VW MK1 Golf


1969 – the first ‘Golf’ prototypes developed code named EA-276 as a replacement for the Beetle.

April 1974 – start of Golf production in Wolfsburg, Germany. Hatchback offered with 3 or 5 doors, 1093cc or 1471cc engines with 4 speed gearbox and a choice of trim levels: base, S, L or LS.

October 1974 – 3 speed automatic gearbox available for 1471cc engine.

September 1975 РWorld premi̬re of Golf GTi at the IAA Frankfurt 1588ccc engine replaces the 1471cc.

December 1975 – “Swallow tail” form in rear panel deleted.

March 1976 – 500,000 Golfs built.

June 1976 – Golf GTi production commences, initially with LHD only. Legendary fuel injected 1588cc 110PS engine, close ratio 4-speed gearbox, uprated suspension, 5.5″ x 13″ wheels, sports trim.

August 1976 – Many revisions including body, trim, electrics and heating.

September 1976 – Introduction of the Golf diesel.

October 1976 – 1,000,000 Golfs built in world record time.

August 1977 – 1457cc engine replaces 1588cc???

June 1978 – 2,000,000 Golfs built.

April 1978 – Westmoreland factory in US opens producing “Rabbit” versions for home market.

August 1978 – plastic wrap around bumpers replace metal versions.

January 1979 – Production of the cabriolet version commences at Karmann, the coachbuilders contracted by VW for design and manufacture. Model choice between 1457cc engine “GLS” or fuel injected 1588cc engine “GLi”.

March 1979 – 6 yera anti-corrosion warranty offered.

July 1979 – RHD GTis appear in UK.

August 1979 – 1272cc engine introduced 3 door “Driver” special  edition with GTi styling. Golf GTi gains 5-speed gearbox.

September 1979 – 3,000,000 Golfs built.

August 1980 – “Series 2” replaces “Series 1”. Main changes include larger rear lights, revised dashboard and instruments. 17 digit international VIN replaces 10 digit VIN.

November 1980 – 4,000,000 Golfs built.

January 1981 – “Formel E” introduced with 3+E gearbox, fuel economy gauge, change up light, GTi front spoiler and A pillar trims.

August 1981 – New model designations C, CL.

February 1982 – 5,000,000 Golfs built.

August 1982 – 1781cc 112PS engine replaces 1588cc in the Golf GTi and GLi. “GTD” version introduced for Europe with turbo diesel engine and 70PS.

May 1983 – Special editions introduced for Mk1 run out with additional equipment “LX” based on the L, “GX” based on the GL, “Campaign” version of the GTi.

August 1983 – 6,000,000 Golfs built.

December 1983 – Mk1 Golf production ends at Wolfsburg, replaced by Mk2. Production continues in South Africa of popular “Citi Golf”.

August 1985 – “Clipper” version of cabriolet replaces GL.

August 1986 – Special “CC” introduced as a celebration of open air festivals with blue trim containing CC motif.

August 1991 – Special editions introduced for Cabriolet GTi run out with additional equipment. “Sportline” with black BBS RA wheels, Recaro interior. “Rivage” with Le Castallet alloy wheels, special trim “Rivage Leather” as Rivage with beige trim.

July 1993 – Last Mk1 Golf rolls off the Karmann production line, replaced by Mk3.

Information sourced from www.vwgolfmk1.org.uk



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