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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF MK 1: BUYER'S GUIDE

Median Price: £10,757  •  Highest Price: £34,419  •  Lowest Price: £405  •  Sell-Through Rate: 77%

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Volkswagen Golf Mk 1

Source: RM Sotheby's

How much is a Golf Mk 1 worth?

In our experience, we've seen plenty of Golf Mk 1's go under the hammer and based on analysing every sale you can expect to pay £10,757 for one in average condition - that places it amongst the cheapest 20 - 30% of collector cars across our database.

As Volkswagen's go, a Golf Mk 1 is on the lower end relative to other Volkswagen models. In fact this model is £3,395 below the median Volkswagen price of £14,152.

What is the maximum to pay for a Golf Mk 1?

Across the 41 Golf Mk 1's we've seen sell, the highest price ever recorded for this model is £34,419. It was sold by Mecum in the US on 14 Jan 2024.

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What is the lowest to pay for a Golf Mk 1?

The lowest sale of all time for this vehicle is £405, SWVA sold this car in the UK on 27 Oct 2023.

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What is the background of the make / model?

Volkswagen produced this model between 1976 and 1985.

Volkswagen was founded in 1937 by the German Labour Front. It became known for producing the Beetle, one of the most iconic cars in history. Today, VW is one of the largest automakers in the world, producing popular models such as the Golf, Jetta, and Passat.

How common is a Golf Mk 1?

According to data from the DVLA, the UK licensing authority, there are [enterMOT] MOTd vehicles alive and kicking on UK roads. Unfortunately, [enterSORN] vehicles are SORNd - in other words not currently registered for the road.

Building on that we've also seen [plentyOrAFew] of these go under the hammer at auctions around the world, [enterListings] to be precise.

Of the [enterListings] to go to auction, [enterSold] have sold. In other words, this model sells on [str] of times it goes to auction - that's [aboveOrBelow] the average sell-through rate we traditionally see.

How does the Golf Mk 1 compare to other cars?

We know from reviews of this model by our 42,000+ strong community how this car performs across multiple variables. Those variables stack up to give a TCVScore which is a relative score of how good a car is across 5 variables in comparison to all other cars.

For the Golf Mk 1, it scores a 66 out of 100 - that places it in the top 10% of all cars in our database.

How the car scores across all variables is below:

Styling: 6/10

Cool Factor: 7/10

Practicality: 7/10

Handling: 8/10

Speed: 5/10

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Why this article was created

Well, we've got one of the largest databases of sold classic car prices in the world so we thought we ought to help and put that data to good use. To be clear though, this article is not intended to be a full tour of every nook and sill of the Golf Mk 1, rather it's meant to act as an introductory guide and overview of the market for this model.

It is here to provide you guidance on how much you should and shouldn't be paying for one based on the 53 we've seen previously.

If you're after more detail, we've got you covered. Click the button below to be taken to a the price guide for this model so you can see every single sale, price trend over time and lots more.

How this article was created

This article was created by looking back at sales of Golf Mk 1 since the beginning of our database in 1992. We've scanned over 30 auction houses and results from over £15 billion of sold cars around the world to understand the where the market is at for this car.

The Classic Valuer takes that data and analytics which enables it to generate these articles at scale, for further information regarding the Golf Mk 1 please visit the price guide linked below.

About The Author

Giles Gunning | The Classic Valuer

Giles Gunning

Giles is CEO of The Classic Valuer - one of the world's largest databases of sold classic cars in the world going back over 30 years covering over 11,000 models. Giles and The Classic Valuer are regularly referenced in key classic car publications including Classic & Sports Car.

Giles grew up around the iconic historic motorsport venue at Goodwood and enjoys his 1972 Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior around the Sussex roads. His primary car goal is to purchase back a selection of his grandfather's car's including his 1931 Riley Brooklands.

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