The VW Golf Mk2 succeeded the Mk1 from 1983 and remained in production until late 1992. Volkswagen reportedly spent £500 million developing the Mk2. The car slightly grew in wheelbase, with greater exterior and interior dimensions over its predecessor. Despite this it still retained the overall look of the Mk1, albeit slightly more rounder as to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. During the life of the Mk2 there were a variety of updates and revisions to styling and trim, the most notable was the introduction of the 'big bumpers' introduced in the European market during the August 1989 facelift.
The success of the Mk1 GTI was continued with the sporty Mk2 GTI, and to capitalise on the worldwide success of the Mk1 GTI Volkswagen chose to release the Mk2 GTI in the same year as the rest of the fleet. It featured a 1.8-litre 8v engine with a slightly more powerful 16v variant following shortly. The 8v was particular popular for its low-down torque and excellent driveability. During its midlife update the 8v unit benefited from the introduction of a Digifant engine management system.
Popularity of the Mk2 grew from the 1987 advertisement “Changes” in which Paula Hamilton bearing a close resemblance to Diana, Princess of Wales is seen leaving her husband, posting her wedding ring back through the letterbox, ditching her mink coat, throwing the house keys at the cat and dumping the pearl necklace BUT keeping the car keys; it used the tag line “If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen”. The commercial was a hit and changed the way cars were advertised from then on.
Royal Blue Metallic paintwork, Grey/red cloth upholstery, 15-inch BBS alloy wheels, Power steering, Manual sunroof, Becker CD player, Electric aerial, Lockable glove compartment, Digital clock, Ash tray, Cigar lighter, VW carpet mats, Heated rear window, Immobiliser, Alloy spare wheel, VW first aid kit, Tool kit, VW heritage certificate, Spare key.
This ‘big bumper’ GTI in Royal Blue Metallic presents in excellent condition throughout. The paintwork retains a deep and uniform shine across every panel with only a few minor imperfections to report on very close inspection. There is no rust to be found in any of the common Mk2 weak spots and the car is lovely and straight along both sides. All the bumpers, wheel arch trims, and rubbing strips are still in really good order, free from any major scuffs or scrapes, and the lights are clear with no signs of moisture ingress to report. The underside is also in fine shape, remaining very solid having never required any welding. All in all, a superb example of the fast-appreciating Mk2 GTI, looking every bit the low mileage of just 45k.