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Golf Mk1 2Door

The Volkswagen Golf Mk1 began production in 1974 as a 2-door compact car. The Mk1 2-door coupe featured a 1,1-litre engine and basic car utilities to make it an efficient vehicle. If you are looking for a used Golf Mk1 2-door coupe in your area, learn more about the vehicle's production and variants before making your purchase.

Production of the Golf MK1 Coupe

The VW Golf MK1 was introduced in 1974 as a sporty commuter coupe to the European auto market. The Mk1 coupe featured a 1,1 or 1,5-litre carburetted engine. The power output for the 1,1-litre was rated at 70 HP, and the 1,5-litre at 71 HP. After Volkswagen introduced the Golf in 1974, the model was exported to South Africa, America, and Canada. The Golf was featured as having the best handling of its production year by Road and Track magazine, outdoing the popular Honda Civic of the same year. The chassis sat at 3 709 mm long and 1 613 mm wide, which allowed a spacious amount of storage room inside the car. Unlike the VW Beetle, the engine was located in the front of the vehicle, which allowed room for a larger engine and even more storage. The Golf Mk1 coupe was introduced with a base price of R32 000 for the 1,1-litre model. The low price combined with its simple but ideal design led to the production of over 6,8 million units.

Variants of the Golf Mk1 Coupe

The Mk1 offered a selection of different styles from which to choose, such as the GTI and the Cabriolet. The GTI featured a 1,6-litre engine rated at 130 HP. The GTI was considered the sport model of the series and consisted of a revised suspension as well as interior upgrades. The Cabriolet was introduced in 1980 as the Golf Convertible and was powered by a 1,5-litre engine with an output of 62 HP and 76 tq.

End of Production

Production of the Golf Mk1 2-door in South Africa did not stop until 2009. Prior to ceasing its production, these vehicles were available in 1,1 or 1,5-litre models, and the models included the basics to make the car safely driveable.

Considering Volkswagen's history of quality control, finding a used Golf Mk1 2-door is a relatively east task. The Mk1 has over 30 years in production, continuing to hold a favoured place by many avid consumers and car enthusiasts alike.