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The Volkswagen Mk1 Golf started in production in 1974 and is still available today. The Mk1 golf features different variations and trim levels, and in the 1974 was deemed as the best handling car of its class.
Production of the MK1 Golf
The VW MK1 Golf was introduced in 1974 in the small commuter car market. The Mk1 featured a 1,1 and 1,5 litre carbureted engine. The power output was rated at 70 hp and the 1,5 litre at 71 hp. The golf made its debut in Europe and was exported to South Africa, America, and Canada in later years. The Mk1 Golf weighed less than 862 kilogrammes and was outfitted with front MacPherson struts, and a rear independent trailing arm system. The car was featured as having the best handling of its production year by 'Road and Track' magazine. The car featured a drum brake system on all wheels which was appropriate on the size of the car. The chassis sat at 3 709 mm long and 1 613 mm wide. For the type of car it was, it was spacious. The engine was located in the front of the vehicle which allowed for the most potential use of trunk space. The Mk1 Golf was introduced with a base price of R32 000 for the 1,1 litre model. Change did not come until the introduction of the GTI model.
Variants of the Mk1 Golf
In 1976 the Mk1 Golf introduced the GTI and Diesel renditions of the series. 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 Diesel models were introduced in 1977 with a 1,5-litre engine producing 48 hp. The car produced incredibly high fuel mileage with an average of 21 kpl.
End of Production
The Mk1 Golf is still in production in South Africa until 2009 and was available in 1,1 litre models or the 1,5 litre models. The models included the basics to make the car safely drivable. With over 30 years in production the Mk1 Golf holds its value as a safe, gas economical commuter.