With the VW Golf MK1 (Rabbit in the US) has now become a ‘Modern day Classic’ out there with the best of them. There is fast become a growing demand for ‘Restored’ Cars. With the most desirable examples
i.e. the Campaign edition Commanding premium prices.
The German Built Volkswagen MK1 was first produced in April of 1974 and production continued until 1983.
Over the years the models were updated. From the metal chrome bumpers to larger plastic ones. 5 speed Gearboxes, Fuel injected engine 1600cc then the 1800cc All Followed.
The earlier models (pre 1979) Are also now becoming very desirable. The chrome bumpers alone are fetching big money.
The main problem with the earlier models is they rust. The main areas they rust are the inner front wheel arches, Outer and inner sill panels, Front and rear floor sections and the Inner rear arches. If you manage to find a good one grab it. Quality early cars can appreciate in Value and therefore will offer a good investment.
1981-83 Cars were produced in great numbers with the GTi and Convertible been the Top of the Range. Yet these still suffer really badly with rust. There are plenty of 1600 gti hatchback still around, yet finding a good one is becoming increasingly difficult. Apart from rusting they also suffer with numerous fuel Injection faults often caused by the fuel filler neck rusting. If you can get your hands on a ‘Good one’ not only will you have a good usable everyday car but a ‘modern classic’ that should increase in value.
The most desirable now among enthusiasts and collectors is the ‘Campaign’ Edition. This was made from August 1983 until 1984. This model features Factory Fitted steel Sunroof,Leather Bound steering wheel, Green tinted glass, Spring loaded fuel cap key cover, Fog lamps in the grill and Pirelli ‘P’ Alloys. The models command some serious prices. But when looking at purchasing a campaign model as the are a lot of ‘Fake’ ones out there.