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Volkswagen Golf 1 GTI '79 1979

General description : Golf GTI of the first generation with 5 gears of French origin. Low mileage and always in good condition. Restored from 2015 to 2018 to its current perfect condition. File with expertise and invoices in support. Rare opportunity and solid investment in fun, reliability and value into the future. In 1975 a sports-oriented variant of the Volkswagen Golf, called the Golf GTI was introduced in March of that year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The idea behind was rather straightforward - take a basic-transportation economy car and give it a high-performance package, making it practical and sporty. It was one of the first small cars to adopt mechanical fuel injection. This special model was powered by 1588 cc and 1780 cc four-cylinder engines fed by injection which helped them develop a respectable 110 & 112 hp and 140 Nm of torque. Aided with a curb weight of just 810 kg (1,785 lbs), it allowed the GTI to accelerate 0-60 mph in 9 seconds. The top speed was of 180 km/h (some 110 mph). Many regard the Golf GTI Mk1 as the first Hot Hatch on the market, it was in fact preceded by the Autobianchi A 112 Abarth in 1971. The Golf GTI was perhaps the first hot hatch with mass market appeal, and many other manufacturers since have created special sports models of their regular volume-selling small hatchbacks. Specifications Bodywork Length : cm/in: 371/145.9 Width : cm/in: 163/64.1 Height : cm/in: 139/54.8 Wheelbase : cm/in : 240/94.5 Weight: kg/lb : 810/1786 Mechanics. Displacement : straight-four 1588 cc/97 cu in, front-mounted Valve gear : 8 Fuel system : Bosch K-Jetronic injection Gearbox : 5-speed manual Driving wheels : front wheel drive Maximum power : 108 hp/81 kW at 6100 rpm Maximum torque : 140 Nm at 5000 rpm Maximum speed : 182 km/h / 113 mph

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1979 Volkswagen Golf 1 GTI '79 is listed sold on ClassicDigest in Aalter by Oldtimerfarm Dealer for €30950.

 

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Car type : Car Make : Volkswagen Model : Golf Model Version : 1 GTI '79 Engine size : 0.0 Model Year : 1979 Location : Aalter

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The Volkswagen story is indeed an intriguing tale of innovation, resilience, and post-war revival, marked by various models that have become iconic in automotive history.

The People's Car (Volkswagen): Initially envisioned by Adolf Hitler in the 1930s as a "people's car" or "Volkswagen" in German, the idea was to create an affordable and practical vehicle for the German people. This concept led to the development of the Volkswagen Beetle (or the Type 1), designed by Ferdinand Porsche.
Post-War Challenges: After World War II, Volkswagen faced significant challenges. The factory was heavily damaged, and the brand's association with the Nazi regime led to a lack of interest in the car in some regions.
British Intervention - The British Army & Ivan Hirst: The British Army took control of the factory in the immediate post-war period. Major Ivan Hirst, a British Army officer, played a crucial role in reviving Volkswagen. He recognized the potential of the Beetle and advocated for its production, convincing the British military to order several thousand cars. This decision helped jumpstart the brand's revival.
Export Success and the Beetle's Global Appeal: The Beetle gained popularity not only in Germany but also globally, becoming an icon of affordable motoring. Its simple, reliable design and unique appearance made it a favorite among consumers worldwide.
Model Evolution: Over the years, Volkswagen introduced various models alongside the Beetle, each contributing to the brand's growth:
Type 2 (VW Bus or Transporter): Introduced in the 1950s, it became an iconic symbol of the hippie movement in the 1960s, loved for its spaciousness and versatility.
Golf (Rabbit in the U.S.): Launched in the mid-1970s, the Golf (or Rabbit in the U.S.) marked a shift towards front-wheel-drive, modern design, and hatchback practicality, becoming a cornerstone of the brand's success.
Passat, Jetta, and Other Models: Volkswagen expanded its lineup with models like the Passat and Jetta, catering to different market segments.
Challenges and Innovations: Despite success, Volkswagen faced challenges, including quality issues in the 1970s. However, the brand continued to innovate and develop new models and technologies.
Rise of the GTI and Global Expansion: The 1980s saw the rise of the iconic Golf GTI, a high-performance version that sparked the hot hatch trend. Volkswagen also expanded its global presence during this period.
The British intervention in reviving Volkswagen after World War II played a pivotal role in the brand's resurgence. While there might have been some tensions or competition among automotive companies in the 1950s and 1960s due to Volkswagen's post-war success, the brand's ability to produce innovative and popular models solidified its place in automotive history.