Golf product around in 1996 that we reckon makes a worthy (and rare) Shed of the Week - the South African-built Citi Golf.
Okay, so it's hardly rare in SA, where it was produced from 1984 right up until August 2009, and where 375,000 examples of what is essentially a facelifted Golf were churned out over the course of a quarter of a century, but here in Blighty it's hardly a common sight.
The result is a family hatch that weighs in at less than 900kg, while its cousins who travelled down another evolutionary path entirely tip the scales at around 1400kg.
The result, we're told (nobody in the PH office has driven one) is a rather sparky handler and sprightly performer. We'll let the truly Queef-esque hyperbole of one South-African reviewer, who tested the final edition for TopCar magazine, explain:
"Pin the clutch to the footwell, keep the throttle steady at a virile 3500rpm - more than that will incinerate the rubber - and ease off the clutch till all that's holding you back is the handbrake. Then pin the throttle to the Mk1 branded floormat as you simultaneously dump handbrake and clutch. Whooooar. No chirrup from a nannied set of traction-controlled front tyres; instead you're deafened by the banshee squeal of rubber fighting for and losing and finding grip on tar, before the Mk1 Citi is catapulted on its charge forward."
But apart from the less-than-desirable engine (though the idea of a manual choke and a four-speed transmission is perversely appealing), only than a couple of small rust patches and a ripped driver's seat seem to spoil this Citi Golf's party.
It's got some history (even from before it was imported to the UK in 2000), its 64,626-mile odo is reasonably light, and it's got plenty of tax and ticket left. As a quirky way to go shopping, it's got more than a little semi-retro appeal. And you try finding a decent Mk1 Golf GTI for 950 notes...
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VW Golf Citi 1.3 £950 (1996)
64,626 miles £950
Sellling my white Mk1 golf Citi. Imported into UK 12/05/00 from South Africa where they are manufactured (1996)
Its had 3 owners including me. 104,006 Km (64,626 miles), Some service history from SA and Uk.
Tax - Exp. 31/05/11
M.O.T - Exp. 26/08/11
I have had work done on the exterior of the car. This includes
BBS RA's fitted
Black side trim added
New front wing P/S
Machine polished all over, tailgate resprayed
I have also had a new exhaust fitted recently
CD player (Can also supply original cassette)
two surface rust patches
small rip on drivers bolster
Email me or ring me if you're interested