While old MkI Golfs have by w largely rusted away, the availability of MkII models at giveaway prices is plentiful...that is until three magic letters - GTI - appear on the car's front grille and hatch. Find a good example of the MKI with the aid of this guide and you are in clover! The Buyer's Guide carefully charts all the models that an enthusiast just has to own, from the iconic late model MkI with its pocket rocket 1.8-litre engine and 5-speed box, through to the exclusive, extremely powerful and much sought after limited edition Rallye Golf. With both mileage and particularly condition having a marked affect on potential prices, the authors give sound advice on what is worth restoring and what, however tempting, is likely to cost a new owner an un-recoupable fortune. Weak points, rust traps, and potential mechanical defects are laid out for the reader, with clear Golf-specific guidelines offered on the practicalities of rectifying such problems. The authors also embrace both the customized and mechanically modified examples of the MkI and MkII GTI, with each aspect of Golf ownership meticulously captured on camera.
Well known Volkswagen marque enthusiast, Richard Copping, has written numerous articles about the VW Golf over recent years. He is also the author of the definitive Golf book, VW Golf - Five Generations of Fun, published by Veloce. His expertise extends to all variations on the MkI and MkII Golf theme, including both Campaign and Rallye. A regular Concours d' Elegance judge, Richard is the joint author of two other Buyer's Guides published by Veloce, one concerning the Beetle, the other the VW Bus. Having owned and repaired various models of Volkswagen since 1969, Ken Cservenka is a well known figure around the VW show scene. As well as being an occasional Concours d' Elegance judge, he is renowned for his photography. His articles, photography and answers to technical queries have appeared in several popular magazines. He has also provided photography for several books and has previously co-written two books for the Veloce Buyer's Guide series.